The picturesque settlement of Trypi is located at an elevation of 650 meters above sea level, at the entrance of the Megali Lagkada gorge, that forms a natural boundary between the prefectures of Laconia and Messenia. It is built amphitheatrically, on the foothills of the mountain and is surrounded by virgin forests. The region of Lagkada, has been characterized as a protected habitat under the European NATURA program. The Lagkada gorge is 1.3 kilometer long and it contains rare rocky habitats and forest areas with black pine and cephalonian firs. 35 endemic species of plants, four of which are endangered, find refuge in the rocky habitats. The area hosts species of reptiles and mammals, turtles, snakes, lizards and rodents, which live exclusively in Greece, and some of them only in Peloponnesus. The rabbit, Lepus Europaeus that lives in the area, is an endangered species due to hunting. At Trypi village, one can visit the water sources of Karvasara and Vasiloneri and the 17 byzantine churches. The famous chasm of Taygetus, Ceadas is located at the end of the village, while, a few kilometers away, the climbing park of Lagkada offers numerous challenging climbing tours.