Devil's Island, French Guiana

French Guiana

French Guiana is an overseas department of France and therefore belongs to the European Union. Consequently, the Euro is its currency and Cayenne, the capital, reflects the strong French influence through its colonial buildings, food and culture.

French Guiana is a rich, natural haven boasting a great many protected animal species and carefully preserved areas making it a natural haven for wildlife enthusiasts.

It also has two other claims to fame. The first is that it is home to the European Ariane Space Programme — excellent guided tours of this can be arranged. The second is its penal colonies, with the most famous being Devil’s Island as highlighted by Henri Charriere in his book ‘Papillon’.


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Chapel, Devils Island, French Guiana

Iracoubo Church

Painted entirely by hand by the famous convict Huguet, visit the Iracoubo Church.

Hawk Headed Parrot, French Guiana

Mouragues Nature Reserve

Visit the Mouragues Nature Reserve, renowned for its diverse scenery and flora while the Kaw Swamps are host to many species of bird.

Leatherback turtle, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean

Turtle Watching

Watch leatherback turtles lay their eggs on the beaches from April to July.

Carnival, French Guiana

The King Carnival

Join in with the King Carnival, which starts after Epiphany and lasts two months with thronging crowds and the frenetic rhythm of the music.

Guiana Space Centre, Kourou, French Guiana

Space Launch

Watch a space launch at Kourou.

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