​How Armenia Plans to Become the Next World-Class Hiking Destination


Dilijan National Park stretches across the mountains of Armenia's northeastern Tavush region, 92 square miles of beech and oak tree forests and pine-covered slopes that delve into deep gorges with wandering streams and rivers. Brown bear and deer are frequent park visitors, lured by the scent of blackcurrants and gooseberries, while rarer flora like Armenian Saint John's wort and edible scorzonera grow among rocks and along cliffsides. The park houses some of Armenia's finest cultural monuments as well: centuries-old monasteries like Matosavank and Goshavank, along with villages and towns like Dilijan, the “Little Switzerland of Armenia,” known for its reportedly healing natural spring waters.

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