Guinea

GuineaThe Republic of Guinea is located in West Africa. It shares borders with Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It turns out to the Atlantic Ocean, forming a 320-kilometer coastline. The total area of the country - 245.9 thousand. Sq. km. The capital Conakry. The Republic of Guinea is located in West Africa. It shares borders with Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It turns out to the Atlantic Ocean, forming a 320-kilometer coastline. The total area of the country - 245.9 thousand. Sq. km. The capital Conakry. Guinea has four main topographical regions: Lower Guinea - the coastal plain, which stretches for 275 km long and 50 km wide; average Guinea (Fouta Ja-lon) - mountainous plateau up to 910 m; Upper Guinea - savanna with low hills up to 300 m in height; Lower Guinea - the mountainous part of the country where the Nimba Range (highest point 1752 m). The main rivers - Bafing and Gambia, Guinea also originate Niger and Milo.

Tours, Deals Guinea

Sights Guinea

The Republic of Guinea is primarily attracts visitors with its picturesque sublime landscapes of the Fouta Djallon excellent by African standards of the road network (especially in the south-east) and an impressive contrast between the dry northern valleys and endless jungle in southern areas. Conakry center is quite modern and is a complex of office buildings and bank between Rue du Niger and Ave de la Republic. The National Museum has a large collection of masks, sculptures and national instruments, placed in a large exposure of the building in the style of the Louvre in Paris. On the contrary, the Presidential Palace (the former office of the organization OAU) is located about 50 picturesque villas in the Moorish style, currently used as offices of international organizations. Huge People's Palace in the northern part of the Rue du Niger is home to traditional performances of two local theaters and ballet venue for numerous festive ceremonies. 10 km. the capital is located in Ile-de-Los - a group of small islands in the Atlantic Ocean, a favorite resort area residents and visitors Conakry, with a totally modern water park and regularly carried out a mini-boat cruise to the beautiful beach in the area of the Novotel, and just a good place to of the weekend. Fouta Djallon plateau - one of the main natural attractions of the country along with a waterfall and rapids Bafara Fuyama. Located 220 km. to the north-east of the capital and the associated good way, it attracts thousands of tourists with its emerald-green vegetation covering the scenic hill (1000 m.), the relative coolness of the local climate, charming villages with friendly people and a very high quality of the local folk cuisine. Most popular here are the towns of Mamou - "gate Fouta Djallon." Dalaba - the former colonial mountain resort with a wellness center D`Asyuel, Mali - the coolest city in the country, a local trekking center (especially popular city Tamga (Lowry) - 1538 m. Kavendu - 1,421 m. Legendary La Dame de Mali) and waterfalls Kinkon. Elbe - the third largest city in the country, excellent markets and small cozy streets and squares of the city allow to observe the life and customs of the peoples of the Fula peoples of this region. Fara, located 420 km. east of the capital and is under the personal patronage of the President of the country, famous for its restaurants and cafes with great food, lovely local mosque, numerous villas in the Victorian and classic style. Every Monday in the city held a big fair (in the opinion of the same European - just a huge market), which attracts almost all the craftsmen and peasants from the neighborhood. Of Paran begin almost all tourist routes down the river Djoliba (Niger) to the picturesque waterfall and rapids Fuyama Bafara. Cuernavaca - the spiritual and political center of the Malinke people. Built during the time of the medieval empire of Mali, a city filled with a wide variety of historical sites, but in order to see them, be sure to require the services of a local guide - as "fused" in the past century old and new, that the inexperienced eye is difficult to distinguish a place where history ends and begins modern life. Separate study requires local relic - superbly ornamented Grand Mosque, Presidential Palace on the River Milo, sculptural workshops and two markets - indoor and outdoor. Cape Verga midway from Boffa in Boka - one of the best beach areas of the country, completely deserted during the week, on the weekend it turns into a good looking beautiful resort town. N'Zérékoré the border with Liberia - "the capital of the country's forest" (and smugglers), the cheapest city of Guinea and the starting point for ecological excursions in the forest zone, famous for its inhabitants - forest elephants, many primates, it is also one of the few places in Africa where more can be found forest leopard. The local market is considered the largest transit point for goods from neighboring countries, so you can buy almost everything, and at a modest price.

