Guyana is a geographically unique country which sits on the northern tip of the Continent of South America surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean which is to its north, Brazil on its South West, Venezuela on its North West and Suriname on its East. It is part of the English speaking Caribbean though it doesn’t share the same geographical space.
About eighty percent of the country is covered by virgin forest, part of the Amazon Rainforest which produces some twenty percent of the world’s oxygen. Guyana is, therefore, part of the lungs of the world – a term used to refer to rainforests – and boasts an array of fascinating wildlife and investigative ground for scientists in every field.
It’s allure doesn’t stop here. It is the only English speaking country on the Continent of South America, having been ceded by the Dutch, its first occupiers, to the British, which leaves as an inheritance, a mix of Victorian and Dutch buildings and infra structure and street names which reveal this heritage.
The country’s population is a reflection of its history. When the British colonized the country, they imported African slaves and indentured laborers to work on the sugar plantations which grew in to the mainstay of the country’s economy. Thus, the country became the land of six peoples and its population of some 736,000 is comprised of 9.1% Indigenous Amerindians, 43.5% East Indians, 30.2% Africans, 16.7% mixed race .5% Portuguese, Chinese, Whites. There are research documents that show a massive shipment of white Irish as slaves to the country, which could account for the presence of that demographic, along with some former slave owners, of course, who would have come from England and Scotland.
Guyana is divided into three counties; Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice and has four geographical regions; the interior savannahs, the highland region, the hilly sand and clay area and the low coastal plain. About eighty percent of the nation lives along this coastal plain, where the bulk of agriculture and livestock rearing takes place.
The popular tourist attractions are the country’s numerous water ways. It does not only boast its Kaiteure Falls, the world’s tallest single drop water fall, and its sister, Orinduik Falls, which cascades over red jasper rocks on the border with Brazil, but it is known as the land of many waters with the number of rivers and other water ways that course through the country.
And its highlights do not stop here. Each race brings a cadence to the creoles dialect that is the main form of communication, each tone unique to race and the part of the country that the person is from.
So, when you visit Guyana, you’ll be getting a singular experience.
You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy our eco system, visit the world’s tallest single drop water fall, see one the world’s tallest Victorian wooden churches and chat with six different races speaking the same dialect in their own distinct way.
Welcome to Guyana.
We can’t wait to meet you.