What to see in Guyana: cities and attractions not to be missed

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Guyana, formerly called English Guiana, has been an independent republic since 1966 it is found in South America. Characterized by a flat area with some reliefs in the west, it is crossed by two rivers. It is a country less touristy than nearby French Guiana, rather poor but fascinating although in some moments it is dangerous due to the frequent conflicts with Venezuela. A place suitable for those who want to discover a corner of the planet where time has stopped.



Index

  1. Georgetown
  2. Kaieteur National Park
  3. Savana Rupununi
  4. Shell beach
  5. Iwokrama Canopy Walkway
  6. Saddle Mountain Ranch
  7. Rewa Eco Lodge
  8. Guyana National Museum
  9. St. George Cathedral
  10. Orinduik Falls
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Georgetown

The first thing to see once you arrive in Guyana is the capital Georgetown, the largest city in the country. Overlooking the ocean and near the mouth of the Demerara river, it was founded by the Dutch. The center is characterized by tree-lined avenues with colonial wooden houses and along the streets there are several markets.

To visit the Anglican Cathedral of Saint George in the Gothic style with wood paneling;the Parliament Building with a large porch on two levels e the large market of Stabroek (Mon-Sat 07: 00-18: 00; Sun 24/24) where there is also the clock tower and the Red House. We also suggest you walk along the Promenade Gardens, see the president's residence and the Walter Roth anthropology museum (Mon-Fri 8: 00-16: 30, free admission)


2 - Kaieteur National Park

Inside the Amazon rainforest is the Kaieteur National Park which hides a pearl of extraordinary beauty: the Kaieteur waterfall. Its waters after a jump of 250 meters are thrown into the bed of the Potaro river giving rise to multicolored rainbows. In addition to this waterfall inside the park it is possible to admire unique animals like the golden frog and the largest butterfly in America but if you are lucky also jaguars and giant otters. To visit Kaieteur Park the most comfortable way is to take a domestic flight during the day; those who love adventure can reach the place with a 5-day trek from Georgetown stopping in local villages (park entrance fee GYD 3.000, € 12,00)


3 - Savana Rupununi

In the north-west of Guyana there is an area crossed by the Rupununi river, characterized by grasslands, hills and low vegetation: it is the Rupununi savannah. Hundreds of species of wild animals live here like jaguars, harpy eagles, huge snakes and there are many indigenous villages. To visit this wild area it is essential to take part in tours with specialized guides locals who organize hiking and canoeing excursions and overnight stays in lodges run by local communities.

4 - Shell Beach

This beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean stretches for approximately 90 miles of Guyanese coastline.Here from March to August 4 species of sea turtles nest all endangered. For the protection of these animals, a Guyana Marine Turtle Conservation Society has been set up which is trying to save the species. In addition to seeing turtles, in some villages along the beach such as Almond Beach and Gwennie Beach it is possible to organize tours of one or more days to do some sea life.


5 - Iwokrama Canopy Walkway

In Mauisparu in the center of the country, 300 km south from Georgetown is the Iwokrama Reserve: here you can do a unique experience to explore the mysteries of the jungle. The Canopy Walkway is a state-of-the-art walkway suspended between the trees of the forest that allows you to walk suspended and admire the Amazonian habitat. It is possible to do different day or night activities and spot insects, reptiles, birds and if you are lucky the jaguar. Don't miss the sunrise tour. The Day Pass has a cost of GYD 5.000 (€ 21,00), and those who want can organize even more days since the area also has a lodge and restaurant.


6 - Saddle Mountain Ranch

In the savannah of Rupununi, between the round and wooded hills lies a ranch where to spend a couple of days in one of the most remote areas of Guyana. Here you can have fun riding along the grasslands characterized by streams, small lakes and mountains. And in the hottest hours you will see the life of the real vaqueros and if you want you can also lend a hand.

7 - Rewa Eco Lodge

At 80 km from the Rupununi river, in the middle of the jungle, there is a lodge that allows you to live a special experience during a trip to Guyana. During the stay it is possible to fish accompanied by the locals, visit the nearby villages and experience the real life of the local people. The cost with full board is around GYD 9.000 (€ 38,00).


8 - Guyana National Museum

Georgetown is home to this museum established in 1968 by members of the Royal Agricultural and Commercial Society of British Guiana. Inside are preserved local minerals, woods, fruits, seeds, resins but you can also see models of boats, historic buildings and forts. One section is dedicated to natural history and there are several stuffed animals (opening hours Mon-Thu 9: 00-16: 30; Sat 9: 00-14: 30, free admission).

9 - St. George Cathedral

This Anglican Cathedral, inaugurated in 1892, is located in the center of Georgetown, is built of wood and has a height of 43,5 meters. The interiors are characterized by Gothic arches, cluster columns and flying buttresses as well as decorative stained glass windows that allow the sunlight to filter through. Also inside are memorial tablets, furniture and chalices that have a history.


10 - Orinduik Falls

Although these falls are less beautiful than Kaieteur's, they are still worth seeing and day tours often include visiting both. They are located on the Ireng River on the border between Guyana and Brazil and are nestled in rolling hills near the PAkaraima Mountains. They are characterized by several levels and not being too high here it is also possible to swim.

Travel informed: useful information and necessary documents

  • Inhabitants: 239.227
  • Capital: Georgetown
  • Languages: English
  • Local currency: Guyanese dollar (GYD) (€ 1,00 = 235,51GYD)
  • Weather: in Guyana the climate is tropical characterized by sultry summers and humid winters. There are two rainy seasons here: from December to February and from the end of April and October, although even in the driest season there are often thunderstorms and heavy showers in the afternoon and evening.
  • Time zone: the time difference between Italy and Guyana is 4 hours during summer time and -5 when winter time applies.
  • vaccinations: Malaria is widespread in Guyana, therefore prophylaxis is recommended; The yellow fever vaccine is mandatory for all travelers over the age of 1 year from countries at risk of transmitting the disease with the exception of Argentina, Paraguay, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago (even for transit only at the airport over 12 hours ). Vaccines for hepatitis A and Typhus are recommended.
  • Entry requirements: a passport with a minimum validity of six months from the moment of arrival in the country is required. The Visa is required only for those who intend to stay longer than 90 days, however when leaving the country it is necessary to pay an airport boarding fee of the value of GYD 4,000 (€ 17,00).
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is


    Guyana faces the Atlantic Ocean to the north with a low and often marshy coast and is closed to the west by Venezuela, to the east by Suriname and to the south by Brazil.


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