Introducing Southern Armenia
Armenia’s remote southern regions, between Karabakh to the east and the Azeri enclave of Naxçivan to the west, are linked to Yerevan by a single, vital highway. Vayots Dzor (Gorge of Woes) centres on the headwaters of the wine-growing Arpa valley. The name comes from a history of ruinous earthquakes across these mountainous valleys and cliffs. It’s a great area to explore off-the-beaten-track trails by foot, horse or 4WD jeep.
In the south, Syunik is full of ancient churches and monasteries, rustic villages making homemade fruit vodkas, forests and high pastures. The 19th-century town of Goris is a great base for visiting Tatev or Karabakh or as a break before the long haul to Iran.