Climate Guinea

Equatorial monsoon summer - wet winter - dry. Mean monthly air temperature - from +18 C to +27 C, the hottest month - April (30 C), the coldest - August (26 C). Precipitation falls mainly in the summer, from May to October, but throughout the country are very unevenly distributed: on the coast for 170 rainy days per year falls to 4300 mm. precipitation, and in the inland areas, separated from the ocean by a mountain range, not more than 1500 mm. In January-February blowing "harmattan" - dry, dusty wind from the north, in the coastal areas of the country the impact is almost imperceptible.

Time Guinea

Far from Moscow at 3:00 in winter and 4 - in the summer.

Language Guinea

The official language, French, owns only a small part of the population, and the most common languages Fula, Malinke (in the north), Susu (in the metropolitan area), and others.

Money Guinea

Guinean franc. Currency exchange is available at banks and exchange offices. On the black market exchange a few more profitable than banks. The best exchange rate have checks in euros and dollars. Most major hotels, restaurants and shops accept credit cards (mostly American Express, MasterCard and Diners Club), in the province of their use difficult. The best place to exchange traveler's checks - the capital's airport, where the commission is minimal.

Visa Guinea

The minimum term of the visa - 7 days. Required documents: application form, 2 photos, invitation fax, certified by the official stamp of the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guinea. Consular fee - $ 50. USA. Validity of the visa to enter - 30 days. Children under 16 years fit into the visa parent (mother). When crossing the border must present a passport with a visa.

Traditions Guinea

Muslims - 75%, Christians - 1.5%, and the rest - indigenous beliefs. In the markets and in private stores (except supermarkets), you can haggle.

Political system Guinea

Guinea - a republic. The head of state - the president, Brigadier General Lansana Conte (in post since April 5, 1984). Head of Government - Prime Minister S. Type. In fact - the military form of government. Head of state and government - the president. Legislative power is vested in the National Assembly.

Population Guinea

7,270,000. Persons. Virtually the entire population of Guinea refers to the Negroid race. Ethnic groups: Fulani - 35%, Malinke - 30%, Susu - 20%, other tribes - 15%. Language: French (official), Malinke, Susu, Fulani, Kissi, Basar, scrap koniagi, kpele. Religion: Muslim - 85%, Christian - 8%, the pagans - 7%. Biggest cities: Conakry (1508000 people). Cancun (278,000 people), the Elbe (273000 people) N'Zérékoré (250,000 people). Average life expectancy (1998): 44 year - male, 45 years old - female. The birth rate (per 1,000 people) - 41.3. The mortality rate (per 1,000 people) - 17.8.

Customs Guinea

Import of foreign currency is unlimited. Without the export declaration shall be allowed no more than $ 800. USA. The import of cigarettes - 200 pcs., Alcoholic beverages - 1 liter, dry wine - 2 liters, things and food for personal consumption - the amount not exceeding $ 800. USA. The import of drugs and psychotropic drugs, gold bullion, in the form of plates or scrap, as well as gems export of arms, gold, precious stones, wood, ivory, leather and others. Allowed with special permits.

Medical aid Guinea

Sanitary-epidemiological situation is complicated, characterized by the periodic occurrence of outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases. It is mandatory when entering the country requires the presentation of a valid certificate of vaccination against yellow fever. When importing and exporting animals to produce a veterinary certificate.

Working hours Guinea

Banking hours: from 08.30 to 16.00 hours, Monday to Friday, from 08.30 to 13.00 hours on Saturday.

Transport Guinea

Direct flight from Moscow-Conakry not. Possible transit through Paris and a number of countries in North, West and Central Africa.

Tip Guinea

Tipping in restaurants "Western-type" is 10%, in hotels - 100-200 francs in small private institutions necessary to specify the amount of remuneration for services in each case.

Clothes Guinea

Women should be leaving the place of residence, to refrain from using too much revealing clothing (eg, short dress with a plunging neckline, shorts). It is undesirable to carry a large amount of expensive jewelry in everyday life.