Few tourists consider putting Guyana on their travel plans because of ignorance of its beauty and splendour.
The country is located on northern South America offers several unique sites and at very reasonable cost.
People speak English, albeit with a decidedly different accent and syntax. The country has Venezuela as a neighbour in the west, Brazil in teh south and Surinam to the east.
This large country, once entirely inhabited by indigenous people, has been under Dutch, French, and English rule fore centuries, until the late president L. Burnham declared it to be a “socialist” republic with overtones of communism. Fortunately his ideas never took root with the population composed of Africans, East Indians, Chinese, Portuguese and native Indians.
Guyana South America has a population of approximately 600,000 of which 230 000 live in Georgetown, the capital, and the suburbs. The city is located in the Demarara-Mahaica region, and is called “Garden City of the Caribbean”. The tropical climate is conducive to all kinds of vegetative growth.
The Dutch founded Georgetown in the 18th century, and later in 1781, when the English took over, the layout was modified to a grid system. In 1782 after the French took over, the development accelerated, but soon after the English were back. In 1812 the city was named Georgetown in honour of King George III.
It offers many interesting sights – Stabroek Market, for those interested in tropical fruits, produce, and fish, St. George’s Cathedral, the tallest free-standing wooden building in the world, the Law Courts designed by a French architect, the Umana Yana Building (Meeting Place of the People) built by Wai Wai Indians, and the Seawall erected by Dutch engineers to protect the city.
The city is compact and can be explored comfortably on foot.
Several hotels and bed and breakfast establishments can satisfy every levels of accommodation need, and there is n shortage of small restaurants featuring Indian, Chinese, and Caribbean specialties. While there you must try laba and creek water, and taste the incomparable Demerara rum distilled from the sugar canes grown on the banks of the eponymous river.
Service in restaurants is leisurely, friendly, if not amateurish, but pleasant and satisfactory. This charming city can be explored in three to four days. During the remainder of the week you can fly from Georgetown to the Kaieteur Falls in the Rupununi (the flight takes 70 minutes). This majestic waterfall is definitely worth a visit and you won’t soon forget its beauty and majesty. Kaieteur is five times taller (250 metres) than the Niagara Falls.
Several airlines fly to Georgetown’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport from Toronto, Miami, New York, London and Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago).
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