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Svaneti - Mestia

This is the main village for the region of Svaneti. While there isn't alot to do here it is the starting point for the adventurous and sometimes brave. The journey in its self from Zugdidi is hard enough, but when those stone towers and mountains come into full view and the fresh air is inhailed one has come to a special place.

Svaneti - Mestia

The language barrier is the biggest problem when in a remote land. The people of Svaneti have felt for a long time as outcasts within Georgia and due to their harsh environment and social situation between each other have a reputaion for some hostility towards out siders. However this is due to missunderstandings from both sides. Georgians in Tbilisi, most never ventured there at all, strongly advise tourists not to go to Svaneti alone or at all. This encouraged me to go - but with a level of precausion in mind.

Svaneti is openning up to the outside world and what ever the impact this will endure time can only tell.

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  • Last visit to Mestia: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated Dec 3, 2006
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  • ellielou's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2006 at 10:14 AM

    do I dare go here? I'd love to, but all the matter of finding just the right guide, I think!

  • maykal's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2006 at 1:01 AM

    Lucky you, managing to get to Svaneti! I wanted to go so badly both times I was in georgia, but it never happened :( Nice photos

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