"Visit a Village on the Mono River" Grand-Popo Things to Do Tip by janiebaxter

Grand-Popo Things to Do: 10 reviews and 17 photos

  Children in Avlo Village
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  • Children in Avlo Village - Grand-Popo
      Children in Avlo Village
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  • Lady Weaving a Mat in Avlo - Grand-Popo
      Lady Weaving a Mat in Avlo
    by janiebaxter

We visited one of the small villages along the riverbank as part of our boat trip on the Mono River, as we couldn't get into the Mangroves to explore because the water level was too low for our boat. This village was called Avlo, with a population of 600, and as our boat approached the landing area the group of children standing on the bank watching us approach grew into a small crowd.
They followed us up the path into the village running around us and shouting. Obviously visitors are not so common here. At the entrance to the village we passed the Legba and a temple - signs that this village follow the traditional religion of Voodoo.
We entered the main village square where families were sitting and many children were running around. Our local guide who buys salt here talked to the villagers and introduced us. One lady was weaving a straw mat and another was selling bread. Most of the villagers were friendly, except for one lady who either didn't like me or didn't want visitors!
The children, as usual, all wanted their photograph taken and crowded around the camera. They always seem to think they need to get as close as possible to the camera to get a good picture. After a few attempts, we managed to get some reasonable photos of them and they were happy when they viewed them. The sticky hand prints were easily removed from the camera later with lense wipes! I gave out pens and sweets to the children and hair clips to the ladies and we watched the salt making then made our way back to the boat. On the way out we met the chief and some of his wives, and we stopped to shake hands and say hello.

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  • Updated Apr 26, 2008
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