"Guyana - the Land of Many Waters" Top 5 Page for this destination Guyana by grets

Guyana Travel Guide: 421 reviews and 714 photos

Settled in the 16th century by the Dutch, their rule ended in 1812 when the British arrived, when it was named British Guiana. After the abolishing of slavery, many labourers were imorted from the East Indies, while many of the Afro-Guyana fled to the interior. The country achieved independence on May 26, 1966.

It is the wild and untouched beauty of the interior that tends to draw visitors to Guyana. With 80% of its land covered with rain forest, this is the eco-tourist's dream destination.

Guyana has an area of 83,000 sq miles; its coastline is about 270 miles long.

The indigenous peoples of Guyana are known as Amerindians and constitute about 4% of the population. There are nine different tribes in total, including the Warao, Carib, Arawak, Arecuna, Wapisiana, Arawak, and Macushi which are the most prominent of the savanna peoples.

The official Language is English which is often spoken with a creole accent.

The major Industries in Guyana are sugar, gold, bauxite, timber, rice, and prawns.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful scenery, great trekking, friendly English-speaking people, fascinating Amerindian villages
  • Cons:The lack of large mammals was disappointing
  • In a nutshell:An amazing remote and adventerous rainforest destination
  • Last visit to Guyana: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Hildeal's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    I want to be there!!!!

  • Nov 23, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Grets got it all wrong, does not know that the Berbice river is within the country as it would also have Guyanese children go to school in their own country. Not to a Dutch school in another country. The Corentyne river is what separates the two countries

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2007 at 8:48 AM

    Very nice travel tips on a place my travel map seems to think I want to go to, so thought I should see what it is I would be seeing there.

  • Aafia's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2006 at 10:00 AM

    Thanks for your Guyana tips. In Feb '07, I'll be tavelling to Paramakatoi and 5 other villages in the Potaro-Siparuni area near the Brazilian border. I'll be part of a volunteer team helping dentists deliver dentistry to these villages. Cheers, Afia

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2006 at 8:31 PM

    tell david the hat he has on the ferry (berbice, guyana) should have had to pay extra. makes a great sunscreen though. When are you coming to korea?

  • Wafro's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2005 at 8:32 AM

    Fantastic place and great info, Guyana is the place to be! GRTZ

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2005 at 10:56 PM

    Guyana seems to be really roughing it out ! Thanks for the wonderful information & photos :)

  • thelittlevoice's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2005 at 7:37 PM

    Informative page! Thanks for sharing.

  • Jun 1, 2005 at 3:23 PM

    Thank-you for all your efforts. I almost feel as though I am there myself. Are there other websites that paint such a true picture of the country?

  • Mar 7, 2005 at 7:17 AM

    Guyana roads reminds me of how they used to be in Lofoten. So many and big bugs :( Pepperpot looks interesting :o)


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