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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.
Wonderful views you can see from the edge of the plateau to the west of Socotra.
Probably everyone who looked at the mountains from Hadibo wanted to see what's out there, far away ...
Overcoming strong summer winds Socotra starts the next tourist season.
Socotra is a perfect place for those who like trekking. Trekking activities will allow you to watch the island’s nature more closely and to make great photos. You will be able to see the places not accessible by cars.
On Socotra you can find a real lost world! There are the biggest bottle trees of the island.
After overnight stop in the canyon of Wadi Dirhur you can go for a walk through the primeval forest of Dragon Trees in the morning.
This season we have explored the lower part of Wadi Dirhur canyon – from Dixam camping site to the south coast of the island.
Eco-tourism means overnight stops at camping sites. It is much more interesting than staying at hotels in Hadiboh.
Socotra’s foothill gorges harbor dozens of grottos and caves. One feels here like being in a fairytale country!
Hoq cave is relative easily accessible. It takes one hour and a half to climb to its entrance from the village. You will need to take a local guide. The route is not difficult, but tiresome.
In the eastern part of the island, far from the paths beaten by tourists, you can find cascade waterfalls in small gorges.
Besides mountain areas Socotra has very beautiful desolate beaches.
Besides usual touristic places Socotra has a great many secluded nooks that are also worth visiting.
It will take you more than an hour to get to Hoq Cave following a mountain trail leading through round stones and bushes.
The trekking route from Rush camping to Matiaf village is worth taking.
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.
Ayaft Gorge is the greenest place of Socotra. Its unique moisture-retaining microclimate is created by numerous springs and streams. It is the place where frankincense is harvested.