WHY VISIT GUINEA-BISSAU
You will thus be able to discover with amazement the 88 islands of the archipelago of the Bijagos, inhabited by different ethnic groups with almost intact traditions. Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these islands are the refuge of unique marine life and flora, as well as terrestrial species such as the sea hippopotamus. Some of these islands host many tourists, such as those of Bubaque or Caravela, while others remain confidential and little visited, such as Canhabaque. The vegetation that grows there, cheesemakers and flamboyants, is home to rare monkeys.
On the mainland, it is mainly around the Corubal river that you will concentrate your discoveries on: authentic villages, falls of Cusselinta, monkeys, and birds.
You can also stroll in the capital Bissau, if the political context allows it, marked by the traces of its colonial past, and which offers a market full of animation and colors, like that of Bafata a little further east.
WHAT TO SEE IN GUINEA-BISSAU
WHEN TO GO TO GUINEA-BISSAU
The best period to visit Guinea-Bissau is from December to May.
The climate of the country is tropical, hot, and humid with heavy precipitation.
The year is divided into two seasons: the dry season from December to May, when the harmattan blows, and the rainy season between June and November when the wind comes from the southwest.
Following is a list of typical festivals and celebrations of Guinea-Bissau.
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HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH GUINEA-BISSAU
To move around the country, the taxi-bush is the best solution: despite its slowness especially in the rainy season and its very dense frequentation, it is economical and above all, has no competitor, since buses are extremely rare. You will also be obliged to use ferries, and various boats to cross the multiple streams and to go to the Bijagos.
by plane, the main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON GUINEA-BISSAU
health tips & vaccination: you have the obligation to be vaccinated against yellow fever, but it is also strongly advised to have its classic vaccinations and to add those against meningococcal meningitis, typhoid and hepatitis A and B. Also take treatment for malaria. Drink only bottled or boiled water, and wash food well.
local currency: CFA Franc
local time zone: GMT+0
electricity: type C (220 V – 50 Hz)
WHAT TO DO IN GUINEA-BISSAU
typical food in Guinea-Bissau
souvenirs from Guinea-Bissau
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