Over the course of the last hundred years, Volgograd has often been a prominent figure on the Russian and global stage. Many events have left their mark on the city in monuments, places and traditions. Over the last century the city has changed its name three times: at the beginning of the twentieth century it was called Tsaritsyn and it was a backwater place on the banks of the Volga River. Then it became Stalingrad - the fortress that played a pivotal role in World War II, and later was renamed Volgograd, having become in the process a sunny and hospitable city whose residents love fishing, football, boat rides and beaches.
Volgograd 2018 | Trek by the River: Nizhnekhopersky Nature ParkIf you are spending a night in Uryupinsk, choose one of the campsites on the bank of Khopyor RiverIf you are spending a night in Uryupinsk, choose one of the campsites on the bank of Khopyor River
Trek by the River: Nizhnekhopersky Nature Park
If you are spending a night in Uryupinsk, choose one of the campsites on the bank of Khopyor River. This tributary of the Don has lots of pike, carp, catfish and crucian carp, and is ideal for fishing. The best way to travel down the river is by kayak or by raft. There are routes of varying length and difficulty and anyone can participate, from trained athletes to children.
You can start your rafting trip in the area around Uryupinsk or drive downstream to start at Nizhnekhopersky Nature Park. The river's fast flow makes it possible to travel up to 30 kilometres (19 miles) a day. The landscape is constantly changing: impenetrable forests turn into plains, sandy beaches alternate with cliffs and chalk deposits.
Volgograd Region, Kumylzhensky District, Bukanovskaya Cossack Village, Ulitsa Lagutina, 77