Best time to visit:
from April to November
In a word:
Asalam Akeykum (“peace be with you”)
Lose yourself in the markets of Almaty between Chinese, Uzbek and Russian goods; taste the "shubat" (fermented camel milk)
For a long time it has been considered just a large empty space in the center of Asia, Kazakhstan, the ninth country in the world by extension, is slowly emerging into the world.
The southernmost part, with the old caravan routes and the Tian Shan crest, has always attracted many travelers, today, thanks to the opening towards tourism and the improvement of means of transport, it is easier to immerse oneself in the rhythm of life of the endless steppes.
Kazakhstan has been the last country to declare independence from the crumbling USSR, even its leader, Nursultan Nazarbaev, had even opposed to the independence.
The capital was moved to Astana in 1997, a provincial town in the central northern area of the country, by virtue of its strategic location and proximity to Russia.
The economic prosperity of Kazakhstan is evident above all here, where it seems to be in Europe, given the large number of expensive shops of international chains in the wide streets of clear Soviet style.
The middle class of Almaty can count on elegant residential neighborhoods, ultra-modern malls, western-style cafés, fine restaurants, nightclubs where people dance until morning and no one seems to care that Astana has replaced Almaty as the Kazakh capital.
We stay at the splendid Grand Sapphire Hotel, 4 stars, excellent location, spacious, bright and very comfortable rooms. Ideal for those who, like us, want to discover this city on foot.
For this Kazakh journey, we will try to provide some useful advice on what to do and how to live it if you only have 3 days available in Almaty.
Wandering through the huge streets of Almaty allowed us to taste some of the culture of this first Central Asian country that we visit ... however, we are already ready to continue our adventure towards the neighbor: Kyrgyzstan!
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