5 great things to do in Guyana
What do you get when you add the chilled out vibe of the Caribbean Islands and the gorgeous untouched natural beauty of the Amazon jungles? The answer is easy – one of the most stunning, but least explored countries of the world, Guyana. It fits perfectly for a diverse set of travelers – adventure lovers, those crazy about nature, history enthusiasts, serious birders, researchers or even those who just want ‘nothing to do’ on the itinerary. We’ve picked the top things in the country, which must make it to your list when you travel here.
This experience involves a 12-seater Cessna and a 741 feet tall waterfall! Enough to get adventure seekers excited! Fly from Georgetown in a small aircraft (Tip: Ask to sit in the front with the pilot) and land at the Kaieteur National Park airstrip, before that, the pilot offers a big reveal by swerving the plane in front of the tallest single drop waterfall in the world. Yes, it’s higher than the Niagara Falls. Take a guided walk from the information center to the three viewing points of the falls - Rainbow, Boy scout and Johnson – each offers an unique viewpoint. The sight of the falls is going to leave your awestruck for a long time. After you are back to Georgetown, If you are looking for some more adventure, the Kaieteur Falls can be reached by an adventure filled overland trek as well.
Is ‘swashbuckling’ still a thing? If yes, it should be used to describe the Vaqueros(cowboys),whose amazing skills are on display during the annual Rupununi Rodeo, during Easter weekend. The Rupununi region has historically been a ranching area; every child here, grows up with a profound love and knowledge of horses, bulls and ranches.Hence, the annual rodeo competition is a must visit. The rodeo gets participation from various ranches and even Brazil on the other side of the border. Bareback bronco, saddle bronco, bull riding, whipping, barrel races and lassoing the horses are some of the competitions during the 2-day event. Lethem, where the event is held, transforms into one big party for two whole days!
The Pakaraima Mountains on the western edge of Guyana zre one of the places where you must definitely head to. Throw caution to the wind and get behind the wheel of a 4 X 4 Land Rover and join one of the most exciting 8-day safaris in the world. You will be traverse steep forested mountains and valleys, cross gushing rivers and meet friendly people in the villages along the way. Don’t forget to pack your hammock, so that you can fall asleep under the stars!
Wildlife trails of the Iwokrama Forest
Guyana’s tall and dense tract of rain-forests is its most beautiful asset. Visit the Iwokrama Protected Area in the heart of the country, for a quick lesson in tropical wildlife, birding and flora. These jungles are home of the Giants and a visit never disappoints. Tapirs, Caimans, Anacondas, Otters, Capybaras and if you’re lucky, the elusive Jaguar can be spotted here. Experience the forest on foot or by river, to experience the best that Guyana has to offer. Hop between the various jungle Eco-lodges, Karanambu, Atta Lodge, Surama and Iwokrama to get a taste of Guyanese hospitality.
Fishing in the Burro Burro River
If the words ‘line’, ‘lures’ and ‘terminal tackle’ get you excited, then Guyana is the place you should head to. Fishing is a large part of Guyanese culture. The country is crisscrossed by a maze of rivers and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean but of all the spots, Burro Burro spells ‘adventure and fun’. Spend a day fishing for Piranhas with your guide. The river bends along the Surama Eco Lodge, which makes it the perfect base for your fishing expeditions. More intrepid travelers can camp along the river and wait for the catch of their life – the giant arapaima! There’s always wildlife and birds around to keep you company. For more trip ideas click here. Guyana is untamed and undiscovered! A visit to the country is intense and you'll definitely leave wiser! Start planning soon!
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- When do I go and how do I get there? The dry season is from September to April and is an exciting time to visit Guyana. The weather is generally great! And over the holidays like Christmas and Easter, people are in a relaxed mood and if you’re timing is right, you get to experience unique events and festivals - the best of Guyanese life. Find out more about the visa and flights here.
- Travel Better in Guyana: Guyana is working hard to conserve its vibrant wildlife and ecosystems and protect its culture and heritage. We realize that it is often difficult to understand how you can support these aims and make a difference when you travel. That's why we've set out to help you by creating Visitor Guidelines for Sustainable Travel. All passionate globetrotters, curious culture seekers, and bold adventurers are encouraged to do all you can to leave a positive impact on the people and places you visit in Guyana.
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