Blue lake in Abkhazia

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Blue lake (lake of China) – a small lake in the Gagra district of Abkhazia, known for its turquoise water, the color of which 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 here on the way to Ritsa lake.

Blue lake is a karst, and very small size, only 30 and 20 meters, but the depth estimated to be 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. 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.

Голубое озеро, Абхазия Blue lake

Swimming in the lake is prohibited, too cold, but you can go knee-deep in water. 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 in the traditional local clothes. There is also a small artificial waterfall. On the way from the Parking lot to the lake reaches a market with shops selling Souvenirs, honey, wine, chacha, cheese, usually at inflated prices. Across the road from the lake through the river organized skiing, zip-lining (trolls), the cost is 500 rubles in both directions. And of course, the lake is associated with many legends, which tell the tourists during the tours.

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💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 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 centre of the resort 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 (free). 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.

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Panorama of the Blue lake

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Goras 14 July, 2019
Been in Abkhazia for a very long time. Everything was fine. Gagra - all a dream. After the Crimea - it was a shock for me personally. The beauty is indescribable. The air is so... words can not betray. And the market is generally a separate conversation about the smell. Bay leaf and spices. But it is not Intrusive. The sea was also great. Stayed at the campsite, as it was in the car with the trailer.
Recently viewed photos of Gagra, Sukhumi - no, I don't want to go there. ...
admin July 15, 2019
I.e. nature is ? Interesting approach :THINK . However, with our Sochi a big difference in diversity is not seen, and you that's why Crimea decided to compare. And photos of resorts with a variety of vegetation again no...... :( ... Jul 17, 2019
Was in Abkhazia in 2015, traveled by car with Russian numbers. Given the fact that I previously had read "horror stories" from the forums about Abkhazia, and plus are a motorist who is trying not to violate traffic rules, then after passing the border (stood for 30 minutes on a weekday in late August), I went strictly by the signs... but given the fact that it is not on the road is not clear the situation with the characters, and frankly all the trouble, it is not clear WHERE the town BEGINS, where it ENDS. So drove everywhere 40km per hour, away from sin. Saw a lot of stopped cars at the posts of traffic police workers, and they were all with the Russian numbers. All would be nothing if it were not sharp konstrastom with the ABKHAZ, they have to go 140 on an opposite through the double solid and honk friend gaytsy is normal, the feeling that there are all kin to each other, go on Abkhazian rooms, consider the rules for you do not write. Really a bunch of times cars overtaking into oncoming traffic where double continuous (and this is when there was a restriction 90).
Some people gave advice, you are here for the night don't get up, then the machine Park we have hot molodesh, glass hit, can steal things... thank you damn, of course I understand that good namereniyami, I normally could not sleep, the whole trip stressful...
Apogee was a trip to new Athos monastery before climbing the mountain is a sign of a white circle, travel is limited... stopped, went to ask a local which way, everywhere I read that on a car ride, and women are on the market in a voice they say Yes, you go that way, I do not care what the sign is all go, don't worry, we're not check gaytsov no, you go darling. One is said, did not believe, went further when he heard the same thing 6 times, and I saw the cars there, heaps ...
admin 17 July, 2019

Was not until 2018, in Abkhazia, and after reading your post it seemed to me that the situation on the roads became better. Problems with the signs of the start/end of settlements have not noticed, and in General the roads are good, just I hate these ugly bumps when 90 need to sharply reduce the speed to 20 :suicide . And with Parking trouble at old: a stranger should not be put where it is possible locally to pay Parking, and all this in the open right under the noses of cops. ...
Alexander the Warrior July 29, 2019
Hello! Who like to arrive with a link to the border with Abkhazia and after. It is more profitable to take? And is it possible at Adler airport to purchase a SIM card for use in Abkhazia? Thanks in advance) ...
admin 30 July, 2019

No matter any of the two operators take, there is no difference. About airport can't tell always by car went. Only one note: immediately after crossing the border of the Russian SIM cards do not use, communications from America will cost, damn it. ...
Lelik.o77 4 August, 2019
Now stationed in Abkhazia under the New Athos, the village of Primorsko. Came here ( on their own, without a vehicle)to receive medical treatment. Crossed the border in 20 minutes, without personal inspection. 10 minutes of hydrogen sulfide, the source of healing mud. Highly recommend for joints and blood purification. What about respect, do not worry, here all have wifi. The SIM card put in airplane mode using 5 km after the border. The money is not removed... spoke calmly by telephone immediately after crossing the border( like a house). A lot of minibuses, the fare is cheap. Before Athos was 200 RUB., 1 hour 20 mins with a breeze. All Abkhazians are very friendly, always ready to help and give. If you do not stay in a hotel, very cheap. The private sector 350-500 RUB 2-bed room per day. You can negotiate with food. The food they serve is phenomenal! All a good journey. ...
aaaaal 6 August, 2019
Was in Abkhazia last year. Experience the best! the food is delicious, the people are friendly (contrary to rumors). And the's just a thrill. clean, unlike the dirty Anapa. Going to visit the country again this year. Many do not have time to look...
Mitya August 31, 2019
And I on the contrary came in. Last year went 40 thousand left there 3 weeks. I liked everything. It is clear that the service is not developed yet, but I try and it is captivating. ...
Chester September 8, 2019
Last year there 8 times dangled from Adler. To rent a house there was. Pros - sea, nature, sparsely populated, the nostalgia for the Soviet Union, the sights. Minus all the abandoned, bus, driving on the road dangerous, there are few shops, pretty boring. There was a bad incident in Sukhumi with local security forces in plain clothes, passed the house of Moscow, and I caught up with the car, it stopped me abses - took me for zakladka drugs:(, found a common language, even before the station was taken, on the transfer in Psou on this day, our border guards at the exit for no reason at all asked where I'm from (town of Abkhazia).
In my opinion the best location in Pitsunda, where Sands (fishery) and in Athens, they say there are still musra, but haven't been there yet. There are many stray dogs (lying crushed on the road and walk along the beaches), cows walk on the track, a lot of wine and chacha. Syringes on beaches. Turkish radio stations are audible. Breathe irregularly to Turkey. Echoes of war, all monuments and obelisks. Exotic still the same. But, in my opinion there mentally and spiritual people. And more freedom - there are no such restrictions in Russia, border crosses, as if a stone from his shoulders. Will go there again. For extreme relaxation. ...