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Mauritania

Wild Coast dunes of the Sahara is. That should be enough to lure you in Mauritania. If you still shy of a limited amount of hyperbole can have an echo to the dunes, magnificent ancient cities swept by sandstorms, deep canyons and plateaus rapidly amazing, seas of sand over more than a small European country and a phalanx of the oasis of charm.

Sure, you can find similar landscapes elsewhere in West Africa, but few are on the same scale as those of Mauritania. And few are as varied. Where else can you find an amazing game of the dunes and the ocean? If it is tranquility you are looking for, do not worry: unlike Senegal, Mauritania’s coast is completely unspoilt – There are kilometers of sandy beaches, without recourse to the eye. It will remain for ever: a vast expanse of ocean is protected, meeting National Park Banc d’Arguin as one of the best birding spots in the world – Nouadhibou, a fishing port on the Atlantic coast, is a good gateway to this region. Nouakchott will get you out after a season in the desert with abundant fresh seafood. For the types of outdoor adventure-, Mauritania offers a complete list of hiking options and exciting camel rides amidst surreal landscapes, not to mention balloons in the Adrar.

But not everything is about the nature, landscapes and adrenaline: Mauritania is also a strong historical interest, with a pinch of Heritage caravan cities, all evidence of ancient civilizations. Culturally, Mauritania is a place apart, people are divided about equally between Muslims of Arab and black African. It is a Muslim country with a touch of black African. This amazing combination is part of its appeal.
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If you’re more inclined to ecotourism to mass tourism, Mauritania is the Shangri-la.

Bolivia

Simply superlative – this is Bolivia. The nation’s highest, most isolated and most rugged of the hemisphere. It is among the coldest of the earth warmer, the most windy and erotic. Is among the driest, saltiest swampiest and natural landscapes in the world. Although the poorest country in South America (Bolivia and a little child gets tired of hearing this), is also one of the richest in terms of natural resources. It is also the most indigenous country in South America, with over 60% of the population claims indigenous heritage, including Aymara, Quechua, Guarani and over 30 different ethnic groups. Bolivia has it all … except, that is, to the beaches.

This landlocked country has the highest peaks of the Cordillera Real around Sorata and the salt flats of Uyuni hallucinogenic, the rainforests of the Amazon basin and wildlife rich pastures of the Southeast. Incomparable beauty is reflected in its vibrant indigenous cultures, colonial cities such as Sucre and Potosi, and the murmurs of ancient civilizations. This is exactly what attracts visitors, and with good reason. Bolivia is now well and truly on the radar of travelers, opportunities for cultural activities and adventure and exploring off-the-beat-trail have skyrocketed. But while most travelers stick to the beaten track of the Altiplano, there are many things found elsewhere, including the tropical regions of eastern and southern lowlands.

Social and political fronts in Bolivia have been in flux since the appointment of the country’s first indigenous president. Optimism is generally high, especially among the indigenous majority, although many changes are afoot. The protests, marches and demonstrations are a permanent part of the amazing landscape of the country. This is a truly extraordinary. Put on your glasses high altitude, take a deep breath (or three) and live superlatively.

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La Paz is dizzying in all aspects, not only for its well-publicized altitude (3660m), but for its peculiar beauty. Most travelers come into this extraordinary city scattered across the plains of the great city of El Alto, an approach that hides the sensational surprises over the valley. The first vision of Peace literally breathless. The buildings of the city, clinging to the sides of the canyon and spill spectacularly downwards. On a clear day, the imposing showy, snowy Mt Illimani (6402m) to the bottom flat.