Krasnoyarsk Krai stretches from the Sayan Mountains to the Arctic Ocean. Thanks to its geographical location, the region covers a variety of nature zones: from the wild and impassable taiga to the vast steppe and tundra. The Putorana Plateau with its innumerable waterfalls and lakes, the sacred Plotbishchenskoe Lake where a miracle-working icon was once found, and the Permafrost Museum in Igarka, are places that will fascinate all visitors.
Krai's main artery and the deepest river in Russia, the Yenisei, flows through all the climate zones in Siberia into the ocean. It is one of the ten largest rivers in the world. The two most powerful hydroelectric plants in Russia—Sayano–Shushenskaya and Krasnoyarsk—can be found here. The most popular water route for tourists is from Krasnoyarsk to Dudinka. In the north of the region you can see permafrost, traces of the Tunguska event and the arctic coasts of the Kara and Laptev seas.
Krasnoyarsk was founded in 1628 as an Eastern outpost and by the 21st century had turned into a modern and rapidly developing metropolis. It combines things that cannot be combined: huge plants and factories live next to wild nature and international standard skiing resorts. Large 19th century merchant houses have been preserved in the city center.
Krasnoyarsk is famous for the Stolby Nature Park in the outskirts of the city. Here you can see volcanic rocks thrown around the territory covering more than 450 square kilometers; each rock has its own name. Chornaya Sopka, Torgashinsky Ridge, Nikolayevskaya Sopka, Torgashinskaya and Zhenevskaya caves, the Krasnoyarsk Sea (Reservoir) and Mininskie Stolby are all close to the city.
Yeniseysk is a town with a rich history and traditions that has preserved its original appearance. Visitors come here to admire its merchant houses and monasteries, narrow streets and the spirit of the ancient town. It has been proposed to include the historic center of the town in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The city has survived different eras: It was the gold mining capital of Russia, a place of exile for prisoners and the largest city in Siberia.
One of most and beautiful places on earth is the Putorana Plateau. It covers 250,000 square kilometers with lakes and rivers, mountains and canyons, waterfalls and valleys. It is home to Lake Vivi and Talnikovy waterfall, the highest waterfall in Eurasia at 482 meters.
The south of the region is a Mecca for skiers and mountain climbers. Egarki Nature Park is an ideal place for hiking, trekking, and mountain climbing in summer, while in winter it is an excellent ski resort with a long season from November to May.
Shushenskoye has long been one of the main tourist sites in Russia. In Soviet times people were attracted to places associated with Lenin, while today Shushenskoye is a real ethnic center with its own historical and ethnographic museum-reserve. The museum contains the New Village complex, where visitors can experience the authentic atmosphere of 19th-century houses following all the customs of peasant life of that time.
The most important tourist event in Krai is the international festival of ethnic music and craft, the World of Siberia. During the festival you can hear everything: from music of the nomadic peoples of Siberia to African tamtam drums.