Puchmajer´s pond is a small peat lake located in “Oravská Magura”. It is based in the headwaters of the creek “Hruštínka” at an altitude of 1200 m a.s.l. It occupies an area of 0.10 hectares and is 5-6 m deep. It is a protected area since 1976, and it belongs to the part of the “CHKO Horná Orava” – Zone B, which protects the fen vegetation (fourth level of protection). The forests in this area are only minimally affected by human activities and they represent examples of native ecosystems. The lake has a cultural meaning too. It is associated with several rumors, for example, that a boat suitcase sailed from there, or that a young girl was crying on top of it and died before her wedding and turned into a fairy.
Do you want to know how to get there from the hotel? Read carefully: you will not find any tourist trail or indications to the lake. The unmarked trail begins at the end of “Vasiľovská hoľa” on the left, short after entering the forest. From the top of “Vasiľovská hoľa” you need to follow the blue indication towards “Minčol” until you see a board on a tree saying “C zóna – územie európskeho významu” (C zone – the territory of European importance). Turn left in front of this sign and after a few meters you will reach a 2km path that will lead you to the pond. Good luck!