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Republic of Iraq

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Country profile:

Location: Western Asia.
Borders: Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria.
Capital: Baghdad.
Area: 437,072 km2.
Population: 38,146,025.
Currency: Iraqi Dinar IQD.
Independence from UK: year 1932.

Travel articles about Iraq

Visit Baghdad – City Adventure Guide to the capital of Iraq

VISIT BAGHDAD

Visit Baghdad There are places to which all travelers dream of venturing at least once in their lifetime. Some of my close friends have repeatedly informed me they’ve noticed I’m drawn towards unusual travel destinations, perhaps because of my affinity towards places most people usually don’t go. My truth is, having the opportunity to find and explore the lesser known, less touristic sites and talking with its people, is what truly captivates me and draws my attention. Then, having the possibility to report these journeys to you through my adventure travel blog, is really rewarding. Today I take you to Baghdad, unable to be described without first mentioning a bit of its history. The capital of Iraq, a country rooted in civilizations dating from the year 3000 BC, namely the Sumerians, Acadians, Babylonians and the Assyrians. Between the 8th-9th centuries AD, the region became influential under the Arab rule after the…

31 Lesser-Known Destinations to Visit in Iraqi Kurdistan – Part 2

Visit the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Visit Iraqi Kurdistan Welcome to the second part of my travel guide to the unknown destinations of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. On this page, I focus on the least famous destinations in Iraqi Kurdistan: Caves, Waterfalls, Castles, Shrines, Rock-reliefs, Temples, and Archaeological Sites. If this is your arrival page, you might want to start from the first part: Kurdistan Region of Iraq Unknown Destinations Part 1 Some destinations on this page are located on disputed areas and under the control of the central government in Baghdad. Technically and by the Iraqi constitution, they don’t belong to the Kurdistan region, and are indeed controlled by the Iraqi Army and not by the Kurdish Peshmerga army. Iraqi Kurdistan Off the Beaten Path Destinations – Part 2 17. Chami Razan جيمي ريزان Chami Razan (Jami Rezan) is a very nice place surrounded by incredible mountains, several large caves, and numerous waterfalls. The bigger…

Hitchhiking Iraqi Kurdistan – Thumbing from Dohuk to Aqrah

Hitchhiking Iraqi Kurdistan - Thumbing from Dohuk to Aqrah

If you’re thinking about Hitchhiking Iraqi Kurdistan, I hope this travelogue motivates you for such an adventure. I visited Northern Iraq for eleven days in 2009 and again for one month in 2018 driving my campervan. Kurdish people are very welcoming and friendly, and I loved my trip to this part of the Middle East. After traveling in Iraq using shared taxis, I decided to try to hitchhike in Iraq to see if I could get a closer contact with the people, whether Kurds, Turkmens, Arabs or Assyrians. I hitchhiked two times in Iraqi Kurdistan: from Dohuk to Aqrah from Dohuk to Amedi Hitchhiking Iraqi Kurdistan It was Friday, the weekly Muslim holiday, when everything is closed between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm. I spent the morning exploring some areas of the city where I had not been yet: the amusement park Dream City and the nearby supermarket, where I bought…

Inspiring Places to Visit in Asia – Travel Guide

Asia Best Destinations - Travel Guide

Asia Travel Guide “Asia is a marvelous continent to visit. With a total of 49 countries and a population of 4.3 billion, the most prevalent languages in Asia are Mandarin, Hindi, Arabic, Malay, Vietnamese, Korean, Cantonese, Wei, Thai, and English.” My Top Asia The 16th century World Heritage square Naqsh-e Jahan in Isfahan, Iran 427 meters / 1401 ft below sea level Dead Sea salt lake, Israel – Palestine – Jordan Cave of Jesus’s Birthplace in Bethlehem, Palestine The Citadel at Erbil, the oldest continuously inhabited town in the world, Iraq 15th century Timurid architecture of Registan Square in Samarkand, Uzbekistan Hazrat Ali’s Sacred shrine and Blue Mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan 14th century Tashilhunpo Monastery and fortress in Shigatse, Tibet 15th century monasteries and monuments of Bhaktapur, Nepal 17th century fort and old district of Nizwa, Oman The endless Great Wall of China 2134 m / 7001 ft mountain top, 62…

Backpacking Travel Guide to Visit Northern Iraq

Backpacking Travel Guide to Visit Northern Iraq

Welcome to my page with information about traveling in Northern Iraq, aka Iraqi Kurdistan. Many people ask me why I visited Iraq and why I chose this country as a summer holidays destination. Most people have an Iraq with war in mind, the only Iraq they have seen on TV. In fact, many regions in Iraq do live moments of tension and war, but in some areas more than others. However, there is a different Iraq. The northern part of the country, which maintains a de facto independence since the first Gulf War in 1991, is actually very safe and well protected. In 2003, Iraqi Kurdistan was included in the new Iraqi constitution as a federal state enjoying the status of a region with its own president and its own parliament. Iraqi Kurdistan is somehow safe, protected by police and army checkpoints. This area is currently the most prosperous and richest…

