These cold mud volcanoes are located about an hour from Baku, just a few kilometers from the town of Gobustan. The mud just gurgles and bubbles continuously. The taxi driver told us that the volcanoes become very active in winter and after heavy rains.
In 2007 Gobustan was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered to be of “outstanding universal value” for the quality and density of its rock art engravings, for the substantial evidence the collection of rock art images presents for hunting, fauna, flora and lifestyles in pre-historic times.
Cassie (my co-teacher from New Zealand), my host sister, and I went on a day trip to Gobistan, a location outside of Baku renown for its cave drawings. On the bus there, my host sister sat across the aisle from Cassie and I, and ended up talking to the woman next to her.
When we arrived, the woman got someone she knew to drive us to the carvings, take us to a Muslim shrine hidden in the desert, and take us back to her house for lunch after.