Guyana – a Paradise for Nature Lovers

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GuyanaGuyana lies in north-eastern South America between Suriname to the east and Venezuela to the west and is an absolute paradise for nature lovers. The country is dominated by mighty rivers, such as the Demerara River, Berbice River and the Essequibo River. It makes perfect sense that the country is called Guyana, which means “land of many waters.” The rivers provide highways into the jungles and dense rainforests of the interior.

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The pristine rainforests of Guyana are home to abundant wildlife and more than eight-hundred species of birds, including macaws, Harpy Eagles and the Guyana Cock-of-the-Rock. The Rewa River is popular among fishermen and well-known for its large population of Arapaima, the largest scaled fresh fish in the world. Peacock Bass, Payara, Pacu, Swordfish and Catfish also thrive in these waters.

At Kaieteur Falls one can experience a true scenic wonder. You can climb up the “O-my-God” mountain for an incredible view of the falls. Bullfrogs and Bromeliads (family of the pineapple) are everywhere. The high-volumes of water of the Potaro River plunges 740 feet downward from the Pakaraima Plateau and is one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world. The Potaro River empties into the Essequibo River, which is the longest and widest river in South America. Upriver from the falls, the plateau stretches out to the escarpment of the Pakaraima Mountains which forms the divide between Orinoco Valley and the Amazon Basin.

Mount Roraima

Mount Roraima is the highest peak of the Pakaraima and is also the border of Guyana, Brazil and Venezuela. Plants that are commonly found on the mountain include the bellflower (Campanula), Rapatea heather and Heliamphora (pitcher plants). Mount Roraima is home to many unique fauna, such as the Roraima Bush Toad. The Kapon and Pemon natives believe Mount Roraima is the stump of a mighty tree that once held all the fruits and tuberous vegetables in the world. When the tree crashed to the ground, it unleashed a terrible flood. In modern days, the mountain became a popular destination for backpackers.

 

There are also great tourist attractions in the capital city of Guyana. Georgetown is located in the Demerara-Mahaica region on the Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Demerara River and home to the Company Path Garden, National Museum of Guyana, the St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, the Demerara Harbour Bridge, the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology, the State House built in 1852 and Stabroek Market on Water Street. The market is constructed of iron and steel with a prominent clock tower. The Stabroek Market is the busiest place in the city and offers a large variety of shops.

 

Guyana offers adventure, beautiful nature, pristine rainforests and spectacular mountains and is an amazing country to make a memorable trip to. In Guyana, an unforgettable experience awaits you.

 

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