The sandstone cliffs of Bandiagara are a mountain chain near Mopti. They are also home to one of the Dogon people, who inhabit the area. The parts of the mountain chain near the town of Bandiagara, commonly known as the Bandiagara Escarpment, features mud villages on the slopes of the cliff. Seeing this site makes obvious why this is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The iconic mud buildings of Djenné are on the shortlist of most visitors to Mali. And for good reason. The Great Mosque of Djenné is considered to be one of the most significant buildings in the region. There are a few other mosques from the 13th century in the area, but the Great Mosque – built in 1907 – is definitely mind blowing.
Bamako felt considerably different than Guinea, from where we just arrived by road. Everything felt bigger and more touristic. We chose the Hotel Jamana – a small hotel downtown Bamako – to settle for the night. Within walking distance was a local food store and – of utmost importance for my travel pal, Evgeny – a Chinese restaurant.