October 7, 2010 by staff
Socotra, The island of Socotra, Yemen – In our withdrawal and the discovery of the world, there is at least some unknown places that still seem really confused. The small island of Socotra Arabian is tinged with romance and spirit of exploration.
It may be exotic trees or flocks of vultures yellow face, or beaches, disturbed by swimmers bold.
Socotra is 250 miles south of the Arabian Peninsula, technically, a part of Yemen, but 30 million years of isolation have made the island unique.
The relaxed pace of life is completely dominated by nature, so people on the island using their own calendar with 24 months, each month, marking a slight change of season. A month ago for when it rains, a month when the wind blows and even a month to cover the beaches where the crabs. Socotra has more than 800 endemic species of plants and animals. Only Hawaii and the Galapagos are more.
Nearly 50,000 people live on the island – most of them fishermen. There is a small tourism industry, but only 140 Americans came here last year.
“This is as crowded as it is,” said David Stanton, an American ecologist who has studied for years Socotra. I asked him why he is still untouched by tourism?
“He has much to do with the perception of Yemen as a dangerous place,” said Mr. Stanton.
“Is it safe for people to come here?” I asked.
“Of course, absolutely, 100 percent.”
Watch the video Richard Engel above to learn more about the island of Socotra intact.
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