Winter fairytale excursion from Tsaghkadzor and Yerevan

Ecological tourism

As the Armenians use to say “it’s better to see once than to hear thousands of times.” Maybe Armenians accept this proverb because there is much to see in Armenia: cultural and historical places, monuments and statues, the magic of nature, wildlife, and so on.

Besides crowded and busy cities, Armenia is famous for its rural places. The country has a rich nature which provides fresh air. That is why people prefer to travel to Armenia and escape from the jammed environment. They leave their constant disturbance and relax at the heart of untouched nature.

Maybe this is the reason why the potential of Armenia is very high in ecotourism. This is especially highlighted during recent years when Armenia has become one of the favorite places for tourists. Since 2016, every year a special event - Ecotourism festival is held in Armenia.

The Ecotourism Festival gathers eco-travelers from around the world to raise public awareness about ecotourism in a fun and adventurous way. Avid travelers and locals can expect an exciting combination of adventure and education.

The festival is held in Vayots Dzor Region. Here the participants enjoy the morning yoga, try local foods, take in photo and art exhibitions about the RA Red Book plants and animals, take part in a cycling competition, mountain climbing, and even camping under the stars.

What is ecotourism?

Ecotourism is a trip to natural areas, rural places, and green world. It is also known as sustainable tourism, green tourism, nature tourism, responsible tourism, ethical tourism, mindful travel, conscious travel, pro-poor tourism, etc.

Eco-travel is the respect of nature. It combines the adorable and the beneficial. As an eco-tourist, you may enjoy your stay in Armenia. The joy that comes from any trip depends on beautiful places, perfect photographs, delicious food, and so on. Then, where can you find a better choice if not at the heart of Armenian nature?

Ecotourism trends in Armenia

Armenia is not famous for large urban areas. The largest city is Yerevan - the capital of the country. Even the large cities aren’t so urban. A bright example is Dilijan - known as A Little Switzerland.

Small towns and villages occupy the main part of the country. As a result, Armenia is rich in natural resources - something that many European countries lack. Let’s discover the trends of ecotourism in such a “natural country”.

Ecotourism in Armenia # Mountaineering

Mountaineering is also known as climbing or hiking. This is very common in Armenia, and it is not a surprising fact. Armenia is well known as a mountainous country. The highest mountain is Aragats (4090 meters).

Ecotourism in Armenia

Transfer from Zvartnots airport to Tsaghkadzor

Depending on the number of people and luggage from to. It is possible to transport skis and other ski equipment from 1 to 6 people

Winter excursions from Tsaghkadzor

  • Lake Sevan (Armenian Sea)
  • with a visit to the Sevanavank monastery
  • , if you wish, have a delicious kebab of whitefish or trout fish and a specialty of Sevan (crayfish kebab)

The trip will take approximately 3 hours

Check out from the hotel in Tsaghkadzor 13 hours

  • Lake Sevan (Armenian Sea) with a visit to the Sevanavank monastery
  • thermal baths in Hankavan take a dip
  • Hankavan ... Thermal water of the bathing pool costs 5000 AMD for 1 hour and 2500 AMD for 30 minutes. The room can accommodate up to 6 people. Price per room, not per person.

The trip will take approximately 5 hours

Departure from Tsaghkadzor in the morning

  • Lake Sevan (Armenian Sea) with a visit to Sevanavank monastery
  • Charents Arch (Ararat Arch)
  • Garni pagan temple
  • Geghard Monastery
  • for an additional payment of 5000 AMD. Up to 4 people. we will descend into the gorge of the Azat River in an off-road vehicle and admire the Stone Symphony of the Organ The trip will take about 7 hours

Garni Temple entrance with one person

Let’s discover the trends of ecotourism in such a “natural country”. s an eco-tourist, you may enjoy your stay in Armenia. The joy that comes from any trip depends on beautiful places, perfect photographs, delicious food, and so on.

What to see and where to go in Armenia 2 or 4 people with a family (prepare routes here at prices) or a long weekend (3-4 days). and Routes in winter Logical routes travel guide by day, a list of the main attractions of Armenia with a photo, description and coordinates of each city, monastery, natural wonder. If you do not have time and do not know where you want to go. Can't decide ?. No problems. Write me your wishes and the number of days. And in just 5 minutes I will tell you the best places and travel options as much detail as possible.

What to see in Armenia in TOP weeks

Circular route in Armenia for 1-2 weeks. The most logical option, because the roads in Armenia are good everywhere.

Even if it seems that you can go 100-200 km every day and come back to Yerevan, there is no point in this. On public transport, this is definitely not possible.

Therefore, we rent accommodation in Yerevan for 1-2 nights, and then we spend the night in cities, resorts along the route.

If you are particularly interested in a particular day, click on it to view photos and learn more.

Day 1-2. Inspection of Yerevan

Day 3. Zvartnots temple - Holy Etchmiadzin - Garni pagan temple - Symphony of stone (basalt pillars) - Geghard monastery

Day 4. Yerevan- Khor Virap monastery- wine in Areni- Noravank monastery- Jermuk climatic resort

Day 5. Jermuk - Shaki waterfall- Karahunj stone forest- Ropeway- Tatev- Satan's bridge- Goris- Khndzoresk suspension bridge

Day 6. Goris and its surroundings, if you didn't make it in day 5

Day 7. Selim Pass - Caravanserai - Lake Sevan: Noratus Khachkar Cemetery, Hayravank Monastery, Sevan Peninsula and Sevanavank Monastery - Dilijan

Ecological tourism (ecotourism, green tourism) is a form of sustainable tourism focused on visits to relatively untouched natural areas by anthropogenic impact [1].

