Yemen 01 Nov 2012 22:00
Photos by Juan Herrero
Socotra, an island 250 miles off the coast of Yemen, is one of a kind. This ancient land mass is home to more than a thousand plant and animal species found nowhere else on Earth, numbers rivaled only by the Galapagos Islands and Hawaii.
Dragon blood trees, rare birds and fish live among the equally ancient inhabitants of Socotra. The people are considered to be a mixture of African, Greek, Portuguese and Arab, and speak an archaic, unwritten language, which was spoken in pre-Islamic Arabia for many centuries.
Though the Socotran lifestyle has been very traditional, sustainable and virtually self-sufficient, the island has become more traveler-friendly, promoting eco-tourism that preserves the unusual environment.