The Co-operative Republic of Guyana lies in northern South America between Suriname, Venezuela and the North Atlantic Ocean. The third-smallest nation in South America, Guyana has a history of Dutch and British invasion that has influenced its unique culture. The county’s terrain mostly comprises Savannah, highlands and plains, punctuated by flowing rivers.

Guyana is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise as it has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world! Most of the country is still covered in wilderness with high levels of endemism. You can head to the southern savannah to look for giant river otters, giant anteaters and black caiman. The mighty Kaieteur Falls makes for a stunning sight and also provides opportunities to spot the Guyanian cock-of-the-rock bird and the tiny golden frog that reside in the area nearby. Orinduik Falls is similarly beautiful, located near the Pakaraima Mountains that host a variety of bird species. Iwokrama forest has a sizeable population of jaguars that can be easily spotted when accompanied by an expert. There are also many trekking opportunities in Guyana including the popular Turtle Mountain trail.

The capital city of Georgetown seems hauntingly beautiful with reminiscent architecture of a bygone era. The locals are cheerful, friendly and most are well versed with English.

Safety Note: Crime is a major problem in certain parts of Guyana. Tourists are advised to exercise necessary caution and consult a travel expert while planning their trip.

Best time to travel

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Wildlife Highlights

  • Giant river otters, tapir, tayra and spider monkeys near the Burro Burro River
  • Guyanian cock-of-the-rock bird and golden frog near Kaieteur Falls
  • High potential of jaguar spotting at Iwokrama forest
  • Over 1600 species of birds including nectar feeders, frugivores, ant birds, sungrebe, sunbittern, green ibis, trogons, macaws, crimson topaz and variety of hummingbirds