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Guyana is one of the world’s least explored countries and is a perfect destination for those who love the punch of raw nature and authentic outdoor adventures. This tiny country is a hidden gem of South America and its only English speaking nation, owing to its former British rule. Guyana’s landscape ranges from dense rainforests to a long North Atlantic coastline. In spite of being located along the Atlantic coast, the country bears a Caribbean identity. The fascinating culture and tradition of Guyana’s indigenous people and the country’s history also bring in a few visitors.
In Guyana’s capital Georgetown you will see people playing cricket and dancing to the beat of calypso music. It also features a lively nightlife and offers great restaurants. Georgetown is known for its British-era architecture and the St. George’s Anglican Cathedral is the best example of that. Other highlights of the capital include the National Museum, the bustling Stabroek Market and lovely botanical gardens which are home to colourful tropical birds.
Guyana’s real beauty lies in its natural heritage. Kaieteur Falls famously known as the world’s highest single-drop waterfall, shoots a tremendous amount of water off a 250m cliff. The best part about this remote waterfall is that you don’t have to share it with a crowd. Marshall Falls is another lovely waterfall where you can relax in natural pools after reaching here through a short jungle hike.
Rupununi Savannahs, set along the banks of the Rupununi River, is a lovely natural site in the country. Divided into two regions, North Rupununi and South Rupununi, it is a wild region comprising traditional villages, jungle-covered islands, grasslands, savannas, shrublands and wildlife. The protected reserve of Iwokrama Rainforest is also worth checking out for its wildlife, and you can easily spot tropical birds and howler monkeys. It is particularly famous for its Canopy Walkway which offers excellent bird’s-eye views of the unspoiled tropical rainforest. Among the beaches of Guyana, the undeveloped Shell beach is the most popular and is a breeding site for marine turtles.
Guyana is certainly not for everyone and only real nature enthusiasts will be able to appreciate the country’s beauty. Having said that, give Guayana a chance and you might fall in love with its awe-inspiring natural beauty!
Kaieteur Falls is the world’s highest single-drop waterfall.