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What to do in Turkmenistan: land of contrasts and mysteries


Turkmenistan, located in Central Asia, is a land of contrasts and mysteries. With a rich history dating back to ancient times, the country today is a fascinating mix of tradition and modernity. The capital, Ashgabat, is a spectacle in itself, with its many marble and gold monuments.

 


Now, the five places that cannot be missed on your itinerary on a trip to Turkmenistan are: the marble city of Ashgabat, the impressive ruins of Merv, the Darvaza gas crater (also known as the "Gate to Hell"), the fascinating Karakum Desert and the enigmatic Kugitang National Park.

The country's official language is Turkmen and the currency is the Turkmen manat. As for the visa, yes, Brazilians need a visa to visit Turkmenistan.

 

Talking about the country's socioeconomic and political situation, Turkmenistan is a presidential republic, rich in natural gas and oil, but facing significant challenges, such as a lack of press freedom and human rights, and the economy's dependence on the energy sector. .

Now, how much does it cost to travel around this country? Well, Turkmenistan is not the cheapest destination in the world. The average daily cost to travel around the country, including accommodation, food and activities, is around 150 to 200 dollars.

But let's go to what we never told you about the curiosity of the title: the famous "Door to Hell". This is a natural gas field that collapsed into a cave in 1971, and has been on fire ever since. The site, also known as Darvaza Crater, is a truly unique and incredible sight, especially at night when fire lights up the desert sky.


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