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Adventure tourism in Russia
March 18, 2010 02:48

Some people prefer spending their vacations and holidays in the hotels on the first line with nothing to do except sunbathing, swimming and lying next to swimming pool with a cocktail. Some evenings they devote to sightseeing excursions. Others cannot be satisfied with it and cannot imagine their leisure without breaking the routine of life, getting new skills and acquisition knowledge and the contact with nature, of course. There are no precise definitions of the adventure tourism, but it includes all that want the people who is bored by the hotels on the seashore. There is even no unified conception of what such tours should include, but no doubt, Russia is a wide field for activities and experiments in this type of tourism.

First of all, adventure supposes a meeting with something new and uncommon, maybe (but not certainly) potentially dangerous. The lack of recency effect can lead to that even such a physical activity in contact with nature like rafting on the kayaks down a river or ascend to such exotic place as Machu Picchu. The adventure tourism is incompatible with a passive role of a tourist. So the tourist is not a viewer, if we talk about adventure tourism. Everybody takes part in the action of the travel. For example, the tourists learn to ride a horse, a dog sled, or to row. Instead the traditional Soviet sport tourism, adventure tourism supposes comfort and service for the tourists, and it concentrates not on the sport standards, but on the tourists’ pleasure. All the people have different level of training, and the extreme for ones would be something boring for others. As if has been already mentioned, Russian has a good soviet heritage of… tourist’s routes! Of course, they were created as sport ones, but the new services are created on their base in the different parts of the country: in the mountains on Caucasus, Altai and Urals, in the forests of Central Russia. These routes are for walking, ski, for alpinism, rafting and other types of rowing.

What about the cognitive aspect of tourism, I mean something funky and new to know, the Russian archaeological monuments pass ideally for it. All of them, by the way, are situated rather far from the signs of civilization.

It would be enough to mention the petroglyphs on rocks of Besov Nos on the Onega Lake on the North of Russia (Karelia), petroglyphs, tumuli and stone steles with ancient scripts in the mountains and steppes of Gorny Altai and labyrinths on the Solovki Islands. Some people would consider the bike tour through the cities of the Golden Ring of Russia as adventure as well, and they it would be right, especially if they are foreigners. The trip along the Trans-Siberian Railway is also an adventure, because it is the only one railway, providing such a long and various experience of the railway trip.

What about the idea of extreme, the definitions also differ. If we consider the off-normal situations as extreme, so no operator would offer such services. Every off-normal situation shouldn’t be surprise for the organizers. If the raft is tipped over, the safety-group takes the measures to correct the situation, because this situation is a regular one.

If we consider such thing as extreme, so the adventure tours are full of it: the level of the rivers can be up because of the rains, so the group is acting according to the situation, and I think it is the main point of adventure: you make decisions by yourself on the way towards the goal. The tour operator is providing your safety at the same time.

Whatever you mean under the adventure tours, you can find one for you in Russia, because of the variety of its landscapes with wild nature. Choose your variant and enjoy adventures, be sure, it would be enough; but try not to lose your prudence to avoid the extreme in the first, hard variant.

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Yulia Buzykina


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