For nature lovers, Guyana (meaning 'The Land of Many Waters' in
one of the local Amerindian languages) is an absolute Eden.
Accompanied by indigenous guides, spend your days trekking through
pristine rainforests, across dusty savannahs and in verdant
highlands with not another soul in sight. Then venture to Kaieteur
Falls - the largest single-drop waterfall in the world - brave the
heights of the 95ft-high Iwokrama Canopy Walkway and spend your
nights in remote rainforest lodges run by local communities.
Wildlife lovers too will be in their element here. There's a
reason the country also goes by the name the 'Land of the Giants':
Guyana is home to some of the world's most extraordinary species,
from giant anteaters and giant river otters to the world's largest
rodent (capybara) and largest freshwater fish, the arapaima, which
has developed anti-piranha protective scales. As well as this, the
country boasts six wild cat species - including the notoriously
hard to spot jaguars - and a staggering 900-plus bird species,
making Guyana a birdwatcher's paradise. For a truly unforgettable
experience, we can even arrange for you to help out at a black
caiman research project which involves capturing, tagging and
measuring these prehistoric beasts which are a cousin of the
When you're not walking on the wild side, head to the country's
charming capital Georgetown to experience Guyana's unique culture.
Weaving together seven different ethnic groups, Guyana is a true
melting pot, but one that's created a delicious and harmonious
blend. The vibe is Caribbean in essence, and you'll see mosques
next to churches, and Hindu temples right across the road founded
by the descendants of the many Indian indentured labourers who came
to Guyana in the 19th century. Thanks to its diversity, Guyana is a
foodie haven that's bursting with flavours from across the globe.
Feast on Indian-inspired curry and dahls, sample your way around
the fresh fruit and vegetable markets, brave fiery chilli sauces
and wash it all down with a fresh rum-infused coconut.
If that's not enough to whet your appetite, we've got another
fun fact for you: Guyana is the only country in South America with
English as its official language so you'll be able to get around
even the most remote Amerindian villages without having to brush up
on your Spanish or Portuguese.