Guyana — Overview
The nature lover, the eco-tourist and the adventure-seeker will all feel right at home in Guyana. Its own tourism board describes the country as "raw," referring to the unspoiled and untamed wild that is natural to the land. This fast-growing vacation destination attracts travelers with its majestic waterfalls, lush Amazonian jungles, abundance of wildlife, and colorful indigenous culture.
Situated in South America’s northeastern region, Guyana is fringed by the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by three equally beautiful countries—Venezuela to the west, Suriname to the east and Brazil to the south. It may be one of the smallest countries in the continent and relatively unknown compared to its neighbors, but its charms are endless, from Georgetown’s 19th century stilted wooden residences and the Potaro River to Kaieteur Falls. The varied terrain is particularly attractive to those interested in fishing, trekking, camping, and safaris.This former Dutch colony is mostly covered in rainforests and savannas. It features low coastal plains as well as mountainous areas, making it an all inclusive destination if you want to enjoy outdoor activities in the wild.
Guyana’s international reputation has been smeared by political and economical issues, but if you look closer, you will see a spectacular country with some of the most motivated and joyful people you will ever meet. The capital is a good place to kick off your tour where you will discover the country’s colonial and Caribbean roots through bustling restaurants, exciting nightlife and quirky market. The local culinary tradition is a reflection of the varied influences on Guyanese society, and usually involves steak, shrimp, pork, and chicken cooked in curry or spiced with pepper and garlic. And of course, don't forget to enjoy Demerara rum or to sample the local beer, Banks.
Getting around is easy and affordable via the local bus system, but you can also rent a four-wheel drive vehicle for greater freedom. English is the official language of Guyana, so communication is not a problem.
You do not need a visa to enter Guyana if you are from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, and many other countries. There are many flights to Cheddi Jagan International Airport from around the globe and it is also possible to arrive via minibus from Paramaribo, Suriname or by crossing the Brazilian border in Lethem.
- Feel the warm welcome of Amerindians when you visit their villages while discovering the rainforest eco-tourism project of Iwokrama
- Go deep into the Amazon to behold the Kaieteur Falls, the highest single-drop falls in the world
- Travel from Parika to Shell Beach (Mabaruma) through farming towns and across rivers wile spotting unique bird life and observing sea turtles
- Discover endangered giant river otters or black caimans at the African Rupununi Savannas
- Go to remote areas like the Kanuku Mountains to meet local cowboys or track the harpy eagles
- Enjoy a range of outdoor activities like horsebakck riding, white-water rafting, hiking, and camping
- Discover Guyana’s beaches, including Saxacalli Beach, Number 63 Beach, and Shell Beach * Try game fishing and get the chance to catch a man-eating piranha or the lucanni, which resembles a large-mouth bass