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Mountain Mamzyshha

Гора Мамзышха, Абхазия

The top of the mountain Mamzyshha (Mamdzyshkha, Muzychka) is just five kilometers from Gagra at the height of 1876 meters, but leading her serpentine road has a length of 30 kilometers. It is this distance overcome by jeep through one of the most interesting mountain routes of Abkhazia. On the way meets the two viewing platforms offering spectacular views of the beautiful Alpine meadows, mountains, sea, and fine weather from the top you can even see Sochi.

Almost all the way up, Masashi you will be surrounded by a dense forest, but the top "naked", because of the strong winds it does not grow anything but grass, and in winter it is covered with snow. At top there are some old huts of shepherds (booths) and a tiny lake. From the top you can go down on a paraglider (descent from 3000 rubles, available to everyone without preparation), and land right on the beach in Gagra. Also from here a path leads to the other attractions like the Blue lake, but to overcome this route on foot and accompanied by an experienced guide. Read more about the mountain Mamzyshha here...

Hours: around the clock, visiting the recommended by day. The observation deck can be visited in the evening at sunset, there are beautiful views of the sea and the sunset

Entrance fee: free tours by jeep from 1500 rubles

How to get there: the mountain is located in the Gagra district, 5 kilometres from the centre of Gagra in a straight line and 30 kilometers on the serpentine road (the top of Musashi on the map). Earlier there was a good paved road (turn Mamzyshha on the map), but now it is partially destroyed, and climb to the top of an off-road vehicle, horseback, Bicycle or on foot. Simple car you can reach the first and second observation deck (20 kilometers from the beginning of the road) which also offers wonderful views but you need to drive very carefully. You part of the way to drive the car (up to a cafe "shashlychny Dvor"), leave the car there, and then to the top to continue the journey on foot. Fully walk to the top can be reached in 2-4 hours depending on your training.

Blue lake

Голубое озеро

Blue lake (lake of China) is a small lake in the Gagra district of Abkhazia, known for its turquoise water. The color of the water gives the mineral lapis lazuli. This is one of the most beautiful and memorable sights of Abkhazia, but separately it is visited rarely, making a short stop on the way to Ritsa lake.

Blue lake is a karst, and very small size, only 30 and 20 meters, but the depth is 76 meters. It is never covered by ice, and the temperature year round is held at at 10 degrees. Another feature – there is no fish and other animals, no algae. To bathe it is impossible, it's too cold, so come here just to admire the beauty of the lake and its surroundings, take pictures, including the money offered here is the photo with the peacock or traditional dress. There is also a small artificial waterfall. Do not be surprised that the water in the blue lake seems to be turbid. This happens due to the very large water column because the depth is very large. Read more about blue lake here...

Hours: around the clock

Entrance fee: the lake is located on the territory of the Ritsa national Park, access to which surcharge (environmental fee): adults – 350 rubles, children 8-12 years – 150 rubles, children under 8 years stay free of charge. The fee paid for entrance to the Park at the checkpoint separately for each attraction, including Blue lakes, do not need to pay. The cost of excursions to lake Ritsa (includes a visit to the Blue lake) from the Gagra – from 500 rubles+entrance fee to the Park.

How to get there: the lake is 30 kilometers from the town of Gagra on the road to lake Ritsa in the territory of the Ritsa national Park (lake blue on the map). Public transport doesn't go there, you can get there by car, taxi, tour, ride, or bike. The road to the lake is good, drive any car, and the lake is right next to the road there is a Parking place. Excursions separately to the Blue lake are not held, but a stop here is included in the excursion to lake Ritsa. Also on the route visit waterfalls Dairy, Men's tears, Women's tears, the Gega waterfall. This road further leads to the village of Aadhar.

The Gega waterfall

Гегский водопад

The Gega waterfall is the most famous and beautiful waterfall of Abkhazia. Located at an altitude of 530 meters above sea level, and the waterfall itself has a height of 70 meters. Its feature is that it comes out of the rock, not from the top. This is because the Gega river that forms a waterfall a few hundred meters until it goes deep into the rocks, and passed through a stone channel breaks out. The waterfall is also interesting that several times he acted in the movie. So, he appeared as Reichenbach falls in the movie about Sherlock Holmes, and fell in frames of the Soviet film "Sportloto-82" and "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi".

A trip to the waterfall is a pretty extreme route, because the last seven miles to pass him on a mountain road that can be overcome only by jeep. On the way enjoy the spectacular views, and while driving a jeep on the edge of the abyss is simply breathtaking. To dress for the trip should be warm, because here even in the summer cool. Read more about the Gega waterfall here...

