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Ever after its foundation in 2001 our Association has been connecting organizations and individuals involved in ecological and tourism field throughout the country. It is dedicated to the national natural, historic and cultural heritage preservation, while developing true senses and wise principles for ecotourism community engagement. The Assosiation is a support base for our members initiatives through the local government, arranging of an economic aid and also as a represetative to any international activities. As a member of The International Ecological Society (TIES) we are proud to be the link to the world of sustainable and responsible tourism development for Russia.

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08.06.09
Already 1,253 people have put themselves on TIES Ecotourism Explorer Map. By doing so, they are showing that as people and organizations dedicated to responsible travel, they are changing the face of travel & tourism worldwide
23.11.08
The anniversary gathering of children ecological camps of Moscow took place on the 23rd of November
08.10.08
Climate change to devastate or destroy penguin colonies

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Ecotouristm Development in Russia,

Within the next ten years, Russia may have a chance to become one of the worlds most attractive nations for tourism focused on nature and environmental education. Yet less than a decade ago, during ecotourisms first stages of development in Russia, almost no one supported the idea. As recently as 1995 and 1996, many environmental organizations were either uninterested in ecotourism or actively opposed its development in zapovedniks. To the private sector, ecotourism seemed too complex and troublesome, and did not promise exceptional profits. Zapovednik directors, with few exceptions, could not understand why ecotourism was needed at all.

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Tours Guide

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Through western sayans to the center of Asia

A fascinating journey to the remote corners of Western Sayans (Southern Siberia), to the land of unyielding mountains, blue lakes, roaring rivers with crystal-clear water, to the kingdom of wild animals, to the crossroads of ancient civilizations and religions. You will also travel across the breathtaking scenery of ancient Tuva. This is the geographical center of Asia, the crossroads of all the historic caravan routes from China and India to Europe, including the Silk Road and the Tea Road.

Rafting down the Kantegir River

Arrive in Abakan (4-hrs flight from Moscow). Tour to the Khakassky nature reserve, Kazanovka nature & archaeological park, see the most impressive archaeological monuments of Khakassia. Transfer to the picturesque Kantegir river, rafting. Tour by small ship along the ''Sayans Sea'' (Enissey river), hike along the ecological trail of the Shushensky Bor national park. Ethnographical presentation in the Shushenskoe village

Fishing and rafting down the river Kyzyl-Khem

Altay-Sayans mountain region is a land of numerous rivers and lakes, a true paradise for those fond of rafting and fishing. The specific feature of all rafting tours in this region is its abundance in interesting objects and contrasts: rapids, waterfalls, fabulous landscapes changing during one tour from glaciers of mountain peaks to sandy hills of steppes. In the upper reaches of rivers, fishing is always very good. There is a plenty of berries, mushrooms and cedar nuts. Kyzyl-Khem (called in Mongolia Shishkhid-Gol) is a tributary of mighty Yenissei river. It is considered to be the most beautiful rafting river in Tuva and even in whole Eastern Siberia. It is also famous because of excellent fishing (taimen Hucho, grayling Thymallus, and lenok Brachymystax lenok). Traditionally, Mongolia dwellers do not use fish in their food, and, probably, this (together with difficult access) is one of the reasons for the abundance of valuable fish in the upper reaches of Kyzyl-Khem. There are few places on Earth that have preserved its severe primordial beauty to such extent. Characteristic feature of Kyzyl-Khem is its ''ship rocks'' the rocky islands covered by spruce, therefore its upper parts seem to be wider than the bottom. In the upper reaches, for dozens of kilometers high steep rocky banks hang over the river, with white threads of waterfalls drooping among the emerald verdure of the taiga. The river winds through deep forests and narrow valleys, but changes dramatically when it enters the two steep canyons. There, steep walls constrict the river and turn it into a continuous class boulder garden. The hydraulics here is powerful. Due to the absence on any roads, travel along the river Kyzyl-Khem is possible only by rafting (we use catarafts). The major portion of the route passes in absolutely uninhabited areas, only close to its final point some settlements of the Old-believers appear (they are ethnic Russians who split off from the Russian Orthodox Church in 1966 and sought to live a self-sustaining life, in the most remote place they could find). The tour involves visiting the communities of the Tuvans and Russian Old-Believers, learning the Tuvan culture, attending to a shaman's ritual and listening to a world-famous Tuvan throat-singing.
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