Cote d’Ivoire Ivory Coast

Côte d’Ivoire (aka Ivory Coast) is located in West Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean in the south, Ghana to the east, Liberia to the west, Guinea to the northwest, Mali to the north, and Burkina Faso to the northeast.

The majority of its 24 million inhabitants live along the sandy coastal region, including in the country’s largest city and economic center, Abidjan. (Ivory Coast’s de jure capital is Yamoussoukro, located in the interior.)

Major ethnic groups include Akan (42%), Voltaiques or Gur (18%), Northern Mandes (17%), Krous (11%), and Southern Mandes (10%). French is the official language and serves as a lingua franca.

Geographically, the country is mostly flat to undulating plains, with mountains in the northwest. Apart from the capital area, the forested interior is sparsely populated. The highest point is Mont Nimba (1,752 meters).

With close ties to France since independence in 1960, the development of cocoa production for export, and foreign investment, Côte d’Ivoire was for several decades one of the most prosperous of the tropical African states. There has periodic political turmoil since then that has suppressed development.

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Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
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Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) (photo by Wikimedia Commons)

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Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

Grand Bassam

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(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).

Tai National Park

 
 
 
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