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Guyana isn't Latin: it sits alone on the continent of South America as an ex-British colony, sharing a Caribbean flavour where English is the first language and cricket the national sport. Culturally it's a remarkable and unique melting pot of Afro-Caribbean, Amerindian, European, Brazilian and Asian influences: in the capital, Georgetown, a Hindu temple may sit happily next to a jerk-chicken fast food outlet while reggae music thunders from the bar across the road.

The country is composed of vast areas covered by virgin rainforest, savannah and ancient tablelands over one of which spill the stunning Kaieteur Falls. Deep in the almost untrodden interior there is magnificent jungle scenery and a plethora of wildlife unrivalled on the continent. Jaguars, giant otters, tapirs and over 800 bird species roam undisturbed.

This is true wilderness. It isn’t easy to get around. The Caribbean coastline is a steamy, stretch of muddy mangrove forest, through which a paved coast road runs eastwards from Georgetown towards Suriname; there are just a few dirt roads heading inland. Travel is by river, dirt road or by light plane.

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Language

English.

Time difference

GMT -4 hours.

Key events

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Things to do in Guyana

Hike to a Harpy Eagle Nest

Hike to a harpy eagle nest

Fly over Kaieteur Falls

Fly over Kaieteur Falls


Bird Watching

Premier bird watching

Hike in the Iwokrama Rainforest

Hike in the Iwokrama Rainforest

Our insider tips for Guyana

Discovering the extraordinary pristine rainforest and spotting a little of the host of endangered wildlife: jaguars and river otters are shy but birdwatchers will be well rewarded – it’s a treat to spy the coy cock-of-the-rock with its fiery orange plumage.
Chris Parrott

Chris Parrott

Standing and staring at the Kaieteur Falls. The massive drop of foaming water cascades over a sandstone tableland into a deep gorge - a drop of 251m (5 times the height of Niagara). Rare orchids and golden frogs can be spotted here.
Tom

Tom Parrott

If you have a free morning or afternoon in Guyana’s capital Georgetown, a port on the River Demerara, take a stroll through the centre. It has plantation and Victorian colonial-style architecture, with many white wooden houses on stilts draped in flowering plants. The imposing St George’s cathedral is one of the tallest wooden buildings in the world.

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

Meeting members of the friendly Amerindian community. For thousands of years the Guianan Shield has been home to a mix of Amerindian and immigrant populations from indigenous tribes to African slaves, Indian servants and European colonists.

Natalie Paiva

What our experts say

A Caribbean coastline, and an equatorial climate ... but no white-sand beaches. What attracts visitors to Guyana (“land of rivers”) is wildlife in abundance. The underpopulated interior harbours birdlife which delights even the most dilettante of watchers, which includes me.  It’s a region of savannah and rainforest which is accessed only by air or by a single road. Guyana was prompted by this naturally-imposed isolation and its other major asset – everyone speaks English –  to introduce 20 years ago training for local ornithologist and botanist guides. I’ve been all over Latin America  and Guyana is the only place I’ve ever seen a Harpy eagle or Cock-of-the-Rock in the wild. And although I’ve never seen a jaguar (yet), Guyana is where I’ve come closest.

Chris Parrott

Chris Parrott

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