Thursday, December 31, 2020


Colombia Flag

"Gateway to South America

Why visit Colombia?
Adventurous travelers seeking beaches, boating, canoeing, colonial villages, culture, deserts, festivals, fishing, hiking, historical sites, horseback riding, jungles, kayaking, mountains, national parks, rafting, rainforests, restaurants, rock climbing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, volcanos and wildlife.

Bogotá (Capital), Colombia. Photo Credit: German Rojas/Pixabay 

At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Ceramic toy vehicles, coffee, emeralds, hammocks, straw goods, hats and wool poncho.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Ajiaco (soup). Almojábana (bread). Arepas (corn cakes). Bandeja Paisa. Buñuelos (fried dough ball). Carimañola (meat pie). Chicharron (fried pork rind). Cuchuco (soup). Hormegas Culonas (roasted ants). Sancocho de Gallina (chicken soup). Ternera llanera (BBQ).
  • Local Drink to Try: Aguapanela (sugar cane juice). Chapil. Cholado (fruit juice). Lulada (fruit juice). Colombiana (champagne soda). Colombian Coffee.

Mesa de Los Santos ( Eastern Cordillera), Los Santos, Colombia. Photo Credit: Jorge Guillen/Pixabay 

Fun Facts
  • Since 12,000BCE, inhabited.
  • In 1499, Spanards arrived (La Guajira).
  • In 1525, Santa Marta founded.
  • In 1533, Cartagena founded.
  • In 1810, became independent.
  • During 1900's, a 632 carat emerald was discovered (Boyaca).
  • In 1903, Panama severed from them.
  • Mid 1970s, drug cartels largely exported cocaine, illegal drugs and marijuana. 
  • In 1992, Miguel Caballero, Designer founded Miguel Caballero S.A.S. (Bogotá) after his graduation project. Fashionable bullet protection garments used by the military and presidents.
  • In 2017, bomb at Andino Shopping Center (Bogota) killed three.
  • In 2018, a driver and two journalists were kidnapped and killed.
  • In 2019, a car bomb (Bogota) killed 22 and injured 68.
  • Compared to any other country, it has the most bird species.
  • Known for the highest rainfall in a year's span (Quibdo).
  • Our nation's largest importer of coal and flowers.
  • World's leading producer of emeralds.
  • Name derives from Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), Italian Explorer.
  • Part of the Ring of Fire subject to earthquakes and volcanoes. 
  • One of six countries with renewable freshwater supply.
  • Second most biodiverse country in the world.
  • Country with the most butterfly species.
  • First country with the highest number of orchid species.
  • Birthplace to the first external artificial pacemaker with internal electrodes and laser vision correction (LASIK).
  • Amongst the Americas oldest collection of archeological art.
  • Home to "The New Salsa Capital of the World" (Cali).
  • Considered the world's largest consumers of fruit juices.
  • Produces 11.5 billion of coffee beans annually.

Cartagena (Caribbean Coast Port City), Colombia. Photo Credit: viajeminuto/Pixabay 

Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (January) Cartagena Festival Internacional de Música, Hay Festival, Festival de La Panela, Carnavales de Ocaña, Carnaval de Blancos y Negros, Festival de la Miel, Fiesta de las Corralejas, Carnaval de Riosucio, Pubenza Festivities, (February) Carnaval de Barranquilla, Festival del Corrido Llanero, Festival de la Subienda, Carnaval del Fuego, (March) Carnaval del Fuego, Exposición Internacional de Orquídeas, Festival de Música Religiosa, Festival de la Canción Llanera, Cartagena Film Festival, (April) Festival de Luna Verde, Festival Internacional de la Leyenda Vallenata, Festival del Cangrejo, Festival de Cine Eurocine, Vallenato Legend Festival, (May) Festival de Interpretes de la Canción Mono Nuñez, Fiestas del San Pedro y Festival del Bunde Tolimense, Festival de la Cultura Wayuú, Festival de la Cachama, Festival de la Arepa de Huevo, Baum Festival, (June) Festival del Mono Nuñez, Festival Folclorico y Reinado Nacional del Bambuco, Festival Folclórico del Caqueta, Festival Internacional de Tango, Festival Nacional del Porro, Festival Folclórico, Festival del Mango, Festival y Reinado del Divivi, Festival Internacional de Jazz, National Festival of the Dividivi, (July) Festival de la Feijoa, Fiestas del Mar, Festival del Sol y del Acero, Festival de la Cumbia, International Poetry Festival of Medellín, (August) Festival de Verano, Festival de Tiple y la Guabina, Festival de Cometas, Festival de la Bahía, Boyacá International Cultural Festival, Harvest Festival of Pereira,Bogotá Film Festival, (September) Boyacá International Cultural Festival, Festival Latinoamericano de Teatro, Festival de la Talla en Piedra, Festival de Música Folclórica, Festival Cuna de Acordeones, Green Moon Festival, Festival de la Trova, Festival Internacional del Jazz del Teatro Libre, Estéreo Picnic Festival, (October) Festival de Cine, Festival Nacional de Gaitas, Festival Latinoamericano de Danzas Folclóricas, Festival y Reinado Nacional del Carbón, Jeep Parade, (November) Festival Internacional Folclórico y Turístico del Llano, Festival del Caballo, Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, (December) Festival de Arte "Memoria e Imaginacion", Festival de Luces, Candles & Lanterns Festival, Joropo National Festival, and Fiesta de Velas y Faroles. 
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Epiphany, Easter Sunday, Saint Joseph's Day, Good Friday, Labour Day, Ascension of Jesus, Corpus Christi, Sacred Heart, Saint Peter & Saint Paul, Declaration of Independence, Battle of Boyacá, Assumption of Mary, Columbus Day, All Saints’ Day, Immaculate Conception and Christmas.

Urrao, Colombia. Photo Credit: William Pomares/Pixabay 

Good to Know
  • Airport Inspectors do not usually speak English.
  • There's no passenger rail service. 
  • Avoid all demonstrations/protests.
  • Avoid using street ATM instead use indoors at banks (protected area).
  • Colombian Law forbids export of pre-Columbian goods.
  • Chikungunya, Dengue, Malaria, Yellow Fever and Zika are present.
  • Children under 10 are not permitted to sit in the front seat of vehicles.
  • Colombian Law requires motorists to remain at an accident without moving vehicles until the police arrive.
  • Due to rough seas between December - January small tourist boats are known to sink along the northern coast.

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas (Fortress), Cartagena, Colombia. Photo Credit: miguelmontesc/Pixabay 

This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA not required for visits under 90 days.
  • Required Vaccination from select countries. 
  • Currency Restrictions for Entry/Exit: $10,000USD.

On August 4, 2020 Level 4 Do Not Travel Advisory due to crime, kidnapping and terrorism.

  • Best Time to Visit: December - March
  • Coldest Month: December - March
  • Hottest Months: June - August
  • Peak Season: December - March

Tayrona National Park, Magdalena, Colombia. Photo Credit: andresmauricioconde/Pixabay 

Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Chiribiquete National Park "The Maloca of the Jaguar", Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia, Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox, Los Katíos National Park, Malpelo Fauna & Flora Sanctuary, National Archeological Park of Tierradentro, Port Fortresses & Group of Monuments Cartagena, Qhapaq Ñan Andean Road System and San Agustín Archaeological Park.   

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020


China Flag

Why visit China?
Adventurous affluent traveler seeking beaches, bicycling, birdwatching, boating, culture, exotic foods, golf, hiking, horseback riding, hot springs, lakes, landscapes, markets, mountains, nature reserves, rainforests, rock climbing, sailing, scuba diving, shopping, shrines, skiing, snorkeling, spas and wildlife.

Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China. Photo Credit: Pixabay

At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Carpets, chopsticks, cinnabar box, electronics, embroidery linens, ink stones, jade, perfume, porcelain, prayer wheels, silk, stone carvings, tea and watches.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Bing (bread). Dàzhǔ Gānsī (soup). Jiaozi (dumplings). Làzǐ Jī (stir fried chicken). Lion's Head (meatball soup). Mantou (steamed buns). Moon Cake (dessert). Peking Duck. 
  • Local Drink to Try: Baijiu (liquor). Huangjiu (yellow wine). Oolong Tea.  

(Night) Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village, Kaili, China. Photo Credit: Pixabay 

Fun Facts
  • In 1516, appeared in Duarte Barbosa, Portuguese Explorer journal.
  • In 2008, hosted the Olympics (Beijing).
  • In 2013, the government announced their child policy permitting more than one child, limitations with labor and re-education camps.
  • In 2019, their population was around 1.4 billion.
  • In 2019, birthplace of the COVID-19 pandemic (Wuhan). 
  • Bordered by fourteen countries and longest border in the world.
  • Chinese written language has over 40,000 characters.
  • The color of gift wrapping paper is known to offer a symbolic meaning: red (luck), white (only for funerals) and yellow (prosperity). 
  • Married women do not typically take their spouses surname.
  • Has the largest manufacturing economy in the world.
  • Home to the most Fortune Global 500 companies.
  • Recognized for largest defense budget, standing army and nuclear weapons.
  • Biggest hydroelectric power and wind power producer.
  • World's largest producer of eggplant, grapes, rice, spinach, tomatoes, watermelon and wheat. 
  • Glaciers melting in the Himalayas will lead to local water shortages.
  • Mount Everest (Nepal) is the highest point in the world.
  • World's largest exporter of goods and green tea. 
  • Has three of the largest stock exchanges in world marketing over $15.9 trillion (2019).
  • Compared to any other country, it has the most PhD engineer graduates.
  • Has their own satellite navigation system.
  • Was the third largest supplier of pharmaceuticals until counterfeit medications circulated.
  • Home of the tallest statue, Spring Temple Buddha (Henan).
  • Largest cinema market in the world.
  • One of the oldest sporting cultures, archery dated from Western Zhou (772 BC-1047BC).
  • Surrogacy is forbidden (by law).
  • Highest population of billionaires and millionaires.
  • Compared to any other country, it has the most UNESCO Heritage Sites.

Great Wall of China, Beijing, China. Photo Credit: enriquelopezgarre/Pixabay 

Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (January) Chinese Football Association Footballer of the Year, (February) Lantern Festival, (March) Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, (April) China Baseball League, Qingming Festival, Shanghai International Fashion Culture Festival, (May) Being Globally Responsible Conference, China Touring Car Championship, Midi Music Festival, (June) China International Copyright Expo, Dragon Boat Festival, Duanwu Festival, Hush Full Band Festival, Lychee & Dog Meat Festival, (July) China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference, Qingdao International Beer Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, (August) Sho Dun Festival, (September) Beijing Pop Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, (October) Asian Film AwardsDouble Ninth Festival, Shanghai Fashion Week, (November) Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival and (December) Hong Kong Top Footballer Awards.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Chinese New Year, Tomb-Sweeping Day, Labour Day and National Day.

Shanghai, China. Photo Credit: Steven Yu/Pixabay 

Good to Know
  • You must register at a hotel or police station within 24 hours of arrival to avoid a fine or deportation.
  • Avoid wearing a green hat in public. Folklore gestures your partner is having an extramarital affair.
  • Greet with a slight bow or nod of the head.
  • Social media accounts are widely monitored while in the country.
  • Air and water pollution poses a concern.
  • Local law requires you to carry your passport and visa with you at all times.
  • Public transportation is prone to overcrowding.
  • Bargain on prices set on goods.
  • Visitors are often under surveillance during stay with or without your consent or knowledge.
  • English is not widely spoken or understood.
  • Throughout the country only has one time zone, China Standard Time (CST).
  • Avoid all demonstrations/protests for safety reasons.
  • Avoid unlicensed cabs.
  • Counterfeit currency is significantly an issue.
  • Illegal drugs and marijuana are not tolerated. Subject to being banned, death penalty, deportation, hefty fines and/or incarnation. Also, driving under the influence (alcohol) is punishable. 
  • Influenza, Typhoid, Measles, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis are present.
  • Pedestrians do not have the right of way even in walkways.
  • You can not drive with an International or U.S Driver License.

