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Ted Travels the tiniest nations of South America 

June 24, 2020

Tiny Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana offer a very different Latin American experience!  Speaking English, Dutch and French respectively, these nations have a distinctly Caribbean culture. And each contains a cultural melange that has created diversity in everything from food and music to religion. Even better, they receive a tiny fraction of the tourists that their South American neighbours attract. So why not discover these fascinating destinations before the rest of the world catches on?

Guyana

All three of the Guianas are incredible destinations for the emerging ecotourism market with impressive waterfalls, lush rainforest and tropical wildlife. But the ex-British colony, Guyana, is perhaps the best for wildlife lovers. Because an incredible 80% of the country is covered by rainforest. And Guyana is also home to one of the regions few well-known attractions (relatively speaking!). Kaieteur Falls are a must-see for any visitor to this stunning country. And here’s a fun fact! Did you know that Guyana receives fewer tourists in a year than Machu Picchu does in a day??

Suriname

While in Guyana the population speaks English and are mad about cricket, in Suriname the national language is Dutch. Here, in Paramaribo, the capital city, travellers can see the Dutch heritage in the architecture that resembles the old Amsterdam. Just like Guyana, Suriname is also covered in the lush jungle. And we think a trip to Suriname is incomplete without a trip into the interior for a stay at a jungle lodge.

French Guiana

This overseas department of France uses euros and has regular flights to and from Paris. In fact, the country is better connected to Europe than the rest of South America! So it is worth spending a few days here to make the journey worthwhile. Whilst in French Guiana your clients can explore the Kourou Space Centre and maybe even be lucky enough to witness a space launch! And then there’s the infamous Devil’s Island (actually named Iles du Salut) made famous by the book & movie of the same name, Papillon. You can ever visit H’mong villages which were created by Vietnamese migrants after the Vietnam War.

If you want to give your clients a truly off-the-beaten track adventure, don’t hesitate to call us.  We’ll help you design a unique holiday to Latin America’s most underrated nations.