Nearly lost in time and to the shadow of the former Soviet Union, Armenia is one of those last European countries which have lain dormant over the years, their potential forced to wait until the tides of Communism finally receded. Now, as the waters pull back, a whole new country is emerging like a butterfly from the cocoon, and what beautiful wings this butterfly has.
Landlocked between Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Iran, Armenia hosts one of the most culturally rich heritages of the Eurasia region. The country resides in the highlands surrounding the region of the mountains steeped in religious lore as Ararat, the mountain where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the flood in the biblical tale, is located a mere 20 miles south of the border. There are remnants of the Byzantine Empire, as well as the Ottoman Empire, leaving the adventurous traveler with plenty of historical ruins to explore in their journeys.
Aside from the ruins and historical importance of Armenia, the land is a mountainous region of beauty that stretches on for miles. Visitors can explore the lengths of the Dilijan National Park, located in the northern part of the country, with its cool climate and evergreen forests along the banks of the Getik River. Reminiscent of the wooded vales of Switzerland, visitors can explore the beauty of the area while staying in the town of Dilijan itself. Or visitors can travel to the alpine Lake Sevan, high in the Armenian mountains, fed by nearly thirty different mountain springs and rivers. In addition, visitors can also enjoy the beauty of the Khosrov Preserve and the subsequent Forest, reserved as the hunting grounds for nobility for centuries, and now a nature reserve carefully nurtured to showcase the beauty of the natural Armenian countryside.
All in all, the combination of elements makes Armenia a hidden refuge for the experienced traveler. The economy is slowly building, and it is currently classified as a budding democratic nation that is aligned with the Western world.