Guyana is a sovereign state on the northern of South America. However, it has strong cultural, historical, and political ties with other Anglo Caribbean countries and the Caribbean Community. Guyana is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Brazil to the south and southwest, Suriname to the east and Venezuela to the west. Guyana is the fourth-smallest country on mainland South America.
The region known as “the Guianas” consists of the large shield landmass north of the Amazon River and east of the Orinoco River known as the “land of many waters”. Originally inhabited by many indigenous groups, Guyana was settled by the Dutch before coming under British control in the late 18th century. It was governed as British Guiana until the 1950s and gained independence in 1966. The legacy of British rule is reflected in the country’s political administration and diverse population, which includes Indian, African, Amerindian, and multiracial groups.
Guyana is the only South American nation in which English is the official language. The majority of the population, however, speak Guyanese Creole, an English-based creole language, as a first language. In addition to being part of the Anglophone Caribbean, Guyana is one of the few Caribbean countries that is not an island in the West Indies.
Guyana has one of the largest unspoiled rainforests in South America, some parts of which are almost inaccessible by humans. Mount Roraima and Guyana’s table-top mountains (tepuis) are said to have been the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novel The Lost World. There are also many volcanic escarpments and waterfalls, including Kaieteur Falls which is believed to be the largest water drop in the world. The local climate is tropical and generally hot and humid, though moderated by northeast trade winds along the coast. There are two rainy seasons, the first from May to mid-August, the second from mid-November to mid-January.
The Guyanese are very friendly and helpful people. Despite their low income in a quite expensive country, we’ve been offered goods for free, numerous times on the street markets of capital Georgetown. Unfortunately the crime rate is considerable, especially at night, a fact that we ignored without facing any incident.
A vibrant capital with full Caribbean color, sometimes chaotic in the center of town with the extensive street markets, while tranquil at the suburb areas. A hot and sweaty tropical town with interesting colonial architecture.
is the world’s largest single drop waterfall by the volume of water flowing over it, deep in Guyana’s jungle
Guyana. A nature’s feast
to be continued…