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    Guyana is South America’s secret superstar and you need to go there right now

    Too many battymen on here getting stands trying to bring down GT (especially when they've never been there). The gov't is corrupt, city is dirty, and the eco-tourism sector is underdeveloped, however, the scenery and wildlife is far more majestic in either Belize or Costa Rica. I've taken the interior route to Suriname, Brazil and Venezuela and they were all adventures to remember.


    Guyana is South America's secret superstar and you need to go there right now | Intrepid Travel Blog

    Guyana is South America’s secret superstar and you need to go there right now
    Posted on March 4, 2015 by Intrepid Admin in Features tagged gem, guyana, hidden, South America, tourism, travel /



    Did you know that it’s entirely possible to visit South America and have one of the world’s tallest waterfalls all to yourself? If you make tracks for Guyana, nestled in the continent’s northeast corner between Venezuela, Brazil and Surniname, it is.


    The likes of Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia often top travellers’ ‘must visit’ lists when they decide to head to South America. Guyana, on the other hand, seems to attract a far smaller crowd.

    But the abundance of cultural and natural sights, the lack of other travellers and it’s general ‘off the beaten track’ vibe help make Guyana a rather unmissable stop. Here’s the lowdown on the stuff that makes this spot an adventure traveller’s dream.

    Guyana is one of the least-known corners of South America and truly off the beaten track with both a rich culture and a pristine environment.

    1. It’s oh so quiet

    Image c/o Anna M, Flickr
    Guyana currently only receives about 3,000 tourists a year, which, to put it in perspective, is about the same as Machu Picchu receives in a single day. It’s the same size as Britain but has a population of fewer than 750,000 and is comprised of an incredible 80% virgin rainforest.

    2. Caribbean x South American fusion

    Image c/o David Stanley, Flickr
    Not only is Guyana a South American country of cowboys, rich wildlife, waterfalls, tepuis and flooded savannahs (in the Amazon Basin) but also a Caribbean country of great rum, cricket and music.

    It’s neighbours include Venezuela, Suriname, Brazil, French Guiana, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, which means you can create a pretty exhilarating itinerary for yourself.

    3. History and culture? Check.


    Image c/o David Stanley, Flickr
    Once colonised by the Dutch, then the British, then the French, then the Dutch again, Guyana is now made up Amerindians, Africans, Indians, Europeans, and Chinese. All this has led to Guyana becoming a fascinating mixture of religion, culture and cuisine that you can’t find anywhere else in South America.

    4. Hablan Inglés!


    Image c/o Rustom Seegopaul, Flickr
    Luckily for us, Guyana is South American’s only English-speaking country; so chatting with the locals is a breeze.

    5. Total. Cultural. Immersion.


    Image c/o David Stanley, Flickr
    The nine Amerindian tribes that call Guyana their home means that exceptional community tourism experiences are possible. On the Intrepid itinerary, for example, visitors stay in community-run lodges rather than international chain hotels, allowing for some pretty sensational immersion in local village life. There’s nothing quite like learning some traditional rainforest knowledge from a native.

    6. Really wild life


    Image c/o Rustom Seegopaul, Flickr
    Related: Explore Guyana with Intrepid Travel

    Wildlife and wildlife watching in Guyana is second to none, owing to the fact that it’s mostly made up of pristine rainforest. Jaguar, giant anteater, giant river otters, black caiman, tapir, eight species of monkey, tiny frogs, turtles, snakes and over 800 species of birds (including the harpy eagle – one of the world’s largest) are all on offer for wildlife enthusiasts.

    7. The quietest waterfall in the world


    Image c/o Soren Riise, Flickr
    The fact that Guyana only receives 3,000 tourists a year means that it’s not uncommon to have places such as Kaieteur Falls – the world’s tallest single-drop waterfall (five times the height of Niagara Falls) – completely to yourself. Where else in the world can you make that claim?

    8. It’s a gateway drug…


    Image c/o David Evers, Flickr
    Guyana is a gateway to Suriname with its UNESCO World Heritage capital, Paramaribo and its fascinating culture, scenery, history and wildlife as well as to French Guiana, an overseas department of France with its attractions of Cayenne, the European Space Agency and Devil’s Island, which was the setting of the famous story of Papillon.

