Azerbaijan

This former Soviet republic advertising itself as the ‘Land of Fire’, is a mixture of contrasts and contradictions. Not Europe or Asia, Azerbaijan has undergone a massive transformation from a  post-Soviet war-damaged country into an oil-rich nation in the Caucasus. 

 

Boasting ancient historical landmarks and modern architecture, the Caspian Sea, and the Caucasus mountains, Azerbaijan is still an undiscovered country of the Caucasus.  

 

Baku, noted for its medieval, UNESCO-listed walled inner city backdropped with dazzling 21-st century architecture dominating its skyline, is a cosmopolitan capital and ideal places to start your exploration of the country. 

 

In its semi-desert terrain, the country hides mud volcanoes, unusual fire phenomenon, and fire temples to name just a few. Not far from the capital, time-stopped rural villages lie between lush greenery and the Caucasus Mountains. And for curious minds, Azerbaijan is one of the countries that offer crude oil baths to better your health.

Essentials

Best Time

Apr-Jun & Sept-Oct to avoid hot summer days or sub-winter weather

How Many Days

Baku: 2-3 full days;

Main destinations: one full week. See everything: 2-3 weeks

Getting There

Airports: Baku

Overnight train & day bus from Iran or Georgia

Visa Info

Visa-free for some post-Soviet countries along with Turkey, and Iran.

Check iVisa to see if you require one

Getting around

Main public transport is marshrutka (minibus).

Also available: trains and buses

Daily Budget

Accommodation: $10-85 hostels, apts, & midrange hotels

Food: $5-25 eating in and out

Transportation: $2-15 intercity   

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