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About me
I love traveling and can’t see my life without it. So once my way brought me to the Caucasus and I fell head over heels in love with it immediately. These great mountains let you give yourself a try and know yourself better and the natives will make you feel at home. I gained the spirit of a man living to the full there and have been using every possibility to get back there again and again since then.

Mаzzoniguide – it’s a word consisting of two: mazzoni and guide.
Mazzoni [ma:tso:ni] is a Georgian name for a home-made yoghurt that first appeared in the Caucasus Mountains. I believe this healthy treat helps the highlanders to feel fit and live over a hundred years. The way they make mazzoni involves the living history in itself: they get fresh leavener from the old one thus keeping the life that was born in ancient times. The green hills and clear rivers of the Caucasus turn into milk which mazzoni is later made of. Nobody knows where exactly mazzoni was found for the first time but every Caucasian family keeps it living day by day.

Guide. It’s a man accompanying you in your traveling. I think it’s a person who accepts all the responsibility both for himself and for people around him. It’s not just a man taking you round the sights, telling you something he learned by heart and attracting your attention to something beautiful. He's a kind of communicator having all the necessary knowledge and directing your attention to something really sightworthy. I'm ready to become such a guide both in the real world and on the Internet. Thus, I hope you’ll find something really interesting at my web-site.

But above all I’d like to have the possibility to share my traveling experience with other people telling them about interesting places of the South Caucasus and presenting some unique adventures to them. Besides, I’m always ready to take part in interesting cultural projects and support the most challenging ideas related to this region.

While traveling, a human being learns to perceive and understand the World from a new point of view. A trip can help us to see ourselves as a part of nature, to lay aside all the prejudices of traditional life, to strengthen our will and become more sincere and hearty. It sets you among something absolutely new and amazing: spacious and generous environment, regular overcoming imaginary and real difficulties and, finally, ourselves. Thus, just take a deep breath and step forward toward something new – a trip!

Caucasus
The Caucasus is a complicated phenomenon. It is geographically bound by the Greater Caucasus Mountain Ridge in the North and the borders of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan in the South but you can argue a lot on its civilized borders. There’re about twelve republics in this territory and three of them aren’t recognized by UNO and only six of them are parts of the Russian Federation.
A lot of different national with their unique history, difficult fortune and original culture live in the Caucasus. They are all united with one Caucasian culture but you can hardly distinguish the basic traits of it. It's not Europe or Asia; it's a unique civilization that was absorbing the most different traits of surrounding age-long cultures including the Scythians, Ancient Greece, Arabic culture, the Mongols, Byzantium, Persia, Western Europe, Turkey, Russia and others.

The Caucasus has always been the place of conflicts of the bigger countries’ interests, the place that no great transmigrations of peoples could pass by. From the point of view of anthropology and ethnopsychology, the Caucasus is a very interesting place. Some experts call this place an ethnographic reservation of the Earth. The cultural layers of different times from matriarchate to contemporary globalization epoch live in the human consciousness here.

The Caucasus is also a unique natural reserve with a fanciful and varied landscape. The rocky motives are about 5000 meters high and give way to endless moors, alpine meadows and glaciers border on subtropical forests. A lot of relict plants survived here and you feel like finding yourself in the "lost world" when you see them. Finally, the Caucasus means clean and fresh air, life-giving water and great cuisine due to which people often live till the age of one hundred.

Breakaway Regions
I’m mostly interested in “breakaway regions” like Nagorno-Karabakh and Abkhazia. I can’t tell you for sure why. It might be due to the unexplored paths, occasional tourists, virgin nature, people’s character and numerous cultural artifacts, calm rhythm, natural way of life and millions of possibilities provided by local area.

The war conflicts and image of crisis spots fostered horror and sense of alienation as to this blessed places in popular consciousness. My aim is to get people familiar with these wonderful places, to help the locals and find more about the unique culture of every country by organizing and supporting cultural projects and attracting popular attention.

I’m extremely far from politics, so, I don’t think it necessary to argue on the status of these states but the idea of living your own life is quite kindred to me. Only if you give up imperious attitude of mind and ethnic stereotypes you can understand how courageous the Abkhaz people are when they defend their right to live in the Country of Soul or how devoted the Armenians are when they live feeling their roots in age-old traditions of the ancient region of Artsakh. Neither the war nor history fakes nor historical monuments destroying can stop them.

Traveling
I have some routs of my own that I laid in my numerous trips. I choose the most interesting rout and accompany you round the places I know. We regularly move around, get familiar with the sights and monuments talking to the locals. We mostly walk along the paths that a known to local people only and so we get to the places that tourists hardly ever get to and tourist companies hardly ever know about. And I’ll be with you 24 hour a day.

We can lay a new route together proceeding from your individual wishes and time available. It can pass through well-known places but there’s also a possibility of unforeseen difficulties or even emergencies. I arrange the entire trip thoroughly myself trying to find an ideal combination of intense exercises and peaceful rest but everyone will share all the difficulties of overcoming something new.

I like traveling in small groups of 3-6 people. In this situation every fellow traveler can receive all the necessary care and attention and the group is quite mobile. I can also organize trips for bigger or smaller groups.

Check the nearest tours here.

Nagorno-Karabakh
Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh or NKR) is situated in the South-Eastern part of "Lesser Caucasus". It borders with Armenia in the West, with Azerbaijan in the North and with Iran by the Aras River in the South. The only way to get there is from Armenia, the border of which looks like a traffic police station, whereas Azerbaijani border is more like an entrenched minefield with dug-out shelters all over it.

Nagorno-Karabakh area is about 11 thousand sq. km. and its population is about 141 thousand people. The head of the Republic is the President and the executive power belongs to the government headed by the Prime-Minister. Armenia and NKR are a de facto integral historical-cultural territory with common army, currency and phone code.

The local landscape is quite varied and rugged. The highest place is a volcanic table-land with petroglyphs that are the traces of the ancient civilization: long time ago, people lived independently in the fancy-formed valleys and steep gorges covered with thick greenwoods where the best shelter for the locals in war-times. This landscape type added to physical isolation and thus the political independence of the region. That allowed the country to preserve Karabakh Armenian specific culture where you can still notice matriarchy traits and early Christian ideas. But it didn't stop adopting other Eastern cultural forms.

Today only some places in the world still preserve their native traditions and rhythm. Artsakh is one of them. Karabakh war and the following isolation period brought the foreign influence to the minimum. The villagers live in accordance with their own old-time rules that their grandparents imparted with great love. Of course, the global culture is coming to Karabakh as well but here you can still find unique cultural forms that are different from “Great Armenia”. Generous nature, calm life rhythm, open-hearted people and history penetrating into every smallest land plot - that is Karabakh today.
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