South America’s Caribbean capital, this country is inhabited by people from across the eastern part of the world, hence the diversity. In addition to the mountain ranges, waterfalls, and dense rainforest, the Savannahs are a site worth visiting. Because of its disturbing history, Guyana may not be known for all the right reasons; however, the bumpy trips, the mud, and the toilsome journey truly make it worth the experience. Not to forget, the capital city, Georgetown, with its historical buildings, museums, and shopping malls, is the perfect place for a relaxed vacation.
Best time to visit Guyana
Due to its equatorial climate, Guyana has a hot but pleasant weather throughout the year. The country receives heavy rainfall, making the atmosphere humid during most times of the year. The best time to visit is during the dry months from September to November and February to April.
How to reach Guyana
There are no direct international flights from the major cities of India to Guyana. However, several international airlines with stopovers cater to this route. Choose from Virgin Atlantic, Delta Air Lines
, British Airways, Air India, Air Canada
, Air France, etc. to reach Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana. Buses and cabs are available outside the airport to reach the city center.
Accommodation in Guyana
If you are planning on an extravagant stay in Guyana, then the luxury hotels in its capital city, Georgetown, are your best accommodation options. The price range of these hotels is INR 6,000 to INR 30,000. Budget accommodation, guest houses, and lodges are also available, which cost around INR 4,000 (approx.)
Places to visit in Guyana
Located in the Kaieteur National Park, the Kaieteur Falls come in the league of the highest waterfalls in the world, including Niagra Waterfalls and Iguazu falls. The national park with its biodiversity is every wildlife lover’s dream destination. Another place to explore the diverse wildlife is Galibi Nature Reserve in Guyana’s neighboring country, Suriname. The birds, anacondas, and sea turtles make this nature reserve stand out among others. One of the few untouched tropical forests, Iwokrama Forests, in Guyana is a popular destination for those who love nature. Flocked by tourists, Devil’s Island offers a breathtaking scenery. The greenery makes it a nice site for relaxation. The serenity ofRupununi grasslands amid Kanuku Mountains with their endless expanse, makes it a great place to spend a laid-back holiday. You will also have a chance to watch the cattle graze in these endless stretches of grassland.
With amazing vegetation, Marshall Falls is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Guyana. Shell beach, with its myriad of shells and sea turtles is a good stretch to take a stroll along. Photographers are sure to find some to the most beautiful perspectives here, especially during March to July, which is the nesting season for turtles. Dramatic architecture, trees aligning the paths, refreshing walks, canals with beautiful lily embellishments, vibrant Indian markets, and the massive masonry structure protecting the country from high tides define the capital city of Georgetown.
Mouth Roraima, Pakaraima mountains, Bartika, and wetlands are among other places of visit.
Must-buys in Guyana
Handicrafts, gold and diamond jewelry, and ethnic fabrics are great products to take home from Guyana. Pottery, hammocks, and bows and arrows, will make for ideal souvenirs from your visit to this country.
What to eat in Guyana
Showcasing its diverse culture, the Guyanese cuisine is the perfect blend of indigenous, African, and Indian flavors. Pepper Pot is one of the most popular dishes of the country. It is a stew made of meat. Polouri, balls of spiced dough, is a delicious snack. Curry Chana, similar to the chickpea dish served in India, is a common favorite among the Guyanese.
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