Filled with charming colonial architecture and colourful food markets, Guyana's capital city - Georgetown - is the perfect cultural counterpart to an adventurous Guyana getaway. Spend your time here feasting on fabulous food, exploring the winding back streets with a local, and venturing out along the country's coast.
For the perfect introduction to Georgetown, we recommend setting off on a tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Delve into a bustling food market to browse rainforest remedies, sample the fresh fare, and sip rum-infused coconuts and come lunch, enjoy a delicious home cooked meal with a local family in a unique backyard restaurant. Elsewhere in the city, admire crumbling colonial architecture and visit some of Georgetown's top sites - including the characterful cathedral (one of the world's largest freestanding wooden structures) and Bourda Cricket Club (South America's first Test venue).
Beyond Georgetown, visit sugar plantations to learn about the laborious process of sugarcane cultivation and take a trip to Shell Beach which stretches 90 miles along the Atlantic coast of Guyana, not far from the border with Venezuela. Home to four endangered species of marine turtles, Shell Beach is the place to go to experience these remarkable creatures coming ashore to lay their eggs between March and August. Thanks to the protection provided by a local conservation programme, this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle can be enjoyed without risk to these amazing animals.