If you’ve never heard of Equatorial Guinea, you’re not alone! Although this small West African nation has been enchanting truly intrepid explorers for centuries, it has only recently eased its notoriously difficult visa requirements and is on the cusp of beckoning mainstream travellers in.
Be among the first to experience its pristine beaches, unspoiled rainforest and diverse and spectacular wildlife, from chimpanzees to nesting turtles.
Days 1-2: Trekking Bioko Sur, the protected jungle area covering the southern portion of the island, to learn about the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program
Days 3-4: Visiting Ureka, one of the wettest parts of the world with a record-breaking 10,450mm of rainfall each year; watching turtles climb ashore to lay eggs; enjoying a walking tour of Malabo, the growing and multicultural capital city
Days 5-6: Exploring Rio Muni, the country's mainland region and a true melting pot of French, Spanish, Middle Eastern, Italian and indigenous cultures
Days 7-8: Witnessing the giant basilica of Mongomo, modelled after St. Peter's in Vatican City; journeying across Monte Allen National Park, one of Africa's least-visited national parks
Days 9-10: Learning about Cogo, a government-backed tourism hub with a newly redeveloped waterfront and bustling central market