Guinea-Bissau travel guide

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Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau is a small country in West Africa with a large and jagged border on the Atlantic Ocean.  It includes many tropical islands that lead into a large river basin that is great for fishing as the mangroves that grow in the water have roots that are good for fish nurseries.  Most recently ruled by Portugal, their official language is Portuguese.

The capital is Bissau and there are sections of it that were destroyed during the fight for independence from the Portuguese in 1958 and some areas are still in ruins today.  You can wander around and picture what it used to be like.  Pidjiguiti port is used by fisherman today as they bring in their daily catch but there are still signs of the historical battle.  Mercado de Bandim is the main market district.  Popular are wood carvings and local textiles as cotton is one of their major crops.

Bolama is the ancient capital and has some interesting buildings to visit.  It has been thought of as a UNESCO World Heritage site, but it has not been voted in yet.

The Bijagos Islands is a grouping of more than 30 islands in the Atlantic to the west of the river basin.  People there live in traditional mud and palm leaf homes.  One island, Orango Grande, is noted for their hippos, which are unusual as they live in salt water instead of fresh water.  There are other islands known for fishing, turtle hunting and just exploring.  They are a world apart.

Eco-tourism is developing for the island as well as going up the rivers and tidal basin.  It is a pretty country with a lot to offer.

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