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Georgetown [capital, pop. 300,000]
GEO -Cheddi Jagan International Airport
Demerara Harbour Bridge,
Linden  2nd largest City, 105 km up Demara from Georgetown
(245 km from the mouth)
Demerara River
Essequibo River
21 mile wide estuary
Takutu River
Guayana Esequiba.
Barima River
Barima-Waini (Region 1)
Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region 7)
Demerara-Mahaica (Region 4)
Essequibo Islands-West Demerara(Region 3)
Mahaica-Berbice (Region 5)
Pomeroon-Supenaam (Region 2)
Potaro-Siparuni (Region 8)
Upper Demerara-Berbice (Region 10)
Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region 9)
Mashramani or Mash usually held on 23 February – Guyanese Republic Day is a Caribbean like Carnival
Animal KINGdom
---World’s highest numbers of fish (420) and bat (90) species for any area this size (See selected bats and other mammals in the online mammal guide.)

---World’s largest scaled freshwater fish - Arapaima

---World's largest alligator/caiman - Black Caiman

---World’s largest anteater - Giant Anteater

---World’s largest otter - Giant Otter

---World’s largest freshwater turtle - Giant River Turtle

---World's largest snake - Anaconda

---World's largest pit viper - Bushmaster (see venomous snakes)

---World's largest rodent - Capybara

---Americas' largest eagle - Harpy Eagle

---South America's largest cat - Jaguar

---South America's largest bat - False Vampire Bat

---Over 500 species of birds

El Dorado Rum
Demerara has established a reputation, over the last 300 years, for producing the best rums in the world. El Dorado also offers a 15 year old variety which has won the "Best Rum in the World" award.


Annually in Oct
Demerara Bank
Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Georgetown is a friendly and cultured city with colorful mix of English heritage, Caribbean warmth and Asian influence. The Guyanese are noted for their hospitality, and Georgetown offers an evocative introduction to the land of Guyana.

The city is built on a grid, with broad boulevards lined with palm trees. Parts of the city are quite nice, with elegant old buildings raised on stilts and many flowering trees. The striking wooden architecture is reminiscent of Guyana's centuries as first a Dutch, and then a British colony. The heart of Georgetown is the ward of Stabroek, on the east bank of the Demerara. From here the city grew outwards in a grid pattern laid out by the Dutch during the 19th and 20th centuries, and this is where the municipal and national governments have their headquarters.

At the district’s heart is the covered Stabroek Market, a massive, bizarre bazaar built partly over the busy river.  From the vicinity ofDownload Stabroek, Main Street runs north to the Atlantic, lined by many of the city’s finest buildings: the High Courts, City Hall, the residences of the president and the prime minister. In front of the courts stands a statue of Queen Victoria, a tribute to Guyana's British ancestry. Located a few yards up the promenade from City Hall is the pride of Georgetown: a glorious view of St George’s Cathedral.

From Georgetown most visitors set out for the interior by boat, cheap flightson light aircraft or 4x4, to encounter the extraordinary natural heritage of Guyana. This is the capital of the country, as well as the only large city, so all roads, such as they are, lead to Georgetown.

Places To Stay: Georgetown Le Meridien Pegasus Guyana, Georgetown,

Great location-right next to the Demarara river and an interesting 20 minute walk to Stabroek Market. Expensive rooms but reasonably priced, tasty meals...warm and wonderful...a five star hotel! Hotel Tower 74-75 Main St
Georgetown Guyana Phone: 592 227 2011-14. Fax: 592 225 6021
Swimming Pool, Wheelchair Accessible, Meeting Facilities, Babysitting, Broadband Access, Restaurant in Hotel.
"the fridge had a cold bottle of water, the room was clean, the staff was very nice to us, so that makes us feel very welcome." Cara Suites
Location #1. Cara Lodge,[12 rooms] 294 Quamina St., SCBurg., Georgetown
tel +592 225 5301-5, 225-5310
Location #2. Cara Suites,[15 rooms] 176 Middle & Waterloo Sts., Georgetown
Tel +592 226 1612/1684
"Great rooms, nice bar and excellent restaurant...The staff is exceptional from management down....they remember you - not just the face but your name too."