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Ecotourism concept [edit]

The term "Ecotourism" in the West was officially used at one of the conferences by the Mexican ecologist Hector Ceballos-Lascurain in the first half of the 1980s. It reflected the idea of ​​harmony between recreation and ecology and gained great popularity. One of the variants of this definition is ecotourism as an active form of recreation based on the rational use of natural benefits. It involves the rejection of the cult of comfort, mass communications, accessibility and consumption of more and more numerous tourist goods (as opposed to, for example, tour-realism, which implies immersion in nature and culture while maintaining a high level of comfort). And in return, it instills a different system of values, which become contemplation of nature, spiritual enrichment from communication with it, participation in the protection of natural heritage and support of the traditional culture of local communities [2].

In Russia, at about the same time, it came into circulation during the development and operation of the pedestrian route "Circum-Baikal Railway" of the Bureau of International Youth Tourism "Sputnik" of the Irkutsk Regional Committee of the Komsomol (evolution of the term: "ecological route" - " ecotours around the Circum-Baikal Railway "and, finally," ecotourism on Baikal ").

In the professional (as well as in the academic) environment, there are several idealistic definitions of ecotourism, similar in meaning:

  • “Ecological tourism or ecotourism - a journey with responsibility towards the environment in relation to undisturbed natural areas in order to explore and enjoy nature and cultural attractions, which contributes to the protection of nature, has a“ soft ” impact on the environment, ensures the active socio-economic participation of local residents and their benefits from this activity ”. International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  • "Ecotourism is a responsible trip to natural areas that promotes nature conservation and improves the well-being of the local population." International Society of Ecotourism (The International Ecotourism Society [3]).
  • “Ecotourism - tourism, which includes travel to places with relatively unspoiled nature, in order to get an idea of ​​the natural, cultural and ethnographic features of the area, which does not violate the integrity of ecosystems and creates such economic conditions in which the protection nature and natural resources are becoming beneficial for the local population. " World Wildlife Fund.

Based on the definitions, the distinctive features of ecotourism are highlighted, formulated as a set of principles [4].

  • "The distinguishing features of ecotourism are that it can prevent negative impacts on nature and encourage tour operators and tourists to contribute to nature conservation and socio-economic development."

For a quarter of a century, experts have not come to a consensus - what is ecological tourism, calling the same phenomenon either ecotourism, then natural, then green, then soft, etc., and even referring its sometimes to one of the manifestations of adventure travel. But it is obvious that it is not the thoughts and wishes of tour operators, and even the tourists themselves that make it "ecological", but the fact that using nature for their own purposes, they somehow affect it, on the ecological state of those places where this tourist product is sold ...

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Ecotourism Concept

The term "Ecotourism" in the West was officially used at one of the conferences by the Mexican ecologist Hector Ceballos-Lascurain in the first half of the 1980s. It reflected the idea of ​​harmony between recreation and ecology and gained great popularity. One of the variants of this definition is ecotourism as an active form of recreation based on the rational use of natural benefits. It involves the rejection of the cult of comfort, mass communications, accessibility and consumption of more and more numerous tourist goods (as opposed to, for example, tour-realism, which implies immersion in nature and culture while maintaining a high level of comfort). And in return, it instills a different system of values, which become contemplation of nature, spiritual enrichment from communication with it, participation in the protection of natural heritage and support of the traditional culture of local communities [2].

  • “Ecological tourism or ecotourism - a journey with responsibility towards the environment in relation to undisturbed natural areas in order to explore and enjoy nature and cultural attractions, which contributes to the protection of nature, has a“ soft ” impact on the environment, ensures the active socio-economic participation of local residents and their benefits from this activity ”. International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  • "Ecotourism is a responsible trip to natural areas that promotes nature conservation and improves the well-being of the local population." International Society of Ecotourism (The International Ecotourism Society [3]).
  • “Ecotourism - tourism, which includes travel to places with relatively unspoiled nature, in order to get an idea of ​​the natural, cultural and ethnographic features of the area, which does not violate the integrity of ecosystems and creates such economic conditions in which the protection nature and natural resources are becoming beneficial for the local population. " World Wildlife Fund.

Based on the definitions, the distinctive features of ecotourism are highlighted, formulated as a set of principles [4].

  • "The distinguishing features of ecotourism are that it can prevent negative impacts on nature and encourage tour operators and tourists to contribute to nature conservation and socio-economic development."

For a quarter of a century, experts have not come to a consensus - what is ecological tourism, calling the same phenomenon either ecotourism, then natural, then green, then soft, etc., and even referring its sometimes to one of the manifestations of adventure travel. But it is obvious that it is not the thoughts and wishes of tour operators, and even the tourists themselves that make it "ecological", but the fact that using nature for their own purposes, they somehow affect it, on the ecological state of those places where this tourist product is sold ...

Ecotourism is the only direction in the tourism industry that is vitally interested in preserving its main resource - the natural environment or its individual components (natural monuments, certain species of animals or plants, etc.). When the local population is involved in the process of ecotourism, they also become interested in using these resources on the basis of farming, rather than withdrawal [5].

Basic Principles of Ecotourism

Ecotourism geography

Laos, Kenya, Tanzania, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nepal, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are leading among the host countries. In the developed countries of Europe and the USA, ecotourists often travel to their countries (national parks).

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