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Kazakhstan Visa Requirements to Visit Saryarka

January 9th, 2011
This week's UNESCO World Heritage Site is rarely visited, but richly rewarding for adventure travelers and nature lovers. Located in Kazakhstan, the Saryarka World Heritage Site consists of two separate regions: the Naurzum State Nature Reserve and Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve. The reserves encompass two very different environments: the grassy, windswept grasslands of the Kazakh steppe and wetlands surrounding both fresh and saltwater lakes. UNESCO notes that these wetlands are "of outstanding importance for migratory water birds, including globally threatened species, among them the extremely rare Siberian white crane, the Dalmatian pelican, Pallas’s fish eagle, to name but a few." The United Nations' World Conservation Monitoring Center notes that since the reserves are so isola


Kazakhstan Visa Requirements to See the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly

October 31st, 2010
Tucked away in Kazakhstan's Tamgaly Gorge, surrounded by high grasslands called steppes that have nourished nomads and their herds for millenia, is an incredible collection of petroglyphs. The petroglyphs in Tamgaly, today's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site, date back to the Bronze Age in most cases. However, since the site has been continuously inhabited, some were carved as recently as the early 20th century. The carvings are definitely worth a visit for anyone interested in archaeology. Here's how UNESCO's website describes them: "The dense and coherent group of petroglyphs, with sacred images, altars and cult areas, together with their associated settlements and burial sites, provide a substantial testimony to the lives and beliefs of pastoral peoples of the central Asian steppes


Get a Kazakhstan Visa To Watch a Golden Eagle Hunt

December 23rd, 2009
You've heard of people hunting with hawks and falcons, of course, but what about eagles? In Kazakhstan and other nearby countries, hunting with golden eagles, called berkutchy, is an ancient tradition that goes back centuries. However, it's also a tradition that's become very rare. According to this article on the Epoch Times, there are only about 50 professional eagle hunters left in the entire country. When the Soviets took control of Kazakhstan, people's traditional nomadic way of life was disrupted and eagle hunting was banned. Now, Kazakhstan is independent. Given how fast the country has modernized itself, you might not expect a traditional sport like eagle hunting to be making a comeback, but you would be wrong.  Eagle hunting is one way for the Kazakh people to keep in touc


Apply For a Kazakhstan Visa

November 14th, 2009
When you think about Kazakhstan, the first thing that comes it mind is most likely the title character of the movie Borat. However, if you were to actually travel to Kazakhstan, you might be surprised. The country has a growing economy, an educated populace (according to Wikipedia, the literacy rate is 99.5%) and is far from the cultural backwater portrayed in the movie. Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world, and visitors can look forward to seeing many different types of scenery, including mountains, steppes, grasslands and deserts.  Community ecotourism programs are available, so you can stay with local villagers and get a feel for the community. (Again, please try to forget Borat. People aren't really like that here.) You can also indulge in kumis, a drink made from


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