Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Republic of Armenia has fallen off the tourist map. Ethnic Armenians from the diaspora make
their brief pilgrimage to the religious capital Echmiatsin, see Garni, Geghard and Khor Virap, pass a few wind-swept days by Lake Sevan,
and possibly make the journey to Nagorno Karabakh or the Gyumri-Spitak earthquake zone....
But there is another Armenia, a subtly green, richly textured landscaped, every corner of which has been sculpted by millennia of human triumphs and tragedies. There is a gifted and generous population, now mostly cut off from outside stimuli but still desperately eager to demonstrate to foreign visitors its traditional hospitality and pride at its survival. There is nature, exotic, sometimes heart-rendingly beautiful, now mostly unvisited but far from inaccessible.
Brady Kiesling. Rediscovering Armenia.
Agrotourism and Rural Tourism. Villages and Farms.