On the moon? Mud Volcanoes in Buzau, Romania

Mud Volcanoes at Paclele Mari

Mud Volcanoes at Paclele Mari, in ROMANIA

Am I on the moon?

I am not crazy, I promise. It’s just that for a second there I thought I was teleported on the moon.

What am I talking about? An interesting phenomenon at Berca Mud Volcanoes, on a national reservation in Buzau County in Romania. There are small volcano-like structures (few meters high cones) caused by the eruption of mud and natural gases.

How is this geological phenomenon happening? The gases erupt from around 3 km deep towards the surface of the earth, they go through layers of clay, salty water and mud. They overflow through the mouths of the volcanoes, the  gas creates bubbles and the mud dries at the surface, creating a cone shaped structure and a moon-like landscape, with almost no vegetation around (because the soil is very salty and only some rare species of plants can survive). The expelled mud is cold, because it comes from the outer layers of the Earth’s crust and not from the mantle, like real lava volcanoes.

Mud Volcanoes in Buzau, Romania. Paclele Mari

Mud Volcanoes in Buzau, Romania. Paclele Mari

1. PACLELE MARI

The next set of pictures is from Paclele Mari. The entry fee is only 1 euro for adults (for children is even cheaper!) amd here is a free parking space at the entrance. There is also a hotel and restaurant to grab something to eat or drink (not very good looking inside, but the tables in the sun outside were OK).

So, welcome to…the moon?

I looks like it's on the moon

It looks like it’s on the moon

Paclele Mari. Mud Volcanoes. No life growing here

Paclele Mari. Mud Volcanoes. No life growing here

A gas muddy bubble at Paclele Mari

A gas muddy bubble at Paclele Mari

Cones all around

Cones all around

There was a group of children who came on a trip

There was a group of children who came on a trip

A dry bush at Paclele Mari

A dried bush at Paclele Mari

Empty

Empty

The mud overflows the cone and it's leaking all around

The mud overflows the cone and it’s leaking all around

More bubbles. And on the background, the building with a green roof is the hotel/restaurant

More bubbles. And on the background, the building with a green roof is the hotel/restaurant

A closeup of a little cone

A closeup of a little cone

Dried mud on a big cone

Dried mud on a big cone

Cracks in the mud

Cracks in the mud

This is at Paclele Mari

This is at Paclele Mari

A nice cone

A nice cone

The last picture from Paclele Mari

The last picture from Paclele Mari

2.PACLELE MICI

The next set of pictures is from Paclele Mici, which, as I said earlier, offer a wider landscape, with more and larger cones than in Paclele Mari. The entry fee is also 4 lei (1 Euro)The parking space costs 4 lei (almost 1 Euro) and from there you have to climb on a path for about 5 minute until the entrance. On the left hill there’s a Hollywood-like sign with “Vulcanii Noroiosi” (Mud Volcanoes)😀 . The weather was perfect for photos, sunny with blue sky..until a large cloud took over.

A bigger crater at Paclele Mici

A bigger crater at Paclele Mici

Beautiful blue sky

Beautiful blue sky

Beautiful, isn't it>..and smelly

Beautiful, isn’t it?..and smelly

Beautiful

Beautiful

Impressive Landscape in Buzau at Mud Volcanoes

Impressive Landscape in Buzau at Mud Volcanoes

Sunny weather in November

Sunny weather in November

Craters and cones

Craters and cones

I find this landscape very beautiful

I find this landscape very beautiful

Emptiness

Emptiness

Bubbly gas and mud

Bubbly gas and mud

Little Cones

Little Cones

That is not a lake. It's mud coming from underground!

This is not a lake. It’s mud coming from underground!

There were 2 more people there. Can you see them? they are very small on the left

There were 2 people there. Can you see them? they are very small on the left

Bubbly mud

Bubbly mud

You have a furry friend? Then you can take your pet it with you! I was searching on the Internet whether or not it’s allowed to enter with a dog there (I wanted to take my doggie Miki with me). I couldn’t find any information regarding this subject, as there is no official page of the Muddy Volcanoes. So I “risked” and took her with me anyway. At the entrance there was a big sign: no smokingno pets allowed…etc. But not to worry! The lady at the entrance was very nice; she just advised me not to let my dog get close to the cones or step into the mud (there was also a big stray dog there who was freely exploring the place).

This is my doggie, Miki. She came with to visit the Mud Volcanoes in Buzau. It's possible to take your furry friend as well, just be careful not to let them step in the mud :)

This is my doggie, Miki. She came with me to visit the Muddy Volcanoes in Buzau. It’s possible to take your furry friend as well, just be careful not to let them step in the mud🙂

The sign with "Vulcanii Noroiosi" is written on the left hill. This is the beggining of the path that you have to climb to get to Paclele Mici Volcanoes

The sign with “Vulcanii Noroiosi” is written on the left hill. This is the beggining of the path that you have to climb to get to Paclele Mici Volcanoes

A cottage next to the parking space

A cottage next to the parking space

 Bye bye Mud Volcanoes! I liked visiting you. I hope you will get many visitors from now on!

Bye bye Muddy Volcanoes! I liked visiting you. I hope you will get many visitors from now on!

Tip! As you saw in photos, there are 2 locations to see the Mud Volcanoes (Paclele Mari and Paclele Mici) and are located very close to each other (5 minutes by car). I recommend you start the visit with Paclele Mari with smaller cones (it’s the road to the left in the intersection at the Mud Volcanoes – there are signs) and After that, go see Paclele Mici with bigger, more numerous  and more impressive cones. Nevertheless, both locations are fantastic!

I hope you enjoyed the photos. Impressive, isn’t it? I liked it very much. Another great reason to visit Romania🙂

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