The picturesque and remarkable territory around the Bandiagara escarpment is named after the Dogon people who live here. The escarpment is a 200 km long sandstone cliffside, towering 300 to 500 metres above the sandy plains that run all the way to Burkina Faso. The Dogons live in village scattered here over three different areas: the plateau, on top of the cliff; the falaise, or cliffside, were villages hug the steep rocks; and the plains. The area is spectacular, both naturally and culturally, with the Dogon people still protecting their unique cultural traits. While short visits to some of the bigger towns are possible, most villages can only be reached by foot. Exploring these requires multi-day treks, but also offer the largest rewards regarding insights into the Dogon way-of-life and the exploration of the escarpment's pathways and cliffside alleys. Guides are not an official requirement, but basically essential nonetheless. Not only to find your way and for understanding the Dogons, but primarily as to avoid breaking the many taboos surrounding Dogon life.