At the end of a 62 km journey from Ioannina, having exited at the 32nd km the road from Ioannina to Kozani to enter the region of western Zagori, lies the village of Papigo. The name of the village derives from Pa = without, and Pengu = pasture, denoting an area without pastures.
The road leading to Papigo climbs initially through a low lying forest, passing another village and, suddenly, after a turn and a sharply descending stretch, the landscape changes dramatically. A massive embrace of mountains opens up before the visitor’s eyes, like a gigantic fence towards the central and rest of western Zagori. A massive embrace of forests, colourful mountains, endless peaks and ravines, mythical castles, and the great opening at the end of the Vikos gorge. A breathtakingly imposing composition.
At the end of the snaking journey, at the foot of the most distinctive mountain range of Pindos, with the Astraka peak (2436 m) and the rock "Towers" reaching all the way to the Vikos gorge, grow another set of rocks, smaller versions of the mountains. They are the houses of Papigo. They rise up proudly from their roots in the land, declaring the harmonious coexistence between man and nature.