Hours: around the clock, visit a better day. Access to the waterfall is possible only from may to November, the rest of the year until it simply can't get

Entrance fee: Gega waterfall is located on the territory of the Ritsa national Park, for access to an environmental fee: adults – 350 rubles, children 8-12 years – 150 rubles, children under 8 years stay free of charge. The fee paid for entrance to the Park at the checkpoint separately for each attraction do not need to pay. The cost of excursions to lake Ritsa (includes a visit to the Gega waterfall) from the town of Gagra – from 900 rubles+entrance fee to the Park

How to get there: the waterfall is located 45 kilometers from the town of Gagra on the way to the mountain lake of Rican the territory of the Ritsa national Park is 30 kilometers from the town of Gagra on the road to lake Ritsa in the territory of the Ritsa national Park (waterfall on the map). But to get directly to the waterfall only to have diperi on foot, because the last seven kilometres are on terrible mountain road, which will pass only the most serious car. Don't go here even on an ordinary SUV or crossover because you just can damage the machine. Drivers in the jeep (UAZ) is constantly on duty at the turnoff to the waterfall on the main road, so you can use their services, but they charge quite expensive, from 1500 rubles. If you want to save, then you can leave your car along the main road, and then to go seven kilometers on foot. But keep in mind that secure Parking is not here, and leave the car dangerous, especially after the refusal of service of drivers of jeeps. Hiking the road is not difficult, but very rough because of rocks and dirt, and depending on your fitness will take 2 to 5 hours.

Separately to the waterfall are no guided tours, but his visit is included in some tours to lake Ritsa, cost 900 rubles+the entrance to the Park.

The Maiden tears waterfall

Водопад Девичьи слезы, Абхазия

Waterfall Girlish tears quite unusual, created by the multitude of jets and even drops of water falling from small height on a vertical rock. At the same time he stretched on some tens metres along the road to the lake Riza. This is the first landmark on the route towards the lake and the Ritsa national Park, and here you stop for a few minutes all the tours and travel.

The waterfall is not very spectacular but the legend of its origin is very beautiful, and, of course, about love. According to legend, lived once a lovely girl who was in love with the mountain spirit. The evil sorceress was jealous of the love of the spirit, and decided to destroy it. Luring the girl into an high mountain, she threw her off the cliff. The girl crashed, and before his death, wept bitterly, and so there was a waterfall, as a symbol of lost love. There are, of course, other versions of the legend. Read more about waterfall Girlish tears here...

Hours: around the clock

Entrance fee: free

How to get there: the waterfall is located right along the road to lake Ritsa (the Maiden tears waterfall on the map) about 20 miles from the centre of the city of Gagra and before entering through the gate to the national Park, so it is available for free. Transport doesn't go there, so can only be reached by private car, taxi, tour, ride, or bike. Almost every excursion to lake Ritsa and Ritsa national Park makes a stop here.

The Men's tears waterfall

Водопад Мужские слезы

Falls Men's tears, as well as the Maiden tears waterfall is located on the way to Ritsa lake, only a little further, about 30 kilometers further along the way, and already in the territory of the Ritsa national Park. Only here the water flows in a thin stream, as if Recalling that men's tears are stingy. But in addition to the waterfall, which is actually not very spectacular, the surrounding area is very beautiful forest, which is worth a stroll.

The origin of the waterfall is a legend, which is a continuation of the legend of the Maiden tears waterfall. As it States when a young man Akhra was on the prowl, in his heart he felt that his girlfriend Amra was lost and could not restrain avaricious man's tears, which turned into a waterfall. Read more about Men's waterfall of tears here...

Hours: around the clock

Entrance fee: the waterfall is located on the territory of the Ritsa national Park, access to which surcharge (environmental fee): adults – 350 rubles, children 8-12 years – 150 rubles, children under 8 years stay free of charge. The fee paid for entrance to the Park at the checkpoint. The cost of excursions to lake Ritsa (includes a visit to the Blue lake) from the Gagra – from 500 rubles+entrance fee to the Park.

How to get there: the Men's tears waterfall is located 45 kilometers from the town of Gagra on the road to lake Ritsa in the territory of the Ritsa national Park (waterfall of Men's tears on the map). You can reach it by car, taxi, tour, ride, or bike. The road here is good, will drive any machine, and the waterfall is right next to the road, there is a spacious Parking place. Excursions separately to the waterfall is not carried out, but a stop here is included in all excursions to lake Ritsa.

