Backpacking in Azerbaijan: 1 to 3-week itinerary

By Joan Torres 26 Comments Last updated on April 12, 2023

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Azerbaijan, the ultimate Caucasian country and, probably, one of the least visited places in both Europe and Asia, is a fascinating and unique country, as it is the place where East literally meets West.

A real blend of Europe, the Middle East, and the Soviet Union, for years, people have struggled to figure out where it actually belongs:

Is it part of Asia or, perhaps, Europe?

Well, the truth is that you really can’t tell, because the imaginary line that separates Europe from Asia goes through the middle of Azerbaijan.

This imaginary partition is not only geographical but it has also defined the cultural lifestyle of the Azerbaijanis who, due to their geographic location and history, have adopted customs from both continents.

After going backpacking in Azerbaijan twice, I have compiled all the places I visited in a 1 to 3-week itinerary, including plenty of places off the beaten track.

For practical information about the country, such as transportations tips, visas, budget, etc. check:
Travel guide to Azerbaijan

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In this Azerbaijan travel itinerary, you will find

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Quick tips for backpacking in Azerbaijan

When to go – If you want to visit the mountains, the best to visit is from April to October, or only summer, if you want to do some trekking. In Baku and around, the climate is continental, which means that summer is utterly hot and winter extremely cold.

Therefore, unless you want to do some serious trekking, mid-spring, and mid-autumn would be the ideal time to go backpacking in Azerbaijan.

Visa for Azerbaijan – When I first visited the country in 2016, you had to apply through the classic embassy process but now, since January 2017, the Government has liberalized its visa regime and most countries can apply for an e-visa through this portal.

Typically, it costs 25USD and takes 3 working days. The urgent visa costs 50USD.

How to move around – Backpacking in Azerbaijan is very easy, as there is a wide public transportation system, even to the remotest towns and villages.

Typically, locals travel in marshrutkas, the small mini-vans from the former Soviet Republics. They leave once they are full and are very, very cheap. Local shared taxis are also common.

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The spectacular road to Xinaliq

Backpacking in Azerbaijan – 1-week itinerary

Most travelers I met were backpacking in Azerbaijan for just 7 days.

No problem because a 7-day Azerbaijan itinerary is enough to get a decent feeling of the country.

Places to visit in Azerbaijan in 7 days – Map

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What to do in Azerbaijan in 1 week

Day 1, 2 – Baku

Once the world’s top oil producer, today Baku is a modern metropolis that will leave the visitor more than surprised.

Despite being a Muslim capital, it has only a small number of mosques, which means that Baku is mostly secular but people are still quite traditional.

From a pretty, historical old city, to the most extravagant luxury buildings and all sort of pubs, bars, and restaurants, Baku has it all.

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Baku is one of the best places to visit in Azerbaijan

Things to do in Baku

You can visit the Old Town, where you can find perfectly restored buildings from the 7th century; stroll down the promenade, visit ancient temples or check out some futuristic buildings.

For more information, I wrote a very comprehensive guide:

Things to do in Baku in 3 days – A complete guide

Where to stay in Baku

Backpackers Hostel – Sahil Hostel – A very busy hostel, as it is cheap and the facilities are great. It is also a cool spot to meet fellow-travelers.

Budget Guest House – GuestHouse Khazar in Old City – A beautiful traditional house in the heart of the old city. Recommended for couples or those who are on a budget but don’t want to stay in a hostel.

Mid-range Hotel – Denize Inn Boutique Hotel – The boutique hotel with the best reviews in town, also located in the old part of Baku.

Top-end – Four Seasons – Located in a very beautiful building, this is the best 5-star hotel in Baku.

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The fancy streets of Baku

Day 3 – Day trip to Qobustan

Located 50km south of Baku, Qobustan is one of the country’s top tourist sites for having some of the most ancient petroglyphs ever found, but also, this is the place where you will discover the real ex-Soviet Azerbaijan.

I recommend you come here on a day trip from Baku.

Qobustan is one of the most visited places in Azerbaijan

Things to see and do in Qobustan

Petroglyphs – During the Stone Age, around 12,000-15,000 years ago, when the Caspian coast was richer and more fertile, a big group of hunters settled down in a set of caves in which they carved more than 600 petroglyphs (from the Greek words petros meaning “stone” and glyphein meaning “to carve”).

Today, many of these stone carvings still remain and, the Qobustan Petroglyph Reserve has become a UNESCO-listed Heritage Site.

