The only English-speaking country in South America – Guyana has an eclectic heritage owing to its colonial past. Which becomes even more interesting when paired with its wild rainforest and Caribbean coast geography. The present population is descended largely from African slaves and indentured immigrants brought from east India. Georgetown is Guyana’s beating heart whose highlights include a collection of wooden cathedrals, historic canals and colourful markets.
But the real draw is the rainforests that characterise the nation and the stunning beaches on the Atlantic coast. Spend time at Iwokrama Forest for amazing wildlife viewing opportunities, including the chance to spot the elusive and endangered jaguar. Near the Brazilian border, you’ll find the seemingly endless Savannah region which offers the chance to hike or horse ride through the beautiful grasslands. Beneath the headlines of corruption, power outages and economic trouble is a joyful mix of people who are slowly but surely turning Guyana into a top wildlife and adventure destination
- Kaietuer Falls, one of the highest single-drop waterfalls in the world, located deep in the jungle, only accessible by a small plane or three-day trek
- Amazing wildlife in the county’s central virgin rainforest, with the chance to see giant anteaters, rare birds, jaguars and giant river otters
- The Rupununi savannahs, African-like plains sprinkled with indigenous villages, pockets of jungle and exceptional wildlife. Be sure to travel the river by night in search of endangered black caimans in a dugout canoe
- Travel by boat from Charity to Shell Beach, a pristine stretch of Coastline
- Join cowboys on a cattle drive in the remote Kanuk Mountains
When to Visit
The best time to visit Guyana is during the dry season, which typically runs from mid-September to mid-November and from mid-February to mid-April. During this time, the weather is generally warm and dry, with less rainfall and humidity, making it easier to explore the country’s many natural wonders. However, it’s important to keep in mind that Guyana’s climate can be unpredictable, and even during the dry season, occasional rain showers and thunderstorms are not uncommon.
Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Georgetown.