An unforgettable gorge (Stone bag)

Юпшарское ущелье

An unforgettable gorge, also called the "Stone bag" or an unforgettable gorge – one of the natural attractions of the Ritsa national Park. The gorge was formed along the river Yupshara (Apsara), and it is almost 8 kilometers of road to Ritsa lake. The canyon walls overhang the road and river in the highest place nearly half a mile, and the width of the canyon ranges from 100 meters to 20 at the narrowest point. Usually tourists make a short stop up to 5 minutes just to see this unusual natural formation, down to a mountain river, and take pictures on the background of intricate, steep cliffs and amazing gullies in the wall, like a narrow rectangular Windows. They were formed under the influence of the forces of nature, washed by millions of years of water action, and do not listen to the guides who tell you that these "dwellings" made by ancient people. Read more about an unforgettable gorge here...

Hours: around the clock, visit better day

Entrance fee: the gorge is located on the territory of the Ritsa national Park, for access to an environmental fee: adults – 350 rubles, children 8-12 years – 150 rubles, children under 8 years stay free of charge. The fee paid for entrance to the Park at the checkpoint separately for each attraction do not need to pay. The cost of excursions to lake Ritsa from the town of Gagra from 500 rubles+entrance fee to the Park

How to get there: the gorge is 45 kilometers from Gagra on the road to the lake Riza in the territory of the Ritsa national Park (the gorge on the map), the road passes right through the gorge and along the way there are several places to stop and down to the river. You can only get here by your own transport, taxi or tour. Usually excursions to lake Ritsa doing a five-minute stop in the gorge.

Mountain lake Mzy

Mountain lake Mzy (SIM) – one of the great natural attractions of Abkhazia, located deep in the mountains, but available to visit not only the travelers with great experience of trekking and equipment, but also ordinary tourists as a day hike. Of course, interesting not only the lake but the route to it, and its surroundings. It is believed to be one of the most picturesque lakes of Abkhazia, and indeed around the lake offers stunning views of the mountains (it is as if in the pit, surrounded by mountains), the route passes through the forest and green Alpine meadows.

The lake is located at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. Its size is small, only 100 to 45 meters, but the depth of as much as 40 meters (according to other sources 16 meters). It is formed from the waters of the melting glaciers, so the size and temperature depends on the time of year, but usually the water here is rarely above 4 degrees Celsius, so swimming in it is capable of only the most desperate tourists. Also depending on the time of year around the lake continue snow clearing, you can see them even in June. Even in summer it is cool here, so you should bring warm clothes and raincoats. Read more about lake Mzy here...

Hours: around the clock

Entrance fee: the lake is located on the territory of the Ritsa national Park, access to which surcharge (environmental fee): adults – 350 rubles, children 8-12 years – 150 rubles, children under 8 years stay free of charge. Payment is made at the entrance to the Park at the checkpoint

How to get there: the lake is one of the most accessible mountain lakes situated at an altitude of 2000 meters in 80 kilometers from Gagra (lake Si on the map), and very close to the border with Russia. Road and trail access is via the Ritsa national Park. You can get here by private transport or a tour, but this route is not very popular, so this group tour will have to search, or use the suggestions of local private tour guides, who with pleasure will take you and accompany you to the lake. Go directly to the lake will not work, but on foot it will have to walk only about 7 miles (usually not more than 2 hours one way) on a simple route that does not require special training. For this purpose, the car should drive towards lake Ritsa, and continue on to the village of Aadhar. The road after the lake Ritsa is getting worse, but you can drive on any machine. One should go all the way, to the broken river bridge, then a simple car to drive and transport will have to leave. In an SUV you can cross the river Ford, but still does not go far. Here you can meet locals who will offer to rent horses for trips to the lake (1000 rubles), and to assure that too far to walk, but that's not entirely true, the walk is not difficult, the road is well trodden by tourists.

Valley of Seven lakes

Долина семи озер, Абхазия

Valley of Seven lakes in Abkhazia is a beautiful plateau at an altitude of over 2000 meters, which is several beautiful mountain lakes formed by melt water from mountain snowcaps and rain. Arriving in the valley on a mountain trail through Alpine meadows and still pristine nature, you will see spectacular views of lakes, mountains and the ridge of the Caucasus mountains. The view here is wonderful and definitely worth it to get here.

The height at which the valley is about 2200 meters. Valley of seven lakes – another great high-mountain natural attraction, which you can visit for any tourist without special training and equipment is required only in good physical shape, because walking to rise up. Although this is not necessary since the locals offer a ride to the lakes on horseback. Read more about the valley of the seven lakes here...

