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Armenia: follow your own hidden track

Filled with spectacular natural and historical landscapes, Armenia is the perfect backdrop for adventurous travellers.

Nestled amid the South Caucasus you’ll find Armenia. Characterised by its rugged mountainous terrain, beautiful landscapes can be seen all around. Armenia is certainly somewhere that is worth getting off the beaten track for. The incredible heritage of the place can be found scattered across every corner of the country, from the historic capital of Yerevan to other beautiful and more remote spots such as the idyllic town of Dilijan.

For nature lovers, Armenia is a must-visit destination offering breathtaking natural scenery. In the highlands and hills, plains and peaks, you’ll find beauty around every corner. Whether you fancy a day of birdwatching, an evening camping out under a canopy of stars or even a spot of wildlife photography, Armenia is the perfect place.

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Spectacular landscapes and rich wildlife

Wherever you plan to go in Armenia, you’ll notice an abundance of wildlife to experience along the way. You’ll be able to look for Caucasian red deer at the Dilijan National Park, wild goats near Noravank Monastery and the surrounding rocky canyon and even see Armenian gulls in Lake Sevan and Sevan Peninsula.

If you have a particular interest in birdwatching, the best time to visit Armenia is from April to June and again from September to October. During these months you have a much better chance of seeing migratory birds such as flamingos, pelicans, cormorants, shrikes and finches. You’re also more likely to spot vultures, eagles, and other species of birds of prey soaring overhead.

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Enchanting National Parks

While you can often witness exceptional wildlife from most places in Armenia, there are a few destinations where you’ll be able to see specific species that you admire. For example, it's certainly advisable that you take your binoculars with you to Lake Arpi National Park. This is somewhere on many people’s bucket lists when it comes to visiting Armenia. The National Park has preserved much of the biodiversity of the flora and fauna in the region and provides the perfect setting for a spot of wildlife watching. You can even enjoy your beautiful surroundings while horseback riding.

Another excellent place to visit for wildlife is Dilijan National Park. Spanning five mountain ranges and easily reachable from the capital of Yerevan, the park is a refuge for many bird species, including the moustached warbler, the black grouse and the golden and booted eagle. Dilijan National Park is also home to around 40 species of rare plants. The vegetation typically includes oak, beech and hornbeam woodland, in addition to walnut, pear and hazelnut trees. The other two National Parks in Armenia, Arevik National Park and Sevan National Park are also brimming with wildlife and equally worth a visit during your stay.

To find out more about planning your visit to Armenia, go to www.armenia.travel.