REPUBLIC OF GUINEA-BISSAU
Located in the West Africa, Guinea-Bissau is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and neighboring countries of Senegal, Gambia and Guinea. Guinea-Bissau, together with its neighboring countries in West Africa is the world's second-largest producer of raw cashew nuts, contributing 40% to the world production.
Not to be confused with its southern neighbor, Guinea, Bissau – the country’s capital, come from an Arabic term meaning "the land of the blacks”, was added to distinguish the 2 countries.
Guinea-Bissau might seems not much as a travel destination, but don’t be surprised that we have something to offer for everyone.
The capital Bissau, is a quiet, sleepy provincial town, within the centre old colonial Portuguese houses, you will see the beauty alongside the decay. At night, when residents working in the area are gone, it becomes almost deserted.
However, the country is never popular for nightlife. Having issues on power shortage, night tends to be noisily brightened up by the dozens of generators from shops, bar and restaurant. Party-goers, don’t fed, as Guinea-Bissau doesn't have a legal drinking and purchasing age, Portuguese beer and wine are popular, not to mention the infamous fermented cashew juice – a type of strong liquor. Join the local in those small bars and discuss life, football, you may even find people from other African countries who speak English and French.
For the culture-lover and natural-lover, the Bijagos archipelago has plenty to offer. From overwhelming unspoiled nature, without hotels, without flats, to beautiful mangrove and forests divided by rivers and river arms, these splendid inhabited and uninhabited islands’ quietness has no comparison.
Due to difficulties of communication with mainland Guinea-Bissau, their ancestral culture was protected from outside influence, making them tribe, unique to their culture. The Bissagos peoples produce many artifacts for daily use and ritual, following a traditional iconography varies from island to island.
The archipelago was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – the Boloma Bijagós Biosphere Reserve, in 1996. Known for animals including marine turtles and hippopotamus, the southern islands in the archipelago are today a nature reserve.
Being a country where tourism scares, the main advantage is that many things are still yet to be discovered. Despite the tough daily life, Guinea-Bissau buzzes with joy. Some say, there must be magic in that cashew juice.
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