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Information on Burkina Faso Travel
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa around 274,200 square kilometers (105,900 sq. mi) in size. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest. Its capital is Ouagadougou. As of 2014, its population was estimated at just over 17.3 million.
Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, the country was renamed "Burkina Faso" on 4 August 1984 by then-President Thomas Sankara. Residents of Burkina Faso are known as Burkinabe French is an official language of government and business.
Visitors to Burkina Faso must obtain a visa from one of the Burkina Faso diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens may obtain a visa on arrival
Places to visit in Burkina faso
It is the country’s capital and as such, often gets chaotic. But we have to credit Ougadougou for being a major cultural center in West Africa and even so, doesn’t get boring due to its lively night scene. The city was the former capital of the Mossi Empire. Today, it is the home of the country’s major ethnic tribes.
The city is one of the top tourist attractions in Burkina Faso. It is famous for its culture as well as historical monuments. What makes Bobo-Dioulasso distinct is its combination of architectural styles – a fusion of French and Sudanese designs. One of its main attractions is the Great Mosque whose design was inspired by the mosque of Djenne. The local train station is also noteworthy. For a taste of culture, visit the Grande Marché which features artworks of tribes from all over West Africa. Like Ougadougou, the city also has an outstanding night scene.
Ruins of Loropéni
The ancient stone ruins are located in Lobi. Believed to be about 1,000 years old, the Ruins of Loropéni are nicely preserved for their age. Archeologists are still unsure what the ruins used to be but it is speculated to be the former settlement of the Koulango or Lohron tribes. Both indigent groups are known for collecting and transforming gold into crafts.
Gorom Gorom Market
Market sellers of different ethnicities come here every Thursday from all over the country. They are here to sell goods such as jewelry, printed cotton, fabrics, leather, and handcrafted items just to name a few.