Things to Do in Guyana
When you get to the capital Georgetown, you will see one of the tallest wooden churches in the world - St. George's Cathedral, and the traditional Indian architecture Umana Yana. The biggest single drop waterfall - Kaieteur Falls is also a must-go spot in Guyana. In addition, walking on the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, taking a boat to encounter the Giant Otters, searching for the Giant Anteaters on the savannah, as well as assisting in data collection in an ongoing field study of the Black Caiman, are all interesting and exciting, which should not be missed.
Iwokrama Canopy Walkway
Bourda Market, Georgetown
Top Destinations & Attractions
Georgetown: St. George's Cathedral, Botanical Gardens, National Park, Stabroek Market, Umana Yana
Potaro-Siparuni: Kaieteur National Park, Kaieteur Falls
Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo: Rupununi Savannah
Iwokrama Forest: Iwokrama Canopy Walkway
Yupukari: Caiman House Field Station
Best Time to Go
Guyana has a tropical climate, and there are two rainy seasons one year. The small rainy season is from December to the next February, and the main rainy season is from the late April to the mid-August. The best time to visit Guyana is after the rainy seasons, generally in the early March or late August, when the vegetation is refreshed and the waterfalls are at their fullest.
The temperatures don’t fluctuate too much around the year. During the daytime, the temperature is 86-88°F (30-31°C), and during the night, the temperature is 71-75°F (22-24°C).
How to Travel around Guyana?
As there is no train service and the scheduled domestic flights are very limited in Guyana, you have to take private charter flight between most of the destinations.
Within the city, taxis and mini-buses are available. Since Guyana is an English-speaking country, it is not difficult to get around the city by the public transportation. However, it’s not suggested to rent a car as the road conditions are generally poor, speed limits are hard to enforce and some drivers ignore the traffic lights.
Overall, the best way is to take a tour with a professional tour guide and an experienced driver.
Currency & Payment in Guyana
The Guyana dollar (GYD) is the official currency of Guyana. International credit cards like MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted by hotels, resorts, gift shops and some restaurants. Cash can be withdrawn from local banks or ATMs, but you’re still suggested to take some US dollars as the licensed currency exchange offices run longer hours than that of the Banks.
Visa for Guyana Tours
Visa is not required for travelers from the Commonwealth of Nations, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and United States of America. Otherwise please apply for tourism Visa to enter Guyana.
1. Do not drink tap water.
2. Please remember to take Mosquito repellent.
3. Malaria is a major health problem in Guyana, so please remember to get vaccinated.