Peschanaya Bay is an inimitably beautiful nook of the
lake where Nature has gathered and generously given man the blue sky, a vast space of
Baikal, the amber-like quicksand of its beaches and the healthy air of the Baikal taiga.
The bay is famous for plenty of sunny days: it is the only place on the lake where the
average rage annual temperature is +3,40°C. The major part of the bay is occupied by a
wonderful surprisingly clean sandy beach 15 - 20 m wide. The soft sand and emerald
green water of the lake are magnetic, but the Baikal water is available for swimming
only for a healthy sound person - in August the surface waters are warmed only up
to +4, +16°C.
Peschanaya Bay is the sole place on the lake where one can see miraculous
"walking-on-stilts" trees, a real wonder of Baikal. They grow on a sand dune near
Bolshoi Kolokolny Rock. The trees have risen above the earth on their stilt-like roots,
from under which water and winds blow out the soil. In the vicinity of the bay is located a unique site of nature -
Baklany Kamen' Island. This small isle, the only one in thesouthern extremity of the lake,
in former times was known as the biggest nesting colony of the large cormorant ("baklan")
Deep in the bay, in the pine grove there are houses, tents and other
facilities for tourists. Immediately beyond it, extends the thick taiga forest covering
the slopes with a dense green carpet up to the very crests and peaks of the
mountains. Amateur fishermen may experience real fishing happiness, and
tourists dreaming of hiking may go along picturesque mountain paths to feel exhilaration
and harmony with Nature that feels everyone who ever encounters "the Siberian pearl".