Oooh La La Ouidah

Trip Start Nov 23, 2011
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Trip End Jan 07, 2012


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Oasis Hotel

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Monday, January 2, 2012

-travel by taxi (takes 1 hour) Cost 600 CFA ( a little more than 1 USD)

Ouidah (3 days)

The port was a safe harbor for over 300 years for the French, Danish, and the Portuguese. During the 17th c., this was the last destination for slaves before being shipped from the continent.

Voodoo Festival in January: Located in Ouidah (42km West of Cotonou). Voodoo

is an integral part of Benin-ese culture, practiced in various forms throughout the country—more of a cultural than religious practice.  Highly visible in Benin, ceremonies are performed in the streets.

Travel: Bush taxis and buses occasional buses between the cities take about an hour

Background: Read Bruce Chatwin's The Viceroy of Ouidah prior to visiting the city

Musee d’historie d’Ouidah: Originally a Portuguese fort.  The official museum for

            history on the slave trade in Ouidah. 2 mile walking tour of The Slave Route             (Route de Esclaves)- the trail that slaves were forced to endure before The             New World.

Musee de Voodoo: Located in the center of town, will provide good background before attending the Voodoo festival.

Film Festival: held at the same time as the Voodoo festival

            Accommodations: Oasis Hotel (located in the city center)

                                    Cost: 15500 CFA for air-conditioned rooms
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sakpata on

you are planning to attend the voodoo festival in Benin then go to www.beninvodoun.net

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