Home to lively towns brimming with Creole culture, locals that live life with Caribbean flair and dense forests heaving with the animal kingdom's greatest hits, Guyana is like a rare, unpolished gem waiting to be discovered. Delve deep into the steamy jungles to find jaguars, anacondas and monkeys, look to the canopy where hummingbirds and kingfishers fly and traverse the rivers where stealthy caimans lurk. For a truly wild South American adventure, Guyana just can't be topped.
Guyana Tours & Travel
All our Guyana trips
At a glance
|Capital city:||Georgetown (population 250,000)|
|Language:||English, Urdu, Creole|
|Time zone:||(GMT-04:00) Manaus|
|Electricity:||Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin) Type B (American 3-pin) Type D (Old British 3-pin) Type G (Irish/British 3-pin)|
Best time to visit Guyana
Guyana's tropical climate ensures warm temperatures and high humidity all year round. May, June, July, December and January typically see the most rainfall, with storms and downpours of heavy rain more prevalent in the afternoon. Coastal regions tend to catch cool sea breezes, which bring the temperature down and provide respite from the heat. Generally, a great variety of birds, mammals and amphibians can be found in Guyana at any time of year.
Geography and environment
Top 3 Cultural Experiences in Guyana
1. Village Visit
Guyana is home to many Amerindian people, who typically live in small villages and pursue a traditional way of life. Visiting a village is a privilege not to be missed when travelling through Guyana. Gain valuable insights into local customs, watch handicrafts being created and listen to the stories of the villagers who strive to retain a connection to their ancestors and natural world.
2. To Market… To Market
As a significant meeting and trading point for locals, Guyana's markets are a great way to observe local daily life in action. Admire traditional handicrafts, barter for fresh fruit and snack on some street food while picking up some local lingo and absorbing the atmosphere.
3. After Dark
Renowned for its vibrant nightlife, Guyana's capital Georgetown is the ultimate place to experience the melange of cultures present in this modern day melting pot. Listen to Caribbean classics, dancehall, reggae and dub in clubs, watch a game of cricket at a sports club, or tuck into spicy Creole food in restaurants and cafes - either way, you'll see Georgetown truly comes alive at night.
FAQs on Guyana
A bottle of beer = 200-300 GYD
Simple lunch at a city café = 2000-3000 GYD
Dinner at a nice city restaurant = 5000 GYD
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Jan 24 Milad an-Nabi (Birth of the Prophet)
Feb 23 Republic Day (Mashramani)
Mar 27 Phagwah (Holi)
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 5 Indian Heritage Day
May 26 Independence Day
Jul 1 Caricom Day
Aug 5 Freedom Day
Aug 8 Eid Al Fitr
Oct 15 Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Nov 3 Diwali (Hindu Festival of Light)
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Boxing Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/guyana/public-holidays
Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Not required
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
USA: Not required
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Guyana Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Guyana
1. Be considerate of Guyana’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
9. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
10. Ramadan is the fasting month for all Muslims, and is observed by some parts of the Guyanese population. During this month no food, drink or smoking is permitted during daylight hours. While non-Muslims aren't expected to fast, it's important to be mindful of Ramadan while travelling in Guyana.
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|The Coloured Girl in the Ring: A Guyanese Woman Remembers||Brenda Chester DoHarris|