Li River (Li Jiang), Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. Photo Credit: DEZALB/Pixabay 

This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport with six months of validity upon return and two blank pages.
  • Tourist VISA required.
  • Currency Restrictions for Entry/Exit: $20,000RMB.

Photo Credit: lin2015/Pixabay 

Typhoon Season is July - October.

  • Best Time to Visit: April - May and September - October
  • Coldest Month: January
  • Hottest Month: July 
  • Peak Season: July - October

Karst Mountain Landscape, Yangshuo (Guangxi Region), China. Photo Credit: Herbert Bieser/Pixabay 

Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains, Ancient City of Pingyao, Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui Xidi & Hongcun, Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City, Capital Cities & Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom, Chengde Mountain Resort & Outlying Temples in Chengde, Chengjiang Fossil Site, China Danxia, Classical Gardens of Suzhou, Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, Dazu Rock Carvings, Fanjingshan, Fujian Tulou, Grand Canal, Historic Centre of Macau, Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace including the Jokhang Temple & Norbulingka, Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth” , Huanglong Scenic & Historic Interest Area, Hubei Shennongjia, Imperial Palaces of the Ming & Qing Dynasties including the Forbidden City and Mukden Palace, Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties including the Ming Tombs and the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic & Historic Interest Area, Kaiping Diaolou and Villages, Kulangsu: Historic International SettlementLongmen Grottoes, Lushan National ParkMausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the Coast of Yellow Sea - Bohai Gulf of China, Mogao Caves, Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area, Mount Huangshan, Mount Qingcheng & Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Mount Tai, Mount Wutai, Mount Wuyi, Old Town of Lijiang, Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian, Qinghai Hoh Xil, Sanqingshan, Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, Silk Roads: Routes Network of Chang'an - Tianshan Corridor, Site of XanaduSouth China KarstSummer PalaceTemple & Cemetery of Confucius & the Kong Family Mansion in QufuTemple of Heaven, The Great Wall, Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas, Tusi Sites, West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, Wulingyuan Scenic & Historic Interest Area, Xinjiang Tianshan, Yinxu, Yungang Grottoes and Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape.  

(Terracotta Army) Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum, Xi'an, China. Photo Credit:  broquitos/Pixabay 

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Dujiangyan Irrigation System (Canal), Chengdu, China. Photo Credit: Pixabay 

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020


Chile Flag

"All Ways Surprising"

ValparaísoChilePhoto Credit: Julian Hacker/Pixabay 

Why visit Chile?
Offers something for everyone every season whether seeking architecture, beaches, bicycling, birdwatching, camping, casinos, desert, fishing, ghost towns, glaciers, hiking, horseback riding, islands, kayaking, lakes, landscapes, mountains, museums, national parks, river rafting, rodeos, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, trails, vineyards, volcanoes, water sports, white water rafting, wineries and winter activities.

(Patagonia Glacier), Chile. Photo Credit: LuisValiente/Pixabay 

At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Blankets, copperware, horsehair dolls, lapis lazuli jewelry, pottery, wool rugs and wine.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Almejas a la Parmesana (saltwater clam). Caldillo de Congrio (soup). Barros Jarpa (sandwich). Barros Luco (sandwich), Cazuela (soup). Curanto (stew). Empanadas (stuffed pastry). Hallulla (bread). Marraqueta (bread). Paila Marina (shellfish soup). Pantrucas (soup).
  • Local Drink to Try: Chicha de Manzana (apple cider). Licor de Oro (liquor). Mote con Huesillo (summer refreshment).

