If getting to the visceral depths of ethnic culture within South America is something that’s on your itinerary as a traveler, then Guyana is absolutely going to be up there in the top five must-see destinations. With the combination of dense forests and Atlantic coastline, this little country on the northeastern coast of South America is the third smallest on the continent, after Suriname and Uruguay. The name of the country itself is translated from the native language and literally means “land of many waters”, which is reflective of the many natural rivers and streams which snake their way through the landscape.
From the epic majesty of Kaieteur Falls, which are five times higher than Niagara Falls, to the Kanuku Mountains, the Marshall Falls, the Orinduik Falls, or the Rapununi Savannah, there is simply too much natural beauty within Guyana to be taken in during just one trip. In addition to the potential for ecotourism is the throbbing hub of Georgetown, the capital city of the country that absolutely exudes a Caribbean vibe, from its nightlife to its food.
Whether you enjoy simply kicking back in an air-conditioned room within the capital city, or getting off the beaten track with a backpack and a pair of boots, there are plenty of things to see and do within Guyana to cater to every level of traveler. However, it should be noted that the country has a difficult history with corruption, and while it is slowly getting better, it is generally considered wise to travel with a companion, and not carry a lot of cash. Accommodations will vary depending on whether or not you’re in the city or out in the interior of the country. Transportation is the same. The food, the culture, and the people, as well as the scenery, is without par. English is the official language, which makes getting around a breeze if you are a Westerner. All in all, Guyana is well worth putting on your South American itinerary if you plan on spending any time in the Southern Hemisphere.