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Summer extreme: the best locations for outdoor activities in Russia
Along with the onset of summer, the desire to travel awakens with renewed vigor. Although the borders with other countries are still closed, air traffic between different points in Russia has already been established. And this means that very soon we will be able to hit the road.
Those who are used to hunting for extreme sports, and not lying for several hours on a sunny beach, we hasten to rejoice: there are many places in our country where bright emotions await you. Today we have selected five locations for outdoor activities that you will definitely like.
What to try? Bungee jumping.
The Olympic city has become a place not only for a quiet holiday by the sea, but also for extreme sports. For those who love to tickle their nerves, we recommend going to the skypark and trying out bungee jumping. If you don't know what it is, then imagine a few seconds of free flight into the abyss from the height of a 67-storey building. Only by cable, of course, and with a picturesque view of the Black Sea coast and the Mzymta River.
In addition to bungee jumping, you can see park the longest suspended footbridge in the country, go zipline and go mountain climbing. And as a bonus at the end of the day, visit the panoramic restaurant at a bird's-eye view and, possibly, stay at a local hotel. By the way, you can jump not only in summer.
The most significant is the high cost of jumps, the price varies from 6 to 15 thousand rubles for such a short flight time ... In addition, you should take care of the transfer from Sochi in advance, since the park is located in the village of Kazachiy Brod - 40 km from the city. And, of course, be prepared for the fact that there will be many tourists who want to take a photo with the most beautiful view.
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Karjala Park, Karelia
What try it? Rafting.
Karelia can be safely called one of the best locations for rafting and kayaking in Russia. Karjala Park is located 32 km from Petrozavodsk and offers rafting on the most diverse and picturesque rivers of the republic, as well as on the Ladoga and Onega lakes. All tours are designed for different levels of training and take from one day to a whole week! By the way, a long trip along the Keret River ends with an exit to the White Sea.
The location we have chosen in Karelia is not just a starting point for rafting, but a whole eco-hotel for extreme lovers. In summer, there you can also conquer dirt tracks on ATVs and jeeps, and in winter - ride snowmobiles on snowm wastelands or on a husky sled.
Again, the price for single tours can be quite high - up to 30 thousand rubles per person. But it seems to us that this is a fully justified payment for a whole week of extreme sports with unique views. And since we are talking about a vacation far from civilization, it is worthwhile to realize in advance that during a long rafting 5-6 hours a day will take away movement on the water. You are unlikely to be able to stay connected and sleep in a comfortable bed.
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Spot Khalaktyrsky, Kamchatka
What to try? Surfing.
Kamchatka is a cult place among experienced surfers, every pro wants to visit here. Access to the Pacific Ocean, clear waves, offshore winds, mountain views and black volcanic sand create a unique atmosphere for outdoor activities. Reboot after life in the metropolis, it will help one hundred percent! The only advice is to dress warmly even in the summer season and rent a car to get to the desired beach. And if you are just learning how to stand on the board, we recommend contacting a surf school.
There are quite even waves on Khalaktyrsky beach, which are suitable for riding a longboard. In addition, you can surf here all year round. And lovers of wild animals will be delighted to find them right on the spot. True, it is better not to come close.
The main difficulties of skiing in Kamchatka are inaccessibility of places and cold water. Not every beginner dares to climb into it. So if you are just getting started with surfing, it is better to give preference to warm spots, for example in Sochi or Kaliningrad.
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Yutsu Delta, Pyatigorsk
What to try? Paragliding and hang gliding.
Yutsu is literally called the Mecca of delta and paragliding. Hundreds of pilots from Russia and neighboring countries gather here to feel for the first time or again the incomparable sensation of flying over the mountains. Not far from Pyatigorsk, you can fly with a professional instructor, take training in a flight school and take home a lot of impressions.
They fly from Yutsa almost all year round, with the exception of a couple of winter months when the weather does not allow. You can drive up to the mountain on anybom car, and the road from Pyatigorsk will take up to 20 minutes. The cost of the flight is quite acceptable - 4 thousand rubles. You can separately order photo and video filming on an action camera for it, so that you can always review the air trip.
On some days, it gathers on the mountain a large number of pilots. This may be due to too good flying weather or to the holding of competitions and other events. A tourist may not be allowed on the delta or paraglider if his weight is below 30 and above 110 kg, as well as if he suffers from cardiovascular diseases and epilepsy.
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Horse yard in Ust-Dzhegut, Karachay-Cherkess Republic
What to try? Equestrian tourism.
Equestrian tourism in Karachay-Cherkessia is an excellent opportunity to look at the breathtaking landscapes of the North Caucasus: Lake Khurla-Kel, Elbrus, Makhar and Duutskoe gorges. You will be able to see whole herds in their natural habitat and get to know the wonderful animals far from our usual metropolises. And if the level of training allows, then gallop through the fields in pursuit of thrills.
In Ust-Dzhegut you can learn horseback riding for an adequate price - 1 thousand rubles per hour, as well as order a photo session with horses in nature. In addition, jeep tours are held in the republic, but you need to catch the right moment to join them. Since there is no current schedule yet, it remains to follow the updates.
Not every horse ride is suitable for beginners. Most of the long tours that last for several days require tourists to ride at a confident trot and above. In this case, the vacationer will have to invest financially, because the price varies from 14 to 55 thousand rubles.