Gobustan National Park
Just over an hour’s drive from Baku, Gobustan National Park is an otherworldly landscape of bubbling mud volcanoes, giant rocky boulders and ancient petroglyphs (rock carvings). In fact, it’s these rock carvings that in part gained the park UNESCO World Heritage status, with more than 6,000 of them dating back between 5,000 to 40,000 years. They offer a fascinating glimpse into prehistoric life and culture, with images of hunters chasing their prey and women dancing. The park is also home to the remains of settlements, burials and inhabited caves.