    9. Destination, Georgetown


    Image c/o Ian Mackenzie, Flickr
    With an impressive cathedral, colonial buildings, botanical gardens full of birds, museums, and Stabroek Market, a visit to Georgetown is a treat. It’s a perfect blend of South American and Caribbean influences. The hum of reggae is never far away, and makes the perfect soundtrack to accompany your exploration of the many street stalls, food carts and handicraft shops.
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    10. You can be a trailblazer


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    There aren’t many countries left in the world that you can genuinely be one of the first to visit. How many people do you know that have been? With Guyana, you can be the one telling the story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seawall View Post
    The scenery and wildlife is far more majestic in either Belize or Costa Rica.
    Amphibians = Guyana 190, Costa Rica close with 183
    Birds = Costa Rica 838, Guyana 814, Belize 544
    Fish = Costa Rica 1,511, Belize 877, Guyana 467
    Mammals = Costa Rica 232, Guyana 225, Belize 147
    Plants = Costa Rica 12,119, Guyana 7,112, Belize 2,894
    Reptiles = Costa Rica 240, Guyana 179, Belize 140

    • Guyana = 214,970 km2
    • Costa Rica = 51,100 km2
    • Belize = 22,966 km2



    It should not even be a competition, yet Costa Rica beats Guyana on most and Belize is more biodiverse per square mile/kilometer

    Top Ten Reasons Guyana Could Never Fock With Belize:
    1. Beaches, Barrier Reef System, Cayes
    2. Cenotes
    3. Waterfalls with blue and/or clear water
    4. Mayan Ruins/Actual Indigenous Civilization
    5. Caves
    6. Higher Biodiversity per square mile/kilometer
    7. More racially and ethnically diverse and harmonious
    8. Less corrupt
    9. Better roads, higher per capita income, better infrastructure, etc...
    10. Has actually created things the whole world knows about (chocolate, chewing gum, ancestor of basketball, etc...)


    Top Ten Reasons Guyana Could Never Fock With Costa Rica:
    1. Beaches, Surfing, Variety in landscapes and sand colour and facing every direction possible
    2. Cloud Forests
    3. Hot Springs
    4. Landscapes
    5. Volcanoes
    6. Waterfalls with blue and/or clear water
    7. Happier people
    8. Higher Biodiversity
    9. Less corrupt
    10. Better roads, higher per capita income, better infrastructure, etc...




    Guyana currently only receives about 3,000 tourists a year, which, to put it in perspective, is about the same as Machu Picchu receives in a single day.

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    my mom's friend is from guyana and her kids dont like to go back there cos they say its always wet and soggy and a lot of nasty insects running around, they say a lot of frogs and shit

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.K.K.S. View Post
    Amphibians = Guyana 190, Costa Rica close with 183
    Birds = Costa Rica 838, Guyana 814, Belize 544
    Fish = Costa Rica 1,511, Belize 877, Guyana 467
    Mammals = Costa Rica 232, Guyana 225, Belize 147
    Plants = Costa Rica 12,119, Guyana 7,112, Belize 2,894
    Reptiles = Costa Rica 240, Guyana 179, Belize 140

    • Guyana = 214,970 km2
    • Costa Rica = 51,100 km2
    • Belize = 22,966 km2



    It should not even be a competition, yet Costa Rica beats Guyana on most and Belize is more biodiverse per square mile/kilometer

    Top Ten Reasons Guyana Could Never Fock With Belize:
    1. Beaches, Barrier Reef System, Cayes
    2. Cenotes
    3. Waterfalls with blue and/or clear water
    4. Mayan Ruins/Actual Indigenous Civilization
    5. Caves
    6. Higher Biodiversity per square mile/kilometer
    7. More racially and ethnically diverse and harmonious
    8. Less corrupt
    9. Better roads, higher per capita income, better infrastructure, etc...
    10. Has actually created things the whole world knows about (chocolate, chewing gum, ancestor of basketball, etc...)