Hours: around the clock, to visit the best route in the daytime, in the morning or early in the morning, from may to October. Keep in mind that the route is quite lengthy, and it is better not to go in the second half of the day, otherwise you can not manage to get back before dark

Entrance fee: road and trail run through the Ritsa national Park, at the entrance in which you need to pay conservation fee: adults – 350 rubles, children 8-12 years – 150 rubles, children under 8 years stay free of charge. Payment is made at the entrance to the Park at the checkpoint. The cost of the tour is from 1800 rubles per person.

How to get there: valley of seven lakes is at a distance of 75 kilometers from Gagra, 68 kilometers of which passes through satisfactory asphalt road and the remaining seven will have to walk (valley of seven lakes on the map). You can get here by private transport or a tour, but this route is not very popular, and most likely will have to use the services of private tour guides that offer excursions from 1800 rubles per person gathering of the full group. UAZ you got almost to the pass Pyv, whence on foot to the valley about four miles away, but there you go independently.

Waterfall Dairy

Молочный водопад

The Milky waterfall is located in the Ritsa national Park near the Eastern shore of the lake Ritsa, where the river waterfall that flows into the lake. Nearby is another attraction – Stalin's summer residence, together with which usually and visit. The milky waterfall is notable for the fact that the water is white and resembles milk. This is because a waterfall consists of several rapids and around the many stone ledges, with the result that the water is strongly boiling and is filled with air, becoming white. The water is cool and drinkable, and it is believed that if you swim in a waterfall, it is possible to preserve youth, however, and not surprising, because the water is very cold. Read more about waterfall dairy here...

Hours: around the clock

Entrance fee: the waterfall is located on the territory of the Ritsa national Park, at the entrance in which you need to pay conservation fee: adults – 350 rubles, children 8-12 years – 150 rubles, children under 8 years stay free of charge. Payment is made at the entrance to the Park at the checkpoint. The cost of excursions to lake Ritsa from the Gagra – from 500 rubles+entrance fee to the Park.

How to get there: the waterfall is located on the shores of lake Ritsa 60 kilometers from Gagra (the waterfall on the map). You can get here with an excursion to lake Ritsa and Stalin's dacha, or yourself. Lake Ritsa leads to a good asphalt road.

Waterfall A Bird's Beak

Водопад Птичий Клюв

Waterfall Bird's Beak is quite picturesque and beautiful, located right next to lake Ritsa right along the road a little farther than the lake, so most tour groups do not reach up to him. But all tourists and travelers moving in the direction of the valley of the Seven lakes, lake MSY and Awatary certainly pass by this waterfall. The water is potable, so it is possible to restock, if you go on a long hike in the mountains. Nearby is an observation deck at lake Ritsa. Read more about waterfall bird's beak here...

Hours: around the clock

Entrance fee: the waterfall is located on the territory of the Ritsa national Park, at the entrance in which you need to pay conservation fee: adults – 350 rubles, children 8-12 years – 150 rubles, children under 8 years stay free of charge. Payment is made at the entrance to the Park at the checkpoint.

How to get there: the waterfall near lake Ritsa 60 kilometers from Gagra (the waterfall on the map). You can get here with an excursion to lake Ritsa and then a little walk.

Stalin's dacha on lake Riza

Дача Сталина

Stalin's summer residence on lake Ritsa is one of about twenty villas of the Generalissimo, which operated on the territory of the former USSR, and believed to have been one of his favorites. This is not surprising, because it is located on the shores of lake Ritsa, surrounded by beautiful green mountains. Today, anyone tourist can visit this place as a historical landmark.

Not to say that it's a must visit place, because here is nothing special, and the architecture is quite undistinguished. But with a good guide inspection of the garden suddenly becomes exciting: tells about the life of the leader, his character, habits and countries. You can learn a lot very interesting what is not written in the history books. Usually the country visit jointly with the Ritsa lake and other attractions of the Ritsa national Park. Read more about Stalin's dacha here...

Working hours: 09:00 – 18:00

Entrance fee: 150 rubles, including tour support. Since the cottage is located on the territory of the Ritsa national reserve will also have to pay environmental fee lie the entrance to the checkpoint of the reserve: adults – 350 rubles, children 8-12 years – 150 rubles, children under 8 years stay free of charge.

Getting there:the cottage is located on the shores of lake Ritsa (Stalin's dacha on the map). You can get there with an excursion to lake Ritsa, many of which include her visit in your itinerary, but the entrance and the tour will have to pay separately. You can also drive yourself to the lake Ritsa and garden by car distance from the center 60 kilometers.

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