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Arevik National Park

Location:                      South Armenia, Syunik 
Province size:              34,402 hectares 
Altitude:                        450 m – 3,500 m 
Year of establishment: 2009 

Landscape: Broad leaf forests, juniper open woodlands, subalpine and alpine meadows, semi-deserts, mountain steppes, rivers, high-mountains 
Flora: Juniper, oak, hornbeam, maple, ash 
Fauna: Caucasian leopard, bezoar goat, brown bear, otter, Caspian snowcock, Caucasian black grouse, Armenian moufl on, colchic pheasant, striped hyena, Armenian viper, Mediterranean turtle

Arevik National Park, embedded in the catchment of the rivers Meghri, Shvanidzor and Nrnadzor, is one of the youngest protected areas of Armenia.
Arevik is important for the protection of endangered and rare species such as the Caucasian leopard, the Armenian mouflon and the Mediterranean turtle. Visitors will find oak and juniper forests covering more than two thirds of the National Park. But they can also explore semi-deserts, mountain plains and alpine meadows, and admire an extraordinary diversity of flowers. Since the park is young, tourism is also in its early stages and visitor facilities are soon to be developed. The special ecology of Arevik National Park reflects its location in the border region in the very south of the country, where Iranian, Anatolian, Caucasian and Central Asian fauna come together, making it a particularly interesting place to visit from an ecological point of view.

Visitors to Arevik can enjoy unique and beautiful mountain sceneries with the park’s specific c biodiversity. Moreover the region has a rich historical-cultural heritage to offer. Tourists can observe various species of the National Park like the bezoar goat, one of its protected and precious representatives, and also a wide range of different bird species like quail, partridge, eagle and falcon. 
The Araks river is rich with fish. The best time to visit the National Park is June to October. The park can be explored on foot or on horseback. However, getting there will sometimes require an off-road vehicle.

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