Jarek Pokrzywnicki (Poland):
Just returned from Armenia (July 2014), I doubt if alone it once will be inscribed. There is not much left from original city, just single stones of foundations, rest of columns, part of walls (layer of 3 to 4 stones maximum). It is still a excavation site so maybe they will discover something more spectacular in the future ? So far the most visible ruins are those of huge basilica, but it is nothing comparing to other well preserved churches in Armenia.
The site is easily reached from Sasunci David metro station in Yerevan (direct buses goes to Verin Dvin, if anyone wants to visit the site, ask the driver to drop you nearby - tell you want to see the museum or excavations - there is a one kilometer walk to the site. Visit free of charge, like the majority of other attractions in Armenia (including all UNESCO sites)
Date posted: July 2014 Jorge Sanchez (Spain):
I left Manaus by a charter boat along the Rio Negro together with four travelers, one from Mexico, another one from Argentina and two from Germany. Our goal was to reach Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira and then try to get in Pico da Neblina, and further north until Venezuela.
We stopped in Novo Airao, in the middle of a National Park, and in several other places where our captain exchanged fish for bottles of cachaça to the Indians, and again we stopped for a few days in Barcelos, then Santa Isabel do Rio Negro, and finally spent one week in beautiful Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira (Cachoeira means waterfall in Portuguese).
Finally we could not go to Pico da Neblina and headed to Mitu, Colombia, by canoes.
Date posted: September 2013 João Aender Campos Cremasco (Brazil):
During carnival this year, unlike most Brazilians, I opted not to party, but, instead, to reach Central Amazon Conservation Complex, the WHS Brazil dedicated to its largest bioma.
First stop is Manaus, a large 2-million people city situated in the heart of Amazon forest. After that, with a rental car one must drive 200 km (paved roads in good condition) to a town called Novo Airão, from where you can easily visit the Anavilhanas National Park (it is no longer an Ecological Station since 2008). Anavilhanas comprises an average of 400 river islands and islets, depending on the dry or wet season. All of them are located within the Rio Negro (Black River), the largest blackwater river in the world and one of the most important tributary rivers of Amazon River.
Truly amazing! Rio Negro has pure and tepid waters, black-tea-like coloured, very good for bathing. If you have luck, one might sight a "boto rosa" (pink freshwater dolphin), one of the symbols of Amazon forest.
From Novo Airão, one can also reach another protected area of the WHS: Jaú National Park. It is the largest national park in Brazil and one of the largest in the world. Jaú has approximately the same size of Belgium.
3 hours in a boat are necessary to reach the park entrance and prior visiting authorisation is required. I opted not to sleep withing the forest - which is what some people do to have more time to visit the NP -, but still, I could have a good idea of this enourmous and virgin slice of the Amazon Forest.
I was truly overwhelmed by this WHS.
Date posted: February 2013
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