Of course, visiting just one place can only ever give you a narrow window into the wider textures and qualities of a region. So set aside a few days to enjoy Altai Republic's sights and attractions.
If you want to stay indoors, you really can't go past Altai Republic's history museums, art museums and theaters. These are great places to to soak up some of the region's culture and find a special gift or two.
Hop into your snow gear and go snow shoeing or snowboarding. These activities are great options for locals and tourists alike. Unwind the way the locals do in the Altai Republic region. Go wildlife watching and picnicking.
Delight (and perhaps entertain!) the locals by speaking, using a few everyday Russian phrases. "Xotite potancevat?" ("Would you like to dance with me?") is a good one to know. Or try "Otkuda ty?" (Where are you from?).
Much of Altai Republic celebrates Russia Day on the 12th of June, so be prepared for changes to opening hours and increased demand for transport.
When it's finally time to check out and say "Poka!" to Ust'-Koksa, you'll have heaps of special memories to last a lifetime.