The ruins of the ancient historical city-fortress Petra (VI c.AD). Historically this territory was the settlement place of one of the Kartvelian tribes - Lazes. The Byzantine Emperor Justinian built a city here because of the unique military-strategic and trade-economical location. The city was crossed by the essential road connecting Western Georgia, Byzantine provinces, Iran and Armenia. Navigation was also very well-developed.
Kintrishi Protected Areas are located in the breathtaking gorge of the Kintrishi, on 2.500 m above the sea level and cover the Kintrishi Strict Nature Reserve (10.703 ha) and Kintrishi Protected Landscape (3.190 ha).Most of the territory is occupied by mountains and gorges. Here flow the rivers Kintrishi and Kheknara Vegetation of Kintrishi protected areas is biologically diversified and is rich in such species of the Colchis flora as: Eastern beech, chestnut, Eastern spruce, Medvedev birch, black alder, elm, ash, Caucasian persimmon, mountain maple, relict rhododendron ungernii, etc. The main area, about 92% (12.850 ha) is covered with forest. In terms of fauna, the following animals can be found in the Kintrishi Protected Area: chamois, roe, bear, jackal, wolf, lynx, marten, badger, squirrel and many others.
Arch Bridge of Queen Tamar (12 century)
Church of St. George - which was built in 2005, in 2010 was transformed into monastery. Tourists can see here the centuries-old wine vessels - kvevri.
Years-old box forest and waterfall - Colchis boxwood is a rare relict species, which reaches 10-12 meters in height and 16-32 cm in diameter. Approximate age is about 250-300 years; it is included in the Georgian Red Book.
It is possible swim in the river and ride a horse.
Best period: from 1st June to 1st November
Do not forget change of clothes
A flashlight will be useful
Take a sufficient amount of water
Spray for insects and sun protection, trekking poles will be useful