Trip to lake Ritsa (Abkhazia)

The most popular among tourists place of rest and one of the natural wonders of Abkhazia. Located at an altitude of about 950 meters above sea level and surrounded on all sides by mountains, covered with dense forests. The lake Ritsa occupies a part of valley of the Lashipse river. It was formed as a result of tectonic lowering of the river valley at the junction of two geologic structures: limestone and porphyry. The length of the lake is about 2000 m, maximum depth is 150 m. in Addition to a fall in the Lashipse five rivers, from the lake flows the only river Yupshara. The water in the lake never freezes, the maximum water temperature recorded in August and is +17 – +20 degrees. Water of lake has a rich greenish-blue color; its transparence reaches 8-10 m. the lake is home To one species of fish – brook trout.

After leaving the theater we drove to buy vinisha. What I successfully did. After the tasting, despite the rain, the mood at me was excellent. In the bag were two poltoracki pleasant wine

Stop at the waterfall “tears”

Needless to say, we were brought to a local apiary

Though at the same time looked at native bees. Grey mountain Caucasian bees are the most peace-loving of all known species. They don’t fret and do not attempt to sting

Showed how to check the honey with cold water after it fills with water takes the form of a honeycomb.

Ritsinsky relict national Park was founded in 1996 on the basis of the Ritsa nature reserve, established in 1930, the reserve Area is 39 hectares.


At the waterfall “Male tears” you can take pictures with the wheelchair es-three-and


Despite its small size, the lake affects the climate of the entire basin. Ruling over him hortolandia winds blowing from the valley in R. Lashipse river gorge Yupshara face with the local breezes. Sometimes on the lake you can see an extremely rare phenomenon, when in bad weather broken clouds low, almost touching the surface of the lake, rushing back from the valley of the Lashipse to Yupshara there.

From the South-West above the lake rises mount Pshegishkha (2222 metres above sea level), from the East – Ariha (Rihwa) (2700 m above sea level), North – solid rock Acetal with top Agapsta (3261 m above sea level). In ancient times, through the pass Acetuk passed the main mountain path of the district.

Noticed that will need sahabat yourself dry piece of wood for the campfire. In this humid subtropical climate, especially here, as I’ve decided it’s hard to find something dry for firewood

Bought some food and poured himself a glass of Vino. Planned to spend the night at the lake in his tent. But liter is used Kindzmarauli and rain but not so relaxed. And, looking ahead, say that out of our tourist bus, I landed on the highway Gagra-Sukhumi. Successfully got on the bus and about an hour reached the capital of Abkhazia. Having found a house overlooking an abandoned Metropolitan train station, and drank off the rest of the wine, I broke into the building on photoshoot

Local hunters and shepherds knew about the existence of the lakes are long, but the first time it was mapped by an unknown author in 1865. In 1895, from the top of the ridge Atsetuk saw him and was described by the famous Russian botanist, geographer and Explorer Nikolai Albov. The first scientific study of lake Ritsa was realized by the members of a scientific expedition “the Crimean-Caucasian mountain club”, which was led by Evgeny Morozov-Popova. In 1929, the expedition of the Commissariat of Abkhazia got to the lake, and in 1930 it was first used in the guide “Abkhazian Alps”, compiled by S. Anisimov. Since then, the Ritsa lake becomes a tourist attraction.

On the shore of the lake Stalin’s dacha is located and the adjoining cottage Brezhnev. The cottages are preserved historical furniture and furnishings, until the summer of 2012, there were excursions. Since the summer of 2012, all state dachas built during the times of Stalin, to visit are closed on the personal orders of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia Alexander Ankvab.

Blue lake is a mandatory object which carry tourists. Call it shining sapphire. Its surface is absolutely quiet, even though right beside him noisily poured out from under the rock flowing mountain stream. The blue lake of karst origin. It is rather small: its area of only 180 square meters, depth unknown. Lake blue, amazingly bright color that does not fade and does not darken even in the most inclement weather.

The lake does not freeze all year round, but the fish here is not found. The animal world is missing here is not growing plankton. Blue lake is fed by the waters of the underground river that starts on the slopes of the high mountains of Ahcich. The penalty for bathing 1000.

Then drove to a local bungee. A briefing with the assurance their equipment, which I seriously doubted. However, dare to ride. It cost 300 rubles

Back it was time to stomp on the bridge’s legs

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