Renowned for its unparalleled natural beauty, rich cultural diversity and endless opportunities for exciting adventures, Guyana should be on every traveller’s bucket list – here’s why, says Olivia Palamountain.  

 

 

Ravishing rainforests

Guyana boasts some of the world’s most biodiverse rainforests. With over 80 per cent of the country covered in lush forests, visitors can explore the Amazon, spot rare wildlife, and discover the beauty of this unique ecosystem.  

Stunning waterfalls

Guyana is home to the world’s largest single-drop waterfall by volume, the majestic Kaieteur Falls. At 741 feet tall, this breathtaking waterfall is four times higher than Niagara Falls and is surrounded by rainforest, making it an awe-inspiring sight to behold 

Rich cultural diversity

Guyana’s population is a melting pot of cultures, including Indigenous, African, Indian and European influences. This diversity is reflected in the country’s vibrant festivals, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality, providing visitors with an immersive cultural experience. 

Unique wildlife 

Guyana’s unspoiled habitats are home to an incredible array of wildlife, including jaguars, giant anteaters, harpy eagles and the elusive giant river otter. The country offers incredible opportunities for birdwatching too, with more than 900 species recorded within its borders.  

 

Adventure activities 

With its vast rainforests and stunning landscapes, Guyana is a paradise for trekkers and hikers; it is also home to several canopy walkways that allow you to explore the rainforest from above. Explore the myriad rivers to discover canoeing, kayaking, and white-water rafting or cast a line for some of the world’s most sought-after game fish, including the legendary arapaima, the largest freshwater fish in South America.

Sustainable tourism 

Guyana is committed to sustainable tourism practices, ensuring that visitors can experience the country’s natural wonders while minimizing their environmental impact. Eco-lodges and community-based tourism initiatives allow travellers to immerse themselves in the local culture while supporting conservation efforts. 

An unexplored destination

Compared to many other South American countries Guyana remains relatively unexplored by tourists. This means that visitors can enjoy an authentic, off-the-beaten-path experience without the crowds often found in more popular destinations and snag bragging the rights secured by a holiday in an unusual destination.  

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