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Antsiranana, Madagascar

Antalaha

Located on the North East coast of Madagascar, Antalaha has been a prosperous little town since the late 1900's when vanilla was introduced. It is linked by a good road to Sambava (80 kms north) or by air from the capital and other northern cities. It can also be reached on foot with a 5-day hike north from Maroantsetra across the Masoala Peninsula. The town's side streets are filled with scurrying workers who bring out the beans on huge mesh trays to dry in the sun and then rush them inside again before the frequent afternoon storms.Vanilla is of great importance to the local economy. Vanilla plants, which need to grow coiled around trees, were introduced to Madagascar in the mid 1800's. The vanilla, coffee, baskets, mats, straw hats, carved stones, carved wooden craft are sold side by side with all the seasonal fruits of the region.ike diamonds, vanilla -- once it is cured and dried -- can be stored for up to 10 years before it is put on the market.
 

 

 

 

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