Cities and places in Guyana
Kaieteur National Park
In the heart of Guyana, in the Potaro-Siparuni region, lies the Kaieteur National Park. It is the only national park in the country and was established in 1929. In the nature reserve, which is characterized by an extremely high biodiversity, are the famous and more than impressive Kaieteur Falls. Here you can also find some endangered species such as the tiny Guyana golden frog, the Guyana howler monkey or the ocelot. Official figures also assume up to 20,000 plant species that can be found on the area, 35 percent of which are said to be endemic.
Georgetown is the capital of Guyana, the “land of water” and is located on the northwest coast of South America and on the Demerara River. Most of the houses are made of wood and stand on stilts, which is supposed to help with floods. Landmarks of the city include the oldest church in Guyana – St. Andrews Kirk -, the courthouse, the historic town hall and the presidential palace. A highlight is the 19th century Sainte George Cathedral, which is one of the tallest wooden churches in the world. The Demarara Harbor Bridge is an unusual destination that is well worth seeing for that very reason. It is a pontoon bridge, i.e. a bridge that consists of many small floating parts that together form a movable chain. Georgetown is also home to the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology and the National Museum of Guyana. The Stabroekmarkt, with its unique flair, is worth a visit. You can also have fun in the zoo, marvel at Indian huts and climb an old lighthouse. With 450,000 tourists a year, the city is responsible for over 80% of tourism in all of Guyana. The Kaieteur waterfalls can be reached within an hour by small aircraft. You should definitely undertake this journey, because at 247 meters and a width of almost 100 meters, they are almost the largest in the world and there are only a few who can surpass that. From here you can also get to the Orinduik waterfalls. It is interesting here how the rainforest grows dense up to the cliffs and the water does not fall directly, but over several terraces. Visit weddinginfashion for Economy of Latin America.
The Karanambu Ranch covers around 285 km2 of savannah, swamp, alluvial forest and around 50 km of the Rupununi River. Here you have the opportunity to explore the fauna of Karanambu. It was founded in 1927 by Tiny McTurk and was initially a cattle ranch and balata collecting station. Now an eco-tourist destination, with a bird list of over 600 species, Karanambu is a bird watcher’s paradise. The lodge also offers excellent viewing opportunities for giant otters, giant alligators, and giant anteaters. The giant otters in particular can be admired together with Diane McTurk – a world-renowned expert on giant otters and nature conservationist. She is also happy to provide information about the history of the ranch in person. The evening ritual to observe the giant water lilies, Victoria amazonica, when opening, is an unforgettable experience. Birds can also be seen in the jungle at the nearby Rockview Lodge. You can be led through the savannah on horseback and meet a “giant anteater”. If you’re lucky, you can spot a jaguar in the Iwokrama rainforest.
Frequently asked questions about Guyana
What are the entry requirements for Guyana?
German citizens do not need a visa to enter Guyana for a stay of up to 90 days, but a passport. Travel documents must be valid for six months after the trip. Air travelers should be in possession of an onward or return flight ticket.
What vaccinations do you need to travel to Guyana?
When entering Guyana from countries with yellow fever endemic areas, a yellow fever vaccination is required for travelers older than nine months. In addition to the standard vaccinations, vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended. In the case of long-term stays, vaccination against hepatitis B as well as typhoid and rabies is recommended. Inland there is a risk of malaria, but in the urban areas the risk is very low. Malaria prophylaxis is not necessary, but is recommended. Due to the mosquito-related risk of infection, all travelers are advised to repeatedly apply insect repellent to all exposed parts of the body during the day, in the evening and at night, to wear clothing that covers the body and to sleep under a mosquito net. We urgently recommend taking out health insurance abroad, which should include a return transport. The costs for medical treatments (in principle also emergencies) as well as for medication, especially in the private sector, usually have to be paid immediately in cash (if necessary also by credit card).