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Approximately 15% of the territory of Guinea-Bissau is considered to be a protected area. Thus, it is worth leaving the city to find out natural wonders such as the Cacheu Natural Reserve or the Bijagós Archipelago.

The natural parks of Tarrafes de Cacheu and Lagoa de Cufada, the national parks of Orango Islands and João Vieira e Poilão Islands and the Bolama-Bijagós Archipelago, classified by UNESCO in 1996 as a biosphere reserve are only a few of the places that are worth a visit. Located 100 kilometres from the capital, but easily accessible by car, the Cacheu Natural Reserve has an area of 800 square kilometres, where around 7,500 habitants live, from various ethnical origins. Most of the surface is covered by a contiguous area of mangroves, the largest extension of the kind in West Africa. Hippos, deer and several birds live freely in the reserve; there is also a great variety of fish and molluscs. It is also easy to get to the archipelago of Bijagós, leaving from Bissau towards Bolama or Bubaque. The archipelago is formed by 88 islands and most of them are not inhabited; there are still some islands where it is not possible to get in since they are linked to certain ethnicities' religious beliefs. As well as swamps and savannahs, there are farming areas. Among the animals living in Bijagós, monkeys, hippos, crocodiles and sea turtles are the most relevant ones.

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