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ESSO - the heard of Kamchatka
The Administrative center of the Bystrinsky Region which is called "Kamchatka's Switzerland" is the settlement Esso, which in the language of the native people, means "larch".
is a very accurate name. This settlement, one of the cosiest places in
Kamchatka, is surrounded by evergreen forests, sculptured cliffs, and
ridges. Not far from the town, two clear mountain rivers cross: the Uksichan
and hiking trails will bring you to the north from Esso. After only 4km
you will see the Esso (Uksichan) thermal springs with a temperature of
The Uksichan River, on the bank of which you can
see these springs, comes from the crater of an extinguished volcano. Its
slopes are decorated by smaller volcanoes, winding rivers and valleys.
The most ancient Sredinny volcanic ridge has one active volcano Ichinsky(3621m). Its dimensions, unusual shape, beauty and outcrops of the volcanic glass( the obsidian) attract tourists attention. But the approaching routes to it are of high difficulty and available only to the experienced mountain climbers.
Esso is heated by thermal waters. Thermal sources also heat greenhouses, where even southern vegetables have been grown. In the center of the village there is a large swimming pool.You will have a great meal at the cafe; food here is fresh and natural. As in every regional center, you may find here mail and telegraph services, stores, a Culture club, and TV receiving Moscow programs and if by some awful luck, you get sick, qualified doctors from the local hospital will help you.
international dog sled race, Beringia 91, which starts in Esso, was
put into the Guiness Record Book. The indigenous people of Kamchatka relied
on sled dogs for transportation during winter months for thousands of
The native population is made up of the Evens. You can learn about their original traditions in the Museum of Local Lore and at the concerts of their folklore group.
played an exclusive role in the life of Evens. Steller wrote that "one
can say without violating the truth that this lively people were more
than others attached to music"... The life of the Evens and Koryaks
was reflected in their dances. They were excellent improvisers and could
entrance for hours a stranger or the voices and movements of animals.
The aboriginals put children asleep using the traditional
drum, they make funeral fires, and hang dried fish along the banks of
rivers, organise traditional holidays. The Northern people still keep
so many features of their old way of life and culture. The distinctive
Evens culture is being revived in the dances and songs of "Nulgur"
folk ensemble, which despite its youth is known far beyond the borders
of Kamchatka and is a laureate of several festivals. Esso has its own
folklore group "Nulgur", keeping alive the tribal traditions:
reindeer breeding, fishing, hunting, sewing the national dress and footwear
from the skin of deer, wild animals as well as salmon skin and grassy
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Hotel "ALTAY", Esso, Kamchatka,
Mostovaya street 12à
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