Artsivi (Eagle) Gorge

Cover image © Zakaria Charitonisvili

Huddle in close, nature enthusiasts. Have you ever imagined stumbling upon a magical, hidden realm? No, we're not spewing some J.R.R. Tolkien fiction here. Welcome to Artsivi, or as most know it, the Eagle Gorge. Tucked in the Kakheti region, a hop and a skip north from Dedoplistskaro Town, this gorge is nature's dramatic theatre.

Begin your journey amidst limestone rock canyons, stretching their arched backs for about 7 km (4.35 miles). As you tread, the gorge whispers tales of ancient times, like the sentinel Khornabuji Fortress, an architectural wonder from the 5th century, standing tall and mysterious. And yes, it's perched atop a rocky mountain - giving it that extra oomph of mystery! Summon your inner mountain goat, and the climb will reward you with views of the Alazani Valley and the Greater Caucasus that'll make you gasp.

But wait, there's more! Artsivi isn't just about grand landscapes; it's a flora and fauna fiesta! Meet the Kakheti Machita (Campanula kachetica). This dainty, white blossom might leave you scratching your head, thinking, "Why would such a beauty settle in these rugged terrains?" And don't get us started on the thuja bush (Biota orientalis) – a Georgian exclusive!

For the birdwatchers, oh boy, are you in for a treat! With 60 bird species fluttering around, including the regal eagle and the elusive black wagtail, this place is like the avian version of Hollywood.

Need a break? There's a picnic spot nestled under the Khornabuji Fortress. Refuel, maybe hum a tune, and then make your way to Elias Mountain to see the 6th-century rock temple of St. Elia the Prophet. It's the stuff legends are made of!

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