Eco-Benin: Cotonou Discovery Tour: Local Art, History, and Agriculture

Cotonou Discovery Tour: Local Art, History, and Agriculture

Cotonou, Benin


Non-profit organization

2 days/1 night
From$225 USDper person

Eco-Benin is a nonprofit engaged in eco-tourism and dedicated to community empowerment.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the city-state of Ayinonvi while supporting socially responsible ecotourism.
  • Learn about sustainable agricultural practice with locals.
  • Discover traditional rituals and heritage.

Tour revenue will be invested in local ecotourism and community development projects.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    9:00 AM

  • Duration

    2 days/1 night

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Professionals

  • Languages

    English, French

  • Weather

    Tour will be cancelled or postponed in case of inclement weather

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 20

  • Difficulty

    Medium (2-5 miles/ 3-8 km walking distance, some physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Backpack, Binoculars, Camera, Change of clothes, Hat, Light shirt, Mosquito repellent, Rain gear, Sunglasses

  • Volunteer Opportunities


Tour Description

Day 1:
The organization will arrange travel to the City-State of Ayinonvi from Cotonou. So, prepare to explore Beninese life at the ethnographic museum of Adandé and learn more about the celebration of traditional rituals during birth, initiation, marriage and death. Then, visit an Eco farm and learn about eco-friendly agricultural techniques used by the farmers to produce 100% organic whole food in a preserved nature. At night, have a blast at Ouadada, a city cultural hotspot, and connect with local artists who’ll be proud to show you their art works!

Day 2:
Enjoy the serenity of the day as you walk through the botanical garden of Porto Novo, which was the former Mito Migan sacred forest. Immerse yourself in its biodiversity – between sweet smelling and medicinal plants, wild animals, and more! Discover the garden’s well-kept secrets including art portraying the Fâ, a divinatory science that reveals your destiny. In the afternoon, get a taste of Beninese contemporary art at the Zinsou Foundation. Depart Ayinonvi having learned about the diverse and exciting cultural history of the locals!

Tour Start Address

Zogbadjé, Centre TBA, Rue fin cloture UAC, Calavi, Jéricho, Cotonou, Benin

How To Get There

Transportation from Cotonou can be arranged.

More About Eco-Benin


To promote ecotourism as the driving force for responsible, fair, and sustainable development.

Main Programs

  • Developing ecotourism projects in many parts of the country: lake of Ahémé, beekeeping site at Tobé, village of Koussoukoingou, national park of Pendjari, etc.

  • Constructing ecolodges, farms, eco-museums, camping, homestays, etc.

  • Community projects such as renovating schools, addressing the needs of disadvantaged communities, etc.

Awards & Recognition

The International Ecotourism Society
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism
Lonely Planet