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.
Why we like Guyana
A trip to Guyana combines well with visiting its two neighbours French Guiana and Suriname. Guyana is also only a short hop from the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. The Dutch influence, which stems from the early 19th century, can be clearly seen throughout Guyana and makes a change from the more common Spanish architecture associated with South America.
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.
Some ideas for a Guyana holiday
- Leave enough time to wander the streets of Georgetown, where colonial houses and its Dutch canal system contribute to its unique character.
- Take a canoe trip down one of the many rivers and discover the Amerindian culture.
- Search for jaguar in the Iwokrama Forest.
- Stand in awe of the towering Kaieteur Falls.
OUR GUYANA EXPERTISE
James was the first person in our office to visit Guyana well over ten years ago now, but more recently John has also visited, and thus added knowledge of Guyana to his already encyclopedic knowledge of the rest of the region. Both have plenty of experience when it comes to preparing interesting itineraries both there and in the neighbouring countries or Caribbean islands.