Guyana Tourism...
A journey to the "Land of many waters"

 
 

Welcome to Guyana tourism!...
Its name couldn't be more appropriate than the one chosen by primitive Amerindian inhabitants: Carib and Arawaks: "Land of many waters".

Third smallest country in South America, about the size of England and Scotland together, it has over 1,600 km of navigable waters.
Guyana's major rivers include Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice. Courantyne river marks the border with Suriname.

Surrounded by Venezuela, Brazil and Suriname, in the NE corner of South America, 83 % of the country's territory is covered by the mighty Amazon rainforest.


Guyana will introduce you to breathtaking scenery, exuberant wildlife and the warmth of the Guyanese people, a very unique blend of Caribbean and South america.

Cristopher Columbus reached the coasts of Guayana in 1498.
The Dutch were the first ones to settle, around 1616, and remained there for about two centuries.

Georgetown - capital and largest city in Guyana - was originally build by the Dutch in 17th century.
Today, about 90% of the country's population inhabits in the coastal region.

Successive changes of hands took place between the Dutch, English and French, but the English finally prevailed and created the colony of British Guiana.
This was the country's status quo until 1966, when Guyana achieved independence.


Guyana Facts

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  • Capital: Georgetown pop. 800,000 (July 2013 est.)
  • Language: English, Amerindian dialects, Creole, Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Urdu
  • Population: 752,940 (July 2009 est.)
  • Area: 83,000 sq. mi. (215,000 sq. km).
  • Climate: Visit Guianas Climate
  • Currency: Guyanese Dollar (GYD)
  • Exchange Rate: 1.00 GYD = 0.00492732 USD (March 2010)
  • Religion: 57% Christian, 33% Hindu, 9% Muslim
  • Literacy: 98.8%
 

Guyana Attractions:


Guyana tourism is rewarded with pristine primary forest, outstanding waterfalls, an amazingly rich wildlife and a vibrant indigenous culture.

The list of top Guyana attractions not to be missed include...

  • Kaieteur Falls (Kaieteur National Park).
    On the Potaro river, Kaieteur falls are about five times higher than Niagara falls (USA). Together with Angel falls (Venezuela) and Iguazu falls (Argentina), they are the most beautiful waterfalls you will ever find in South America.
  • Essequibo river: To navigate the Essequibo is another fantastic experience of Guyana tourism, one of the most important rivers in South America.
    The journey includes a visit to the Old Dutch fort, Saxacalli and the border mining town of Bartica, at the junction of Essequibo and Mazaruni rivers.

Let's have a peak at Kaieteur falls just to whet your appetite...

 
 

You could also engage in community tourism, visit aboriginal villages and share the culture of Arawaks, Patamonas or Macushis for instance.
Do some jungle trekking along the same trails transited by locals for ages now or go climbing the Pakaraima mountains, a region of "tepuis" (table-top mountains) in central-western Guyana.

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Mount Roraima is the country's highest mountain, in the tripartite border between Guyana, Venezuela and Brazil.

For birdwatching, Guyana tourism is a true paradise, with over 800 bird species.
One of the most famous representatives is the Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola rupicola), considered to some as the face of Guyana.

As for major birding spots, the list include Georgetown, Kaieteur National Park, the Rupupuni, Essequibo and Iwokrama.


When you travel to Guiana you will discover nature at its best.
Guiana tourism is another unique travel experience that should be part of your next South America vacations...

 
 

How to Get There:


There ara daily flights to London and New York, among other cities in USA and the Caribbean, including neighboring countries.

The main airport - Cheddi Jagan Intl Airport (GEO) - is located at Timehri, about half an hour from Georgetown, on the right bank of Demerara river.
The other international airport - Kaieteur Intl. Airport (KIA) - is on the Potaro-Siparuni region, around five km from Kaieteur falls.


Where to Stay:


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