All rooms fully air-conditioned, conference room to facilitate 50 persons, bar, television, complimentary newspaper, taxi service, refrigerator and Internet service. Friends Hotel & Apartments
82 Robb Street , Lacytown, Georgetown
Tel: 592-227-2383 Fax: 592-227-0193
Rooms: 16
Rates: Standard US$23 1-bedroom Apt US$45 - 60
Rooms fully air-conditioned, fans, restaurant, bar, security service, television, taxi service, hot & cold water, telephone, refrigerator in apartments, kitchenette, internet service Grand Coastal Hotels
Location #1. Grand Coastal Inn, 2 Area M Plantation, Le Ressouvenir E.C.D.
Tel +592 1091
Location #2. Grand Coastal Lodge, 144 w 1/2 Regent Road, Bourda, Georgetown
Tel +592 231 7674
Air-conditioned, modern, comfortable rooms; well-lit and self-contained; ten minutes by car from the City Centre. All rooms are equipped with a comfortable chair, desk, bedside lamp, lighted ceiling fan, clock/radio, hot & cold water, telephone and television and Internet access. Hotel Ariantze Sidewalk Cafe n Jazz

176 Middle Street, South Cummingsburg
Georgetown, Guyana.
Tel: +592 226 5363/227 0152/225 4634
Fax: +592 227 0210

n the heart of the city of Georgetown, just walking distance from many of Guyana’s main historical buildings, commercial and shopping centres.

"The Bourbon restaurant offers intimate evening dining, superlative food, and impeccable service. And everyone comes to the Sidewalk Café for lunch, for tasty Guyanese dishes served buffet style; on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, it turns into Georgetown’s only jazz club." Blue Wave Apartments [21 rooms]
8-9 North Road, Bourda, Georgetown
Tel +592 226 1418/ 1417 Brandsville Apartments [6 Apts & 9 Rooms ]
89-90 Pike Street, Campbellville, GeorgetownG/Town
Tel +592 226 1133, 227 0989, 231-7001
Ideally located in Kitty, a few minutes from the Sea Wall and near Georgetown’s entertainment area on Sheriff Street. Raddison Suites [Rooms: 15] 83 Laluni Street , Queenstown, Georgetown  Tel: 592-226-2145 Fax: 592-226-2145
Fully air-conditioned Suites and Apartments, fully self contained, hot & cold water, telephone, microwave/stove top, dinette set, kitchenette, refrigerator, VCR and television.  Tel: +592-225-0808 65 Anira & Peter Rose Sts. Queenstown, Georgetown
Secured 24 hours, in the finest of neighbourhoods,  just a 7 minute walk from the magnificent National Park, the Seawall overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the world renowned Bourda Cricket Ground.
Royal Regency Apartments  [21 rooms]
98 Hadfield Street , Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown
Tel: 592-225-4785 Fax: 592-226-0531
All rooms fully air-conditioned, gym, kitchenette, restaurant, bar, 24 hour security service, television, taxi service, hot & cold water, telephone, Complimentary Breakfast
Dawncari International Hotel
42 Queen Street Kitty
Tel +592 225 5029-30
Demico Hotel
Brickdam, Stabroek, Georgetown
Tel +592 225 6372  just a stone’s throw away from the seawall, 592-227-7498
Places To Stay: Demerara
Buddy's Providence Hotel and Resort  [250 rooms] 4-star hotel scheduled to open in time for 2007 for ICC World Cup Cricket.
Next to Providence Stadium
Ocean View International Hotel
Public Road, Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara
Tel: 592-222-5429 Fax: 592-222-4722
Rooms: 51
Rates: Standard US$87 Double US$104 Suite US$127
Air-conditioned rooms, fans, conference room to facilitate 400 persons, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, television, taxi service, complimentary newspaper, laundry, security service, Internet Service.