    Top Ten Reasons Guyana Could Never Fock With Costa Rica:
    1. Beaches, Surfing, Variety in landscapes and sand colour and facing every direction possible
    2. Cloud Forests
    3. Hot Springs
    4. Landscapes
    5. Volcanoes
    6. Waterfalls with blue and/or clear water
    7. Happier people
    8. Higher Biodiversity
    9. Less corrupt
    10. Better roads, higher per capita income, better infrastructure, etc...





























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    Quote Originally Posted by A.K.K.S. View Post
    Amphibians = Guyana 190, Costa Rica close with 183
    Birds = Costa Rica 838, Guyana 814, Belize 544
    Fish = Costa Rica 1,511, Belize 877, Guyana 467
    Mammals = Costa Rica 232, Guyana 225, Belize 147
    Plants = Costa Rica 12,119, Guyana 7,112, Belize 2,894
    Reptiles = Costa Rica 240, Guyana 179, Belize 140

    • Guyana = 214,970 km2
    • Costa Rica = 51,100 km2
    • Belize = 22,966 km2



    It should not even be a competition, yet Costa Rica beats Guyana on most and Belize is more biodiverse per square mile/kilometer

    Top Ten Reasons Guyana Could Never Fock With Belize:
    1. Beaches, Barrier Reef System, Cayes
    2. Cenotes
    3. Waterfalls with blue and/or clear water
    4. Mayan Ruins/Actual Indigenous Civilization
    5. Caves
    6. Higher Biodiversity per square mile/kilometer
    7. More racially and ethnically diverse and harmonious
    8. Less corrupt
    9. Better roads, higher per capita income, better infrastructure, etc...
    10. Has actually created things the whole world knows about (chocolate, chewing gum, ancestor of basketball, etc...)


    Top Ten Reasons Guyana Could Never Fock With Costa Rica:
    1. Beaches, Surfing, Variety in landscapes and sand colour and facing every direction possible
    2. Cloud Forests
    3. Hot Springs
    4. Landscapes
    5. Volcanoes
    6. Waterfalls with blue and/or clear water
    7. Happier people
    8. Higher Biodiversity
    9. Less corrupt
    10. Better roads, higher per capita income, better infrastructure, etc...






    Dude, much of Guyana's interior is still undiscovered territory. And Guyana is part of the Amazon basin, which is most likely the most biodiverse in the world. Let them tourist trample down Costa Rica's rain forest, we in GT can keep ours pristine. We just need to keep them Chinese and Brasillians in check....
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    Quote Originally Posted by A.K.K.S. View Post
    Amphibians = Guyana 190, Costa Rica close with 183
    Birds = Costa Rica 838, Guyana 814, Belize 544
    Fish = Costa Rica 1,511, Belize 877, Guyana 467
    Mammals = Costa Rica 232, Guyana 225, Belize 147
    Plants = Costa Rica 12,119, Guyana 7,112, Belize 2,894
    Reptiles = Costa Rica 240, Guyana 179, Belize 140

    • Guyana = 214,970 km2
    • Costa Rica = 51,100 km2
    • Belize = 22,966 km2



    It should not even be a competition, yet Costa Rica beats Guyana on most and Belize is more biodiverse per square mile/kilometer

    Top Ten Reasons Guyana Could Never Fock With Belize:
    1. Beaches, Barrier Reef System, Cayes
    2. Cenotes
    3. Waterfalls with blue and/or clear water
    4. Mayan Ruins/Actual Indigenous Civilization
    5. Caves
    6. Higher Biodiversity per square mile/kilometer
    7. More racially and ethnically diverse and harmonious
    8. Less corrupt
    9. Better roads, higher per capita income, better infrastructure, etc...
    10. Has actually created things the whole world knows about (chocolate, chewing gum, ancestor of basketball, etc...)


