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Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - From The Road -

The high­light: Wit­ness­ing the masked dances and rit­u­als of the tribes we vis­ited. They were all dif­fer­ent to each other but still colour­ful, noisy and vi­brant! Must see: The Basil­ica of Our Lady of Peace in Ya­mous­soukro, which is the largest church in the world and prob­a­bly the most ex­pen­sive, too. Top tip: Don’t be afraid of ap­proach­ing peo­ple for photos. The peo­ple are su­per friendly in most places and happy to have their photo taken. It’s one of the friendli­est coun­tries I’ve vis­ited. Cau­tion­ary tale: A cou­ple of days in­volved long drives, but they were rea­son­ably com­fort­able. I wish I’d known... That small change is in such short sup­ply once out­side of Abid­jan, as it’s cus­tom­ary to give change to the dancers in the vil­lages. Any­thing else? It’s a sur­pris­ing mix of tra­di­tional tribes and good in­fra­struc­ture and ho­tels. Go now be­fore it gets pop­u­lar!

Ivory Coast Reader Jane Bax­ter re­calls her 11-day trip in the West African coun­try

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