Mud volcanoes – Azerbaijan has the largest mud volcanoes in the world, which are formations created by geo-exuded mud

For further information (history, how to get there, etc.), read my article: Qobustan: Petroglyphs and Sovietism

By the way, if you want to make things easier, there is a pretty cool tour that takes you to:
petroglyphs + mud volcanoes + an ancient mosque from the area.

The reed boat, which according to some archeologists, it represents death

Day 4, 5, 6 – Quba, Xinaliq, Laza

A region with immense historical importance, the Greater Caucasus has some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe and, in Azerbaijan, Quba is one of its main gateways.

Located 180km north of Baku, Quba is a small city and a great base for exploring the Caucasian villages around it.

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How to get from Baku to Quba

You need to take the metro to Avtogavzal, which is the main bus station.

The buses to Quba cost 6AZN (3.50USD) and the journey takes 3 to 4 hours.


Quba doesn’t really have touristic sites but it is a very local city with a great bazaar and a very tangible local vibe.

Some travelers prefer to stay here and then do day trips to Laza or Xinaliq, while the most adventurous prefer to stay in a mountain homestay.

I decided to stay in Quba for 4 nights because I came in November and it was cold in the mountains.

If you are short of time, you could actually skip Quba and go straight to Xinaliq from Baku, stay there overnight and come back to Baku on the next day.

Otherwise, I recommend you spend the first night here, check out the local vibe and go to Xinaliq on the day after.

Where to stay in Quba

Guest House – House in Quba – A great, traditional guest house, a bit expensive for solo travelers but it has 3-bedroom rooms which are great value for money.

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The Caucasus should be an unmissable part of your Azerbaijan itinerary


Xinaliq is a lovely Caucasian village located at 2,350 meters above sea level which, if you count it as part of Europe, would be the highest village in the continent.

Xinaliq is not only surrounded by the most striking scenery in the country but also, its inhabitants belong to a different ethnicity and speak a distinct language.

You can come here on a day trip, no problem, but you can also stay in one of the many warm homestays.

As per things to do, day treks are plentiful and shows quite a few trails that can be completed in a maximum of 2 or 3 hours.

Xinaliq is a must-to-see in your Azerbaijan itinerary.

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The village of Xinaliq

How to get to Xinaliq from Quba

There is no public transportation and the road is a muddy mountain road, but an amazing one.

In high season, you can find local shared taxis but I came out of season and had to go on a private taxi. In 2016, I paid 30AZN (18USD) for a round-trip taxi. The waiting time was pretty much the whole day, basically because the driver was from there and he had some business to do.

In 2018, they were already asking for 40AZN (23.50USD), which is understandable, as the tourists in the area have increased exponentially.

Where to stay in Xinaliq

In Xinaliq, I recommend you try a local homestay.

Best Local Homestay – Xinaliq Qonaq Evi Traditional homestay in Azerbaijan, humble but comfortable and run by a hospitable local family.

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Homestay in Xinaliq


Laza is another Caucasian village, not as high as Xinaliq, but very beautiful as well.

In winter, it becomes the most popular ski resort in the country, so there are all sorts of accommodation, from budget lodges to 5-star hotels and homestays.

The village itself, nevertheless, is still untouched and there are many day-trek opportunities.

Some readers of Against the Compass who didn’t have a lot of time asked me whether I would recommend Laza or Xinaliq. Both places are equally pretty but Xinaliq is higher and the road to reach it is epic, so I would choose Xinaliq.

Like Xinaliq, visiting Laza from Quba requires a full day, so plan accordingly.

Read: Azerbaijan travel tips

How to get to Laza from Quba

A one-way taxi costs 15-20AZN (9-12USD).

If you want to go by public transport, you first need to take a bus to Gorus (1AZN, 20 minutes).

From Gorus, you have two options: either take a direct taxi to Laza (10AZN) or catch the noon bus to Kozam.

You should let the driver know that you are going to Laza, so he will tell you where to get off. From there, you have to walk up the road for around four to five kilometers but you can hitchhike.

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Day 7 – Back to Baku

There are, of course, many marshrutkas going back to Baku. If you miss the last one, there should be local shared taxis. The taxi station is outside of the bazaar and the bus station is here: 41.371446, 48.553006.

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Mountains in the northern Caucasus

Backpacking in Azerbaijan – 2-week itinerary

If you are backpacking in Azerbaijan for 2 weeks, after Quba, you can go all the way to Sheki and Zaqatala and visit some cool spots in between.