Getting Around Georgetown
Taxis are a good way to get around in Georgetown. Fares for travel within the city are rarely more than $2.50 (Guyanese $475) 
Eat & Drink
There’s a strong Brazilian presence in the city and its easy to find their cuisine, which favors meats. 
Banks is the national beer. It comes in a lager and a stout (Milk Stout). Also available are the lighter Carib (Trinidad and Tobago) and darker Mackisson's. Guinness is brewed locally under license and is a bit sweeter than its Irish counterpart, but just as good. Polar (Venezuelan) and Skol (Brazilian) can be found randomly throughout the country.


Georgetown is surprisingly lively at night, mainly with gold miners, traders and overseas Guyanese throwing US$ around. The Sea Wall is a good place to go at night. Many young people go there to parade. Sheriff Street along the city’s eastern edge is an often raucous strip of bars and nightclubs, where you can stay out drinking, dancing, find whatever you are looking for, or just hang out.

Georgetown is not a safe city at night. Take care walking home  -- or better still get a taxi which are quite inexpensive. Keep out of the rough neighborhoods of Albertstown  and Tiger Bay. Guyana has a serious HIV/AIDS problem; be prepared.

Georgetown Attractions
George's Cathedral was the tallest free standing wooden building in the world till Romania topped it in 2003; will always remain the tallest free standing building of the 20th century and a worthwhile visit.
  • Starbroek Market You can find everything you need and don't need in the little stalls which back right onto the river, allowing  the easy transport of goods from small boats. This is also where you can catch a speedboat ferry across to the west bank of the Demerara.
  • National Museum of Guyana
  • Botanical Gardens - grounds had been used as botanical gardens since 1895 & The Zoo ( is officially Guyana Zoological Park. Laid out in the Victorian style with an avenue of towering royal palms, a bandstand, and a series of ponds which are home to a family of manatees
  • Parliament Buildings, City hall, the Victorian Law courts and many heritage sites. Many of the buildings are wooden with unique architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, and Main Street provides several excellent examples of old colonial homes
  • Seawall 280-mile-long dyke runs east from the mouth of the Demerara, protecting the city and other coastal settlements from the Atlantic at high tide
  • Guyanese Heritage Museum
  • Walter_Roth_Museum_of_Anthropology by wikipedia The mission is to collect, exhibit and conserve artifacts relating to the ancient cultures of Guyana and to conduct anthropological research
  • Umana Yama, the meeting place for Foreign Ministers, built by our own native Guyanese, the Wai Wai tribe of Amerindians. 
  • Splashmins Fun Park and Resort
    48 High Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown

Guyana is also noted for world-renowned rums, fine fragrances, crafts and exceptional  gold jewelry.

Guyana has great shopping with amazing bargains. There are numerous markets and recently, shopping malls, in Guyana.
Stabroek Market is a notorious market located in Georgetown, it is one of the largest in Georgetown. Guyana Stores is the main mall in Georgetown.


Guyana coast
The Guyana coast is a low-lying tangle of mangroves and Demerara sugar cane plantations connected by canals.

Port Kaituma is located in northwestern Guyana and is less than ten miles away from the infamous Jonestown. The population in this area is about 5,100 people.

Shell Beach: situated at the mouth of the Waini River is a 90 mile stretch of beach along the Northwestern Sea Coast of Guyana. The near shore waters of Shell Beach have extraordinary biological productivity, which is fostered by both the giant estuary of the Essequibo River to the southeast and the even larger Orinoco Delta to the northwest. The extensive and still intact mangrove coastlines provide excellent nursery habitat for numerous fish species, mud skipper and shrimp populations. Just inland are extensive mudflats and mangrove forests, best explored by canoe, home to manatees, river dolphins, parrots, toucans, and many kinds of waterfowl.