    Top Ten Reasons Guyana Could Never Fock With Costa Rica:
    1. Beaches, Surfing, Variety in landscapes and sand colour and facing every direction possible
    2. Cloud Forests
    3. Hot Springs
    4. Landscapes
    5. Volcanoes
    6. Waterfalls with blue and/or clear water
    7. Happier people
    8. Higher Biodiversity
    9. Less corrupt
    10. Better roads, higher per capita income, better infrastructure, etc...






    What a clown. Suriname doesn't get that many tourists either. Neither does many other places worth going to.
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    I've long wanted to visit both Guyana and Suriname...so much to see and experience.

    Of course, jealousy keeps some people pressed bring down Guyana. Funny how the post actually makes Guyana look like the best choice overall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by str8finessin View Post
    my mom's friend is from guyana and her kids dont like to go back there cos they say its always wet and soggy and a lot of nasty insects running around, they say a lot of frogs and shit
    The children sound very spoiled. When I was younger, my family in T&T did not have as much. Not once did we open our mouths to complain. We enjoyed ourselves. Like they drag up children today instead of raising them.

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    Wow 3000 is a pitiful amount, damn that's really low for a country of that size.

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    why dis man coming in here talking about belize and costa rica?????????? my word. way to spoil the thread. a moderator should delete his posts.

    anyway, guyana is beautiful and i walking along the seawall in gt, and my time in the annai and surama! i'd really like to visit the kaieteur falls
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    @Agrodolce
    This man said Guyana has more "majestic" landscapes and wildlife than Belize and Costa Rica..... Fock out here, lmao.... The Belize Barrier Reef, Caracol, Uvita, Arenal Volcano etc... Shyttin' on anything Guyana could offer.

    All Guyana can offer is bush... It's a bushy, one trick pony. Nobody wants to go. Not even most Guyanese...

    Really and truly, Alajuela, Costa Rica or Cayo, Belize got more to offer than the whole of Guyana.


    Quote Originally Posted by SWAGGERIFIC View Post
    Wow 3000 is a pitiful amount, damn that's really low for a country of that size.
    EXACTLY...

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.K.K.S. View Post
    @Agrodolce
    This man said Guyana has more "majestic" landscapes and wildlife than Belize and Costa Rica..... Fock out here, lmao.... The Belize Barrier Reef, Caracol, Uvita, Arenal Volcano etc... Shyttin' on anything Guyana could offer.

    All Guyana can offer is bush... It's a bushy, one trick pony. Nobody wants to go. Not even most Guyanese...

    Really and truly, Alajuela, Costa Rica or Cayo, Belize got more to offer than the whole of Guyana.




    EXACTLY...





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    Quote Originally Posted by A.K.K.S. View Post
    Amphibians = Guyana 190, Costa Rica close with 183
    Birds = Costa Rica 838, Guyana 814, Belize 544
    Fish = Costa Rica 1,511, Belize 877, Guyana 467
    Mammals = Costa Rica 232, Guyana 225, Belize 147
    Plants = Costa Rica 12,119, Guyana 7,112, Belize 2,894
    Reptiles = Costa Rica 240, Guyana 179, Belize 140

    • Guyana = 214,970 km2
    • Costa Rica = 51,100 km2
    • Belize = 22,966 km2



    It should not even be a competition, yet Costa Rica beats Guyana on most and Belize is more biodiverse per square mile/kilometer

    Top Ten Reasons Guyana Could Never Fock With Belize:
    1. Beaches, Barrier Reef System, Cayes
    2. Cenotes
    3. Waterfalls with blue and/or clear water
    4. Mayan Ruins/Actual Indigenous Civilization
    5. Caves
    6. Higher Biodiversity per square mile/kilometer
    7. More racially and ethnically diverse and harmonious
    8. Less corrupt
    9. Better roads, higher per capita income, better infrastructure, etc...
    10. Has actually created things the whole world knows about (chocolate, chewing gum, ancestor of basketball, etc...)

    lol I don't believe any of that sh!t about Biodiversity because Guyana is pristine and Belize seems to have become Nassau and you're proud of that.

    If only 3000 tourists visit Guyana, how many scientists do? Certainly not as many per square mile.

    And Show me again how British Honduras is more diverse than Guyana? Lemme sh!t on that too.
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