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Tourism in Kamchatka
The most interesting and unique natural attractions available to organized tour groups are located in the southern and central areas of the peninsula. The region's capital, the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, has always remained Kamchatka's main tourist center. The city features hotels, restaurants, museums, a sea port, and the Paratunsky health resort and spa area; the city is also close to the regional and the international airports and has a reliable network of roads and bus routes connecting it to the peninsula's remote areas. The city is the starting point as well as the return destination for most tourist routes. Petropavlovsk is a safe city: walking along the city streets is safe here any lime of day or night. Being alert and smart is necessary, of course, as in any city in the world. The locals are very friendly and are always willing lo help. However, besides the hotel staff and tour guides, few people here speak foreign languages.
While in Petropavlovsk and the villages, you will have plenty of opportunities to find souvenirs, both traditional Russian and the local crafts of the aborigines, like wood and bone carvings; you can also find local seafood delicacies, beverages, as well as information and guidebooks, photo albums, and Kamchatka tourist maps. At this time, credit cards are accepted only in the city of Petropavlovsk where you can also exchange any currency to Russian rubles.
The best lime for summer travel, including rafting, walking, and equestrian tours, is from July to the end of September, and for mountain climbing it is from mid-July to the end of August. The best time for winter travel here is from March to the beginning of May. Mountain skiing season opens in November and lasts through almost the entire year.
However, because the summer weather in Kamchatka is unpredictable, it is advisable to bring some waterproof clothing in case it rains and something light to wear in case it is sunny and hot. Whether you come in the summer or the winter, do not forget your bathing suit: swimming in the hot springs is available all year round.
There are absolutely no snakes or dangerous insects on Kamchatka. However, you may benefit from some mosquito repellent. Of course, bring your basic supply of medicines and a first aid kit, especially if you plan to hike and be outdoors for several days and nights.