Guyana is a kind of place that’s becoming increasingly rare—one where you can find nature in its original form. Guyana (guy-ANN-uh), a small South American nation (about the size of Idaho), is located where the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea meet. It is the only country in South America where English is the official language. Of the country’s population of 746,955 (2012 census), a full 90% of the population live along the coast, leaving the country’s lush interior untouched, and ripe for exploration. “The unpopulated aspect of so much of Guyana makes for some extraordinary, premium-level travel experiences” says Brian Mullis, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority. “Like the opportunity to travel great distances without seeing another human—or even a sign of one; the chance to have a national icon like Kaieteur Falls all to yourself; or to interact with indigenous people in their villages without an interpreter. In Guyana, every traveler feels like a pioneer.” Guyana’s pristine rainforests, immense waterfalls, vast open spaces, savannahs, mountains, and rivers are home to a density of biodiversity found nowhere else on the planet. Guyana is often referred to as “The Land of the Giants,” due to its populations of jaguar, giant anteater, giant otter, black caiman, anaconda and arapaima. With 910 + species of bird, Guyana is a bird watcher’s paradise. Native species include the harpy eagle, Guianan cock-of-the-rock, and the national bird, the hoatzin. As you might imagine, there are numerous activities for adventure-oriented travelers in Guyana. Hiking and multi-day trekking, horseback riding at dude ranches, multi-day river trips, sport fishing, wildlife spotting and birding, camping trips deep into the forest and more offer nature-lovers the experiences they dream of.
For more information and expeditions: https://www.guyanatourism.com/guyana-rainforest-savannah-wildlife/