Located 250 miles off the coast of Yemen, the tiny island of Socotra is usually overlooked by even the most adventurous of tourist hordes. But as NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Richard Engel discovers, the Arabian island's remote location has made it a capsule of antiquity with time-honored traditions not found elsewhere on the planet.
Overcoming strong summer winds Socotra starts the next tourist season.
This season we have explored the lower part of Wadi Dirhur canyon – from Dixam camping site to the south coast of the island.
Socotra’s foothill gorges harbor dozens of grottos and caves. One feels here like being in a fairytale country!
In the eastern part of the island, far from the paths beaten by tourists, you can find cascade waterfalls in small gorges.
The canyon part from Dixam to Skant is one of the most interesting places for trekking.
Despite its rather small size Socotra has many places rarely visited by tourists.
Mounting another side of Wadi Dirhur canyon we appeared in a small valley inhabited by locals.
From Dixam Plateau we went down to Wadi Dirhur Canyon, where it is good to stay in tents overnight and to swim in natural pools before going on.
Passing by Dixam Plateau you can go down a steep earth-road to Wadi Dirhur Canyon, where you can have a swim in a small fresh water pool.
Dixam Plateau is located in the central part of Socotra. It is famous for its Dragon Trees.