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.
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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
Tipping is up to the individual when travelling in Guyana. It isn’t expected but will be happily received by service workers like taxi drivers and waiters. Feel free to leave spare change or tip extra if the service is particularly good.
Internet availability is quite low in Guyana (in comparison to other South American countries). Hotels and cafes with internet facilities can be found in Georgetown, but keep in mind that the internet may not be available elsewhere in Guyana.
It's possible to use your mobile phone in most urban areas of Guyana depending on your provider. Remote and rural areas may not have network coverage. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your mobile carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your mobile while in Guyana.
Toilets in Guyana will vary depending on what area you are travelling in. Flushable, western-style toilets are common in the cities, large hotels, malls and clubs but more modest squat toilets are the standard in rural areas and while camping. Either way, carrying a supply of toilet paper and soap is a good idea, as these aren’t always available in public toilets.
Can of soft drink = 100-150 GYD
A bottle of beer = 200-300 GYD
Simple lunch at a city café = 2000-3000 GYD
Dinner at a nice city restaurant = 5000 GYD
Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Guyana. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water and fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
While credit card usage is growing in Guyana, cards typically won't be accepted everywhere. Large hotels, shops and tourist operators may accept credit, while smaller vendors such as small family restaurants and market stalls probably won't. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases, since credit cards aren't always an option everywhere in Guyana.
ATMs which accept foreign cards are available, but aren't widespread. Guyana's airport and capital city (Georgetown) are the best places to access ATMs, so do so while travelling through urban centres, as rural and remote areas will have little to no ATM access.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 2 Jan New Year Holiday
- 23 Feb Republic Day
- 12 Mar Holi
- 13 Mar Holi Holiday
- 14 Apr Good Friday
- 17 Apr Easter Monday
- 1 May Labour Day
- 5 May Arrival Day
- 26 May Independence Day
- 3 Jul CARICOM Day
- 1 Aug Emancipation Day
- 1 Sep Eid-Ul-Azha(Feast of Sacrifice)
- 19 Oct Deepavali (Festival of Lights)
- 1 Dec Youman Nabi
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
- 26 Dec Boxing Day
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Guyana go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/guyana/public-holidays
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.