Viajar a Benin

Traveling to Benin means going into one of the hearts of the Gulf of Guinea. The inner call felt by all those lovers of that Africa in which its inhabitants still believe in voodoo and where the ethnic groups that inhabit the equatorial climates, embrace those who come from the Sahel. Bordered by the frontiers of Togo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Niger, the Republic of Benin is home to more than 13 million inhabitants dedicated mainly to agriculture, cotton harvesting, fishing and the extraction of fossil resources. Gone are the days when its medieval kingdoms were besieged by slave traders and European settlers. A time when this republic was known as the Kingdom of Dahomey.Much has happened since then, but this country still maintains the essence of its most original cultures. If you have always dreamed of being carried away by the incredible dances of the Yoruba ethnic group, of getting lost among the fortresses of the Somba people, of resting on your shoulders the sacred pythons of the Ouidha Temple or going in search of the last elephant families of West Africa, this is the trip for you.The equatorial jungles, the Atlantic ocean, the impressive Taneka Mountains and the incessant life of Cotonou are waiting for you. An amalgam of cultures and wild natures at the service of surprise for those who are looking for a mystical Africa unknown to the vast majority.Welcome to Benin, welcome to the kingdom of voodoo!

mapa de Benín

Rutas y salidas programadas

Información práctica de Benin

Mejor época para viajar a Benin

Benin has a dry season from October to April and a rainy season from May to September. In the dry season, the maximum temperature is 32ºC and in the rainy season it is 28º. The best time to travel to Benin is during the dry season, between October and April, but rainfall during the rest of the year does not prevent you from making the trip.

Sanidad - Vacunas

Yellow fever and hepatitis vaccinations are mandatory and malaria prophylaxis is recommended. However, it is important to visit the international vaccination centre for more information.

Visados

To obtain a visa, you must have a passport with enough pages for the stamps and which is valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure. The visa can be obtained online at https://evisa.gouv.bj/en/ and can take from a few hours to several days, so we recommend doing it a week before.

Moneda

Benin's currency is the CFA franc. It is not easy to pay with a credit card or withdraw money from ATMs, so it is best to exchange euros or dollars for local currency either at the airport, banks or hotels. Currently, 1 euro is equivalent to 655 CFA.

Festividad

Voodoo Festival in Ouidah. The Festival of Voodoo and Traditional Religions is held every 10 January. Its origins can be traced back to the support and demands of African-American groups in the early 1990s to reclaim their past. Since then it has been a great success. Anthropologists, visitors, followers, and the curious... all gather in the city of Ouidah to celebrate the Voodoo religion and other animist creeds. Over the course of several days, ceremonies and rituals are organised to honour their ancestors. Ganni is, along with Voodoo, the most important of Benin's celebrations. The date of Ganni is uncertain but usually takes place around December (depending on various factors). Ganni revolves around the Bariba culture and combines animist and Islamist rituals. Dancing, horse racing and music are among the elements which take place during this festival.

Etnias de Benin

etnia Yoruba Benin

Etnia yoruba

Esta etnia, presente en Benín, esconde un largo recorrido histórico. Los expertos en Antropología cuentan con datos que atestiguan movimientos migratorios de...

Lugares de interés de Benin

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Parques Nacionales de Benin

Razones para viajar a Benin

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