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The small Spanish-speaking West African nation of Equatorial Guinea has a very strong economy that is dominated by oil production. Its per capita GDP (based on purchasing power parity) is estimated to be the 2nd highest in the world, but little of that money has reached the average citizen yet, most of who remain in poverty and rely on sustenance farming. Tourism is still limited here outside of people connected with the oil business.

 

The capital of Malabo on the island of Bioko is still largely provincial, but has become increasingly transformed by the oil rush. Luxury housing and vehicles belonging to the wealthy now can be found throughout town. Malabo was the site of the Spanish colonial administration, so a trip through Malabo will take you back 100 years with the Spanish influenced colonial architecture. A visit to the Malabo Central Market will give you a look at traditional life and bushmeat sales. Malabo has an impressive setting. It is cut out of rainforest and built around a natural harbour that is an ancient volcano crater  surrounded by other volcanic mountains

Elsewhere in Equatorial Guinea, the city of Bata has some excellent beaches nearby that are likely to be mostly devoid of tourists. The Isle of Corisco is a relaxing place with nice beaches and sea turtles. Monte Alen National Park is an excellent place for an adventurous hike and/or camping trip. Walk through the rainforests and try to spot elephants, mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and many other animals.

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