The Ritsa relic national Park in Abkhazia

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The Ritsa relic national Park is the most popular and visited tourist nature reserve Abkhazia. Guided tour of Park, known to most tourists as an excursion to lake Ritsa is the most popular with tourists, and almost every vacationer in Abkhazia visits it. The Park is located in the southern mountainous part of Abkhazia, near Gagra, and almost at the border with Russia (Ritsa Park on the map). Almost the entire national Park is located in the mountains with difficult terrain, with elevations from 100 to 3256 meters, numerous mountain lakes, rivers, waterfalls, caves, glaciers, gorges.

Вид на озеро Рица в национальном парке A view of the lake Ritsa in the Park

For most tourists the Ritsa national Park is synonymous with the lake Ritsa. Indeed, this lake is located in the Park is its hallmark and most popular tourist attraction. From the coast to lake Ritsa through the Park runs an asphalt road, which, however, does not end after the lake, and leads on to other attractions. Along this road are several other interesting sights of the reserve, which usually are visited during excursions to lake Ritsa:

Also along the route there are several observation decks. More advanced and complex routes with an overnight stay can include the valley of the seven lakes, lake Si, the resort and source of mineral water Aadhar.

How to visit Ritsa national Park

Pay a visit to the Park, at the entrance to the checkpoint on the main road (the checkpoint on the map) must pay an ecological fee in the amount of: adult – 350 roubles; children 8-12 years – 150 rubles, children under 8 years stay free of charge. Excursions in the Park of Gagra and other resorts of Abkhazia - from 750 rubles+entrance fee to the Park.

To visit the Park on your own car, or with a group or individual tour. Public transport doesn't go there.

There are no restrictions on an independent visit by private transport, however, officially it is forbidden self-organization of campaigns and camps. This means that you can not put a tent anywhere and roam anywhere. Any independent route to confirmation by the Park administration which is located at the address: Gudauta, street Lakoba, 1A, tel: +79409934598. Fortunately, in practice, can safely travel by private car through the entire Park on the paved road, make stops, walk to popular attractions, and do not have to coordinate trips to places that are a little out of the way: the Gega waterfall, lake. Malaya Ritsa lake Mzy, valley of Seven lakes. More serious routes should be coordinated, and, of course, is not without agreeing to off the paved road.

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💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: For access to the Ritsa national Park will be charged at the checkpoint: adults – 350 rubles, children 8-12 years – 150 rubles, children under 8 years stay free of charge. Group tour costs 750 rubles per person+entrance fee to the Park

🚶 How to get: the checkpoint of the entrance to the Park is 30 kilometers from Gagra. To visit the Park independently by car or with group tour (750 rubles) from the resorts of Abkhazia and Sochi, with a private guide (3500 for the car). The road to the lake there is a good, under the power of any car. No public transport doesn't go there.

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Attractions along the route through the Ritsa national Park

  • Blue lake

    Голубое озеро, Абхазия Blue lake

    Blue lake (lake of China) is a small lake in the Gagra district of Abkhazia, known for its turquoise water. 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. Swimming is prohibited, too cold, so come here just to admire the beauty of the lake and its surroundings, take pictures, including the money proposed photo with the peacock or traditional dress. Read more about blue lake here...

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    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free, only need to pay national Park entrance

    🚶 How to get there: the lake is 30 kilometers from the town of Gagra on the road to lake Ritsa (the blue lake on the map). Public transport doesn't go there, you can get there by car, taxi, tour, ride, or bike.

  • An unforgettable gorge (Stone bag)

    Юпшарское ущелье, Абхазия An unforgettable gorge

    The yupsharsky canyon, 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. Read more about an unforgettable gorge here...

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    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free, only need to pay national Park entrance

    🚶 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.

  • The Gega waterfall

    Гегский водопад, Абхазия The Gega waterfall

    The Gega waterfall is the most famous and beautiful waterfall of Abkhazia. Located at an altitude of 530 meters above sea level, a height of 70 meters. Its feature is that it comes out of the rock, not from the top. The waterfall is interesting because 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...

