Georgetown
Guyana
By Jessica Howell

Nestled on the Northern coast of South America between Venezuela and Suriname, Guyana is a unique country characterized by Caribbean and Latin heritage coupled with spectacular natural beauty.  An eco-tourists’ dream, Guyana boasts vast open spaces, savannahs, pristine rainforests, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and impressive flora and fauna.  Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, alone boasts more than 200 species of birds as well as impressive gardens, parks, restaurants, shops, and historic buildings.  From Georgetown, tourists can explore Guyana’s many natural attractions, while still enjoying the luxuries and amenities of the capital city.  That is why WhatsCheaper.com invites you to book your next tropical vacation to Georgetown, Guyana in South America.

Georgetown is serviced by one airport:  The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO).  Located 25 miles south of Georgetown, visitors can enjoy scenic views as they travel from the airport to this charming city.  Click on the following link to book your flight to Guyana:  (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php).   Most visitors require only a passport to enter into the country; however, some nationalities must obtain a visa in addition to their passport to be granted entry into Guyana.  So be sure to check Guyana’s official tourism site before booking your trip.  WhatsCheaper.com is also happy to assist with your accommodation needs.  Just click on the following link to browse our selection of hotels:  (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

When you first arrive in Georgetown, you will be greeted by idyllic tree-lined streets, quaint Dutch colonial and Victorian architecture, and the inviting hospitality of the Guyanese people.  One of Georgetown’s most impressive architectural highlights is St. George’s Cathedral, which is famous for reportedly being one of the world’s tallest wooden buildings.  Regardless if St. George’s actually holds that title, the Cathedral’s white washed exterior, giant stained glass windows, and stunning altar, are a remarkable sight nonetheless.

While St. George’s Cathedral is famous for its size, St. Andrews Kirk is known for being the oldest building continually in use for religious purposes.  Its history dates back to 1829 when it was built by the Europeans as a place for slaves to practice Christianity.  The church is now open to all visitors.

The best place to enjoy Guyana’s flora and fauna inside the city limits is The Botanic Gardens.  The gardens feature Victorian bridges, pavilions, tropical flora, and ponds dotted with huge lily pads of the Victoria Regia Lili, Guyana’s national flower.  Georgetown also features a large Zoological Park where visitors can see over 100 species of wildlife, as well as a wide variety of tropical fishes and birds.  There is a small admission fee to enter the Zoological Park. 

WhatsCheaper.com recommends that you venture outside of the city and explore the vast natural beauty Guyana has to offer.  There are a handful of tour companies that offer a number of exciting tour packages ranging from day trips to overnight and multi-day excursions.  Guyana, an Amerindian word meaning ‘Land of Many Waters,’ accurately reflects the countries landscape.  WhatsCheaper.com recommends that you take time to visit a few of Guyana’s 300 spectacular waterfalls.  One of the most impressive waterfalls in Guyana is Amaila Falls.  Located on the Kuribrong River, the river drops from the escarpment over Amaila Falls vertically approximately 200 feet, and continues in a series of cascading rapids and falls for almost two miles.  Another spectacular waterfall in Guyana is The Cuquenan Falls, which rank amongst the 15 highest free-leaping waterfalls in the world.   Both waterfalls are extremely isolated so visiting them requires a 3-4 day excursion.  Inquire about tours to these and other waterfalls when you first arrive in Georgetown.

Another great attraction outside of Georgetown is Shell Beach.  Located on the north eastern Atlantic coast of Guyana, Shell Beach is a 90 mile stretch of coastline that is a popular nesting ground for four species of endangered marine turtles.  This area is also home to tortoises, manatees, tapirs, deer, jaguars, howler monkeys and other large animals. 

If you are looking for a more relaxing place to visit during your stay, WhatsCheaper.com recommends venturing to No. 63 Beach.  This beach spans approximately 10 miles and has activities such as beach volleyball, softball cricket, fishing, and of course, swimming.  It is the perfect place to relax after partaking in some of the exciting activities and excursions Georgetown has to offer.

Whether you are looking for an Amazonian adventure deep in the rainforest, or a relaxing vacation spent strolling botanical gardens and the quaint streets of a colonial village, Georgetown is the place for you.  WhatsCheaper.com invites you to stray from the hackneyed tourist trail and explore a country of vast beauty and rare treasures few have seen before.

MUST SEE IN Georgetown LIST:

  • 1. St. George's Cathedral
  • 2. Guyana Zoological Park
  • 3. Demerara Distillery
  • 4. Air Guyana
  • 5. Georgetown Lighthouse
  • 6. Red House
  • 7. Main Street
  • 8. Guyana Parliament Building
  • 9. Stabroek
  • 10. Georgetown Courthouse

Georgetown EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Mashramani - February
  • 2. Lethem Rodeo - April
  • 3. Easter in Guyana - April
  • 4. Guyana Music Festival - April

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