Michael Turtle – TIME TRAVEL TURTLE
In many ways, Kyrgyzstan is the gateway for foreign tourists to Central Asia. It’s one of the easiest to get into because of generous visa conditions. It’s very safe, has good transport options, has a decent level of spoken English, and is small enough not to be too daunting.
What makes Kyrgyzstan so attractive, though, is the stunning and varied scenery across the country. Most people – myself included – do not expect to find the lush green alpine forests and glacial lakes that look like Patagonia or Switzerland. The mountains are dramatic and driving along the roads that go through them offers views that are among the best in the world.
Because of this natural beauty, Kyrgyzstan is becoming a popular destination for adventure travellers. There are fantastic multi-day hikes, horse rides, kayaking trips, and mountain climbing. Without the crowds of tourists, you’ll find peace and quiet in pristine untouched wilderness.
Add into all of that a fascinating history with thousands of years of influence from the Silk Road and more modern Soviet control, and you have a fascinating country that is just starting to get on the radar of international visitors. Go now before it gets too busy!
HORSE TREKKING >> HEADING INTO THE MOUNTAINS < <
The people of Kyrgyzstan have a long history with horses and often it’s the only way you can get to some isolated parts of the country. I took a horse for a three day trek into the mountains and it was a highlight of my trip that you can read all about here.
BISHKEK WALKING TOUR >> SEE THE BEST SOVIET BUILDINGS < <
You’ll quickly realise that much of the architecture in Kyrgyzstan’s capital is left over from the Soviet days. There’s something quite beautiful about the brutalist style of these buildings so I’ve put together this walking route for the best of Bishkek’s Soviet architecture.
FOOD IN KYRGYZSTAN >> EXPERIENCE IT IN OSH < <
The cuisine in Kyrgyzstan takes influences from all the country’s neighbours – mixing spices with rice and dumplings. There’s also a heavy emphasis on traditional meats and dairy. To try the best of the country’s food, I’ve put together some tips for the city of Osh.