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