Travel to French Guiana: useful information and recommended itineraries

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Martí Micolau
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French Guiana is a small country in the north of Latin America, just above Brazil. It is not one of the most popular destinations for tourists and mass tourism, on the contrary, it is little known. And, precisely for this reason, it is a destination perfect for those who do not like discounted and overcrowded destinations. Very small country, it is covered for 97% of forests and has a constant temperature between 24 ° and 28 °. The best time to visit is the dry season, from August to November. If you are intrigued by this destination, here is some useful information and ideas for some itineraries for your trip to French Guiana.



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents
  2. Where it is
  3. 10-day itinerary: Cayenne and the Amazon rainforest
  4. 10-day itinerary: city and history of French Guiana
  5. DIY French Guiana: flights, costs and tips
  6. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents

  • Inhabitants: about 296 thousand
  • Capital: Cayenne
  • Languages: French, Creole-French
  • Local currency: EUR
  • Weather: equatorial, very hot and humid
  • Time zone: - 4h compared to Italy, - 5h when summer time is in force in Italy
  • vaccinations: yellow fever vaccine mandatory for travelers from countries at risk of transmitting the disease or who have passed through an airport in a country at risk for more than 12 hours; recommended, after consulting a doctor, vaccinations against hepatitis B and tetanus.
  • Entry requirements: as French Guiana is part of France, a valid identity card or passport is sufficient; a visa is not required for EU citizens
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is


    French Guiana is located in the north of South America. Bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, it borders to the south with Brazil and to the west with Suriname. It is one of the smallest states on the South American continent.



    10-day itinerary: Cayenne and the Amazon rainforest

    1. First day: departure from Italy; arrival in Cayanne; hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay
    2. Second day: visit of the capital Cayenne and its main attractions, such as the botanical garden, Fort Ceperou and the handicraft, fruit and vegetable market, dinner and overnight
    3. Third day: departure from Cayenne; arrival at Camp Cisame on the banks of the Approuague river and accommodation in the room; excursion into the Amazon forest with local guides to discover its plants and the fauna that populates it; return to the camp, dinner and overnight
    4. Fourth day: in the morning excursion on the Approuague river; return to the camp, lunch and transfer to Kourou; in the evening accommodation in the room, dinner and overnight stay
    5. Fifth day: after breakfast, meeting at the port of Kourou to leave by catamaran for a day trip to the Salvation Islands; return to Kourou, dinner and overnight
    6. Sixth day: free morning in Kourou; in the early afternoon, transfer to Saint Laurent Du Maroni; accommodation in the room, dinner and overnight stay
    7. Seventh day: day dedicated to visiting the town of Saint Laurent Du Maroni and, in the afternoon, to Awala-Yalimpo, an indigenous village not far away, where there are colonies of leatherback turtles; return to Saint Laurent Du Maroni, dinner and overnight.
    8. Eighth day: after breakfast departure from Saint Laurent Du Maroni to return to the capital Cayenne; hotel accommodation, free afternoon; dinner and overnight stay
    9. Ninth day: departure from Cayenne, return to Italy
    10. Tenth day: arrival in Italy

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: starting from € 1.900,00 per person
    • The price includes: flights from / to Italy, overnight stays, internal transfers, lunches and dinners, guide
    • The fee does not include: insurance, extra excursions, tips

    10-day itinerary: city and history of French Guiana



    1. First day: departure from Italy; arrival in Cayanne; hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay
    2. Second day: Cayanne visit of its main attractions, such as the botanical garden, Fort Ceperou and the handicraft, fruit and vegetable market; dinner and overnight stay
    3. Third day: after breakfast departure from Cayenne; arrival in Kourou and accommodation in the room; city ​​tour, dinner and overnight stay
    4. Fourth day: after breakfast, meeting at the port of Kourou; departure with the catamaran for a day trip to the Salvation Islands; return to Kourou, dinner and overnight
    5. Fifth day: day at the Guyana Space Center with guided tour, also at the Control Center; return to Kourou, dinner and overnight
    6. Sixth day: free morning; early afternoon departure from Kourou; arrival in Saint Laurent Du Maroni, accommodation in room, dinner and overnight stay
    7. Seventh day: day dedicated to visiting the town of Saint Laurent Du Maroni and, in the afternoon, to Awala-Yalimpo, an indigenous village not far away, where there are colonies of leatherback turtles; return to Saint Laurent Du Maroni, dinner and overnight.
    8. Eighth day: after breakfast departure from Saint Laurent Du Maroni to return to the capital Cayenne; hotel accommodation, free afternoon; dinner and overnight stay
    9. Ninth day: departure from Cayenne and return to Italy
    10. Tenth day: arrival in Italy

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: starting from € 1.900,00 per person
    • The price includes: flights from / to Italy, overnight stays, internal transfers, lunches and dinners, guide
    • The fee does not include: insurance, extra excursions, tips

    DIY French Guiana: flights, costs and tips

    • Minimum period for a tour in French Guiana: 10 days
    • Recommended cities for base: to visit French Guayana, the best city to base is certainly the capital, Cayenne, especially as regards the northern part and the whole coast. This is because, already outside the city, the tropical forest begins to develop, which occupies 97% of the territory. To visit the forest, the best solution is to stop overnight in the cities that arise within.
    • Getting around: the capital Cayenne is connected to the other major cities with a good network of autubous and minibuses. The latter are more expensive, but also more comfortable and faster.
    • Flights: the country is well connected to Europe, especially with France, to which it belongs. The main airline is Air Guyane, which operates flights to major cities. Flights starting from € 660,00 -
    • Accommodations and accommodations: you can choose between hotels and apartments, the former with the highest prices. Hotel and b & b from € 40,00 per room -



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