Bartica is a small, busy town at the confluence of the Essequibo, Mazaruni, and Cuyuni Rivers, - the gateway to the mining areas of the north-west. Several nature resorts are located near the town, and the ruins of the Dutch fort Kyk-over-Al are a short boat-trip away. The central town of Bartica is about one square mile -  it has seven Avenues and nine Streets. The name Bartica is from an Amerindian word meaning RED EARTH, suggested from the colour of the soil.
is the biggest island among the three hundred and sixty-five islands in the Essequibo river. Five miles South of Bartica, it is the getaway to the unspoilt rainforest of Guyana and the junction where the great Essequibo and Mazaruni Rivers meet.
Bartica is accessible by road and the Essequibo river. Regular boat services are made to Bartica from Georgetown , Essequibo coast and islands via Parika.
Travelling from Georgetown Stabroek Market -
Take a number No 32 bus to Parika (US $1, Time 45 minutes) then a speed boat (about US $5.50, time one hour.) There is another choice of a cheaper , slower ferry that costs (US $3, five hours).
This ferry departs Parika on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 8 AM.
by plane from Georgetown:
Places to Stay: Bartica
Baracara Island Resort  Baganara Island Resort Pre-eminent among the three hundred and sixty-five islands in the mighty Essequibo is this wonderful little paradise, with one hundred and eighty-seven acres of lush green foliage and colourful tropical flowers. 
GETTING THERE: a 20 minute flight directly to the island from Georgetown, or a picturesque trip of a one hour drive along the coast and one by boat from the mouth of the Essequibo.
Most elegant by far is the Baganara Island Resort - highly-polished floors, highly-polished tables and highly-polished staff. And there's the "beach" with sand brought in by the ton. On a hot tropical day, there's nothing to disturb the peace but a passing boat and a passing rain shower.
Just 10 minutes away by jetboat is a little bit of the Cotswolds in South America. Shanklands Rainforest Resort has gingerbread cottages on a hillside by the river. There are rainforest trails but also mod cons like electricity and running water and a native Amerindian staff to pamper you
The lost resort at
Places to Stay: Essequibo Coast Lake Mainstay on the Essequibo Coast, just inland from Anna Regina. With it's own airstrip, it's a 20 minute flight from Georgetown. A cluster of comfortable air-conditioned cottages on the lake shore, it can accommodate more visitors than the other resorts, and has facilities to handle a conference or incentive trip
Places to Stay: Amidst nature close to Georgetown
Timberhead Rainforest Resort [3 lodges]
On the banks of the Pokerero Creek, built in 1991 by Amerindians from nearby Santa Mission. Swim, canoe, or fish in the black-water creek, or walk the well-marked trails. Over 200 bird species have been spotted in the vicinity.
GETTING THERE: Just 15 miles as the crow flies from Georgetown. Owned by Le Meridien Pegasus Hotel, and the office to organise trips to the resort is based in the lobby of the hotel
Emerald Tower [7 Cabins]
Situated on 167.5 acres of leased land from the Government of Guyana, the Resort is in the rich natural wonder that is the Madewini Jungle. The winding creek has a seven hundred foot long white sand beach.
Getting There: By vehicle (50 minutes from Georgetown) A drive from the city to the East Bank of the Demerara River, over rolling Soesdyke-Linden Hills and through a winding sleepy forest bring one to Emerald Tower Rainforest Lodge.
"The food was superb,everyone was very helpfull and kind.We felt very comfortable

Kaieteur Falls
The Kaieteur Falls is one of the world's natural wonders, where the waters of the Potara River flow over a sandstone conglomerate tableland into a deep gorge - a drop of 741 feet, or 5 times the height of Niagara Falls, then a further drop of 81 feet over the great rocks at the bottom. There is a sheltered pool near the edge where you can take a vertiginous dip

Kaieteur was discovered in 1870 by C. Barrington Brown, who also discovered Orinduik and Kuribrong Falls. The name Kaieteur is an Amerindian word, and the falls should properly be called Kai-Tuk.
Flying over the dramatic Kaieteur Falls in the heart of the rain forest is truly memorable. The entire Kaieteur National Park area is located within one of the largest and most bio-diverse rainforests in the world

See the Tank Bromeliads, in which the tiny Golden frog spends its entire life and the rarely seen Guiana Cock-of-the-rock nests close by. The lucky visitor may also see the famous flights of the Kaieteur Swifts or Makonaima Birds which nest under the vast shelf of rock hidden behind the eternal curtain of falling water.

