Kaieteur Falls, Guyana, South America

Guyana Holidays

South American vibes with splashes of French and Dutch influences. Beating Guyana is a tall order when it comes to sights – be sure to explore the Kaieteur Falls, sitting five times the height of Niagara.

It was the Dutch who first established a European presence in Guyana around 1616 and today its attractions range from the 19th century stilted wooden houses of its capital, Georgetown, to the majestic natural splendour of the towering Kaieteur Falls, five times the height of Niagara.

White faced Saki Monkey, Guyana

Guyana: What to Expect

Several national parks and wildlife reserves protect numerous animals including armadillos, tapirs, ocelots, monkeys and the resplendent cock of the rock. Guyana also offers possibly the best chance to see South America’s Big Five: the jaguar, giant otter, black caiman, giant anteater and the harpy eagle. Guyana is a mixture of Caribbean and Amerindian influences, virgin rainforest and sprawling river systems with little infrastructure and thus expensive to travel around. After the abolition of slavery in 1834, the plantation owners imported labourers from India. Indians now form the largest racial group, with most living in the agricultural areas.

Canoe, Rainforest, Guyana

Travels into the Land of the Giants

In addition to searching for wildlife, getting involved with conservation efforts, and helping researchers gather data on fearsome black caiman, this small group trip boasts visits to local villages where age-old traditions remain and guided explorations of the colonial capital city of Georgetown.

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Jaguar, Guyana

Track Jaguar

Search for jaguar in the Iwokrama Forest.

Georgetown, Guyana


Wander the streets of Georgetown, where colonial houses and its Dutch canal system contribute to its unique character.

Canoe, Rainforest, Guyana

Amerindian culture

Take a canoe trip down one of the many rivers and discover the Amerindian culture.

Kaieteur Falls, Guyana, South America

Kaieteur Falls

Stand in awe of these impressive Falls.

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John Faithfull

Spending an enchanting hour in the company of the psychedelically coloured Guianan cock-of-the-rock entranced John on his most recent jaunt into the interior of Guyana, a country that without a doubt qualifies as wild and untamed.

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