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What to do in Mauritania: country with the largest ship cemetery in the world!


Have you ever thought about visiting Mauritania? An African country full of culture, history and... ships? That's right, ships! Have you ever heard of the largest ship cemetery in the world? So, let's go on this incredible journey through Mauritania together!


Mauritania, located in the northwest region of Africa, is a country of contrasting landscapes - from the Sahara Desert to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. But the big attraction we're talking about is in the coastal city of Nouadhibou, the second largest city in the country.



But before we get there, if you could only visit five places in Mauritania, what would they be? We suggest the capital Nouakchott, with its vibrant market life and spectacular mosque. Then we have the Banc d'Arguin National Park, one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the world. Chinguetti, the ancient city on the trans-Saharan trade route and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-see. The spectacular Sahara Desert, of course, cannot be missing from the list. And finally, our star, Nouadhibou and its famous ship cemetery.


The local currency is the ouguiya, and the official language is Arabic. But don't worry, many people speak French there. The best part is that we Brazilians do not need a visa to enter Mauritania for up to 90 days.


From a socioeconomic perspective, Mauritania has faced significant challenges, with a high level of poverty and political instability. However, the country has the potential to improve, with natural resources such as iron ore, gold and oil.


Now about the ship graveyard. Nouadhibou Bay is the final resting place for more than 300 ships, making it the largest ship graveyard in the world. This surreal view of the coastline is a reminder of environmental problems and a place that has become, interestingly, a tourist attraction.

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