August 28, 2020

Kamchatka or Bust


Kamchatka or Bust
What our Alaskan readers see off their front porches. Козинцев, Wikimedia Commons

Now's your chance to check out a part of Russia you might only know from a game of Risk.

Kamchatka, a peninsula in the Pacific ocean, is set to become the next big ecotourism hotspot. Russian authorities are making plans to revamp roads, ports, and other infrastructure to draw tourists to this area, along with stringent environmental protections for tourist-magnet natural wonders.

Reportedly, ecotourism currently makes up only 2 percent of Russia's tourism sector. Kamchatka, and its Alaska-like scenery, could be Russia's ticket to environmental fame. Sights like Three Volcanoes Park and Avacha Bay have already seen some development.

Somehow, though, we just don't see ziplines, nighttime jungle tours, and rural hostels taking off.

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