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Alfred O
Dubai, United Arab Emirates800 contributions
Dec 2019
Lying close together in the open desert, practically in the middle of nothingness, these little craters are real charmers.
Resembling like a quicksand, the big is the most interesting of all. They are bubbling and it takes a while to catch an image of a big bubble.
Although they don't emit any sulfuric smell, they lit up when ignited by a lighter. The fire doesn't last too long though.
Written January 26, 2020
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eatanddrinkandsleep
35 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
The site is great and worth a visit, as others have said. This "review" is just to give an up-to-date plan of how to do it without a tour, even if you don't speak Turkish, Russian or Azeri.

We tried to follow the Lonely Planet instructions, which are wrong. Take bus 125 to "Bina" (it looks like a strip mall and most people alight there). You need a BakiKart to use this bus and it is 0.25 per person.

On the opposite platform to the one at which you'll arrive is bus 195 to Alat. It costs 1AZN per person to Qobustan, and whilst our driver initially seemed helpful, he tried to drop us off 3km north of where the taxis congregate, conveniently with only one taxi waiting there driven by someone - shock, horror - he seemed friendly with. If this happens, absolutely ignore him and stay in your seat, no matter how much he may insist - you will have zero bargaining power with only one car around and be a long walk away from where the gaggle of taxis are stationed. Stay on the bus until you reach the overpass where there are lots of taxis waiting. We use Maps ME app and GPS to help.

We paid 30AZN for two people to visit the volcanoes and petroglyphs, which were great. At the end, though, he insisted we owed him an extra 10AZN, which was a scam. When bargaining with the driver initially, take your time and refuse to be hurried - use Google Translate to stipulate that you want a price with all fees included so that you don't end up with surprise "extras" at the end. (We didn't pay, but it was an annoyance we didn't need.)

This sounds like more of a pain that it really was. The day was easy enough by ourselves even only speaking English, but would have been even easier with some of the above knowledge in advance as well.

