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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
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What to expect on your Guyana holiday

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.

Experiences

Discover some of our suggested activities to include on your Guyana holiday

Kaieteur Falls

Stand in awe of these impressive Falls.

Track Jaguar

Search for jaguar in the Iwokrama Forest.

Georgetown

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

Amerindian culture

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

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

James Armitage

There is just the one road that traverses all of Guyana, and James has travelled on it from the northern mangroves through the former British capital of Georgetown and on to the lush jungles and savannahs of the Brazilian border.
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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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Frequently asked questions about Guyana

What is the time zone in Guyana?

Guyana is four hours behind GMT. It does not observe daylight saving time.

How long are the flights to Guyana from the UK?

From London to Georgetown, via Port of Spain, flights take approximately 14 hours.

Is Guyana safe to travel around?

Guyana is a relatively safe destination, with low levels of crime. However, it is always best to be careful. We advise that you leave valuables behind when exploring on foot, be extra vigilant in crowds and avoid walking around alone at night.

Can I use my mobile phone in Guyana?

Mobile phone coverage is good when close to Guyana’s Caribbean coastline, where 90% of the population live, but fairly sparsely elsewhere. As always, roaming charges will apply and these can be quite expensive. However, it is cheap and easy to obtain a local SIM card, which will offer far cheaper rates.

What is the international dialling code for Guyana?

592

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