Difference between revisions of "Chinguetti"
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Chinguetti is a city in Saharan Mauritania.
Other than the desert of course, the only "landmarks" withing Chinguetti are the mosque and the Islamic library, which are both interesting. However do not expect to find much in the town itself, basically go there in the morning, look round the town in the afternoon, go on your desert tour or whatever the next day and head back to Atar.
Chinguetti has some of the more postcard perfect sand dunes in the Sahara. You can hire a camel and guide to walk you and your things around the desert, but you won't be actually riding the camel. You can also hire a 4-wheel drive. a better option might be to just go on a hike on your own.
There are plenty of auberges, with beds for as low as 1500 ouguiya. You can also easily walk 5 minutes out of town and camp in the desert.
My recommendation would be to stay at the Auberge Zahar. It is 2500 per night, however it is run by a man called Abdou who speaks better English than any other Mauritanian I met in the region. This makes him excellent for arranging camel or four by four tours or cars for you, he is relatively fair with prices. He is also a good cook, which is handy because Chinguetti has no restaurants.