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Qobustan is not far from Baku (some 50 km away) but it's a different world. People still drive Ladas and share all they have with strangers. You can get a cab from Baku to get there but it's more interesting to take public transport and travel with the locals - two buses, the second bus will take you to the place where local taxi drivers spend their days waiting for tourists to come (or not, as often seems to be the case). I was the only tourist in both places, but maybe it was because the high season had not yet started at that time.

The village is famous for two nearby attractions: the collection of tiny mud volcanos and the archaeological site boasting more than 6,000 rock carvings dating back between 5,000 and 40,000 years (Wikipedia).

In WS a wider view of this amazing landscape and an example of Qobustan petroglyphs.

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Additional Photos by Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 434 W: 1 N: 403] (4948)
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