Guyana Travel Guide
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Getting Around
Getting There
Passports & Visas
To Lethem & Brazil
To Suriname
To Venezuela
Tour Companies
Trip Reports
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Where to Stay: Interior

Georgetown [capital, pop. 300,000]
GEO - Cheddi Jagan International Airport
Demerara Harbour Bridge
(pop. 25,000) is situated at the mouth of the Berbice River, 105 km (65 miles) south-east of Georgetown
Linden  2nd largest City, 105 km up Demara from Georgetown
Malali (245 km from the mouth)
Kaieteur National Park
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)
Guyanese culture
Mashramani or Mash usually held on 23 February – Guyanese Republic Day is a Caribbean like Carnival
Guyana Pepperpot
Code City
AHL Aishalton
NAI Annai
SYAP Apoteri
SYAW Awaruwaunau
BMJ Baramita
GFO Bartica
BCG Bemichi
SYEB Ebini
EKE Ekereku
GEO Georgetown Cheddi Jagan International
IMB Imbaimadai
KAI Kaieteur
KAR Kamarang
KRM Karanambo
KRG Karasabai
KTO Kato
KKG Konawaruk
SYKK Kurukabaru Guyana
KPG Kurupung
LTM Lethem
SYLD Linden
LUB Lumid Pau
USI Mabaruma
MHA Mahdia
VEG Maikwak
MWJ Matthews Ridge
MYM Monkey Mountain
SYMP Mountain Point Guyana
OGL Ogle
ORJ Orinduik
PMT Paramakotoi
PRR Paruima
PIQ Pipillipai
PKM Port Kaituma
SDC Sandcreek
SKM Skeldon
Guyana remains one of the world's most exciting and least known destinations for adventuresome travel and exploration, despite being the only English-speaking country in South America. A land of dense tropical rainforest and wide expanses of savannah, the interior teems with wildlife and is criss-crossed by a network of rivers, making it a natural for the independent traveler interested in getting away from the madding crowd. Don't expect to find luxury resorts, and roads are few. You must travel by boat and small plane to experience the real nature of Guyana, which is truly an eco-tourist gem.

This region is home to a vibrant Amerindian and "cowboy" culture, as well as to fascinating animal species like the Giant Anteater, Harpy Eagle, Giant Otter, and the giant Aparaima fish. The Guyana coast is a low-lying tangle of mangroves and Demerara sugar cane plantations connected by canals. Inland is a landscape of savannah, rainforest, ancient table top mountains and waterfalls that spill from the sheer plateaus. In the backcountry lodges here, the few visitors are treated as guests rather than tourists. Not quite the Caribbean, not quite South America, Guyana is not quite like any place else on Earth.

The former British colony became independent in 1966. A third of its population is descended from African slaves imported by the Dutch to work on sugar plantations, and about half are the descendants of indentured Indian agricultural workers brought in by the British after slavery was abolished. Half the population lives in Georgetown, the capital.  There are currently more than 120 Amerindian communities, living mostly in remote areas of Guyana.

Guyana has an area of 214,969 sq km (83,000 sq mi), about the size of Great Britain, with some 80 per cent of land covered in virginal tropical rainforest. According to Conservation International, this region of the Amazon is home to the largest outstanding and undisturbed rainforest in the world. The name Guyana is an Amerindian word meaning Land Of Many Waters. It is also known as the country of Six People- Africans, Amerindians, Chinese, East Indians, Europeans and Portuguese. Guyana is notably famous for Kaieteur Falls, which is situated on the Potaro River, where that river falls off the Pakaraima Plateau. The mouth of the Essequibo river is as wide as the English Channel, and Kaieteur Falls is the longest single drop waterfall in the world at 741 feet.


Cheddi Jagan International Airport

GEO,  at Timehri, 40 km (25 miles) south of Georgetown.
Departure Tax
There is an exit tax of G$2,500.00(US$17). It can be paid when reconfirming your ticket. You should confirm your ticket at least 48 hours before departure.
Direct flights to and from London, New York, Miami, Trinidad, Barbados, Suriname and Brasil.
Places to Stay

Interior Resorts, Lodges and Ranches

Arrowpoint Nature Resort Whether it’s the thrill of Bird Watching, the excitement of Mountain Biking, Hiking, Kayaking, Pedal boating or simply relaxing in a hammock with a book, visitors will discover nature while having great fun and adventure.
Dadanawa Ranch Guyana's largest working cattle ranch, covers 2,000 miles of the southern Rupununi and enjoys a wonderful vista of the Kanuku Mountains
Emerald Tower Rainforest Lodge about a one hour drive from Georgetown on the Madewini Creek and is surrounded by rainforest. Accommodations in the Iwokrama Forest range from safari-style cabins with beds to open-air camps with hammocks.  Iwokrama International Centre is an autonomous not-for-profit research and development institution established by Guyana and the Commonwealth
Shanklands Rainforest Resort Nestled between the mighty Essequibo River and the unspoiled rainforest, Shanklands awaits you. 60 miles from the city of Georgetown; 60 minutes by road and 60 minutes by boat or 90 minutes by 4-wheel drive from the International Airport.