(Desert Landscape), Chile. Photo Credit: grebmot/Pixabay 

Fun Facts
  • During 16th Century (1501-1600), conquered by Spain.
  • In 1520, Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521), Portuguese Explorer discovered the southern passage (Strait of Magellan).
  • In 1535, Peruvians arrived seeking gold.
  • In 1541, city of Santiago founded.
  • In 1818, became independent.
  • In 1883, signed a Treaty with Peru after decades of disputes about maritime boundaries.
  • In 1937, "Anita Lizana" de Ellis, Tennis Athlete, won the US Open becoming the first Latin American winner. 
  • In 1973, economy was crippled by wide occupational strikes.
  • During 1990, settled territorial disputes with Argentina.
  • In 1945, Lucila Godoy Alcayaga "Gabriela Mistral", Poet received the first Latin American Nobel Prize.
  • In 2006, first female President, Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria elected in 2006-2010 and 2014-2018.
  • In 2010, experienced an 8.8earthquake and multiple aftershocks causing $15–30USD billion in damages.
  • Second lowest homicide rate in the Americas.
  • Invested in naval arms with Argentina (Chilean Civil War).
  • Besides Santiago Metropolitan Region, other regions are designated by a name and a Roman numeral.
  • Flag is modeled after Texas (United States).
  • Navy operates four submarines and has no aircraft bomber or fighters.
  • Air Force has an air base on Antarctica (King George Island). 
  • English language is often starts in kindergarten classrooms.
  • Has the largest copper mine (Minera Escondida) in the world.
  • Their lithium is a major contributor to electric vehicle batteries.
  • Exempt from fruit fly, mad cow disease and phylloxera (grapevine insect) diseases.
  • Growers of apples, asparagus, beans, beef, fish, garlic, grapes, hemp, maize, oats, onions, peaches, pears, poultry, timber, wheat and wool.
  • Around 2 million travelers visit annually. 
  • Highest internet usage amongst South America.
  • Home of professional polo training.
  • Tourist areas are prone to carjackings, muggings, pick-pocketing, rental car tire punctures and theft.
  • Has approximately 5,000 rocky islands.

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Region, Chile. Photo Credit: Monica Volpin/Pixabay 

Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (February) Festival Costumbrista Chilote, Festival de la Canción, Song Festival, Tapati Festival, (March) Fiesta del Cuasimodo, Grape Harvest Festival, (June) Festival of the Virgen del Carmen, Fiesta de San Pedro, (July) Carnaval de Invierno and (December) Fiesta Grande.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Labour Day, Navy Day, Battle of Arica, Saint Peter & Saint Paul, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Assumption of Mary, Nativity of Liberator Bernardo O'Higgins, National Day, Army Day, Columbus Day, National Plebiscite, Reformation Day, All Saints, Mayoral & Regional Governor Primaries, Immaculate Conception and Christmas Day.

Moʻai (Moai), Easter Island. Photo Credit: Lilithy/Pixabay 

Good to Know
  • Futaleufú River ranks as one of the best white water rivers in the world.
  • Citizens have two surnames father's surname after the middle and usually used in introductions followed by the mother's surname generally on legal documents. Example: First Name Middle Name Father Surname Mother Surname.
  • Pichilemu (O'Higgins Region) is well known for surfing.
  • Be mindful of the altitude and stay hydrated.
  • Dining times tend to be later than normal.
  • Avoid demonstrations/protests.
  • Strikes are common disrupting service and causing delays.
  • Minefields exist along the border with Argentina, Bolivia and Peru.
  • Permit required along the border of Argentina, Bolivia and Peru for adventure/outdoor sports.
  • By local law you can be expelled for damaging heritage objects or places.
  • Reflective yellow vests are required in all vehicles for emergency roadside assistance. 
  • Avoid using unmetered taxis.

(Vineyard), Chile. Photo Credit: Herbert Bieser/Pixabay 

This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA not required for visits under 90 days.

On 8/6/20 a Level 3: Reconsider Travel Travel Advisory due to civil unrest.

