4 Dji­bouti

Lonely Planet Magazine (US) - - Easy Trips -

Po­si­tioned for dra­matic ef­fect on the Horn of Africa, this pe­tite na­tion is in the process of be­ing ripped in three by di­verg­ing tec­tonic plates. Magma seethes be­neath ever-thin­ning crust; Mar­tian-like deserts spew steam from fu­maroles; and sunken lakeshores glis­ten with huge salt crys­tals. In ge­o­log­i­cal terms, this is a sprint fin­ish. But in hu­man terms, this is spec­tac­u­larly slow mo­tion – a rea­son to make travel plans to this ex­treme desert land­scape, not can­cel them! Add in­tox­i­cat­ing cul­ture (visit Dji­bouti City’s African and Euro­pean quar­ters), beck­on­ing beaches and in­cred­i­ble whale shark div­ing, and you have even more rea­sons to hop on a plane, or ride the brand-new train, to wit­ness Mother Na­ture at her bru­tal best in 2018.

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