Much of the coastline of Guinea-Bissau is low lying and covered in mangroves so many people in the country travel by boat. The banks of the mangroves swamps are scattered with picturesque, traditional round mud and straw huts.
The people of Guinea- Bissau are some of the poorest on earth and have been subjected to coups and civil wars since independence. The result is crumbling infrastructure. There are however still some examples fading colonial charm in the homes and buildings left by the Portuguese.