Antofagasta City, Chile. Photo Credit: Julian Hacker/Pixabay 

  • Best Time to Visit: December - March
  • Coldest Month: June - September
  • Hottest Month: January 
  • Peak Season: December - March

Subject to earthquakes, floods, landslides, tsunamis, volcano eruptions and wildfires.

Calbuco (Stratovolcano), Los LagosChile. Photo Credit: felixpixa/Pixabay 

Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Churches of Chiloé, Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso, Humberstone & Santa Laura Saltpeter Works, Qhapaq Ñan Andean Road System, Rapa Nui National Park and Sewell Mining Town.

Santiago (Capital), Chile. Photo Credit: FranDuque/Pixabay 

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Monday, December 28, 2020


Chad Flag

"Dead Heart of Africa"

Why visit Chad?
For culture, desert, humanitarian aid, lakes, mountains and wildlife.

At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Carpets, embroidery and footstools.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Boule (porridge). Daraba. La Bouillie (breakfast cereal).
  • Local Drink to Try: Billi-Billi (millet beer). Gala (local beer). Jus de Fruit (fruit juice). Karkanji (red tea).

Fun Facts
  • By 1920, conquered by France.
  • In 1929, Large scale cotton production was introduced.
  • In 2016, Hissène Habré, President serving from 1982-1990 was charged with war crimes sentenced to life in prison.
  • In 1999, granted American Exxon oil drilling rights.
  • Economy relies on exporting crude oil.
  • Has a dormant volcano (Emi Koussi) last eruption between 2.4-1.3 million years ago (Pliocene-Quaternary).
  • Lake Chad, is Africa's second largest wetland.
  • Polygamy is practiced, unless spouse specifys it's unacceptable upon marriage.
  • Rebels have killed civilians from helicopter gunships.
  • Claims of gold bearing quartz are not desirably profitable with business partnerships surrounding ongoing civil wars.
  • A consortium invested $3.7 billion for oil reserves estimated for one billion barrels.

Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, International Women's Day, Easter Monday, Labour Day, Independence Day, All Saints Day, Republic Day, Freedom & Democracy Day, Christmas Day, Prophet's Birthday, End of Ramadan and Feast of the Sacrifice.

Good to Know
  • One of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the world.
  • Requires two passport size photos for VISA.
  • Upon arrival and exit you will be fingerprinted by Immigration.
  • Medical care and treatment is limited.
  • Avoid all demonstrations/protests.
  • Dust storms are common during Dry Season (November - April).
  • Official languages, Arabic and French. 
  • Sanitization is below our standards.
  • Widespread issues attacks, crime, domestic violence, minefields, sexual assault, terrorism and underage marriage.
  • ATMs are unreliable. 
  • Do not drink tap water.
  • Satellite phones are illegal.
  • All photography requires a permit!
  • To avoid bilharzia (parasite) do not swim or wade in freshwater.
  • Skin infections are common.
  • Elephant poaching for ivory remains an undefeated problem. 
  • Homosexual acts is illegal, punishable from 15-20 years in prison.
  • Haute Autorité des Médias et de l’Audiovisuel (HAMA) approval required for humanitarians and journalists.
  • African Trypanosomiasis, Chikungunya, Hepatitis A, Malaria, Measles, Polio and Typhoid are present.
  • Avoid public transportation.

This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport with six months of validity upon return and two blank pages.
  • Tourist VISA required.
  • Vaccination Required: Yellow Fever. 
  • Currency Restrictions for Entry/Exit: $5,000,000CFA.

On 10/14/20, Level 3 - Reconsider Travel Travel Advisory.

  • Best Time to Visit: November - February
  • Coolest Month: July - September
  • Hottest Months: March - May
  • Peak Season: November - May

Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Ennedi Plateau and Lakes of Ounianga.

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Mid Atlantic Departure Cruise Ports

Photo Credit: Ylanite Koppens/Pixabay The Mid Atlantic region consists of Delaware, District of Washington, Maryland, New Jersey, New York a...