Despite the fact that it is July and summer is in full swing, the slopes of the “Gorki Gorod” year-round resort have only just lost their snow cover and became available for hikers, as the press-service of the resort reports. Only at the very “heart” of the mountains — in the “Circus-2” zone and the basin of the waterfall - the snow will remain before the end of the month.
The preparation of the trails for eco-routes has been completed; so they are already accepting their first guests. The routes pass in the mountains at an altitude from 960 to 2200 meters above the sea level.
The relic forest, alpine meadows hidden behind hills with white rhododendrons, Medvezhiy and Polikarya waterfalls are now available thanks to the equipped trails. It will be possible to test the routes designed for tourists with a little experience throughout the summer and in the off-peak season, until the beginning of October.
If you bother to take the plane from any Moscow airport to the city of Sochi, you will definitely never regret about it. This town is rather small, though one of the longest settlements in the world – it is stretched along the Black sea coast for about 150 km. Sochi is unique for its astonishing nature and spa facilities – few places on our planet can boast to have both the seaside and the mountains (the Caucasus – famous mountain system – is as little as sixty km away from the sea). Sochi is Russian New Zealand, except that it is not an island and not thousands km away from the Old World and there are no dangerous man-eating sharks in the sea and poisonous shakes and… ok, Sochi is much better than New Zealand. Humid subtropical zone forms perfect climate – hot and sunny summers for suntan lovers and mild winters for mad-for-mountain-skiing ones. Water in the Black sea is known to have chemical composition almost similar to human blood – you can even drink it if you want to know how blood tastes (just kidding). However, you won’t have to close your eyes while swimming and diving, the water won’t make them sore as Mediterranean seawater surely would.
The famous Russian ski resort Krasnaya Polyana is situated near Sochi – come there for downhill and snowboarding, heli-ski and freeride – this place is paradise for winter vacations. The town of Sochi is located near one of the largest Russia’s reserve parks. Its suburbs are a treasury of rare plant and animal species. You can find ancient gnarled yews and boxtrees, which are as old as eight hundred years or even more. Of course they are not sequoias, but their long mossy branches look fascinating – it’s like traveling in time to the age of dinosaurs and other strange creatures.
Author: Anna Dorozhkina