"Annual Pirogue race - Les Maitres du Pagaie" Kourou Things to Do Tip by johnkebab

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  Pirogue teams getting ready for the off
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  • Pirogue teams getting ready for the off - Kourou
      Pirogue teams getting ready for the off
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  • Pirogue teams coming in - Kourou
      Pirogue teams coming in
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  • Spectators watching - Kourou
      Spectators watching
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Every year around the end of October there is a special little race that takes part in traditional canoes (pirogues) there are usually around 8 teams that take place from all over French Guyana.

The course is 3 x 4km and the aim is to arrive at the end of the race with a palm frond of fire intact, competition is fierce to win, but if the fire goes out then the race is all over.

You can join a team if you know who is forming one, as there is quite a bit of training involved, the rest of us just have to watch, cold beer in hand.

The beach is set up to cater for the spectacle with a number of shops selling local goods setting up tent on the beach as well as bouncy castles and things for the kids.

Address: Kourou Beach
Website: http://www.blada.com

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 3, 2006
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