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The myth

Saying Timbuktu often takes you to dreaming of distant lands, inaccesible towns, 1001 nights... Timbuktu is a legendary city for its position in the middle of Africa, being an ancient mercantile crossroad and one of the last places reached by european explorers in Africa, due to its prohibition for non-mulims till recently.

But Timbuktu itself is no more than a few adobe houses and 3 mosques in the southern limit of the Sahara. Don't expect a mysterious place with palaces and charming markets. It is not a touristic place, there are just 3-4 hotels and a few restaurants, no souvenir shops, no tourist attractions. Many visitors get disappointed when they finally arrive, tough most say that the real attractive of Timbuktu is the way to get here, which is not easy neither short...


A popular activity here is to take a 2-3 days camel trip and sleep in a touareg tent inside the Sahara. It has something of a tourist trap, but is definetly a good experience if it's your first time in the desert...

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  • Last visit to Timbuktu: Aug 2008
  • Intro Written Sep 28, 2008
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  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Wow the Mosques look like sand castles. Such an interesting place to visit . Wonderful pages!

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2009 at 12:56 AM

    I liked your photos and tips here on your Timbuktu page. Excellent page. Bora

  • songlines's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Hi to you! What lovely photos, I have really enjoyed your pages. Best of luck.

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    your sketches superb, topped by the tailoring tip ;-)))

  • flynboxes's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    Richard.. Your tips about the museum in Timbuktu and the touts in Bamako are spot on. Great pages!

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Otra excelente página, como siempre; tengo algunas nuevas, un saludo

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Joaquin, I enjoyed to read your Timbuctu page. Very useful information. I will be off to Mali within 3 weeks to visit the Festival in the Desert north of Timbuctu.

  • diageva's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2008 at 3:11 AM

    El otro dia entre en esta pagina... pero las fotos me vuelven a sorprender... preciosas contrucciones.... el turbante azul me parece precioso.... de tourist trap nada... :)) y lo del guia.... buen tip para visitar la comisaría ...

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    What an unbelievable adventure Joaquin. You're the only person I know that has been to the legendary Timbuktu. Fascinating to read.


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