Perhaps you have never heard of Guyana? Well, that is not too surprising, given that the country receives around the same number of visitors per year as Machu Picchu does in one day! But that is sure to change over the coming years. Because this underrated gem is emerging as one of the hottest ecotourism destinations on the planet. In fact, around 80% of Guyana is covered in pristine tropical rainforests. And its lush interior, cascading waterfalls, and tropical wildlife rival the best nature destinations in the world.
Guyana is located in the northern tip of South America, bordering Brazil, Suriname, and Venezuela. As an ex-British colony, the national language is English, though the culture is decidedly Creole and has a Caribbean flavour. Like many former colonies in the Caribbean, Guyana is mad about cricket, and locals will happily discuss the international scene with willing fanatics!
Densely covered in rainforest, travel to Guyana’s interior can be arduous. And in fact, most remote villages and jungle camps are only accessible by air or water. But those who do take the time to venture deep into Guyana will be richly rewarded. The Jaguar, Giant River Otters, Black Caiman, Harpy Eagle, Hoatzin, and several sea turtle species inhabit this small country. And it is also an excellent destination for bird lovers. Some species that can be found are the magnificent Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Toco Toucans, Scarlet Macaw, and Red-billed.
Guyana also boasts a substantial indigenous population, such as the Surama community. They offer visitors unique opportunities to experience traditional tribal life in the forest. A hammock camp will be your base for night walks, canoe trips, and hikes through the forest in search of wildlife.
When to go to Guyana?
– Guyana has two main dry seasons February to May and August to November. During these months, travel around the interior of the country is easier. However, you can expect rainfall at any time of the year.
– Even during Guyana’s peak season, you will often be the only guest at a jungle lodge! This is a fantastic destination for escaping crowds!
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– Consider a challenging and rewarding 4-day trek to the spectacular Kaieteur Falls. This is an unforgettable journey through Guyana’s rainforest-clad landscape.
– Don’t miss the wonderful display of bright orange male Guianan cock-of-the-rocks dancing on the forest floor to attract the females’ attention!