Anybody been to Armenia?

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1. Posted by aglaja (Budding Member 16 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Me and my boyfriend are planning to visit armenia next summer (probably july/august). We plan to backpack the whole country and we would be very thankful for any information that can help us.

thank you

2. Posted by Bambatta (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I spent a few weeks in Armenia in 1999 for study and travel. Before I went, a friend described the country as "just rocks." So if you're looking for a lunar landscape, bland Soviet architecture and a rather offputting population, then this is the place for you. I did some camping and trekking and it was OK. Yerevan is fun for about one day. In all honesty, I can think of about 100 places I'd rather travel to first. Georgia is more interesting and has better trekking options. The mountains are higher and more scenic and the food is better (Georgian shashlik). The people are also more interesting and nicer, in my opinion. Be sure to read travel advisories first.

If you're really bent on that part of the world, Uzbekistan has more interesting cultural options in Bukhara and Samarkand. Kyrgystan has unspoilt trekking opportunities, if you really want to get off the beaten path and get into some beautiful and pristine mountain ranges.

If you have any specific questions, I'd be happy to try to answer them.


3. Posted by maneh (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Dear readers of the online travel guide, I am Armenian and live in Armenia. Moreover, I am a travel professional with more than 30 years experience. May you need info on Armenia - do mot hesitate to ask a professional consultant. Hard to imagine how sorry I am reading the info left by the visitor...perhaps instead he should mention the unique and rare types of the flora and fauna of the "lunar landscape"; and may be say a word about the unique architectural and cultural heritage of this first in the world official christian country, which was forced to leave its furtile valleys to others/invadors, and found shelter in the mountains...this is why it now posesses one tenth of its original territory...a country that has been a crossroad of civilizations and a country of many wonderful monasteries that are registered UNESCO sites...
One more final comment - shashlik is the Russian word for open fire BBQ. In Armenia pork BBQ is fantastic... Armenian cognac / brandy is world known (Winston Churchill used to drink it)...
By the way, speaking about "shashlik" - there are other nations in the Caucasus who make wonderful BBQs... Azeri lamb BBQ is very tasty too...:)