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  • SunChild EcoTours: Possibilities of Ecotourism
    considered one of the favourable zones of the region Being located 390m 4090m high above the sea level the country has embraced boundless natural variety beginning from half deserted lands up to marshlands and deciduous forests During the whole year more than 360 species of birds find their nests here To value this fact one should bear in mind that in whole Europe there are only 400 500 species of birds at all It is typical that the ancestor of wild grain grows in Armenia The mouflon which can be observed in Armenia is sole and unique in its type One can meet panther Caucasian grey bears bobcats wolves etc In Armenia more than 100 different plants can be found in one square kilometre According to universal standards this is unique Unfortunately 200 of Armenian endemic species are endangered One quarter of the animal and botanical treasure harboured in Armenia is on the edge of extinction This very problem is due to the fact that big parts of Armenia are being exploited intensively Nevertheless there are still virgin districts in Armenia mostly situated in the high mountainous and half deserted regions Those districts beyond reach which are useless for human activities and for agricultural utilization became a unique Noah s Ark for many endemic animals In the Middle Ages one could meet only hermits here who came to these lonely places to feel next to Heaven and to the Lord Nowadays these regions hardly see visitors lovers of nature can find here immaculate landscapes and miraculous beauty which endow with happiness Many mouflons go to the Middle Ages Castles and hermits Abandoned monasteries for bearing This directs us to a very big force hidden in Armenia s wild nature Monasteries once were built far from dwelling places where nature is

    Original URL path: http://www.set.am/index.php?id=300&L=0 (2012-12-28)
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  • SunChild EcoTours: Art Residency
    from everywhere in the world offering them an affordable opportunity to live and create here as well as to get acquainted with Armenian nature culture and monuments They will be introduced to other artists and to inspiring individuals belonging to different professions and spheres These encounters will stimulate a group atmosphere which encourages all participants not only to exchange opinions but also to start cooperation in different projects The visitors will be given the best chance to get acquainted with Armenian nature Metaphorically spoken Armenia a country with many different ecological features resembles an aesthete who is eager to reveal his surprising collection of treasures to other enthusiasts Armenia has picturesque corners of nature where one can find a big variety of flora and fauna The number of different types of birds alone numbers over 360 Seeing and hearing them is an indescribable experience For artists inspired by the spirit of Chagall and his painted flying dreams these birds might be the symbol of paradise However for other nature lovers Armenia has its unexpected surprises American painter Rockwell Kent called Armenia A museum in the open air taking into account the country s saturation with historical and cultural monuments embracing the space of time between primeval and today Armenian history is almost a closed page in the universal history book In spite of the fact that Armenia s soil and soul is saturated with emotive historical tales Many localities are shrouded in legends and myths The thickness of history somehow even separates some places from common belonging People in Armenia know that the past is still able to change the meaning of their present existence ART IN ARMENIA TODAY Because one of our principals is the preservation and development of cultural environment we organize for the participants of our Art residency program several visits to the leading artists studios Some of them are dedicated to traditional art others are crossing to the contemporary approach painters poets architects sculptors musicians actors etc The atmosphere of Armenian art in one hand contains ethno cultural individual concentration in another invisible originality and frankness with hopeless ignorance towards trade and gain Art is not consumed yet artists are not commercials and they live with self sufficing ideals In Armenia the idea of ownership in art has a different meaning in comparison to other parts of the world Here people are eager to share the free and frankly spirit of art with others After centuries of cultural suppression artists are aware of the traps of ownership they are sensitive for any hints of commercialism or suppression Thus many Armenian artists are escaping from any compulsion to indescribable freedom In spite of their knowledge that sometimes their presented works might not be individual or sophisticated enough to keep up with international standards many Armenian artists feel themselves as representatives of a vanishing type of humankind Their self perception often implicates the image of a man who is late for the train of civilization Even if the

