An unforgettable gorge in Abkhazia
An unforgettable gorge, also called the "Stone bag" or an unforgettable gorge – one of the natural attractions of the Ritsa national Park. It was formed along the river Yupshara (Apsara), and it is almost 8 kilometers of road to the lake Riza. 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 to 5 minutes on one of the viewing platforms to admire 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.
One of the most popular viewpoints of the gorge (you can't miss, there's always a lot of tourists and cars) there are shops with Souvenirs, mountain honey, wine and chacha, as well as a huge boulder. It's called "stone of desires", and make your wish come true, you need to climb up stone on the oversight of the iron stairs, and there to make it.
🕐 Time of work: round the clock, visit better day
💵 Entrance fee / cost of tickets: 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 resort 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.