There are many natural and man-made wonders in Armenia that can impress even an experienced traveler. The article will tell about the real gems of this amazing ancient country.
Probably, in any corner of the world you can find incredibly beautiful and interesting places that are not as widely known as the main attractions, studied up and down by tourists. However, there are quite a few such “secret gems” in Armenia, despite the small territory of the country. Let’s find out about the little-known treasures of Armenia that deserve to be seen with our own eyes.
The Devil’s Bridge
Devil’s Bridge is an unusual natural formation located in the gorge of the Vorotan River, in the Syunik region. For thousands of years, hot mineral waters have transformed local rocks in their own way, forming a natural arched bridge. The walls of the gorge near the mineral springs also look unusual – centuries-old deposits have painted them pink, yellow and green. The Devil’s Bridge is 30 meters long and 50 to 60 meters wide.
Alpine Lake Arpi or Arpilich is the second largest in Armenia after Lake Sevan. The coastal area is an ideal place for lovers of hiking and natural landscapes caressing the eyes. Lake Arpi has the status of a national park, more than 220 species of birds live on the lake itself and the adjacent territory, some of which are rare, there are also species listed in the International Red Book.
The Selim Pass (or Vardenyats Pass) is a section of the road that has been in use since ancient times. The pass is known for the fact that the preserved caravanserai building, which was erected in 1332, still stands here. These walls have provided shelter for travelers and merchants passing through the Great Silk Road.
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Armenia is located on the Tsav River, in the southern part of the country. The height of the waterfall is about 15 meters, water jets rush down between two sections of a sheer cliff, representing a truly bewitching sight. The waterfall is located in the middle of the forest, and it is quite difficult to find it without a guide. However, visiting this place is a real dream for lovers of wild nature untouched by man.
In the region of Vayots Dzor, there is the largest cave in Armenia, which is a real natural attraction. The “Bear Cave”, accidentally discovered by hunters in the late 70s, has a total length of about 3.5 km and consists of many halls, corridors and narrow “loopholes” created by nature itself. For hundreds of years of existence, a huge number of stalactites of the most bizarre shape have formed in the cave, some of which resemble sculptures or statues. Entrance to the cave is allowed only when accompanied by an experienced guide, because it is very easy to get lost in the labyrinth of endless corridors.
Lastiver is just a fabulous place where the beauties of nature are harmoniously combined with the creation of human hands. Clean, transparent mountain rivers and picturesque waterfalls are adjacent to caves where people once lived. A log road led to the uppermost cave, outwardly resembling a dam on a river. That is why the area got its name “last and ver”, which means “up the dam”.