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The Caucasus Nature Reserve is in Krasnodar Krai, Adygea and Karachay-Cherkessia of Russia.


The Caucasus Nature Reserve is a biodiversity treasure and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is the second-largest protected area of Europe and the largest in Caucasus mountains of Russia. It includes the mountain ridges of Krasnodar Krai, Adygea and Karachay-Cherkessia, as well as part of the Greater Sochi metropolitan area (Khosta district and Krasnaya Polyana), bordering Sochi National Park.



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A horse is dwarfed by Chugush Peak, in the background

Two exclave parts of the reserve – those are located inside Greater Sochi – are easy to visit: Yew and Boxtree Wood at Khosta, and the wild animal nursery at Krasnaya Polyana. Other parts are not so easy; see below.

Fees and permits[edit]

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.

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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