Guyana

Guyana is a state on the northern coast of South America, bordered to the east by Suriname, to the south and southwest by Brazil, to the west by Venezuela, and on the north by the Atlantic Ocean. Its capital city is Georgetown, situated in the county of Demerara.

Guyana's attractions range from the 19th-century stilted wooden houses of its capital, Georgetown, to the awesome natural splendour of the towering Kaieteur Falls along the Potaro River, five times the height of Niagara.

The country's mixture of rainforests, beaches, savannah and rivers draws adventure tourists hoping to camp, trek and fish. Camping treks, hiking and white-water rafting have become increasingly popular over recent years.

Things to see and do

* St George’s Anglican Cathedral & stilted wooden houses
* Demerara Harbour Bridge
* Kaieteur Falls
* Stabroek Market
* City Hall

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Guyanese dollar (GYD)
Language – English, Arawak, Hindi
Land Area – 214,999 km²
Population – 1,182,225 approx
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style
Time – GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 592

Port Location – The main ports in Guyana are Georgetwon, Kaituma and New Amsterdam.

Transport Links – There are daily international flights into and out of Cheddi Jagan International Airport about 40km south of Georgetown. International flights include flights to the US, Canada, UK and The Caribbean with Caribbean Airlines(formerly BWIA). Caribbean Airlines is a state owned airline run by Trinidad & Tobago. Flights to the Caribbean with Caribbean Star and LIAT. North American Airlines and Xtra Airways, which are non- stop flights, on the New York and Guyana route. Primaris Airlines, non- stop flights, flies to Guyana from JFK- New York and FLL -Florida.

Guyana has road access to Suriname to the East and Brazil to the south. In Suriname enquire in Paramaribo for mini-buses traveling to Guyana. Note that entering Guyana by water travel from Nieuw Nickerie in Suriname is illegal. Buses leave Georgetown for the Surinamese border daily.

The bus ride from Georgetown to Lethem, at the Brazilian border takes about 10 hours through rainforest and southern savannah. The ride can be much longer in the rainy season. Sections of the roadway are known to become impassable in heavy rainy weather and extreme care must be taken.

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