Things to do in Azerbaijan in 2 weeks – Map

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things to do in Azerbaijan in 2 weeks

Day 1 to 8 – Baku, Qobustan, Quba, Xinaliq

Already explained but, if you have 2 weeks, I would definitely stay 1 extra day in Baku and even 1 extra day in the mountains around Quba. 

Day 8, 9 – Lahic

Home to artisans and blacksmiths, Lahic is the Azerbaijani capital of handicrafts, a region that, due to its harsh mountain climate and isolation, developed other types of subsistence.

Lahic is a medieval-looking town full of handicraft shops that can only be reached through a spectacular road that goes along the edge of some very jagged, frightening cliffs.

The landscape is composed of velvet-smooth rolling hills, similar to Kyrgyzstan, so trekking here is dope.

You can actually trek from Lahic to Xinaliq in 2 days and, apparently, it is a really awesome trek, but you should only attempt if you have some experience, as there is nothing in between, so you need to be self-sufficient. The trail is on

How to get to Lahic from Baku

Again, marshrutkas leave from the main bus station in Baku. The easiest way would be to take one to Ismaili and, from there, find a second marshrutka or local shared taxi to Lahic.

Ismaili is located after the intersection that leads to Lahic, so a more adventurous and quicker way would be getting off before, at that intersection, and hitchhiking (or waiting for a marshrutka) from there.

Where to stay in Lahic

Homestay – Ancient Lahij Guest House – Lahic is about homestays and this one is the most comfortable and recommended, run by a lovely local family that makes amazing local, warm meals. Look no further.

Day 9, 10 – Ivanovka

As an intrepid, travel nerd, I loved Ivanovka.

Most people don’t, but I do.

Ivanovka is, in fact, not a place for everyone but, if you are interested in history and dark tourism, you are going to absolutely love this place, as it has a significant population of Molokans, a Christian branch, or a sect, from eastern Europe, mainly Russia, that didn’t get along with the Russian Orthodox Church.

Two centuries ago, during the Russian Empire, the Russian Orthodox Church kicked the Molokans out of Russia and, for some reason, they all ended up in a small village called Ivanovka, located in today’s Azerbaijan.

In Ivanovka, most signs are in Russian and many of its inhabitants are blue-eyed blonde people.

Welcome to Ivanovka town sign – In Russian

What to actually do in Ivanovka

The main reason to come to Ivanovka is to visit the collective farms.

And what is a collective farm?

To make it even more surreal, this is one of the very few places in the world where Soviet collective farms still exist.

You can also find them in Belarus and here you can read my travel guide.

Basically, they are farms which, during Soviet times, were controlled by the Soviet government, meaning that they were like public companies where the farmers were just employees.

Today, these farms are fully functional and not much has changed since the Soviet Union: they still use the same rusty machinery and people working there are employees. To be honest, the ownership is partially private now but I was told that the Government still has a big share.

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Inside the collective farms – Rusty machinery

Technically, visiting them is not allowed but you can sneak in very easily. The complex is huge and, if a worker sees you, he won’t say anything to you

On my second visit, in 2018, I entered the complex twice and spent one hour there until a big guy with a fancy car came and, gently, kicked me out. He was a big boss but workers just ignored me.

Many people have emailed me saying that they either didn’t find it or they were not allowed to get in. The reason is that the main entrance is secured by a guard, so you need to enter from the other side:

The yellow pin is John & Tanya Guest House.
The red pin is center of the actual Collective Farm complex.
The green pin is where you can access from. map

Seriously, if you have the time, don’t miss Ivanovka in your Azerbaijan travel itinerary.

How to get to Ivanovka from Baku

From Baku, take a marshrutka to Ismaili, located on the main road, 22km from Ivanovka.

Once there, take a taxi to Ivanovka, which shouldn’t cost you more than 3-4AZN. Hitchhiking is also possible. I did it on the way back.

Where to stay in Ivanovka

Budget Guest House – John and Tanya Guest House The owner is a young local guy from Baku (son of Tanya). It is a good guest house. I stayed here twice, in 2016 and 2018. The rooms haven’t changed much but, when I first came in 2016, they were offering local home-made meals which were delicious. In 2018, they have a set menu that mostly consists of international food, so that was a huge downgrade for me. 

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The collective farms of Ivanovka

Day 10, 11, 12 – Sheki and Kish

Also situated in the heart of the Caucasus, Sheki is, by far, the most tourist-friendly destination in Azerbaijan, as it’s home to a large cultural heritage, defining almost 3,000 years of Azerbaijani history.

