Bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Cote d’Iviore, Liberia is a West African country which sits along the north Atlantic Coast. Its historical roots go back to the early days of the 19th century, when freed black slaves from America returned to Africa and formed the capital, Monrovia, named after James Monroe. The country contains some of the most extensive rain forests in West Africa, along with plenty of rivers, coasts, and plateaus. Unfortunately, the political climate this point in time makes it virtually impossible for any visitors to make their way into the country.
Travel is currently restricted to and from Liberia. Water and electricity are almost nonexistent, and peace is only being held by fragile thread via UN Peacekeepers. The only way to get into the country is with a visa, which is incredibly hard to acquire. You will need a letter of invitation (almost impossible to get unless you have diplomatic ties, or have relatives who are Liberian citizens) along with a doctor's note showing you are free of communicable diseases, as well as bank statements proving your financial status to ensure that you aren’t a burden on the government when you arrive.
One of the remnants of the old days is Harper, a city in the southeast region of the country. The town used to be one of the most luxurious beach resorts in the country, but the old beach houses have been allowed to rot over time, and what remains is nothing more than a remnant of what used to be. Still, the beauty of the Silver Beach, the Sapo National Park, or Monrovia itself is more than enough reason to come to this country, if only the current political climate would subside.
The country only recently emerged from two decades of civil war, in 2003. Since then, the government has been holding a fragile peace agreement with the insurgents, and while the situation is looking up, it is not considered safe for travelers at this point in time.