GETTING THERE:  By air, it is an hour's flight from Georgetown, the Capital of Guyana. The weather can be very poor at Kaieteur Falls and flights can be delayed several hours, so bring enough food with you. But, eventually they will pick you up again.
By land there is a popular adventurous wilderness trek that requires 3 to 5 days to complete. The  trek is through the almighty Kaieteur Gorge, with its steep mountain walls, dense vegetation and white sand beaches. Camping is basic, with hammocks strung up alongside the river and bathing in the Potaro’s fast-flowing waters.

The Orinduik Falls is where the Ireng River thunders over steps and terraces of solid jasper, a semi precious stone. With a backdrop of the rolling grass covered hills of the Pakaraima Mountains, this is truly one of the most beautiful locations in Guyana's hinterland.

Rewa River
The Rewa River emanates in southern Guyana and runs north through primary rain forest to meet the white waters of the Rupununi River. The Rewa runs black, and the lower part of the river is wide with high white sand beaches. About 60 miles upriver, near Bamboo Creek, the river changes and becomes narrower, with rocky bars interspersed with sandy beaches.

Travel another 55 miles up river and you meet Corona Falls; this truly is a majestic crown of water that falls about 20 feet into rocky pools where there are shiny black rocks with petroglyphs scattered around. A couple of days can be spent here exploring the trails and petroglyphs, wildlife watching, and catching fish in the rapids.

The fishing in the Rewa River is as good as it gets. Peacock Bass, Arawana, Swordfish, Payara, large Catfish, and Pacu thrive in these waters. Rewa is also known for its healthy populations of Arapaima, the largest scaled fresh water fish in the world, which can be observed surfacing in many of the oxbow lakes and ponds.

Due to the remoteness of the Rewa River, the wildlife viewing is excellent. Numerous species can be observed ,including Tapir, Capybara, Brocket Deer, Peccaries, Ocelot, Jaguar, and seven of the eight species of Guyana's monkeys, which make this area home. Giant River Otters, Black and Spectacled Caiman, and Giant River Turtles patrol the waters and bask on the sandbanks.

As the Rewa River transects primary forest, it is also rich in birds. Scarlet Macaws, Redbilled Toucans, Cotingas, Parrots, and the Harpy Eagle can be found here. Along the river banks Tiger Herons, Bat Falcons, Great Black Hawks and Kingfishers stalk their prey.
A trip to Iwokrama would not be complete without a hike to the 300 metre (950 ft.) summit of Turtle Mountain, boasting the signature vista for the Iwokrama Forest. The view affords visitors  mountain ranges, the dense emerald jungle and the mighty Essequibo River. The summit hike also offers the opportunity to see several species of monkeys such as the Red Howler, the Black Spider, and the Wedge-capped Capuchin. The  Iwokrama forest has an estimated 200 species of mammals, 500 of birds, 420 of fish and 150 species of amphibians. Comfortable cabins look straight onto the river, and Iwokrama’s staff, many of them from nearby Amerindian communities, can take visitors out on the centre’s many trails, on the river, or on longer camping trips at one of several campsites.


The climate is tropical, with an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, but very often there is a cool sea breeze that makes life supportable. An umbrella is useful during the two wet seasons, extending roughly through May and June, and from December to the end of January. Rainfall averages 2,300 mm (90 inches) a year in Georgetown.
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Guyana’s annual birthday bash is the Carnival

Banks DIH Ltd and the PNC/R had the two largest bands on the streets. Both of them boasted hundreds of revelers in their midst, as their colourful costumes and floats made their way to the National Park for final judging ...