Sheki was an important marketplace on the Silk Road, linking the Caucasus with Russia.

Awesome day hikes, the best local food and beautiful medieval architecture which reminds one of many villages in Europe, make Sheki a must place to visit.

Most cultural heritage can be found inside Sheki’s fortress and the Palace of Shaki Khans, which used to be the Khan’s administrative building, is claimed to be the most iconic building in South Caucasus and, also, a UNESCO-listed site.

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Sheki Old Town

Visit Kish on a day trip

Around 10 kilometers from Sheki, Kish is a lovely village with tile-roofed houses and stone pavements, located in a valley that looks towards high-altitude snowy peaks.

Kish can be easily visited on a day trip from Sheki. I walked there and took me around two hours, with frequent stops.

The village has a beautiful cemetery with epic valley views. 

The most iconic building in Kish is an Albanian church, which was built by the commonly called mysterious Caucasian Albanians, a Christian nation that once lived in the northern part of Azerbaijan.

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The cemetery of Kish

How to get from Ivanovka to Sheki

From Ivanovka, you must go back to Ismayili and get off at the exact same place where the bus coming from Baku dropped you off.

Simply, wait there for any local bus going to Qabala. From Qabala, take a second bus to Sheki.

Where to stay in Sheki

Budget Homestay– Ilqar’s Guest House – Ilqar is a knowledgeable, local guy who speaks awesome English. He has a couple of double rooms which can be shared with other backpackers. It’s a great homestay for budget travelers. 

Nice Hotel – Ruma Qala Hotel – Inexpensive hotel with awesome views, and comfortable.

The Albanian church of Kish
The Albanian church of Kish

Day 13, 14 – Zaqatala, back to Baku or go to Georgia

For the following days, your Azerbaijan itinerary will depend on where you are going next.

Going back to Baku requires a full day, so if you need to catch a plane, better go there the day before.

If you are traveling to Georgia, I recommend you stop in Zaqatala. That’s what I did. I spent a few hours there, just exploring its fortress and busy square. It has its own charm.

The place is also famous for dushbara, a local dumpling soup. You can find it in some restaurants in Baku but it is originally from here, so you will find the best. Just go to any of the local restaurants nearby the station, in the center.

How to go to Georgia – From Zaqatala, take a marshrutka to Balakan (like 1AZN) and, from there, take a taxi to the border. Very easy and straightforward. Once in Georgia, you will officially be in the wine region called Kakheti and, from the border, you can find transportation to Signaghi.

If you have more days, continue reading 🙂

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Dushbara, a dumpling soup from the northern part of Azerbaijan

Backpacking in Azerbaijan – 3-week itinerary

If you have 1 extra week for backpacking in Azerbaijan, consider exploring the region around Ganja and go to my favorite place in the country: Nakhchivan.

The only problem is that, in Azerbaijan, you can’t really follow a loop but you always have to go back to Baku and make some inconvenient detours.

3-week Azerbaijan travel itinerary – Map

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What to do in Azerbaijan in 3 weeks

Day 1, 2, 3, 4 – Baku and Qobustan

Already explained.

Day 5, 6, 7 – Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan

Have you ever heard of Nakhchivan?

Nakhchivan is an exclave of Azerbaijan, which means that it is geographically separated but it belongs to Azerbaijan.

It is actually located between Turkey, Armenia, and Iran.

Nakhchivan was actually the first territory to ever declare its independence from the Soviet Union, becoming the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan and, one year later, it became part of Azerbaijan. Today, it is an autonomous region with its own Parliament and Ministries.

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Here I am with the Minister of Justice and his crew. It is a very long story 😀

For decades, this region has been in complete isolation, so that’s why the people there have a distinct culture and, basically, you won’t see any tourists at all.

In fact, this is one of the most off the beaten track places I have ever visited.

To be very honest, if I was you, I would go to Nakhchivan even if I only had 7 days in Azerbaijan.

Alinja castle Nakhchivan
Alinja castle in Nakhchivan

Things to do in Nakhchivan

There are loads, loads of things to do in Nakhchivan and you really need a few days to visit it.

Nakhchivan City – The capital of the region has plenty of mausoleums, like the one where Noah is buried. Actually, it is said that Noah anchored his ark right in the middle of Nakhchivan.

Alinja Castle – An epic medieval castle placed in an even more epic location.