Happy sight-seeing to you!
Written June 3, 2018
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Andriiiis
Prague, Czech Republic51 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Take the bus in front of the Doll theatre(near Hard Rock cafe).Get off at the last stop(Centr vina).From there take the bus 195 to Alat.Alat is a small village and you can easily take a taxi from there, hitchhike or even walk.It's not that far.The dirt road is clear and there are signs.You cant get lost.There are many people visiting all the time.
Written July 12, 2017
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Mihály V
Debrecen, Hungary13 contributions
Aug 2013 • Business
In dry weather it can be reached by car, taking the M2 Salyan Highway. After leaving Baku toward South follow the highway. After some 80 kms on left hand side there will be the village Sychlijar. Further on, after 4,5 kms the higway divides in two directions toward Astara, Iran and Gazakh, Georgia. At this point on the right hand side there is a petrol sation and behind the village of Bas Adat. Right after the petrol station one should turn right and take the road which goes right on the Western edge of the village, leading to a railway crossing. The railway should be crossed, after that comes a V shaped junction, take the right arm. Follow the road for 1,7 - 2 kms on the lowland and then up toward the hills aditional 1,3 km and you reach the area which is signed by Nature Reserve tables. From there on you can take a pleasant walk and you will be amazed. More than 60 % of this type of volcanoes can be found in Azerbajan. These are not magmatic, geo-thermic volcanoes but natural gas (e.g. methane) driven cold, mud volcanoes. Is just a fantastic experience, the bubbling mud, accompanied with the specific sound of it and in te middle of te place you can look in any direction and you will see them everywhere in different shapes and sizes. It would be a perfect site as centre of a geo-park which here could cover hundreds of hectares of undisturbed nature, without human presence. It is worth to get there.
Google Earth coordinates 39°59'47.68" North and 49°24'12.63" East.
Written July 1, 2014
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Nafisa K
Tashkent, Uzbekistan11 contributions
Mar 2017
Me and another traveler from CS's decided to visit this place. It was so convenient to access. We took a bus and after 40 minute ride took a taxi for further, because volcanoes located a bit far from the main road. So taxi driver was our guide, even took pictures of us. But I guess he charged a bit more than usual price. We suspected that from the beginning because a bus driver knew him well and dropped us at bus stop where the only existent taxi was his. So be sure to check the right bus stop and bargain the price. It is common to bargain in Azerbaijan. :)
Written February 10, 2018
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Travelina
57 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
We heard about the volcanos and wanted to visit them from the start. We read a lot about how to get there on TripAdvisor and there was a lot of different comments. I can give you fresh and honest review how we got there. First we were about to rent a car, but turned out the rent-a-car place we found on internet didn't even exist. So after 2 hours of searching for a new one, not event one wanted to rent us a car for one day. Minimum is 2-3 days. So we sat in the coffee bar in the centre near to Puppet theather, called Paris or something and somehow we got into conversation with the waiter and he told us that he has a friend who is a taxi driver and can take us there fo cheap. We agreed on 60 manat for the ride Baku-Rock Art-Baku and extra 20 for the other taxi who will take us from Rock Art to mud volcanoes, this one didn't want to go all the way there because the road is not good. And really if we went on our own with a rent a car, we would probably search for the volcaones for hours, there is not any sign of the road with instructions, just a desert, all I remember is that we had to turn left then right and then again soewhere but I am not even sure about that, because like I said, no signs, only local people know how to go there by heart since they drive taxies and tourists there everyday. So I definetly recommend not to go there alone, without locals. And actually we had so much fun, our taxi druver was the funniest person ever, he played some turkish music for us and at the end we bought that CD from him and gave him extra 10 manatas.
Written July 31, 2017
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BorisBrusselaar
Brussels, Belgium1,246 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
I had one free day in Baku and decided to escape the city using the advice of my friends to go to Qobustan mud volcanos and loved every minute of this trip.
It is indeed quite outstanding place to visit and experience especially as I did not use any help and assistance of local tour operators. Went on local public transport which takes some time but extremely cheap. On the bus stop got a taxi and just for 17 manat got a tour through all local sightseeing (including Qubostan Museum and petroglyphs site) and got back to the city.
If you ever happen to visit Azerbaijan it is worth doing this as you experience real Azerbaijan. Just be prepared to get some hat, sunscreen, enough water and lunch if you decide to stay all day.
Be aware that if you do not speak Russian or Turkish/Azeri it would be better to use the guided tour, no facilities on the site, it is just pure nature. The road to volcanos is almost non existent and if you hire a car you need to be careful driving there.
If you decide to get on the experience on your own, get the bus 125 to Bina shopping centre and take there bus 195 to Qobustan, just tell the bus driver Qobustan museum stop and tell you where to take off. Just bear in mind that local taoists will try to rip you off and usually divide their price by 2. I teamed with two other guys and we paid for 30 persons all included (+ ride back the city) 50 manat only. the advantage of local drivers is that they know some easier roads to volcanos.
If you happened to be in the area do not hesitate to go to the Qobustan Museum which is 20 min drive from volcanos and gives you nice glance at the natural history of the area.
Written May 3, 2017
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Søren B
4 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
Really worth a day trip from Baku. We went on a trip arranged by Sabina from Bag Baku - 35 Manat per person including pickup at our hotel, entrance fee and guide at the petroglyphs and then this strange place.
Written April 17, 2017
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Wondering_aimlessly1
Llanelli, UK25 contributions
Feb 2017 • Friends
It's a must to visit this unusual spot. You should be prepared to wear old clothes and prepared to get your footwear muddy. Its a little slippery. I would recommend taking an additional pair of shoes. The mud volcanoes are fascinating though and lots of fun. There's quite a lot of them so don't worry about it being busy.
Written March 13, 2017
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lodochica
Portland, OR31 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
Made our way to Qobustan from Baku via two buses. Was immediately approached at a cafe by a "taxi driver" (a young guy with a Lada) who wanted to drive us to the various sights (petroglyphs, roman inscription & the mud volcanoes). He tried for 80 manat..we bargained to 25 manat. He typed the three locations in to his phone & we shook hands on the deal.

Petroglyphs...nice. Roman inscription...okay. Gas stop...the driver asked for the 25 manat. We gave him 10 (he would get paid in full when the tour was finished). Let the taxi games begin. He said it was time to take us to the bus stop. Uh. No. We still need to go to the mud volcanoes.

After much discussion, we finally headed up the bumpy road to the volcanoes. It's an interesting place, but lots of trash. Try to get there early in the morning or late in the afternoon for the best light for photos/views.

Of course, the driver saga wasn't over. Got to the bus stop & gave him the remaining 15 manat we owed. He started in immediately...asking for more money (this after he sat at our lunch table earlier uninvited, ordered a bottled water on our tab & took meat off our plate without asking). Uh. No. We agreed on 25 manat.

Awkward & maddening. The driver really ruined our tour/experience there. Learn from our mistakes. Choose your driver/taxi wisely!
Written July 22, 2016
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