Mud Volcanoes
Mud Volcanoes
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  • Douglas G
    Overijse, Belgium24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Watch out at the mud volcanos
    Interesting place but be careful. Don't wonder too close if you are not sure about the ground you are standing on. Ask your tour guide. I saw a couple from antlers tour fall in the mud hole with camera and everything! What a way to ruin your vacation. Other than that, it is worth exploring.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 17, 2023
  • omegon
    Bangkok, Thailand213 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can drive there yourself. No need for a guide.
    We came here in July 2023 and the road leading to the mud volcanoes have fully been paved, so you no longer need to hire a driver in the area, although they will still come to you and say that you need them, this is not true. The drive there is straight forward and easy and no need for an SUV. It is a 20 km drive which ends at the construction site, very straight forward with occasional signs telling you how long you have left and a marker for every kilometer. Essentially you drive to see those mud volcanoes that’s it but it is a real cool natural wonder. I imagine it can be very muddy during or after a rain, but we were fortunate to go there in hot and dry weather.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Riathefudie
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mud Volcanoes - Very unique
    A unique experience it was to see mud spewing out from the earth. Later I researched and found some interesting facts about mud volcanoes. The mud volcano activity is 25000 years old and 350 mud volcanoes out of 700 are found in Azerbaijan. The process I saw in Gobustan National Park Museum. It is all due to compactional stress, I have shared videos with many such interesting facts in my story on Instagram under Riathefudie. It is a must see place and if possible do try the mud bath. I have heard it has many health benefits. We didn’t have much time so couldn’t experience it.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 7, 2024
  • BuRaiR
    Muscat Governorate, Oman2,192 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very New and unique experience.
    There is more than one mud volcano around Azerbaijan in general and especially in the Gobustan region. This place is located south of Baku about one hour. The road is not paved to the Mud Volcano and is bumpy. Not easy for regular sedans. We paid 15 manat for a Mitsubishi Pajero (initial price was 20) for 15-20 minutes trip. We also couldn't stay long (15-20 minutes max, I feel 30 minutes is good) as the driver was asking us to come back. So it is better to agree with the driver before choosing him. Very New and unique experience to me. A must do. Note: I have seen another sign for Mud Volcano from the Rock Art Museum showing 20 KM and from what i read in other reviews looks like this one is full paved road and you dont need a taxi.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 19, 2024
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MumbaiRiders
Mumbai, India1,793 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We took a "Lada" taxi costing 10 Manats and it was a 15 minutes drive through one of the Worst Desert roads. On approaching the Mud Volcanoes at Dashgil in Gobustan the sight reminded me of space photo's of moon crater's, a unbelievable sight. Stopped our car's and alighted the vehicle walking up a mini mud volcano mountain. A mixture of mud and water akin to a gutter drain overflow was oozing out of a few of the Mud volcanoes. The contents of Gobustan’s mud domes are cold. Their main danger is in their unpredictability. A buildup of pressurized gas in the cone can be released without warning, causing possible asphyxiation, triggering a jet of fire, and drawing a torrent of fast-flowing mud from the volcano. In 2001 gas seepage caused a mud volcano near Azerbaijan’s capital of Baku to explode. The mound shot flames hundreds of feet into the air, burned for three days, and filled the sky with mud and black smoke.It's estimated that 300 of the planet's estimated 700 mud volcanoes are located in Gobustan, and the Caspian Sea. Mud volcanoes of Gobustan are a popular attraction for both scientists and tourists, with tourists often bathing in mud, which is thought to have medicinal qualities akin to the mud of the Dead Sea in Israel/Jordan.If visiting Baku do not leave without a visit to the Mud Volcanoes of Dashgil.
Written May 31, 2022
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Moskvichka12
Moscow, Russia589 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
I dunno... I guess you have to see it if you're in the area, but if you've been to Iceland or anywhere else with mud, it's not very interesting. The phenomenal number of tourists there makes it difficult to see all the volcanoes or take nice pictures, and the bubbling mud is fairly limited.
The current venue that is open cannot be reached by posh cars or minibuses, so you take a taxi for 5 manat which drives you right up, about a 15 minute trip. In the past, tours took people to a different site, which is now closed as the government is paving the road there and building an information centre. (May 2024) In the future that site will be reopened.
Written May 29, 2024
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Maree R
Christchurch, New Zealand1,182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The drive in was an experience, we were in a Lada taxi that our guide had organized. It was fast and bumpy, I was happy with my sports bra. We arrived at the mud volcanoes on one of the windiest days our guide had been there, it was blowing a gale which meant we ended up with mud splatters over us. Wear shoes with decent soles, I had shoes in my bag but decided it didnt look to mucky so went up in my jandels and it was fine until I slipped coming down on some damp mud. Didnt get hurt and the mud on me dried reasonably fast. Well worth the visit when in Baku.
Written September 5, 2022
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nrm6
Sydney, Australia32 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Arrived to a sea of litter everywhere - paths, volcanoes and mud lake. Clearly it was an accumulation over many months.
Given the money spent by tourists for transportation to the site, it's disgraceful that the local authorities haven't initiated regular cleanups.
Only place we visited in Azerbaijan in this appalling condition.
Written May 17, 2024
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Riathefudie
Dubai, United Arab Emirates29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A unique experience it was to see mud spewing out from the earth. Later I researched and found some interesting facts about mud volcanoes. The mud volcano activity is 25000 years old and 350 mud volcanoes out of 700 are found in Azerbaijan. The process I saw in Gobustan National Park Museum. It is all due to compactional stress, I have shared videos with many such interesting facts in my story on Instagram under Riathefudie. It is a must see place and if possible do try the mud bath. I have heard it has many health benefits. We didn’t have much time so couldn’t experience it.
Written January 7, 2024
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OnwardTraveller
Southampton, UK1,197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We did this after the rock carvings self-driving in a small Kia rental car. Lots of grief saying we needed to transfer to a Lada taxi as the road was not driveable in a small car. Utter nonsense! Just take care. Fascinating site with bubbling mud and gas you can set light to. Well worth a visit.
Written July 6, 2022
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Douglas G
Overijse, Belgium24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Interesting place but be careful. Don't wonder too close if you are not sure about the ground you are standing on. Ask your tour guide. I saw a couple from antlers tour fall in the mud hole with camera and everything! What a way to ruin your vacation. Other than that, it is worth exploring.
Written June 17, 2023
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1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I would give 5 starts only for the nature and the ride there. The area is beautiful, however I need to mention that the drivers in our case threw the plastic covers for the shoes in the nature. If we knew we would have collected the plastic covers ourselves. It seems like a systematic problem, since everyone is doing the same. Maybe the companies that organize the tours can come up with a simple solution and not allow anyone to throw garbage around. We are the visitors, we need to take care of these beautiful parts of the world.
Written March 31, 2024
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eatanddrinkandsleep
29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Republic50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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