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Gaze curiously at ancient findings in Turkmenistan

Jean Pierre Contasti

Turkmenistan, a Central Asian country, is a place that, not visited by many people from around the world, has kept its charms in the form of cultural, natural and even archaeological wonders. Indeed, a trip to this nation is sure to be an unforgettable experience, as you’ll be able to explore some of its best secrets. Above all, you can visit a natural reserve rich in paleontological findings, set against a landscape as old as time itself.

Urban landscape on a rotunda with horse sculptures, and a golden dome in the background
Ashgabat, the capital and largest city in Turkmenistan, the journey’s starting point | Photo by John Pavelka

So, start your journey in Ashgabat, the capital city, where you’ll tour around its many landmarks, such as the Arch of Neutrality, and the Ertugrul Gazi Mosque. Afterwards, you’ll travel by plane to the town of Türkmenabad, on which you can find the incredible Astana Baba mausoleum, a religious and funerary complex dating from the 12th century. Subsequently, after an evening walk on a lake with mineral-rich shores, spend a night at Koytyn before beginning your trip to the tour’s highlight, the Köytendag Natural Reserve, close to the Turkmen-Uzbek border.

Eroded cliffs show marks from successive geological periods.
Dry cliffs can be found within the Köytendag Nature Reserve, Turkmenistan | Photo by Kalpak Travel

Further along, explore this gem of Turkmenistan, as you start by visiting a hidden cave whose local name translates as “forty girls”, a popular spot among pilgrims. Later on, walk towards a plateau rich on fossils and prehistoric remains, from dinosaurs to pangolins, as your eyes catch the sight of several prints by big creatures. Then, enjoy a picnic before continuing to a gorge that ends in incredible falls, about 30-meters high.

In conclusion, explore the old charms of Turkmenistan and share them with us on #Tripsst!

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