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Introducing Mestia

The administrative capital of Svaneti, at an alti­tude of 1400m, is a conglomeration of at least 10 neighbourhoods, with old buildings and typical Svan towers mixed in among drabberSoviet-era structures.

Mestia has no ATM, but many shops will change cash euros or US dollars. You can access the internet at the Training & Consultation Centre (Sgimieri; internet free; 2-4pm Mon-Fri). Most homestays can arrange guides and jeep transport.

An experienced and well-recommended English-speaking guide here, both for hikes and for visits to Svaneti’s churches, is Eteri Jorjoliani (899167121; per day US$25-30).