Around one third of the world’s mud volcanoes are located in Azerbaijan, and so of course a visit to them was high on my Baku Bucket List. The best and closest ones to Baku are found near Gobustan. Here are a few photos from our visit.
The road to the volcanoes was not the easiest, but it made for a fun day of off-roading. Plus, the views were fantastic.
As we were heading home, we made a last minute decision to try to find the cave drawings. We weren’t expecting much, but since we didn’t know when we would be back in the area decided it was worth it. Wow!
First off, the little museum at the entrance to the park was one of the best small museums we’ve ever been to. It was unfortunate that we were pressed for time (they close at 5pm), because the exhibits and technology interfaces were really well done and quite impressive. My favorite was a computerized turtle that showed the evolution of the landscape of Gobustan over the past centuries.
As for the cave drawings, if you like history, they are pretty much a must do. I can’t believe they have survived for so many centuries and are still so clearly visible on the face of the rock. Worth the trip for sure!