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Sudan

The security situation in Sudan is very unstable and in some areas, particularly in and around Darfur, are prohibited areas. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends that all travel to some areas and all nonessential travel to the other, may consult with their national government in the matter.

Headlines – Sudan becomes two countries: With the hammering out a peace agreement, the people of South Sudan went to the polls in January 2011 a referendum on whether the country should remain whole or divided into two – who voted overwhelmingly in favor of the independence of northern Sudan. On July 9, 2011, Sudan is divided into two, giving rise to the world’s newest nation: Southern Sudan. Even discounting the 40 year war with their combined total estimated 2.4 million dead, the buildup to the secession of South Sudan has not been easy and the road ahead is likely to be turbulent. For the latest news on Sudan, check out updates from the BBC news. We are in the process of updating Lonely Planet’s website to reflect the change.

Lonely Planet before the change in Sudan: Sudan is the largest, however, one of the least visited countries in Africa. Despite several ongoing conflicts mean much of this vast country remains out of bounds, travel is possible, in the northeast, and parts of southern Africa where transitions in the tropics. The pyramids and other ancient sites covering the northern deserts may pale compared with the best Egypt has to offer, but you can experience that no other person in sight – and this sense of discovery is often repeated in cities, too, and tourists from Sudan road is still only a trickle. And although loneliness is a big star, visitors always agree that the Sudanese are among the most friendly and hospitable land, with a natural generosity, which contrasts with their poverty, and that alone makes any trip worth the penalty. Whether you run through a journey from Cairo to Cape Town, or have a slow month taking history and hospitality, visiting Sudan is an eye opening and rewarding experience.

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Liberia

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends that all nonessential travel to some areas may consult with their national government in the matter.

Travel Ideal Road Trip

After nearly two decades of war, Liberia, a country lush rainforested covered through the southern flank of West Africa – appears to have finally found a break. With the first woman president in Africa at the head, peace, while still fragile, is taking place and Liberians have been launched with enthusiasm to the task of rebuilding their shattered land.

If Liberia is stabilized and open for travel, intrepid adventurers who offer a fascinating insight into what was previously a wonderfully hospitable society, enigmatic and fascinating. The artistic traditions of Liberia – especially carved masks, dance and storytelling – rivaled those of any place on the continent, and traditional culture was strong. This was especially true in the interior, where initiation secret societies played a central role in growth, and still serve as important reservoirs of traditional knowledge and life skills. For now, most of this cultural wealth remains inaccessible to visitors, and travel independently outside the capital Monrovia in the country is not considered safe.

Dense forests of Liberia, wet, some of the largest in West Africa – are alive with the chirping and singing of hundreds of birds, which are maintained by the company of forest elephants, pygmy hippos and other species filling wildlife throughout the forest floor. Along the coast, deserted white sandy beaches alternate with river deltas and tidal wetlands quiet lagoons, while increasing the interior of the plateau green mountains on the border of Ivory Coast and Guinea.

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Although the situation is definitely looking up, it is advisable to obtain updated information on local security conditions before their plans.

Syria

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all travel to be Syria and those in the country out by commercial media. Please ask your government for more information.

Syria has more than its fair share of important historical sites. The ancient cities of Damascus, Aleppo and Bosra are all listed on the World Heritage List as a stunningly beautiful city is the ruins of Palmyra. Mighty Crusader castles, labyrinthine souks of medieval jewelry, like the houses of Damascus and sacred Umayyad mosques are just some of the delights on offer, there are many more for those who are willing to look. Best of all is the fact that these monuments are often part of the fabric of everyday life – the cult of the local mosques, shopping in markets, drinking tea houses and picnic in the ruins. And travelers are happy to be added.

Speaking of picnics brings us to the piece de resistance when it comes to a Syrian and Journ – food. The national cuisine is simply superb, so come with a big appetite. You are required to be filled in many ways when they finally tear away.

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Tartus, Syria’s second port, is a small, ungainly that it is unlikely to set pulses racing, but what makes for a visit pleasant overnight. Main attraction of the city are the compact remnants of the Old City (known by the Crusaders in Tortosa), a fascinating little maze. There is also the island once fortified Arwad, located offshore a few miles and arrive by boat or water taxi. Syrian Tartus love for its beaches, but visitors brave enough to pick through the trash in the sand and swim to take into account the occasional dribble of sewage into the sea.

Venezuela

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends that all travel to some areas, please contact your national government in the matter.

Travel Idea Road Trip

While other South American countries are romanticized for the tango, Machu Picchu or Carnaval, Venezuela’s international swirls the reputation of all the oil, the brash political style of President Hugo Chavez and the occasional international beauty contest winner. However, there is much more to Venezuela than these typical questions headliner. As a matter of fact, Venezuela is a country of astonishing range and remains a land that is very undervisited by international travelers.

The country claims Andean peaks, the longest stretch of Caribbean coast in a single nation, islands amid tranquil turquoise waters, wetlands filled with caimans, capybaras, piranhas and anacondas, the vapor of the Amazon, and savanna dotted with rolled capped mountains called tepuis. The world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls (Salto Angel), collapses 979m from the top of a tepui in Canaima National Park. Those seeking adventure will find hiking, snorkeling, diving, kitesurfing, windsurfing, paragliding and more. Even better, most of these sites are within a bus ride one day or a short flight from the other. People interested in culture can revel in the pulsating salsa clubs the capital, Caracas, explore various regional festivals, look for arts and crafts in the bucolic towns of the interior, or make a hit look at some of the world’s best up-and-coming baseball players hit some entries in a local stadium. Chavez himself, and his socialist “Bolivarian revolution” has become a national attraction and have begun to draw spectators, aspiring documentarians and volunteers for the country.

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