Widely known throughout the former Soviet Union for its curative waters, Issyk-Ata (Ысык-Атa) has served as a health centre for those suffering bone and muscle ailments for centuries and was a rehabilitation centre for wounded soldiers during WWII. For independent travellers, the Issyk-Ata Health Resort is more often an interesting Soviet-era throwback admired en route to a walk in the Issyk-Ata Valley just beyond.