If you would like to experience beautiful, untapped wilderness, experience French Guiana travel.
In fact, the region known as the Guianas shield preserves the most intact rainforest on the planet.
French Guiana has plenty of it. Beyond the coast is still virgin jungle, covering around 95% of the country's territory.
Your French Guiana travel experience will bring you at the very core of this "ocean green" South America.
In 2007, the Guiana Amazonian Park (Parc Amazonien de Guyane) was created. The 2 million ha national park links to protected areas in neighboring Brazil (including Tumucumaque National Park, Maricuru Reserve and Grao-Para Station). As a result, this gigantic expanse of tropical forest covers a combined surface of 12,000,000 ha, making it the world's largest rainforest park.
French Guiana travel may not be affordable to every traveler. The country boasts the highest standard of living in the continent and provably is the most expensive destination in South America. Since 2002, Euro is the local currency, so expect prices to be similar to metropolitan France.
However, there is a world of outdoor living opportunities awaiting you. Canoeing, jungle trekking, river trips, horseback riding and bird watching are some of the options that French Guiana travel provides to the adventure and eco oriented traveler.
Dry season (August to December) is the best time to visit. There are two rainy seasons: December to January and April to July.
With a tropical climate, the average temperature is close to 30 degrees Celsius year round.
Language: French (official), although Creole Patois, AmerIndian languages, and English are also widely spoken
Population: 167,982 (July 1999 est.)
Area: 91,000 sq km (56,500 sq mi) .
Climate: Visit Guianas Climate
Currency: Euro (EUR), which was introduced in January 2002
Exchange Rate: 1.00 EUR = 1.34235 USD (April 2010)
Religion: Roman Catholic
Time Zone: GMT-3
French Guiana borders with the Atlantic to the North, Brazil to the South and West and Suriname to the East.
Cayenne - capital and main port - it's located in the island of the same name, at the mouth of Cayenne river.
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The Spanish created the first settlements early in the 1500s followed by the French, who established themselves at Cayenne, in 1667. For the next two centuries there were several changes in control by the British, Dutch and Portuguese, but France finally took over in 1817.
Later, in 1946, French Guiana was given the status of French Overseas Department and officially became part of France.
Your French Guiana travel experience shall include...
Retrospectively, it could be said that French Guiana was to France what Australia was to England, both, a place to dump convicts and a way to populate their overseas territory. Today, however, French Guiana travel represents one of the most exotic and unique travel destinations in South America...
French Guiana's main international airport - Cayenne-Rochambeau Airport (CAY) - is located at Matoury, southern suburb of Cayenne. Due to some controversy, the airport was recently renamed, in January 2012, to the name of Félix Eboué Airport. The airport code, however, remains the same, CAY.
There is a daily flight connection between Paris (Orly) and Cayenne, a journey that takes about nine hours to complete. Air France also connects Cayenne with neighboring Caribbean islands such as Guadaloupe and Martinique, and also with Miami (USA).
Here are some accommodation options in Cayenne...