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Guyana is a very interesting country on it’s own and when mixed with Suriname and French Guyana is a complimentary part of what is referred to as the “Three Guyanas” trip. Although it is in South America it is the only English speaking country and officially a part of the CARICOM (Caribbean) counties.

After briefly being a Ducth colony, it remained a British colony for over two hundred years until independence in 1966, it later became a republic in 1970 and in 2008 became a part of the Union of South America Nations as a founder member.

Though English is the official language, Guyanese, Creole, Arawakan and some Caribbean influences can be heard around the country. The largest indigenous group is the Indo-Guyanese also known as East Indians. Slightly larger than neighbouring Suriname, Guyana is 83,000 sq Miles (215,000 sq Kilometers) and comprises of a narrow fertile marshy plain along the Atlantic Coast, dense rainforest, savannah and a mountainous area where Mount Roraima reaches 9,219 feet (2,810 Metres) and wide meandering rivers which lead to the sea and some fertile leatherback turtle nesting grounds.

Rare wildlife such as the Jaguar, Giant otter and Harpy Eagle can be found in the dense rainforest regions and is well documented by Sir Walter Raleigh, Charles Waterton and more recently David Attenborough. Guyana boasts one of the highest levels of bio diversities in the world with over 80% of its land mass being pristine rainforests.

The most famous landmark in the country is the Kaieteur Falls, which drops 741 feet (226 metres) in a dramatic display of nature in its rawest and most powerful form and is the worlds largest single-drop waterfall by volume.

St Georges Anglican Cathedral is the second tallest wooden structure - house of worship in the world.

Demerara sugar, bauxite, shrimp, fishing and gold are the main economic drivers in the country while tourism continues to gain importance. And like Suriname 90% of its population live in the narrow coastal strip.

Guyana is a very “go ahead” nation lead by one political party for many years and successfully negotiating its way around the international scene as a strong developing nation. Its diversity and differences to Suriname and French Guyana make a very strong argument why you should visit all three in one trip.

 

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