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Guyana - The "Land of Many Waters"

Nearly the country's whole area is vegetated by a thick, mostly unexplored tropical forest. Occasionally, the panorama is interrupted by small cities like Georgetown. But Guyana's beauty is in its nature. Scenic table mountains, raging waterfalls and the endless green of the rainforest make this country an extraordinary destination.

Kaieteur Falls in Guyana

Geography - Tropical realm in South America

Guyana, not to be confused with Guinea in Africa, is a South American state and borders on Brazil, Venezuela and Suriname. In addition, it has a coast at the Atlantic Ocean. The rather small country is divided into ten regions and even its biggest cities Georgetown, Linden and New Amsterdam have small town character. The climate is tropical. It rains a lot in Guyana. The short dry season lasts from February to April. Even in these months, it might rain occasionally. The average yearly temperature is 27 °C and there are rarely any fluctuations. Due to the high humidity, it is very stuffy in all parts of the country.

Table mountains in Guyana

Nature - Scenic Mount Roraima

Guyana is a real treasure chest of unexplored plant species and mysterious animals. The country's national bird is the hoatzin. Altogether there are over 730 different bird species. Caimans and monkeys live in the vast tropical forests. The green jungle is guarded by the fairy-tale table mountains in Guayana's mountainous area. It constitutes the border of Brazil and Venezuela. The most famous table mountain is Mount Roraima. About 85 percent of the country's area are covered in tropical rainforest. The remaining areas are savannas, mountain ranges and alluvial land. You find mangroves at Guyana's coast. Highlights are the gigantic waterfalls, for example the Orinduik Falls and Kaieteur Falls.

Guyana's tropical forests

Natural sights - The endless river landscape

There is a lot to discover for travellers who go on a natural trip to Guyana. The main attraction are the Kaieteur Falls in Central Guyana. With a height of 225 metres, they are four times as high as the famous Niagara Falls. The Kaieteur Falls are located in the Kaieteur National Park in the Potaro-Siparuni Region. The national park accommodates more exciting waterfalls and river landscapes. Over 960 kilometres of river courses are navigable. More and more river tours are offered to visitors now. Trips in a dugout are particularly authentic. Adventurers best experience the vast rainforest on the Canopy Walkway. Travellers have a fascinating view of the country along the suspension bridge system above the treetops. Animal lovers should visit one of the turtle beaches, for example Shell Beach. With a bit of luck, you can watch leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles lay eggs there.

Expedition through Mount Roraima in Guyana

Culture - The former colonial region

Between the 16th and 18th century, the region of present-day Guyana was a Dutch colony. France and the United Kingdom also laid claim on the region. The country finally went to the British and even though the country gained independence in 1966, you still see traces of colonial times. You see many typical buildings from bygone centuries in the cities. The teatime, the popular horse races and the national sport of cricket keep the British charm alive. An exception is the country's native population. The so-called Amerindians live in the far south-west of Guyana and are protected.

Guyana's colonial buildings

Cultural sights - Georgetown

There are not many cities in Guyana. The capital of Georgetown has about 32,000 inhabitants and is a pretty small town. Nevertheless, it is the country's cultural and economic heart. Due to its Caribbean atmosphere, the city is often called the "Garden City of the Caribbean". Beautiful attractions in this city are the promenade, called "Seawall", and the wooden cathedral, which is one of the highest wooden buildings on earth. Travellers who are interested in Guyana's industry and ore mining should visit the town of Linden.

Guyana's cathedral in Georgetown

Experience - El Dorado Rum at the waterfall

The Indian and Chinese cuisine are most common in Guyana. In some parts of the country, people also prepare Creole dishes. A speciality and a popular souvenir is Guyana's El Dorado Rum. It was recently elected one of the best kinds of rum in the world. An exciting experience is a trip to the Kaieteur Falls, especially if you arrive in a glider or a small aircraft. This way, you can marvel at the impressive waterfall from above. In the evening, the tourists relax on the market place in Georgetown. It accommodates several bars and restaurants which serve the local cuisine.

River in Guyana

Activities - Become a discoverer

Admittedly, Guyana does not have a well-developed tourism and travellers who want to go on a round trip should plan well beforehand. Once you have gone to the trouble of doing that, you are rewarded generously. The country is sparsely populated. It is pure nature and vast areas have not been explored yet. Adventurers have the opportunity to put their discovery skills to the test here.

In Guyana's mountainous region with a tent

Information

If you want to rent a car in Guyana, you need to pay attention to the left-hand traffic. The road conditions are rather bad. During the rainy season, stretches of road are in danger of being flooded. It is much easier to move around in a small aircraft or travel along the river in a traditional dugout.

Guyana is not a typical travel country but it is an extraordinary destination for lovers of nature. Its unexplored landscape and the adventurous attractions are definitely worth a trip.

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Information

Flag of Guyana
Region:
South America
Size:
214,970 km²
Population:
735,554
Capital:
Georgetown
Timezone:
UTC-4
Currency:
Guyanese dollar (GYD)
Languages:
English