Mali is often overlooked by travelers heading to West Africa for a vacation. Many decide instead to visit neighboring countries on the coast. But we can think of at least three reasons to visit Mali: its fascinating culture, breathtaking landscapes, and legendary cities. If you’re headed to the region, don’t leave without checking out some of these incredible sights. (Note: A military coup in 2012 disrupted the political stability of Mali, and some areas may not be safe for travel.)
This article originally appeared on AFKInsider.com.