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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.

Our insider tips for Guyana

Chris Parrott
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.
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.
Strolling through tropical Georgetown, the capital and port on the River Demerara. 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.
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.
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  • Client Comments

    Wonderful adventure

    “Thank you for arranging my holiday in Guyana. It was a real adventure and a wonderful experience including, meeting and staying with Diana McTurk. She is a legend, The trip to the Canopy Walkway was where I saw the Jaguar in the forest which was amazing, I cannot thank my guide enough. The breakfast following the Canopy Walk was excellent and there I saw a Crimson Fruitcrow which is one of the very rare birds in Guyana and which I have beautiful photos of.”

    DT, Crowborough | June 2013
  • Client Comments


    "Thoroughly enjoyed the river trips, meeting local guides, Karanaumba and Rock View. We met very few tourists which helps to explain why the visits are expensive. The 3 eco lodges surpassed our expectation.”

    NN, South Uist | June 2013
  • Client Comments

    Most memorable experience: “We have lots. Thoroughly enjoyed the river trips, meeting local guides, Karanaumba and Rock View. We met very few tourists which helps to explain why the visits are expensive. The 3 eco lodges surpassed our expectation” 
    NN, South Uist | February 2012 | 65 and over | With Partner
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