Alternative tourism destination: Chernobyl and the alienation zone

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Si v-ati saturat de clasicele destinatii turistice , Parisul sau Roma vi se par clisee si bombe pentru turisti? Atunci va propun o serie de destinatii alternative ,  locuri diferite , speciale pe care nu multa lume le viziteaza. Prima destinatie: Chernobyl si zona de alienare de 30 km din jurul centralei.

Incidentul din 1986 este cunoscut lumii , la foarte putin scurt dupa explozie s-a stabilit un perimetru cu raza de 30 km , de unde a fost evacuata in regim de urgenta toata populatia , luand cu ei doar ce puteau cara in maini. Aproape 25 de ani mai tarziu zona ramane in continuare nepopulata datorita nivelului ridicat de radiatii , astfel aventurierii care viziteaza zona vor gasi o rezervatie accidentala , in care natura a repus stapanire pe locuri , dar si orase intregi unde timpul a stat pe loc.

Astazi exista agentii speciale(o simpla cautare pe google cu chernobyl tours si veti da de asta si de asta) care pe langa ca iti vor asigura siguranta medicala se ocupa cu organizarea tururilor in zona interzisa , preturile variaza intre 150-450 de dolari in functie de numarul de oameni din grup si de conditiile oferite de transport , cazare , etc. Aceste agentii se ocupa de autorizatiile necesare , vizele pentru Ukraina si daca se doreste si de aranjarea cazarii si a zborurilor.

Printre principalele “atractii” ale zonei enumar centrala nucleara de la Chernobyl , sarcofagul care acopera reactorul afectat , orasul alaturat centralei Pripyat (cine a jucat Stalker stie despre ce vorbesc) , un oras de marime aproximativa cu Mangalia in care locuiau 50.000 de suflete , piata centrala , parcul de distractii cu caruselul si vederea orasului abandonat oferita de pe acoperisul hotelului din centru mai da si astazi fiori, cimitirul de nave abandonate si mai ales cel de tancuri , elicoptere , masini de pompieri , politie , trenuri , folosite  de URSS la scurt timp dupa explozie zac astazi neatinse datorita radiatiilor mortale.

piata centrala din Prypiat (central square)

complexul sportiv

Pripyat

sarcofagul de la centrala nucleara (sarcophagus)

cimitirul de vehicule

Vezi alte calatorii / other trips : Brasov 02.2014 , Istanbul 01.2014 , Cluj Napoca 08.2013 , Sibiu 07.2013San Pedro , Bucharest 2013 , Varna 2012 , Los Angeles 2012 , Budapest & Viena , Salerno , Cluj Napoca 2012 , Firenze , Brasov 02.2012 , Amsterdam , Antofagasta , Valencia , Lima , Bremen , Istanbul 2009 , Valletta , San Juan , Barcelona , Singapore 2010 , Los Angeles 2010 , Transilvania road trip , La Spezia , Bosphor by ship , Sydney , Melborune , AucklandSan FranciscoTauranga

Alternative tourism: Georgia , Burning gate of Turkmenistan , North Korea , Chernobyl   , Nouadhibou graveyard

In cealalta jumatate / How the other half lives : Guayaquil  , Lagos

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So you had enough of Paris or Rome and looking for something else? Here’s a different form of tourism , of special places with something different which not many people get to see. First destination Chernobyl and the alienation zone.

The incindent from 1986 is well known to the world , shortly after the explosion of the reactor a 30 km perimeter zone was established and all the population inside was evacuated , leaving all they’re belongings except for what they can carry with they’re hands. Almost 25 years later the zone remains unpopulated because of the radiation level, becoming a unnatural reserve where nature reclaimed the land and cities where time stood still.

Today there are special travel agencies ( a simple google search with the words Chernobyl tours) which organize tours inside the zone , prices vary between 150 to 450 USD , depending on how big the group is and you’re preferences of hotel and transport. These agencies make sure you will come back healthy and arrange the necessary authorizations , visas for Ukraine and if you want also booking of hotel and flights to Ukraine.

Among the “attractions” of the zone there is the Chernobyl nuclear plant with it’s massive cement sarcophagus that covers the blown reactor , the nearby city of Pripyat (also featured in Stalker) , a city which used to house 50,000 souls , a soviet preserved city with a central square , fun fair, a hotel from the top of wich the view of the abandoned city still gives shivers , the vehicle graveyard of ships , tanks , helicopters , fire-engines , police cars all abandoned in working condition by the URSS during the cleanup operation because of the high doses of absorbed radiation.


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