Category Archives: Azerbaijan
Hitch-hiking in Azerbaijan
Capital city: Baku
Read this carefully, as it’s not possible to obtain an Azeri visa on the border (unless you hold a Turkish or Irani passport)!
So far, in our travel experience, Azerbaijan has been the country with the most difficult and expensive visa procedure. It is not impossible, although it takes time and lots of money and if you are not prepared for this and not determined enough, you will be denied entry. What we found difficult, was that before travelling to the Caucasus we’d read so many misleading pieces of information that till the last day we weren’t sure what the best way to do it was and what documents we would need.
Everyone knows volcanoes, but have you ever seen a volcano which instead of hot lava spits out cold gooey mud? These can be found near Gobustan (Qobustan), a settlement situated 64km southwest of Baku, Azerbaijan.
Baku by night
There aren’t that many other cities in the world where a breeze smells of oil, but in Baku it’s a rather pleasant whiff.
Travelling to Baku in Azerbaijan, we didn’t really know what to expect. We anticipated an awful, dark and dirty little place, as we’d heard it’s the oil capital of the Caucasus. Quite to our surprise, we found it to be a charming, cobbled city teeming with historical buildings and sites of interest. And if it wasn’t for the oppressive heat, you would be able to stroll around the old town for hours, not getting tired of the cityscape.