Ordubad – The second-largest city has a beautiful historical old town.

Qarabaglar – Beautiful mosque and Mausoleum

Qarabaglar Nakhchivan
Qarabaglar Mausoleum

How to get to Nakhchivan

If you are in Azerbaijan, the easiest way is flying in from Baku. Tickets are inexpensive and the rate is always flat. You can book them through Azerbaijan Airlines.

Alternatively, you can enter from Iran but just the Iranian visa costs more than a round-trip flight from Baku. You could also travel overland from Turkey.

Where to stay in Nakhchivan

There are only 2 hotels and neither of them are budget.

Alternatively, you can try Couchsurfing. There are 1 or 2 active profiles.

Tabriz Hotel Located in the city center. I used to come here for coffee and work for 2 hours in the morning. They claim it is a 4-star hotel but it isn’t really. Still, it is the best option in town.

Gran Nakhchivan Hotel Cheaper than the other.

On my way from Nakhchivan city to Ordubad

Day 8, 9, 10 – Quba, Xinaliq, Laza

Already explained. After flying back to Baku, go north. 

Day 11, 12, 13 – Ganja, Dashkashan and Göygöl

After visiting the mountains, you need to go back to Baku and, from there, take a marshrutka to Ganja.

Ganja is the second largest city in the country but, since it is not on the way to Sheki and northern places, not many travelers visit it.

The first thing you need to know about Ganja is that, despite being the second most important economic center, it is miles away from the modernities of fancy Baku.

In fact, I was very surprised to see some streets in the city center are still unpaved, which clearly shows the obvious corruption that tended to focus all resources on the capital.

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I always defend this sort of barely-visited destinations but this time I won’t, because I really didn’t like Ganja.

I didn’t like it because it is just a big city where there isn’t much to do besides visiting some buildings in the city center and a lively market. You can see nice markets all over the region, and I personally think that Ganja is not worth the detour.

However (there is always a however 😉 ), Ganja is a great base to explore some wonders which are very close by plus it is on your way to Georgia if you plan to cross the southern border, the closest to Tbilisi.

Day trip to Dashkashan

WOW, Dashkashan was a big surprise to me.

I remember talking to a local woman in the train from Tbilisi to Baku, when I asked her to tell me her favorite place in Azerbaijan.

She said: Dashkashan.

I saved it on my map and since I had some spare days to visit around Ganja, I decided to go there based on her recommendation but I didn’t look for any information about the place.

That woman had told me that the area was very beautiful, and those mountains were nice indeed, but what she didn’t tell me is that Dashkashan was an old Soviet mining town.

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Abandoned mine Dashkashan

When I arrived there and saw those big skyscrapers popping out among mountains, I couldn’t understand what the hell was going on but then, when I kept walking, I suddenly saw a huge abandoned mine, so I realized that Dashkashan must had been a very prosperous mining town during the Soviet Union, similar to Chiatura in Georgia, so that is why they built all those big buildings.

The mining activity has decreased but, today, they still extract some gold and other minerals.

I spent just a few hours going around but I wish I had more time. I also hired a taxi driver who took me around to a couple of places for 8AZN.

How to get to Dashkashan from Ganja – Easy-peasy. You first need to go to the bus station on the western part of the city. Here: 40.702096, 46.320566.

A taxi shouldn’t cost more than a few Manats. From there, you need to take a marshrutka that costs 1 miserable Manat. The journey takes around an hour and a half.

An abandoned Soviet building, a governmental one probably

Day trip to Göygöl National Park

50km south of Ganja you find Göygöl National Park. If you fancy seeing one of the most beautiful lakes in the lower Caucasus, you really should visit it.

There is not much to say about it other than it is a nice lake to picnic around. A few kilometers from the big lake, there is a smaller one, which is even nicer.

The place is popular among locals, so there is even a marshrutka that moves around the two lakes but, seriously, don’t take it and walk.

How to get to Göygöl National Park from Ganja – A round-trip taxi would cost around 40AZN (23USD). Alternatively, you can take a marshrutka to the halfway village of Göygöl and hitchhike from there.

Göygol national park
Göygol lake

Where to stay in Ganja

Budget Hostel – VM Hostel A pretty quiet and cheap hostel but everything super new and clean. Besides me, there was one German backpacker, that’s it. Highly recommended as a base to explore around Ganja.

Nicer – House in Ganja – Centrally located run by a very hospitable local couple. It’s like an apartment and they rent rooms.

