Taking advantage of the arrival of good weather, we decided to visit Chernobyl, a catastrophic place that has been abandoned for years and that is now open so that the most intrepid travelers can get to know it.
How to visit Chernobyl?
To visit Chernobyl it is necessary to hire an excursion from Kiev , the capital of Ukraine. The price of day trips has dropped a lot and starts at around 70-80 € per person.
All excursions include transportation, English guide, food and visits to different places . It is possible to find tours of one or several days.
Story of the visit to Chernobyl
After two hours of travel, and after entering the protected area, we arrived at the town of Chernobyl, now a radiation-free zone and in which about 300 people live .
After a brief talk about the area and some explanations of the different areas and how to make the trip safely, we went in the direction of the nuclear power plant with a Geiger counter(radioactivity meter) in hand.
Arriving at the Chernobyl nuclear power station and seeing how radiation multiplies by 100 in a few meters is overwhelming. See its extension, the size of the sarcophagus of reactor 4 and think about the more than 200 days that were necessary to complete its construction, it is even more so.
After seeing the plant less than 200 meters away, we entered Prípiat, a ghost town where 15,000 people lived among workers of the plant, their families and the businesses that arose.
Prípiat evacuated the day after the explosion of the reactor and since then remains uninhabited , giving rise to a desolate panorama where nature and the passage of time have wreaked havoc.
During the visit to Prípiat, different places are visited: a hotel, a sports center, a school and a small amusement park, perhaps the high point of the route. Prípiat is a paradise for lovers of photography .
After Pripyat we return to Chernobyl to eat. On the way, we drove through the Red Forest, a place so polluted that the Geiger counter went out . The name of the area comes from the fact that the trees turned red after they died from pollution.
To end the visit, it is usual to visit people who never left the area or ever will. We did not have time because the photographs took us longer than expected.
Before leaving the security perimeter we passed a radiation check to check that we were clean or, rather, that we did not take anything (many people used to carry highly contaminated souvenirs).
Is it a recommended excursion?
Without taking into account the possible health problems (totally unlikely, since the total dose is like that received on a standard flight) knowing Chernobyl is like visiting Terezin or Auswich, a place you have to call for its history .
If you decide to go, take a couple of days to get to know Kiev and make the reservation as soon as possible, since visiting Chernobyl requires some advance .
Images and photos of Chernobyl
We leave you with a photo gallery of Chernobyl that we made during the excursion:
Going into the exclusion zone
Monument to the firemen
Reactor 4 and Chernobyl of Chernobyl
Measuring radioactivity with the Geiger counter
Chernobyl nuclear power plant from Pripyat
Hotel kitchen in Prípiat
The fair, the most famous place in Prípiat
Time has passed by the bumper cars
School of Prípiat
One of the dozens of classes
Photo book at school
Polideportivo at Prípiat
Dolls submitted to the passage of time
Fair of Prípiat