A week was just enough time to take in Konye-Urgench, Ashgabat and the ancient sites around Mary before returning to Uzbekistan. The people are very friendly and curious, the general atmosphere quite strict.
Mother and son, Konye-Urgench. From Nukus, Uzbekistan I took an organized tour to Turkmenistan--about the only way to see this little-visited, strange country. We first stopped at the ancient ruins of Konye-Urgench.