    Original URL path: http://www.set.am/index.php?id=290&L=0 (2012-12-28)
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  • SunChild EcoTours: Armenia
    Ararat is situated beyond the Turkish border which is still closed The layout of Yerevan was designed by Alexander Tamanyan but has grown way beyond his projections of a couple hundred thousand residents We can boldly call today s Yerevan a city of contrasts A mixture of eastern and western culture mingled with the past and the present give the city a unique colouring Yerevan is one of the hottest cities in the Caucasus region Winter is mild here spring is short During the several days of spring when fruit trees blossom the city reminds us of a big flower garden Summer in Yerevan is hot and dry the average temperature in June is 26C and the maximum is 41 Autumn in Yerevan is unforgettable it is soft without winds warm and long as a rule until the middle of December trees are still covered with autumn golden reddish leaves the sky is cloudless Clubs Cafes Restaurants Yerevan is a city with a vibrant nightlife There are a lot of concert halls cinemas discos clubs and bars with live music rock jazz folk pop At nightfall Yerevan becomes unrecognizable the business city shifts into an alluring mixture of shimmering lights music and laughter Visitors of the city will have no problems concerning the question where to take lunch or dinner One can taste any cuisine ranging from European style to Armenian home cooking or oriental kitchen there are many cafes luxurious and contemporary restaurants and pizza houses in Yerevan They all are distinguished by highly qualified cuisines excellent service and original interior There are many great sidewalk cafes where one spends pleasant evenings listening to beautiful music A unique culture was created based to a certain extent on a synthesis of eastern and western culture and the spirit of Europe as well as of Asia melded the character of Armenia s people Museums At the top of Mesrop Mashtots Avenue the main artery road of the capital Yerevan you will find the Matenadaran the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts Matenadaran boasts the world s largest collection of ancient manuscripts over 16 000 The collection includes many valuable works of foreign philosophers some of which have survived only in Armenian translations Among these are works by Aristotle Eusebius of Caesarea and many others Art aficionados can visit the National Art Gallery displaying its rich collections of works by European and Russian artists This impressive building located in the Republic Square is also home to the largest national collection of paintings by famous Armenian artists such as Ayvazovsky and Sarian The spirit of creativity is fostered and promoted in Armenians from a young age Hence the Children s Art Gallery which was the first permanent exhibition of its sort in the world Khosrov National Reserve Khosrov is a National Reserve Presenting the treasures of Khosrov s Reserve it is impossible to overlook the historical importance of this true haven in nature This marvellous piece of land singled out by King Khosrov III in

    Original URL path: http://www.set.am/index.php?id=287&L=0 (2012-12-28)
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  • SunChild EcoTours: about us
    it has already managed to organize various tours around Armenia The founders of SunChild Eco Tours have rich experience in ecology as well as in organizing tours offering unique insights into Armenian wildlife As our guests you will enjoy your time in the most marvellous parts of our country seeing ancient castles and fortresses monasteries and early dated churches and discover the magnificent wonders of Armenian wildlife During the last

    Original URL path: http://www.set.am/index.php?id=317&L=0 (2012-12-28)
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  • SunChild EcoTours: Partners
    following partners biss Reisen exploring countries and culture worldwide Voyages pour la Planète is one of the main ecotourism websites in France Find our tours on their website by clicking on their logo Armenia Travel is a general information website about tourism in Armenia and a partner of SET ECOtourisme magazine is a French online magazine specialized in providing information about sustainable ethical and responsible tourism ECOtourism magazine recommends SET

    Original URL path: http://www.set.am/index.php?id=1849&L=0 (2012-12-28)
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  • SunChild EcoTours: contact us
    CONTACT US Myasnikyan St 20 Building Armenia Yerevan 0025 Tel 374 10 562362 Fax 374 10 560192 write a message name e mail your message captcha If you can t read the word click here some invisible text to give

    Original URL path: http://www.set.am/index.php?id=314&L=0 (2012-12-28)
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  • SunChild EcoTours: Biking tours
    Bike tours through not yet common in Armenia are an ideal way to visit many historical cultural monuments as well as like the Matenadaran the treasure house of old scriptures in Yerevan ancient monasteries like Haghpat and Goshavank as well as pre Christan sites like the Armenian Stone Henge Zorats Qarer The tour leads the participants moreover to the most beautiful landscapes of Armenia the deep forests of Dilijan the gorgeous shore of blue Sevan Lake and the impressive mountainous highlands between Yereghnadzor and Sisian During the tour there will be many possibilities to meet with local people in their villages among them also artists representatives of community projects and priests of the Armenian Church For the bikers security and convenience a tour bus always drives behind the group in order to transport luggage and food as well as bike spares and repair sets The bus is also ready to take up bikers who want to make a little pause It will make a good opportunity to get acquainted with the peoples lifestyle and traditions SunChild Eco Tours has arranged for its customers a 14 days bike tour which touches on its course throughout the country numerous cultural monuments The

    Original URL path: http://www.set.am/index.php?id=304&L=0 (2012-12-28)
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  • SunChild EcoTours: Horseback riding
    for mountainous districts These modest and patient animals are quite suitable for Ecotourism On their back the small groups of travelers have the chance to reach even very remote areas where nature is still pure and undamaged Moreover the contact with these wonderful animals doubles the pleasures of the nature experience The tour lasts six days and leads the participants in remote areas of the Khoshrov Reserve to the shores of Lake Sevan as well as to hidden and nearly inaccessible cultural monuments in isolated places Moreover there will be many opportunities for encounters with local people Among them the Kurdish speaking minority of the Yezids This proud nation of cattle breeders still lives a traditional nomadic life and follows its ancient religion Detailed Plan for a Horseback riding tour 6 days The package includes 3 daily meals 2 tour assistants horses and all the needed accessories automobile transportation entrance privileges The package does not include tent nor sleeping bag Additional payments are required for such materials Preconditions for safety Each participating individual is requested to be physically prepared to be able to ride a horse and also to be able to walk through narrow paths for a long period

    Original URL path: http://www.set.am/index.php?id=308&L=0 (2012-12-28)
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