Day 14 to 21 – Ivanovka, Lahic, Sheki, and Zaqatala

From Ganja, you can take a direct marshrutka to Ismaili, from where you can go to all the places I explained before, including going to Georgia. 

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These are all the places I visited. Do you have any other suggestion to add to this Azerbaijan itinerary? Kindly post it in the comments!

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Guys, my name is Eldar and I am from Azerbaijan. Although I spent sometime living, studying and working outside of my country I currenly live in Baku – a capital of Azerbaijan and run a small consulting company. If you are curious about business environment in Azerbaijan or simply want to visit as a tourist please add me on FB or LinkedIn and I believe I can give some valuable recommendations. Azerbaijan is a great place to visit and definitely safe destination.

Thank you so much, Joan. Your article is very usefull. I’m going to Azer in early this Nov and meet your footprints in Baku and Sheki

Hi Joan, I have a question regarding registration when leaving Azerbaijan. I just found out that we need to register our stay to nearest police station or by online ( we stay in Azerbaijan in total for 11 days ). And we just got the information from our host of the guest house we stayed in, right 24 hours before our departure.

Do the immigration people in Baku Airport insist that you have to pay the fine if you dont report the stay ?

Pls advice, thanks

Hi Fabiola,
I don’t know about the airport because I left overland to Georgia.
When I was in Sheki, my host asked me if I registered and, since I didn’t and the deadline for registering was over, he suggested me to go to the police station because, at the border, I may not be able to leave. I went to the police station to explain my situation, saying that I didn’t know about the registration thing. They told me that the fine was $200-$300 and, if I didn’t want to pay, I had to sign a deportation letter and leave the country within 24 hours. On the next day, I went to Georgia, showed the deportation letter and there was no problem.
I suggest you go today or tomorrow morning to the police station.

Hallo Joan,

Thank you for writing me back and the advice. We will go to police station tomorrow morning and try our luck and hopefully a positive feedback.

I wish you a safe journey!


Hi. You recommend to fly from Baku to Nagorno. Flights are available online, but everywhere else says that you can only enter the country from Armenia. Does AZERBAIYAN Airlines, actually let you fly to nagorno?

Taking into account that Nagorno is the main cause of the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and that entering Nagorno bans you from entering Azerbaijan for the rest of your life, I seriously doubt there is any direct flight between Azerbaijan and Nagorno.

I visited Iran in 2017. It was great! We will fly to BAKU end of June and stay for 3 nights… make a tour by car to GUBA, SHEKI , .. 4 nights , return to Baku and fly to Dubai. I am organizing the trip and apart from Baku and Sheki, I don’t get the click with the country… It seems so sad , not as refined as Iran… Car rental seems expensive! We are 4 , transporting luggage, and a SUV is a must as the mountain roads need it. I am not feeling comfortable or amazed while organizing this trip. The only vibe is BAKU, the rest… MY feeling is more Visit Baku and move on again to Iran, but my flight to Dubai is already booked from BAKU… I hope that this will turn out well

Azerbaijan is the gateway to Asia and Europe. Caspian Sea, half of the more than 700 mud volcanoes in the world are in our country. The highest peak of the country is Bazarduzu (4466m). Our country is very rich in nature and history. There are 10 national parks.

Hey! Great article! I’m looking for any informations about camping sites near Quba, and also camping in Xinaliq. Can You help me?

Planning to drive there with my caravan from the UK (2 years in Turkey, Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan). Any advice, especially where to park up?

Wow, Joan. What a comprehensive guide especially the itinerary sections. May I ask you a question please. I am planning to visit Azerbaijan in May (have already visited Baku before and want to explore more this time) and have time to visit only one village: I love traditional, off the beaten track destinations and really enjoy hiking. If I were to choose to spend three days in one destination, would you recommend Xinaliq, Lahic or Sheki. I know many of the mountain passes may not really be open yet since its not peak summer. Would really value your opinion.

I am looking to visit Azerbaijan but prefer to visit these places with a tour guide, does anyone have any recommendations?

Hey guys, I worked as a guide for official delegations in the past: generals, high-ranking politicians, public figures and other VIP’s. I am familiar with all top destinations, apart from that a good friend of mine runs a company arranging tours to some hidden places of interest that most of the guides never heard of. Can get a couple of advises from him as well. I have a car, so can support visit from A to Z starting with the airport pickup. Anything else you may need help with prior to your arrival, feel free to contact

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