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Ecotourism in Kamchatka

Modern people spend the major part of their lives in cities with their stifling atmosphere and smog, in offices and traffic jams, at home computers at the end of the day or in crowded bars. Typical vacations involve the same activities, which cannot improve your health, such as a crowded beach during the daytime and restaurant or dancing at night. We tend to follow this vicious cycle every year, and there seems to be no way out. Fortunately, more and more people turn their attention to active recreation such as ecotourism. Ecotourism actually gives an opportunity to go to wilderness areas, get a lungful of fresh air, stay side by side with the nature for a while, relax your soul and give your body, which is overloaded with all kinds of stresses associated with the urban way of life, a portion of pleasant and easy exercises in the form of hiking, riding, skiing or other activities you might like. A trip to Kamchatka, a wonderful, mysterious and amazing nook of our planet, is one of the ecotourism destinations worthily favored by so many travelers, even the most sophisticated ones. More

The Kamchatka fauna and flora are unique and inimitable. To protect the unique ecosystem, the Kronotsky Nature Reserve was established in 1934 instead of the Sobol Reserve organized in 1882. Its area is 1,142,134 hectares including 135,000 hectares of the offshore zone. A grandiose natural formation comprising 16 volcanoes around Kronotskoye Lake, both active and inactive, as well as Valley of Geysers, waterfalls and hot springs are located in its territory. There are up to 33 species of mammals living in the Kronotsky Nature Reserve. They include: ermine and wolverine, otter, Kamchatka red fox and the largest protected wild population of Kamchatka brown bears in Russia (over 700 bears). Wild reindeers can be found nowadays only in the territory of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve. There are 69 colonies of seabirds (slaty-backed gull, tufted puffin, gannet and pigeon guillemot) in the Reserve. Common seal, eared seal and ringed seal (rare species registered in the Red Book) inhibit the offshore zones near the Kozlova Cape.

Kamchatka Krai Kronotsky National Park
Kronotsky National Park
Area: 11 476 km2
Area of marine waters: 1 350 km2
Lenght of sea border: 243km
Waterfalls: 35
Active volcanos: 8
South Kamchatka Wildlife Sanctuary
South Kamchatka Wildlife Sanctuary
Area: 3 220 km2
Kurilskoe Lake - the largest in Eurasia spawning and feeding pond for red salmon