Coast Resorts & Communities   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. 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. The Nature Reserve offers a unique opportunity for students,  and the public to experience the tropical rainforest while enjoying the sun, sand and sea.

Passports & Visas

All visitors require a valid passport. Those arriving by plane are required to have an onward plane ticket.
Visas are necessary for all visitors except nationals of the following countries: Commonwealth Countries, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, USA.


Yellow fever is endemic to this area; monkeys are a reservoir, but you can catch it even in cities. Be sure to get immunized before you leave, and take mosquito repellent with you. Also, be careful of Malaria and Dengue Fever in the interior. Consult your doctor for the required precautions if you intend to travel there.

Do not drink the tap water, unless you want to spend a great part of you vacation in the toilet. Bottled water is readily available in a variety of brands.

Georgetown has one public and several private hospitals, including St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital on Parade Street, Prashads Hospital on Thomas Street, and Davis Memorial in Lodge Back lands


Foreign credit cards CANNOT be used at ATM machines in Guyana. Only one bank, the Bank of Nova Scotia, will issue cash advances against credit cards.

Most hotels, major restaurants, car rental agencies and tour operators accept major credit cards, but they are not widely accepted in Guyana

The interior is largely a cash economy with USD$ dollars often being accepted.

Bring sufficient currency or travellers' cheques.

It is important that you keep your Cambio receipts, as you will need to produce them to change Guyanese dollars on departure.


The interior is normally considered safe. However, crime levels in Guyana are high. Home invasions, carjackings, kidnappings and shootings are not uncommon in Guyana, particularly in Georgetown and New Amsterdam. Georgetown's Tiger Bay and Stabroek Market areas, and all of the city's south should be avoided after dark. The East Coast Demerara is also a high-risk area, particularly Buxton, Friendship and Annadale, as are the East Bank regions and the highway from Timerhi to Linden.

Burglary and theft from cars are regular occurrences.  Take extra precautions to protect your passports, money, tickets and other valuables. 

The minimum jail sentence for illegal drug offences is three years. If you are offered a free air tickets to Guyana it may mean they expect you to mule drugs on return. [Nov-2006]

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Guyana <-> Suriname

Buses leave Georgetown for the Surinamese border daily. Ask at the bus park near Stabroek Market.
In Suriname inquire in the capital of Paramaribo for mini-buses traveling to Guyana.
Note that entering Guyana by water travel from Niuewe Nickerie in Suriname is illegal.
Borders with Suriname and Venezuela are in dispute; although these disputes are on a back burner, travelers should be aware of the problems. wiki/Soesdyke-Linden_Highway

Paramaribo is served by the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport

Georgetown to Lethem & Brazil

The bus ride from Georgetown to Lethem, at the Brazilian border, takes about 10 hours through rainforest and southern savannah. Inquire about buses to Brazil at the Interserv Bus Office located on Charlotte Street in downtown Georgetown. Buses usually leave very late at night and it is recommended that you take a taxi to the bus station as the area around there is unsafe at night. For buses from Brazil, travel to Bonfim on the border and walk across. Find a minibus or taxi to take you to Lethem city center and inquire about buses traveling to Georgetown.

Guyana <-> Venezuela

There are no road links between Venezuela and Guyana. Travel to Venezuela may be done by air via Trinidad or overland through Roraima State in Brazil.


Road conditions vary immensely, and little maintenance is done on some roads. There are good roads from Georgetown to Timehri and Linden, and for 300 km (185 miles) along the coast from Springlands to Charity. In 2006 there was one operational set of traffic lights. Lack of traffic control leads to delays and crashes. It is estimated that about 1,000 km of waterways in Guyana are utilized for commerce in Guyana.

Mini-buses are primary means of transport. Privately owned mini buses operate in allocated zones for which there is a well-regulated fare structure. This arrangement extends to all mini bus routes throughout the country.

River Taxi: Guyana has over 960 km (600 miles) of navigable river, which provide an important means of communication. The Berbice, the Essequibo, and the Demerara are crossed by ferries and by six- and four-seater riverboats called balahoos and corials. Go to the port village and ask where the speedboats launch from. Ask other passengers what the fare is while traveling as boat operators tend to seek higher fees from tourists. Do not take "specials" without first negotiating the price.

Coastal Road - The coastal main road system is not continuous. There are gaps whenever it intersects the Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice Rivers. People and goods move across these gaps by ferry systems and, in the case of the Demerara River, by way of the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB), a two-lane floating bridge, 1.2 miles long, near the mouth of the Demerara River.

Linden is one of the main hubs for road transportation in the hinterland.

Ferry services link the primary roads in the coastal area, and Guyana with Suriname.

