Major Tourist Attractions: Mount Roraima, Guyana Zoo, Bourda Cricket Ground, Iwokrama Forest, Kaieteur National Park
Guyana is a little-known but spectacularly interesting rising star on the eco-travelers’ map, with unforgettable experiences within untouched nature. Until recently, this was one of the least visited countries in the world, and, when you start looking further into what’s on offer, it’s hard to understand why.
Geographically speaking Guyana is part of South America. But if you consider its culture and people, it’s distinctly Caribbean -- at least if you spend your time in the capital, Georgetown. Head further east towards Suriname and you get to the Berbice. The experience here turns into a distinctly Indian one, where the majority of the population is descendants of the Hindu workers who migrated here to work on the plantations.
Guyana’s main site is without doubt the Kaieteur Waterfall, the largest single drop waterfall in the world. It’s not easy to reach it, making the experience extra special. If you’d like to be one of the few who can experience this unique beauty spot, you’ll have to fly in with a small plane, where the one-hour flight from Georgetown over the dense Guyanese jungle will exercise your visual senses to the maximum. The more complicated route to the Kaieteur Falls is through rivers and jungles, only doable during the dry season and certainly only suitable for the really adventurous types.
On the other side of the jungle -- on the border to Brazil -- lies the Rupununi Savannah. This is another area with difficult accessibility, but if you make it across the jungle – road permitting – you will be treated to a real feast. This part of the country, with the grand open grasslands, is a wildlife paradise with dreamlike vistas. The Roraima Mountain where Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana meet is one of the most unique nature experiences on the continent, although not easily accessible at the current moment due to border conflicts with the western neighbor.
Known as the “land of many waters," it’s hardly a surprise that the rivers flowing through the country to the Atlantic Coast up north have a significant importance in shaping the country. The western part of the country, bordering Venezuela, is almost totally unpopulated, with the few exceptions in form of strange outposts, pockets of Amerindian tribes and remnants from the tragic events of the Jonestown religious massacre in the late 1970s.
Georgetown, with its distinct Caribbean feel, is an interesting capital in many ways. While it offers some remarkable and beautiful architectural structures, like the Saint George wooden cathedral and the Stabroek Market, the main reason the city will be leaving a lasting impression is the bustling street life and the mixture of cultural influences put on show. It’s wild, it’s loud, it’s unique – but keep in mind that it can be occasionally dangerous.
- Fly to the Kaieteur Waterfall, the world’s tallest single drop fall. Or hike if you’re strong and brave over several days (in the right season).
- Visit the Rupununi Savannah with the impressive grasslands and the unique wildlife.
- Experience the Roraima’s grand open vistas.
- Orinduik Falls, another of the fantastic natural vistas of the country reached by plane.
- Iwokrama Rainforest reserve and Canopy Walkway in the heart of the Guiana Shield is a true jungle experience served by splendid lodges.
- Climb Turtle Mountain, a short boat ride from Iwokrama; not an easy climb, but the vista it offers from the top is magnificent.
- Visit Shell beach, one of the principle nesting sites for sea turtles.
- Surama Village at the northern end of the Rupununi offers eco-tourism of the highest standards.
- The Essequibo River is Guyana’s biggest river with a very rich fauna and many historical sites reachable via organized tours.
- Visit the Berbice Indian communities in the eastern agricultural part of the country.
- Experience Georgetown’s eclectic Caribbean cultural mix.
- Saint George’s wooden cathedral in Georgetown is a sight to remember.
- Visit the Stabroek Market in Georgetown for an experience stimulating and fascinating your senses.
Address: 100 Duke and Young Streets,
Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana.
Phone: 592-225-4900 Ext 4222;
After hours: 592-623-1992