Guinea Bissau, whose most precious gem is the Bijagos Islands Archipelago, is a small treasure to be discovered. Here, water and land interpenetrate in a game of full and empty spaces, between estuaries of large rivers that are looking for a way to the sea and intricate mangrove labyrinths that hide remote villages where the inhabitants lives still according to the dictates of ancient traditions.
A journey in balance between naturalistic and cultural discovery that has as its destination a little-visited but fascinating country, where life flows slowly and relaxed, among expanses of rice fields, palm trees, cashews and mirrors of water that appear and disappear following the rhythm of the tides. In Bissau and Bolama, the ancient capital, Portuguese colonialism has left more testimony of itself, among decadent pastel-colored buildings and ancient palaces of a fallen but still very fascinating nobility. In rural villages, on the other hand, ancestral cults and animist rituals survive. Fetishes and spirits of nature that find their place in the sacred forests of the hinterland, as well as in the islands of the Bijagos Archipelago, an authentic paradise of unspoiled beauty, where people live in harmony with a rich fauna endemic to dolphins, sea hippos, ocean turtles and waterfowl.
Day 1 : Saturday 02 December 2023
Outward Flight/Bissau (OXB)
Welcome and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Sunday 03 December 2023
The decadent pastel-coloured Portuguese buildings and azulejos of the old town.
Day 3: Monday 04 December 2024
Bissau/Bubaque (Bijagos Archipelago)
By boat to the Bijagos Archipelago, the “Polynesia of West Africa”.
Day 4 : Tuesday 05 December 2024
The saltwater hippos of Orango.
Day 5 : Wednesday 06 December 2024
The animist rituals of Soga Island, and the immense Bruce Beach.
Day 6 : Thursday 07 December 2024
The Joao Vieira marine park, a privileged breeding ground for sea turtles.
Day 7 : Friday 08 December 2024
The island of Bolama, an ancient outpost for the ivory trade.
Day 8 : Saturday 09 December 2024
An encounter with a Pepel feticheur and the making of cana (local rum).
Day 9 : Sunday 10 December 2024
Bissau (OXB)/Return Flight