Welcome to Guyana tourism!...
Its name couldn't be more appropriate than the one chosen by primitive Amerindian inhabitants: Carib and Arawaks: "Land of many waters".
Third smallest country in South America, about the size of England and Scotland together, it has over 1,600 km of navigable waters.
Guyana's major rivers include Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice. Courantyne river marks the border with Suriname.
Guyana will introduce you to breathtaking scenery, exuberant wildlife and the warmth of the Guyanese people, a very unique blend of Caribbean and South america.
Cristopher Columbus reached the coasts of Guayana in 1498.
The Dutch were the first ones to settle, around 1616, and remained there for about two centuries.
Georgetown - capital and largest city in Guyana - was originally build by the Dutch in 17th century.
Today, about 90% of the country's population inhabits in the coastal region.
Successive changes of hands took place between the Dutch, English and French, but the English finally prevailed and created the colony of British Guiana.
This was the country's status quo until 1966, when Guyana achieved independence.
Capital: Georgetown pop. 800,000 (July 2013 est.)
Language: English, Amerindian dialects, Creole, Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Urdu
Population: 752,940 (July 2009 est.)
Area: 83,000 sq. mi. (215,000 sq. km).
Climate: Visit Guianas Climate
Currency: Guyanese Dollar (GYD)
Exchange Rate: 1.00 GYD = 0.00492732 USD (March 2010)
Religion: 57% Christian, 33% Hindu, 9% Muslim
Guyana tourism is rewarded with pristine primary forest, outstanding waterfalls, an amazingly rich wildlife and a vibrant indigenous culture.
The list of top Guyana attractions not to be missed include...
Let's have a peak at Kaieteur falls just to whet your appetite...
You could also engage in community tourism, visit aboriginal villages and share the culture of Arawaks, Patamonas or Macushis for instance.
Do some jungle trekking along the same trails transited by locals for ages now or go climbing the Pakaraima mountains, a region of "tepuis" (table-top mountains) in central-western Guyana.
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For bird watching, Guyana tourism is a true paradise, with over 800 bird species.
One of the most famous representatives is the Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola rupicola), considered to some as the face of Guyana.
As for major birding spots, the list include Georgetown, Kaieteur National Park, the Rupupuni, Essequibo and Iwokrama.
When you travel to Guiana you will discover nature at its best.
Guiana tourism is another unique travel experience that should be part of your next South America vacations...
For more info on Guyana tourism, please visit the Tourism Authority.
There ara daily flights to London and New York, among other cities in USA and the Caribbean, including neighboring countries.
The main airport - Cheddi Jagan Intl Airport (GEO) - is located at Timehri, about half an hour from Georgetown, on the right bank of Demerara river.
The other international airport - Kaieteur Intl. Airport (KIA) - is on the Potaro-Siparuni region, around five km from Kaieteur falls.