Mali Tourist Attractions site.
The walls of the Fault used to be home of the Tellem people, Bandiagara’s former inhabitants. It is said that they would access their dwellings climbing through the countless creeping plants that covered those walls. Currently, those dwellings are used by the Dogon people to bury their deceased.
While visiting the Dogon country we will have the opportunity to be acquainted with some of their traditions, to listen to their magical accounts, and to know their houses, formed by a series of dwellings built around a central patio where they perform their daily duties. Also we will get to know their barns, crowned with a conical thatched roof, where women and men keep their belongings separately; the house of the word, or toguna, meeting quarters of the elders that join there to speak, debate or take decisions about the village, with low roofing to facilitate a quiet discussion; the houses of the menstruation, where women retire during their menstrual periods; and the house of the hogon, the tribal chief who is in charge to transmit all his knowledge to his successor.
The name of this city referes to the first Tuareg settlement around the well (tim) that was watched over by female keeperBuktú(big navel) when the Tuaregs were away.
Mythical city at the margins of the Sahara desert, iIt was said in the XIX century that it was paved in gold; currently is an isolated city undergoing a difficult economical situation.
The city enjoyed its most prosperous times during the XVI century when it was the most important center of the trans-Saharan traffic, where salt was traded by gold. It also was one of the most important centers for Islamic studies where great thinkers like Ahmed Baba were formed.
Between October and March, Tuareg caravans coming from the salt mines of Taoudenni keep arriving to the city.
Distinguished by the UNESCO as World Heritage, Tombuctu continues to hold its magical charm.
Sites of particular interest that are worth visiting: The Djingareiber Mosque; the Sankore Mosque; the Sidi Yahia Mosque; the houses of early explorers, Gordon Laing and René Caillié, the Great market, the Tuareg Market, the Buktu well, and the Ahmed Baba Center for Historical Documentation and Research.
Other places worth visiting are: the colorful Great Market; Koranic schools where children write the Koran on wooden tablets; the archeological site of Djenne Djeno and the Cultural Museum.
Of particular interest is Mopti’s busy and animated river port crowded with boats arriving and leaving with all kinds of products, people buying and selling, and market stalls where you can find the most eclectic variety of goods. Here we will visit workshops where the river boats called "pinasses" are built and repaired.
We will also visit the craft market, and the old city (Komoguel), where the Sougouni Market and Great Mosque, dating from 1935, are located.
Recommended visits are the market and its "bogolan" (cotton fabrics dyed with organic pigments over designs outlined in mud of various colors) and bambara pottery workshops.
Among other places of interest worth visiting: the Great Mosque, the Cathedral, the Great Market, the crafts market, and Bamako’s National Museum.