Zouerate Travel Guide

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Zouerate is the number one mining town of Mauritania. For people who are not very much interested in mining, there are only two reasons to come here: the fantastic train ride you can take here or because you are going to or coming from Morocco via Nouadhibou and you don't want to take the track via the beach.

Once a day, two passenger cars towed by the ore train run the line between Nouadhibou and Zouerate, stopping over at various spots along the track, mainly at Choum, 460 km East of Nouadhibou.

From Choum on, one can reach the center of the country by road and, more specifically, Atar, which is the capital of the Adrar province. It is one of the highlights of Mauritanian tourism, in close proximity to the ancient sites of Chinguetti and Ouadane, which were scheduled as international heritage by UNESCO.

From Choum, one can also reach Nouakchott through Akjoujt, Mauritania's second mining city (gold and copper).

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