Tour Companies

Become enchanted and surprised by the astonishing variety of wildlife such as the Giant River Otter, the mighty Jaguar, the boisterous Howler monkeys, Black Caiman and the ferocious Piranha fish of the Rupununi River, and the largest freshwater fish in the world, the Arapaima.  Bridgetours offers exciting and affordable packages that showcase the best of Guyana, Northern Brazil and the Amazon. Our Land/Air Bridge allows you to experience the wonders of the Amazon with the warmth and scenic beauty of Guyana in one remarkable journey. Amazon Guyana Bridgetours . Takutu Hotel . Lethem . Guyana . South America
Tel: +592 772 2034. Mobile: +592 616 2518  Edinburgh Scotland EH6 5QG 44 (0)131 467 7086 Guyana remains one of the world's most exciting destinations for adventuresome travel and exploration. Feel the beauty of the nature whisper across your heart. Discover an experience never to be forgotten. Discover the extraordinary wilderness of Guyana, a country hosting numerous wildlife conservation projects. Tours Limited  reliable partner for travel in
Guyana, Suriname & French Guyana
With only three percent of its 80,000 square miles inhabited it is, unfortunately, one of only two countries in South America that still legally exports parrots and other wildlife for the pet trade   We specialize in guided Adventure, Culture & Nature tours in GUYANA. Timehri International Airport is 25 miles South West of Georgetown - and Pakuri Arawak territory (our main & most popular destination in northern Guyana) is 60 miles South West of Georgetown; Pakuri is a 240 Square mile crime-free 1,000 person Arawak Indian reservation
travel deep into the country’s unspoilt interior to trek up to the spectacular Kaieter Falls  overland package to Kaieteur.Come see our majestic Kaieteur Falls the way god intended it to be seen /tourpackagesboaguyana.htm  Weekend Tour to Boa Vista from Guyana
Shell Beach Adventures
Le Meridian Pegasus Georgetown, Guyana

telephone: (592) 225 4483/225 4484  fax: (592) 226 0532 --Shell Beach (which has been designated for Protected Area Status) where we become part of an
Arawak family who manage the Sea Turtle Conservation Project. The turtle nesting areas in Guyana include one of the least developed parts of the entire South American coast - about 150km of mangrove shoreline, with intermittent shell beaches, between the mouths of the Pomeroon and Waini rivers in northwestern Guyana.
Wilderness Explorers Cara Suites
176 Middle Street, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 2277698 Fax: (592) 2262085
Voice Mail: (592) 2262085

exciting adventures in the wilderness of South America and the Caribbean through a variety of comprehensive itineraries. Itineraries which include Venezuela, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil and the Caribbean. guyvenez.htm ||
Karanambu Ranch



Guyana's climate is equatorial: hot but pleasant for most of the year, with a mean shade temperature of 27C and an average temperature range of 24C to 31C (75F to 87F). The heat is tempered by the sea breezes on the coast. The temperature on the coastland ranges from 20 degrees to 33.8 degrees centigrade with a mean temperature of 26.8 degree centigrade. It is best to visit Guyana outside the rainy season. An umbrella is useful during the two wet seasons, extending roughly from May through July in Rupununi, and from December to the end of January in the north. Rainfall is 2,300mm a year in Georgetown.

Lightweight, casual clothing can be worn throughout the year. In the height of the dry season (August-October), it's hot and muggy, although this is relieved by frequent coastal breezes. 

Guyana Weather at

Guyana Bird Reports at

 Bird Checklist of Guyana cover: Opisthocomus hoazin, the Hoatzin

Trip Reports

Peccarys crossing the  Chodikar

While a quick look at a jaguar was certainly a highlight, perhaps the biggest event of the day was an encounter with a herd of White-lipped Peccary crossing the river. As we came around a corner we met the herd, 33 in all, plunging down a bank into the river immediately ahead of our boat. They formed a tight straight line of animals swimming two-abreast, close enough together so that their hooves clattering against their neighbor's were clearly heard. Their odor was ripe, rank and unmistakable. The herd swam straight across giving way as our boat drifted closer and in the process a tiny piglet was separated from the herd. [more Birding Outback Guyana -Acari Mountains]

Fast Facts
Highest point 
Mount  Roraima 2,835 m
Drive on the left hand side of the road

Emergency Numbers
Police : 911
Fire: 912
Ambulance: 913

110/220v, 50-60 cycles.
110v in Georgetown, 220v in most other places, including parts of suburban Georgetown.

It is safer to drink purified water. Purified bottled water can be obtained in supermarket, shops, gas stations and vendors throughout the coast of Guyana

Though physically part of South America, culturally Guyana is Caribbean rather than Latin American and it is considered part of the West Indies. Other languages of Guyana include Creolese, Hindi, Wai-Wai, Arawak and Macushi.

AIDS is the leading cause of death among the crucial 25-44 age group.

Guyana's $6.9 billion shrimp export market to the United States, represents over half the country's export revenue earnings.

The name Guyana is Amerindian for "land of many waters," which pays homage to the country's many waterways.

Jagan & Jagdeo: Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi Jagan was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Jane Jagan, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001.

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