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    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free, only need to pay national Park entrance

    🚶 How to get there: the waterfall is located 45 kilometers from the centre of Gagra in the Ritsa national Park (waterfall on the map). Direct access to the waterfall is possible only by jeep or on foot, because the last seven kilometres are on terrible mountain road, which will pass only the most serious car. 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 (from 1500 rubles per car). A foot-path from the turn is not difficult, but very rough because of rocks and mud, and depending on your training will take between 2 to 5 hours.

  • Ozero Malaya Ritsa

    Озеро малая Рица

    Mountain lake small Ritsa is the younger brother of the great lake Ritsa, located in five kilometers from it at an altitude of 1235 meters above sea level, above approximately 360 meters. Its size is only 530 at 290 metres, a depth of 76. It does not fall into any one river, and the water comes from melting glaciers in the spring mountains, and precipitation. A small lake is even more beautiful than big, but you can reach it only on foot. The trail passes through beautiful old-growth forest, and made available to every tourist, without special training, you only need a good physical shape, comfortable shoes, and drinking water. The whole route is better to lay for 4 hours. Read more about lake Small Ritsa here...

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    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free, only need to pay national Park entrance

    🚶 How to get there: the lake small Ritsa is located five kilometers from a large lake Ritsa (Lake small Ritsa on the map). To reach it, you must first get to the lake, leave vehicles in the Parking lot, and then proceed on foot. The lake is a path with no branches, and in places marked by arrows, so get lost it is difficult, but a compass or a Navigator will not interfere. The beginning of the trail indicated on our map (the entrance to the trail on the map).

  • The Men's tears waterfall

    Водопад Мужские слезы, Абхазия The Men's tears waterfall

    Falls Men's tears, as well as "Maiden's tears" is 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. Here 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. Read more about Men's waterfall of tears here...

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    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free, only need to pay national Park entrance

    🚶 How to get: 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.

  • Mountain lake Mzy

    Озеро Мзы, Абхазия Lake view

    Mountain lake Mzy (SIM) – one of the great natural attractions of Abkhazia, located deep in the mountains of NV 2,000 metres, but is available to visit not only the travelers with great experience of trekking and equipment, but also ordinary tourists as a day hike. 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, the water is rarely above 4 degrees Celsius. Also depending on the time of year around the lake continue snow clearing, you can see them even in June. For a hike you should take with you warm clothes and raincoats. Read more about lake Mzy here...

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    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free, only need to pay national Park entrance. The price of the excursion of the center from 2000 rubles/person.

    🚶 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). You can get there by own transport or a guided tour (from 2000 rubles from Gagra). Go directly to the lake will not work, but on foot it will have to walk only about 7 kilometers (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.

  • Valley of Seven lakes

    Вид долину 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. Here can get any tourist without special training and equipment is required only in good physical shape, because walking to rise up. Read more about the valley of the seven lakes here...

    🕐 Working time: around the clock, but the route to start better in the daytime, ideally the afternoon or early in the morning, in the season from may to October.

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free, only need to pay national Park entrance. The price of the excursion of the center from 2000 rubles/person.

    🚶 How to get there: the valley 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 tour. The tour Jeeps you got almost to the pass Pyv, whence on foot to the valley about four miles away, but there you go have a walk.

  • Waterfall Dairy

    Молочный водопад, Абхазия Waterfall of milk

    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. It is remarkable 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. 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...

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    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free, only need to pay national Park entrance

    🚶 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 independently by car.

  • Waterfall A Bird's Beak

    Водопад Птичий Клюв, Абхазия Waterfall A Bird's Beak

    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...

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    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free, only need to pay national Park entrance

    🚶 How to get there: the waterfall is located 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 becomes unexpectedly exciting. Read more about Stalin's dacha here...

    🕐 Working time: 09:00 – 18:00

    💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 150 rubles, including tour support. Since the cottage is located on the territory of the Ritsa national reserve will also have to pay a conservation fee to the reserve.

