For travellers yearning to explore verdant rainforests, vast savannahs and amazing wildlife up-close, Guyana should be your next travel choice. The destination serves as a gateway into the lush Amazonian rainforests! Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the North, Venezuela to the west, Brazil to the South and Suriname to the east, Guyana lies on the northernmost tip of the South American continent. With its rich biodiversity, coupled with its close proximity to North America and Caribbean nations, the country is becoming a popular off-the-beaten-path destination, particularly for wildlife and birdwatching enthusiasts, and those who crave real adventure.
Arriving in Guyana
When arriving at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, the destination’s main airport, you will be impressed by the lush forest cover and meandering rivers that dot the landscape. Guyana is now considered a hub for travel with daily flights to and from major cities around the world including Miami, New York, Toronto, Kingston, Port of Spain and Panama City which are serviced by our major airline carriers along with transit flights on Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Air India, Air Canada and Air France through the various cities and other Caribbean islands. Smaller airlines use the secondary port located closer to the Capital, the Eugene F. Correia International Airport, which accommodates flights from Barbados and Trinidad along with domestic flights to various parts of the country. When arriving during the day, you will be treated to sweeping views of the historic city below. If you are staying within the city limits, you can opt to explore the city using affordable taxis and minibuses which are the main modes of transportation.
If you’re looking for a bit more freedom, you can rent your own vehicle. Given the different terrain and the changing weather, you need to choose your vehicle wisely and if you plan to go off road, then a 4WD jeep is ideal. Remember to hire a local guide for a more rewarding trip around Guyana!
Domestic Air Travel
Many of the tourism sites are spread across the country, particularly in the hinterland areas of the Rupununi. Some of the must-see sights include Iwokrama, Surama and Rewa Eco Lodge among others. If you opt to explore the country by air, the best option for domestic travel is by a small Cessna plane from Eugene F. Correia International Airport; you should book ahead (seats are limited) or charter your own craft. Opt for a window seat, so you won’t miss the spectacular views! With over 126 active airstrips connecting remote communities, your trip will definitely be rewarding. It is also recommended that you pack light; you are only allowed 20lbs (9.07kgs) as your carry-on luggage, however if you must travel heavy, local air carriers are happy to accommodate your extra luggage for an additional charge, which you need to take care of in advance.
An overland exploration is the right option for you if you crave raw adventure. There are many roads which not only provide access to local communities and remote attractions but are directly linked to our neighbouring countries of Brazil, through the Linden to Lethem road, and Suriname via Berbice. You can hop over the border for a quick getaway; the choice is yours whether you want to drive or relax and enjoy the journey using the many bus services connecting Georgetown and Lethem. While the roads can get rough and tough (particularly during the wet season), you will be impressed by the scenery along the way and will have many opportunities to experience the countryside during the many stops before your journey’s end.
Nothing beats an evening cruise or sail along one of the many rivers connecting communities and locations across Guyana. If you want to explore the country via its river corridors, hop on one of the many vessels available for day trips or longer excursions. Be sure to pack your sunblock and a hat before you embark! Guyana’s largest River, the Essequibo is perfect for Island hopping trips; the Demerara and the Berbice Rivers are also picturesque and will afford you numerous opportunities for birdwatching and sightseeing.
It doesn’t matter how you choose to explore this vast destination, by air, by road or by boat, the beauty and majesty will surely captivate you.