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Visit the virgin wilderness of Guyana. Explore vibrant rainforests, encounter fascinating Amerindian communities, and discover a land rich in cultural heritage.

About Guyana

Guyana is a beautiful destination in South America with unspoiled rainforests, golden beaches, sweeping savannahs, and plenty of opportunities for adventure and exploration.

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Map of Guyana

The Co-operative Republic of Guyana, formerly British Guiana, is located on the northern coast of South America, between Venezuela, Brazil and Suriname.

Guyana's capital and largest city is Georgetown.

Guyana Overview

Guyana is a country located on the northern coast of South America bordered by Venezuela to the west, Brazil to the south, and Suriname to the east.

Brief History

Guyana was originally inhabited by various indigenous groups before it was colonized by the Dutch in the 17th century.

It was later ruled by the British and gained independence in 1966.


The economy of Guyana is largely dependent on the export of natural resources, including gold, bauxite, and timber.

IThe discovery of oil reserves has also boosted the country's economy in recent years.

Guyana Highlands

Forming Guyana's southern border with northern Brazil, the Guiana Shield extends from eastern Colombia to French Guiana.

Nature and Wildlife

Guyana is home to a rich biodiversity, including the Kaieteur National Park; which is home to one of the highest single-drop waterfalls in the world, Kaieteur Falls (226 m), on the Potaro River.

The country is also known for its wildlife, including jaguars, giant otters, and harpy eagles.


Guyana has a diverse population of around 800,000 people, which includes those of African, East Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, and indigenous descent.

The official language is English, but many Guyanese also speak Creole, Hindi, and other languages.

Poverty and Petty Crime

Guyana still faces challenges with poverty, crime, and political instability

Despite these challenges, Guyana is working to build a more sustainable and prosperous future for its people.

Guyana Tourism

Visitors to Guyana need to keep a few things in mind when visiting this corner of South America.

With its diverse culture, rich biodiversity, and stunning natural beauty, Guyana can be a rewarding destination for travellers looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure.

Accommodation in Guyana

There are a variety of accommodation options available in Guyana, including hotels, guesthouses, and lodges.

Some popular areas for tourists include Georgetown, the Rupununi savannah, and the Kaieteur Falls.


Guyana has a tropical climate with high temperatures and humidity throughout the year.

The rainy season is from May to August, so it's important to plan your trip accordingly.

Guyana Activities

Guyana offers a variety of activities for visitors, including wildlife tours, hiking, and cultural experiences.

Some popular attractions include the Kaieteur Falls, the Iwokrama Rainforest, and the Guyana Zoo.

Guyana Attractions

Guyana offers visitors a truly unique view of nature.

The Heartland provides an experience with raw, rugged nature that is an ideal complement to the more traditional tourism fare of the Caribbean.


Guyana has a relatively small road network, so it may be necessary to use air or water transport to get around the country.

Domestic flights are available, as well as river and boat tours.

Travel Safety

Although most visits to Guyana are trouble-free certain precautions are advisable.

Like many countries, there are areas of Guyana that may be less safe for tourists.

Armed robbery and violent crime have increased, particularly in Georgetown and along the east coast.

It's important to do your research and take necessary precautions, such as avoiding certain areas at night and travelling with a reputable guide or tour company.

Visa Requirements

Depending on your country of origin, you may need a visa to enter Guyana.

You should check with the Guyana Embassy or Consulate in your home country for more information on the visa application process.

Flying to Guyana

The main airport, Timehri International, is near Georgetown.

Originating in 1956 from a single float plane air service, Trans Guyana Airways (TGA) has grown into Guyana’s premier and most dynamic domestic commercial airline.

International Flights

A Beech 1900D flight flies from Eugene F. Correia International (OGL) to Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (PBM), on Thursdays, connects with the KLM flight to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS).

Daily flights operate between Guyana and Suriname Ogle (ORG).


The capital of Guyana is on the Atlantic Ocean, at the mouth of the Demerara River.

Map of Georgetown

Map of Georgetown

Named after King George III, Georgetown was founded by the British in 1781. The French and Dutch were in town for a while, until the British regained control in 1812.

The city lies below the high-tide level and is protected from floods by a sea wall; completed in 1882. Many locals hang out along the wall.

The older buildings in Georgetown are raised on piles to keep them above the flood level.

Guyana Zoo

Once solely a botanical garden, the Guyana Zoological Park is located on Lama Ave, Georgetown.

Some of its most popular attractions are harpy eagles and manatees.

Georgetown Nightlife

Georgetown is surprisingly lively at night, mainly with gold miners, traders and overseas Guyanese throwing US$ around. Take care when walking home at night or, better still, get a taxi.

Cultural Diversity

East Indians, descendants of indentured labourers from India, make up over half of the population of Guyana; with African descendants the second largest.

Chinese, Portuguese and  Amerindians add to the melting pot and help to create the mixed race that makes Guyana unique.

The large East Indian population in Guyana still speak their Urdu, Hindi, and Tamil dialects.

Guyana achieved independence from Britain on May 26, 1966 and with it (some would say) a new search for identity.

Guyana - Land of Six Peoples

Guyana is often referred to as the land of six peoples, reflecting the multi-ethnic composition of its population. Living together means recognising that the history of each single group, is the common property of all.

Guyana Accommodation

Where to Stay in Guyana

Cara Lodge Hotel

Cara Lodge Hotel

Cara Lodge Hotel: 294 Quamina Street, Georgetown, Guyana.

This magnificent house turned hotel from the 1840s offers tradition and nostalgia of a bygone era. The home of the first Lord Mayor of Georgetown has accommodated Edward VII, Jimmy Carter and Prince Charles.

To be a guest at Cara Lodge is to become part of its illustrious history. To savour the ambiance of its cultural wealth and diversity is to be in touch with the very soul of Guyana.

Hotels in Georgetown, Guyana.

The Interior

Five miles South of Bartica, it is the getaway to the unspoilt rainforest of Guyana and the junction where the great Essequibo and Mazaruni Rivers meet.

Guyana Adventures

Bahamas Tourism

Wilderness Explorers - Wilderness Explorers promotes culturally and ecologically sustainable tourism in the world's pristine rain forests of Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

Guyana News

What's Happening Around Guyana

Guyana Chronicle

As the nation's paper, the Guyana Chronicle provides Guyanese people at home and abroad with responsible local and foreign news reporting as well as informative, educational and recreational content relevant to Guyana.

Stabroek News

The Stabroek News is Guyana's leading independent newspaper.

First published in November 1986, as a weekly, it later changed to a daily print newspaper.

Guyana Travel Guides

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