Responsible travel: animal exploitation, somewhere between traditions and attractions

While volunteering in a hostel in Kyrgyzstan, we were struck by the interest and enthusiasm of a majority of travelers for attractions involving animals - such as multi-day horse treks with tired horses, or souvenir photo sessions with an eagle on arm... Choices that often exasperated us, but also raised many questions!...

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Silk and Doppas – Roadtrip in Uzbekistan & Kyrgyz Pamir

Big bags, full carts, dust, speechless faces. How not to notice us, with our big backpacks, stuck in the middle of a crowd of locals, our bright red burgundy passports in hand? Uzbek customs officers came to our rescue, all smiles: in all their careers, they didn't have to see many tourists passing by Izbozkan, this small pedestrian border lost in the middle of the fields...

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Getting higher – Roadtrip in Kyrgyzstan

« 32 dney ! » 32 days... June 20th, we entered Kazakhstan on May 20th, there must be a mistake. We took out our cell phones, counted back with the custom officer on the calendar: 1, 2, 3... 32. He was right. We have indeed exceeded the visa exemption period, set at 30 days for French citizens. "Warning, warning, warning!" We did well: no fine, but a first official warning...

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Unusual experience: World Nomad Games, there we were! – Kyrgyzstan

In 2012, Kyrgyzstan embarked on a major project to establish World Nomad Games, an sports event similar to the Olympic Games, in order to preserve and promote sports that are part of all around the world nomadic people cultures. These include horse-riding, hunting, wrestling, archery, tug-of-war and intellectual games (ossicle, marble games). For the third edition this year, the World Nomad Games brought together more than 2,000 athletes from 77 different countries, including France. And we were there!

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Destination Turkmenistan: our travel guide and story!

Almost closed borders, cult of the president, control of media: by crossing Turkmenistan, we knew that we were going to live a rather... unique experience! On the other hand, we had no idea how warmly Turkmen people finally welcomed us. After a short passage, we relive with you our Turkmen journey - an experience we won't soon forget!

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The strange sunken forest of Kaindy Lake – Kazakhstan

When we asked locals: "What to see around here?" "Do you know any good hiking trails?" They gave us several names, showed us pictures, pointed out places on a map. Among them was Kaindy - a spruce forest sunk in a high-altitude lake, whose specificity aroused our curiosity...

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Transit visa for Turkmenistan in Iran & border crossing at Bajgiran

In order to continue our adventure towards Central Asia, we had to travel through Turkmenistan. Problem: this country, rather closed, is known to regularly refuse visa applications, without any valid reason... We still tried our luck by making a request for a transit visa transit for Turkmenistan in Teheran, Iran. And we got it!

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