Turkmenistan Quick Travel Guide
With a travel rating of 46%, Turkmenistan is sparsely populated, rich in natural gas, and dominated by the massive Karakum (Black Sand) Desert, which covers much of the country. This is a dry, barren land, where rainfall may only occur once in a decade. So, you may wonder what could a place such as this offer to PlanetHoppers? More than you might imagine. Beyond the myriad of sites in the capital Ashgabat, take for instance the UNESCO-listed remains of Merv - an oasis city on the fabled Silk Road, which was once one of the world's greatest cities. There is also the underground city of Yekedeshik, which is said to have been built by the legions of Alexander the Great for some unfathomable reason and offers the opportunity to explore dozens of ancient caves littered with remnants of the past. But even in this barren land, there are still pockets where flora and fauna flourish, such as the Kugitang Nature Reserve, which is home to a variety of plants and endangered species, including the marble onyx and Heptner's markhor (imagine a cross between a goat and an antelope). Turkmenistan isn't a place for the faint-hearted, and will undoubtedly push even the toughest PlanetHopper!, but the rewards for those willing to "rough it" can be absolutely fabulous.
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Tour Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, and admire the wonders of a newly-minted city. In recent years, the city has grown by leaps and bounds from oil money. Nearly every new building and structure in and around the city is ....
|Coordinates:||40 00 N, 60 00 E|
|Government:||Presidential Republic Single-party State|
|Currency:||Turkmen New Manat (TMT)|
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- Location: Turkmenistan