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Caucasian Biosphere Reserve

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Caucasian Biosphere Reserve

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View at Psekhako Ridge

Caucasian Biosphere Reserve is in Krasnodar Krai, Adygea and Karachay-Cherkessia of Russia.


This natural reserve has the second-largest protected area in Europe and the largest one in Caucasus mountains of Russia. It occupies the mountain ridges of Krasnodar Krai, Adygea and Karachay-Cherkessia, including part of Greater Sochi metropolitan area (Khosta district and Krasnaya Polyana), bordering Sochi National Park.

Caucasian Biosphere Reserve is the richest biodiversity treasury, having no equivalents in Russia and an international value as a piece of untouched nature with primeval habitats. Reasonably, this unique area is included into the UNESCO World Heritage List. The official site of the reserve is available in Russian only: [1]



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Two exclaved parts of the reserve, those are located inside Greater Sochi, are easy to visit: yew & boxtree wood at Khosta and the wild animals nursery at Krasnaya Polyana.


To visit other parts of the reserve, you need to get special permit, requiring the following:

  • list of participants,
  • passport details and passport copies of each participant,
  • name of the group's leader,
  • planned route/itinerary,
  • period of stay (number of days),
  • entrance fee (150 RUR per person per day, 50 RUR for children).

In Sochi you can get the permit at the reserve's headquarter: Karl Marx street, 8, room 10, Adler district, Sochi.

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