Caribbean style band launching parties are popular as a Mash industry continues to build under government support and encouragement

The word "Mashramani" is derived from an Amerindian language and in translation means "the celebration of a job well done". It is probably the most colourful of all the country's festivals. There are spectacular costume competitions, float parades, masquerade bands, and dancing in the streets to the accompaniment of steel band music and calypsos. Masquerades frequent the streets performing acrobatic dance routines, providing a vivid reminder of Guyana's African heritage. Calypso competitions, with their witty social commentaries are another integral part of "Mash", and this culminates in the coronation of a King or Queen for the particular year.

Everybody looks forward to Mash: the young, the old, everybody. Whether you are on the streets on Mash day or just in your home or at a friend's, the spirit of Mash inevitably seeps into the soul where you just have the desire to make the day a festive one.

With Guyana being as large as it is, people pack food and travel with their children from miles out of town to be a part of the celebrations. The Mash Day is a hive of activity from Vlissingen and lrving streets all the way to the National Park, buzzing with an air of expectancy. Thousands of people gather in the streets to participate in the annual Mashramani celebrations, which has been a part of Guyanese culture for over 30 years.

Mashramani Day is considered to be the ultimate party and 'you' day. Most people – both men and women alike – are dressed up in costumes that are bright and colourful. When it comes to costumes on Mash Day, revelry is the name of the game: the more festive the costume the better.

On Feb 23rd, 1970 the Festival called "Mashramani" was a huge success, with people drawn from all Regions of Guyana to Linden, welcoming Guyana's Republic Status with over three days of frolic and fun.

After witnessing the massive crowds, glitter and level of competition, Mr. David Singh, a Government Official, held discussion with the Jaycees Committee about bringing the event to Georgetown. Approval was also given by the then President Forbes Burnham for Mash to be the National Event for the Republic celebration.

Mash activities were rotated in Linden, Berbice and Georgetown, but due to sponsorship, the Costume Bands contest remained in Georgetown.

NOTE: The Amerindian word is said to be Mashirimehi, which means "Co-operative effort".

from 11 March to 28 April 2007,
spreading into the
grid of  entertainment
DJ Rawle, DJ Kerwin, Troy Mendonca and  DJ Dwight promoting major concerts & events. Hits and Jams have also become major players in Guyana's carnival,  Mashraman

Brooklyn, New York organizes the Guyana Folk Festival, a September holiday destination for the Guyanese and Caribbean diaspora.

Alana Ernest, Miss Guyana Universe 2006

Alana Ernest


Dessia Braithwaite, Miss Guyana World 2006 Visit the Miss Guyana World Website
1763 Monument Situated at the eastern end of Brickdam, it commemorates the achievements of the 1763 Slave Revolt. Judges selected the design by Mr. Philip Alphonso Moore,  which also has five bronze plaques which depict the themes: Seeking Inspiration, Uniting the People, Destroying the Enemies, Control and Praise, and Praise and Thanksgiving
Where the virgin rainforest leads to the Amazon Basin. Where the Jungle is still unexplored, rivers uncharted and mountains yet to be climbed
Birds of Guyana
In Guyana, more than 800 species of birds from 72 different families have been documented. Plus, there are many more species that remain unidentified. Guyana’s coastal capital city, Georgetown, hosts more than 200 of these species from 39 families alone.

Trip Reports
"We depart from Illima rapids at seven thirty. We are now entering the Kanuku mountains that have been coming closer ever since. I start singing ‘the river of no return’ and scare off a Capybara. The river increases in strength. We have many small rapids in the morning but none later on. The river turns a lot and offers various splendid views of the Kanukus. We meet a few Amerindians who paddle upstream to Sand Creek Village. Most Amerindian think our boats are too small and scary, but we think the dugouts are more like that.

more at "A Kayak trip on the Rupununi and Essequibo River"

"As most of the roads are sand or gravel, be aware that oncoming traffic causes an awful lot of dust. Particularly if you are travelling in a non aircon vehicle, make sure you close the windows before the truck approaches, otherwide you will arrive at your detination a rather unbecoming shade of red!....The first night in Surama, I slept with my left hand up against the mosquito net. I woke in the morning to find 77 mosquito bites on my knuckles alone!


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