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What to do in Ivory Coast: Largest Cocoa Producer in the World



Let's dive into the heart of West Africa, in a country that dates back to the era of great European navigators: Ivory Coast. Its history is as rich as the cocoa seeds for which it is known worldwide.

 



Ivory Coast, with the bustling city of Abidjan, is one of Africa's most vibrant destinations. We cannot forget to visit Taï National Park, one of the last sanctuaries of primary rainforest in West Africa, the resort of Grand-Bassam with its incredible beaches, the beautiful mountain town of Man and, of course, the political capital Yamoussoukro, with the incredible Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, which holds the title of the largest church in the world!



We visited Abidjan on a plane route between Lomé and Niamey, and took the opportunity to get to know a little about this country, which is well known to Brazilians for its football.

The official language is French and the currency used is the CFA franc. And, pay attention, we Brazilians need a visa to enter the country.

 


Despite being the largest economy in West Africa, Côte d'Ivoire faces several challenges, including a high rate of poverty, social inequality and political instability. Still, the country has shown impressive economic growth, driven largely by cocoa production.

 

Yes, here comes the curiosity of the title: Ivory Coast is the largest cocoa producer in the world, supplying around 40% of global supply. That's right, the chocolate we love so much probably has its roots here! An interesting fact, isn't it?

 

Without a doubt, Ivory Coast is a place full of contrasts. Whether for its rich culture, incredible biodiversity or the hospitality of the Ivorians, this country deserves a place on the list of destinations to be discovered by all of us.


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