Congo, or the Republic of Congo, should not be confused with its neighbour, the Democratic Republic of Congo
. The first is much smaller than the second. They are also separated by the River Congo. The Republic of Congo has been independent since 1960. The country is essentially a business destination, due to its offshore oil fields, so not many tourists travel to Congo. The difficulty of getting to its different sites and its communication networks obstruct the development of tourism at this moment. However, its various ethnic groups give it considerable cultural diversity. The Congo also has a wide range of landscapes
, with rainforests in the north and steep mountains in the Mayombe.