    🚶 How to get 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.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin, April 15, 2019

Special shoes for swimming kupuyte, no problem at all, everything will be okay. ...
Taisiya April 27, 2019
Was in Abkhazia 5 times and still going. No bad attitudes from the local population did not notice. Delicious food,clean sea and wonderful nature. People,when are you going to Abkhazia,you have to understand that this is not Egypt and Turkey,where everything is included!!!The determinant that you want to get on holiday, and then write bad reviews. If you want, what would you "dust particles blown", you in other countries!!! ...
admin 28 April, 2019

Still, it is necessary to understand that this feedback is not about "population", and those who provide services to tourists. Ordinary people are mostly quite friendly, but the negativity comes from those who interact with tourists, and the taxi drivers, tenants of apartments, sellers of travel services. But most importantly, you yourself admit that it's not Turkey and Egypt, and in my opinion very far not even the resorts of the Russian Federation. And, you know, not all travel and leisure is reduced to all-inclusive, if that.
And yet, all constantly write about some of the beauty of nature in Abkhazia. I would like to understand the criteria that is that you under that beauty implies. Ritsa lake and sanctuary I agree, but where you there is still beauty seen? What is there more beautiful than on the other side of the border, give examples or transcript. I'm no beauty there I see, on the contrary all the spoils of ruin and dirt around. ...
Алена5107 May 7, 2019
Good day )advice please ,as is the case with the omission of the debtors in 2019,but if the availability of debt ,there is a risk that the husband for non-payment of taxes for the vehicle will not let ... ...
admin 7 May, 2019

Check for travel ban due to debt, not actual debt. If the bailiffs have been red-flagged, then it will not be released. Read more here all painted - ...
natcat June 8, 2019
The main thing in Abkhazia is nature! And some of the stuff you just need to ignore) If there was another service, and prices rose b, respectively! 8-) ...
Anastasia Kotova 13 June, 2019
Please tell me you're going to rest in Sochi and thinking to go for a couple of days in Abkhazia with the child 1.5 years, should I go!? Can you advise the hotel what there prices are!? ...
admin June 14, 2019

Depends why you want to go there for a few days. All the compliments of that nature there is beautiful, but IMHO not in the resorts. Nature is beautiful only in the mountains and the Ritsa nature reserve/ and to see it, better to just tour in Sochi to buy, will be cheaper and faster. If you want to see a few attractions of the country, then for two days almost will not see anything even on the transport, as everything is quite far apart.
And to go to Abkhazia for the standard beach vacation-hotel-cafe I would not recommend it, simply makes no sense from the developed Sochi to go there. Although the objective of the sea there is of course cleaner, but in my personal opinion it's not worth all the difficulties and underdeveloped infrastructure of Abkhazia.
In the end my firm opinion: in Abkhazia it is necessary to go only for avid travelers who have all looked in the native open spaces, those who are not in the far abroad (police, regardie, military, etc.), and of those who love climbing and asparkam with overnight stays in tents, etc ...
aria88 23 June, 2019

Absolutely agree! Better just from Sochi to take day trips and beach holidays to spend in Sochi. ...
Alexander Mikhalchuk 2 July, 2019
I don't know, I've vacationed in Sochi, then we decided to go to Abkhazia not in summer and late autumn with several days. Yes, Abkhazia is quite something else. But we loved it. So we already twice were there in the summer. There is somehow no such bustle, more quiet and sincere. Nature delights! The sea is very beautiful and cleaner. Pebbles in Sochi, worse, uncomfortable.
We rest at the hotel Dad in Gudauta, there are pebbles, but small and how to get in the sea pebbles very fine sand. So with the children is super. You just need to understand that there are a lot of abandoned houses and infrastructure is not so developed because they're just starting to rebuild everything. In General, advantages for the sake of my that we have to go there: the beach, the crush, the sea is beautiful and clean, convenient entrance to the sea, beautiful nature, interesting excursions a lot cheaper all in peace, rest like went to the country to grandma's, but only the sea and where palm trees))) This is what everyone is looking for. If someone wants to party-then of course choose Sochi. And who wants tranquillity and relax Abkhazia)) ...

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