Driving in Iraqi Kurdistan – Amedi to Barzan Road Trip

Driving in Iraq - Amedi to Barzan Road Trip

I visited Northern Iraq for 11 days. When I was in the Kurdish town of Amedia, someone made me a proposal I just couldn’t refuse. Driving. I love to drive. Actually, this is possibly my favorite way of traveling. Next to the church of Saint Mary lives a Christian family that wanted to know more about the reasons of my visit to Amedia. Pethio, a gentleman in his sixties, introduced me to his family, offered me tea and fetched a book written in Syriac. He explained me a bit of his religion, of his history and of the history of Syriac Christians in Iraq. Pethio teaches English in the neighboring village Kani and has two sons in the USA and another one in Australia. After a joyful conversation with Pethio and some more men who had joined us, he asked me: “Do you have a driving license?” Pethio has a car,…

Mesopotamian Marshes, The rebirth of Iraqi Venice

Mesopotamian Marshes, The rebirth of Iraqi Venice

The Mesopotamian Marshes are a wetland region located in southern Iraq, a natural monument that also includes part of Southwest Iran. These are considered to be Western Eurasia’s largest wetlands ecosystems. This unusual place in the desert had plenty of water, so it used to be very productive and prosperous. Throughout history, it has always been well respected, because, among the arid climate of southern Iraq, the Mesopotamian Marshes allowed human beings and livestock to have a high quality of life. In 1950 during a massive oil exploration project, the drainage of the wetlands started. This process was taken to an extreme during the mandate of Saddam Hussein. This lead to the expulsion of local tribes, creating political and social tension in the southern parts of the country. Currently, the Mesopotamian Marshes slightly recovered. Unfortunately, the last decade severe drought and the previously built infrastructure have left irreversible results in this…

31 Lesser-Known Destinations to Visit in Iraqi Kurdistan – Part 1

Visit the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Visit Iraqi Kurdistan Iraqi Kurdistan is known to almost all adventure travelers. Officially named Kurdistan Region of Iraq by the country’s constitution, it is an autonomous region located in northern Iraq. As you probably guess, not many people travel to Iraq, so how come I decided to make a page about the off the beaten path destinations in Iraqi Kurdistan? Isn’t everything in this part of the world off the beat already? Well, the fact is that in the past decade a few adventure travelers did go to Northern Iraq, but the reality is that most people just want to check Iraq off their bucket list. Consequently, they end up visiting the same places they find mentioned on the Internet, without really exploring other destinations on their own. Famous places in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Erbil Sulaymaniyah Halabja Dohuk Amedi Rawanduz On this page, I focus on the least famous…

25 of the Best Places to Visit in Iraq (2019)

Travel in Iraq - Amazing Places that are possible to visit in 2016

Visit Iraq Iraq is a fascinating country located in Western Asia. Touristically speaking, Iraq lost its place in the world tourism arena. For a long time forgotten, Iraq is now a mysterious country since we don’t hear people speaking about traveling there that often (due to the lack of security). Before the unilateral American incursion of its territory, Iraq was safe and had thousands of western tourists visiting it every year. Why? Because Iraq is located in the heart of Mesopotamia, where humans established the first great civilizations. This said, Iraq is a natural born historical nation. Present in the early birth of modern civilizations, places like Samarra, Ur, Hatra and famous Babylon still ring the bell when mentioned. Unfortunately today, due to the presence of radical militant Islamic groups that took advantage of the political and security void, Iraq is a no-go destination for the most of its north and…

#Vanlife Iraq: One-month road trip with a Camper Van

One month road trip in Iraq with a 4X4 Camper Van

Driving a camper van in Iraq Ok, I have to admit that I realize you might think that the idea of traveling in Iraq might sound a bit mad and how this article’s title “One-month road trip in Iraq with a Camper Van” sounds even crazier. Being fascinated by its history and culture, I traveled three times to Iraq so far, and I can’t get enough of it. During my one-year van life trip across Central Asia and the Middle East, I decided to return to this ancient country and visit some places where I haven’t been previously. #Vanlife Iraq For a long time forgotten, Iraq is now a mysterious country since we don’t hear people speaking about traveling there that often (due to the lack of security). Before the American invasion of its territory, Iraq was safe and had thousands of western tourists visiting it every year. Unfortunately, nowadays Iraq…

Dwin Castle, Idyllic Mountain Fortress of Saladin – Iraq

DWIN CASTLE IRAQ

Visit Dwin Castle There are those kinds of places that are able to trigger our inner adventure instincts. You know, those places we get so hypnotically focused on exploring that we somehow lose the sense of time and space. Welcome to the idyllic Dwin Castle, located in a mountainous region at about 60km northeast of Erbil, in Northern Iraq. Dwin Castle – Iraq The castle is supposed to have belonged to Jalaluddin, the grandfather of the famous Saladin, who amassed an enormous Muslim army to fight the European Crusaders out of the Levant. It was a rainy morning when I went out of Erbil and heading towards Rawanduz. I somehow felt that due to the weather, the day would not be enjoyable. On the map, I had pinpointed two castles, which I almost took out to go straight to Rawanduz and skip the dark, cloudy day. But, I was already driving…

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