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It is risky for first-time visitors to drive a car because of the unpredictable local driving habits, poor street lighting, and the inferior quality of roads in some places. If still, you insist on driving, then be very careful.

The drivers and conductors of these buses drive like mad.

Guyana - natural speed bump - j.i. photo

Accomodation

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Guyana - Surama -eco-lodge

Food

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Guyana - nice breakfast - k.s. photo

Guyana - jerk chicken - g.v. photo

Shopping

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Guyana - Georgetown - Stabroek Market - t.k. photo

Guyana - tropical fruits - g.m. photo

Public safety

Compared to the relatively high number of crimes committed, police capacity is inadequate.  Armed robberies in shops are common, and passers-by often become victims. The police mostly use firearms to stop the robbers.

Don’t leave valuables in your rental car because car break-ins are frequent.

These are risky neighborhoods: Tiger Bay, Albouystown area, Sophia (south of Georgetown), Buxton and Agricola, and the Stabroek Market area. Foreigners are often victims of theft and pickpocketing, even daytime.

One of the safest ways to get around is by taxi. We recommend using the services of better-known taxi companies. However, it would be best if you were vigilant and careful.

Avoid the deserted stretches of beaches as well as a walk after dark.






Guyana - mounted police - g.f. photo

Background

Guyana - national flag - o.r. photo

Destination in brief


Guyana is located in the northern part of South America. Neighbors: Venezuela (west), Brazil (south), Suriname (east). Guyana is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, 

Size: 214,969 km² (83,000 mi²)

Capital city: Georgetown

Population: (in 2020): 780,000 - 40% East Indian, 29,5% African Black, 20% Mixed race - Guyana is a miscegenation of six races ( African,Asian Indian,Chinese, Amerindian,Portuguese, British)

The Rupununi (Hinterland) area still houses many indigenous Amerindian tribes - the first people to inhabit Guyana.

The Blacks and the Indians have traditionally not got along with each other. Indians consider blacks lazy, and blacks envy the well-being of Indians.


Language:English is the official language - Guyana is the only English-speaking country of South America

Religion: 25% Hindu, 24% Christian (Catholic and Protestant), 23% Pentecostal

Political system: a presidential representative democratic republic, a multi-party system, the president is the head of government

Currency: Guyanese dollar (GYD)

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 347 USD

Most common surname:Persaud

Top tourist attractions:

Iwokrama Rainforest, Georgetown, Kaieteur Falls,Canopy Walkway


Geography

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Guyana - landscape - g.v. photo

Guyana - Mount Roraima (shared with Venezuala and Brazil) - g.v. photo

Climate

The rainy season is usually May / June and December / January.

History

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Guyana - Georgetown - Square of the Revolution - 1763 Monument portraying Cuffy, a rebellious enslaved person who became a national hero

Nowadays

Locals have high hopes that Exxon found 14 oil fields in 2019. If business conditions are right, a country with such a small population can expect significant economic development and a rise in living standards. Corruption in the country can make opportunities worse.

Tourist etiquette

1. Unless you are in a crowded place, greet everyone you meet on the street with a good morning or good evening meeting, etc. The same when entering any building or even public transportation. Say please, and thank you: no loudness or lewd behavior. Proper hygiene and decent attire are essential.

2. Special warning for visiting men to avoid their face to be rearranged: unlike Brazil and many other Latin American countries, in Guyana, groping women is not tolerated. 

Gastronomy

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Guyana - Crab curry - s.v. photo

Guyana - sada roti with pumpkin - g.v. photo

Attractions

Georgetown

Guayana - Georgetown - Starbroek market area - n.h. photo

Guyana - Georgetown - Bartica market - g.m. photo

Kaieteur Falls

Guyana - Kaieteur Falls - g.m. photo

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