Tours to Russia
Machaon International offers to European conservation specialists and nature lovers customised trips to protected areas of Russia which we call a programme “Heading Towards Happiness”. You may be interested to explore our favourite destinations we visited and can easily organize a tailor-made trip fo you.
Russia boasts the world’s largest system of strictly protected nature reserves (so called zapovedniks) listed as category la by IUCN. They preserve not only large tracts of endless taiga forests and rolling steppes, but also pristine river systems and peat bogs, crystal blue lakes, spectacular mountains and old growth forests teeming with biodiversity.
The establishment of a comprehensive network of nature reserves, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries (zakazniks) and natural monuments is a long standing and effective form of biodiversity conservation and justly the pride of Russia. Today protected areas cover 11.4% or 206.7 million hectares of the country, more than the size of Mexico. 2017 passed the 100th anniversary since the first strict nature reserve near the lake Baikal was created.