This is the land of primates with painted faces, soft clouds of butterflies and insects so colorful they belong in the realm of fiction. Yes, Equatorial Guinea has something of a reputation, with a history of failed coups, allegations of corruption and buckets of oil, but there is plenty to bring you to this country's beautiful black-and-white shores.
The capital, Malabo, boasts colonial architecture alongside sleek oil company high-rises, yet retains its African flavor with colorful markets and a bustling port.
Beyond Malabo, on Bioko Island, are volcanic views, fishing villages, rainforests full of endangered primates, vibrant birdlife and shores of nesting sea turtles. On the mainland, Rio Muni's white beaches, forest paths and jungle-scapes await.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Equatorial Guinea.