Côte d’Ivoire, or Ivory Coast, is a country of extremes – a land of booming cities and unspoiled rainforests, golden-sand beaches and rolling countryside, city-slick restaurants and bustling street stalls. Overlooking the crashing waves of the north Atlantic, Abidjan is the country’s economic engine and de facto capital. On the oceanfront, waterways meander between shiny skyscrapers before shrinking into the lower-lying suburbs. Get to know the city’s culture with a walk down Princess Road in Yopougon, a lively quarter referred to as ‘Yop City’ by the locals, and dip into the markets, galleries and busy bars. To the south of Abidjan, Parc National de Taï lures visitors with verdant rainforest, twinkling streams and plenty of wildlife. Go trekking in this prisine park for the chance to see swinging chimpanzees in their natural habitat, and climb the 169-metre Mount Nienokoue. Elsewhere, the peaks and valleys of Man in the west, offer a cooler climate and more hiking opportunities through wildlife-rich forests. Abidjan offers a range of hotels, villas and B&Bs to choose from, while coastal towns like Assinie and San Pedro provide more budget-friendly options.