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Mali is the crown jewel of West Africa, a destination that has all the right ingredients. The country occupies the heart of an area that once supported large empires in Africa and is rich with historical resonance. This history bequeathed to Mali some of its most spectacular attractions – the legendary city of Timbuktu (Tombouctou), the name has never lost its appeal to travelers, the gloriously improbable mosque of Djenne, and the bustling river port of Mopti are just three among many others.

Mali’s history has always been a story of its deserts and rivers. The lucrative trade routes of the Sahara, once made ​​the region among the richest in the world, and Niger, one of the great old rivers of Africa, remains the soul of the country, to travel along the river route Niger (preferably on a slow boat to Timbuktu) is one of the great adventures of the continent. Not far from the river, the extraordinary Falaise de Bandiagara rises from the plains, and harbors one of the most fascinating people of West Africa – the Dogon villages and complex cultural rituals still cling to the edge of the rocky cliffs . If you can visit a place in Mali, go to Dogon Country: it is absolutely unforgettable.

But all of Mali is filled with a fascinating cultural mix of peoples, the Tuareg nomads of the Sahara to the Niger fishing societies of Bozo. As a result, everywhere you go there are fascinating ceremonies, world famous musical traditions with strong roots in local soil, and traditional cultures such as access to travelers than any you’ll find in Africa


Gao, the ancient capital of the Songhai Empire, is one of the most important cities of the illustrious past of Mali. Like Timbuktu, but Gao feels like the end of the earth, a group of nomadic settlements inserted on the banks of the River Niger in the Sahara desert that dominates north. Expeditions in the desert are a highlight of a visit here, as is the bustling harbor. Apart from everything else that has been passed from Timbuktu 350 km Cachet traveler wins pretty big points.


Although the smallest of the Baltic countries, Estonia (Eesti) makes its presence felt in the region, with its charming seaside towns, quaint villages and country green forests and swamps, all set the stage for the discovery of many other jewelry cultural and natural. However, Estonia is also known for magnificent castles, pristine islands and a cosmopolitan capital amid medieval splendor. No wonder Estonia is no longer Europe’s best kept secret.

Tallinn, Estonia crown jewel, has cobblestone streets and century homes rejuvenated 14. Dozens of bars and restaurants make an ATM withdrawal after exploring historic churches and picturesque ruins, galleries and boutiques. In the evening, elegant halls and youth clubs offer a vision of the sexy side of the city. Some visitors find it difficult to escape the undeniable charm of Tallinn, but outside the capital, the bucolic landscape hides numerous attractions. Lahemaa National Park in northeastern Estonia has lush forests and beautiful coastal paths.

South of cosmopolitan spiritual center of Estonia, Tartu is the city Otepää Hill, with its relaxed and charming ski trails. Peoples beautiful beach resorts and medieval ruins are scattered western shores of the country. Farther west is the largest island in Estonia, Saaremaa and in it the towns of England, Karja, Triigi and Tuhkana where windmills, lighthouses emblematic 19th century, the pristine beaches and medieval ruins further transport visitors to another time.
Covering large areas of Estonia, forests, grasslands and wooded swamp unappreciated form backdrop for many activities. Walks through wooded trails, horseback riding and canoeing along the coast of the flooded forests can be linked to the ancient desert. There is also a great ski birdwatching, cross-country in winter and swimming in crystal clear lakes and rivers in summer. This makes a nice prelude to a sauna, a national pastime.