Conflict leaves Mali's tourism in ruins
28 January 2013 Last updated at 22:05 GMT
Mali's tourism industry is an important part of the nation's economy, but the recent uprising by militant Islamist groups has led to a dramatic fall in visitor numbers.
French-led forces have now taken control of the desert city of Timbuktu, which Islamist rebels have held for almost a year.
Locals traders hope visitor numbers will pick up now that the French have helped secure some towns.
Laeila Adjovi reports from the ancient city of Djenne, 500km north of the capital Bamako.