GUYANA TRAVEL GUIDE
Guyana, a country on South America’s North Atlantic coast, is defined by its dense rain-forest. English-speaking, with cricket and calypso music, it's culturally connected to the Caribbean region. Its capital, Georgetown, is known for British colonial architecture, including tall, painted-timber St. George’s Anglican Cathedral. Guyana literally means “the land of many rivers” and they couldn’t have found a more apt name. About the size of Britain, it is blessed with rivers, waterfalls, savannas highlands and rain forests.
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GUYANA QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Georgetown
- Currency: Guyanese dollar (GYD)
- Area: total: 214,970 km2
- Population: 779 004 (2018)
- Language: English, Amerindian dialects, Creole,
- Religion: Christian 50%, Hindu 35%, Muslim 10%, other 5%
- Electricity: 110-240V/60Hz (USA plug)
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GUYANA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 23 February, Republic Day
- 1 May, Labor Day
- 5 May, Arrival Day
- 26 May, Independence Day
- 1st Monday in July, CARICOM Day
- 1st Monday in August, Emancipation Day
- 26 December, Boxing Day
Also, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Holi, Deepavali (Diwali), Maulid an-Nabi, and Eid al-Adha.
GUYANA WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Mean temperature in Guyana is 25‐27.5°C throughout the year in most regions except the upland regions in the west, where mean temperature is 20‐23°C. Guyana experiences two ‘wet’ seasons; most of the country receives 250‐450 mm per month between May and July, and the second wet season affects mainly the northern, coastal regions which receive around 150‐300 mm per month in November to January. El Niño episodes lead to dry conditions throughout the year, and bring warmer temperatures between June and August.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN GUYANA
The Best Time For Hiking in Guyana is during the dry months from February to April and again from September to November. The biggest challenge when hiking in Guyana is the heat, which is unavoidable!
BEACH OPTIONS IN GUYANA
The weather is most pleasant in Guyana in the months of February, March, April and September, October and November. There are not many beaches along the coast, with the exception of Shell Beach and 63 Beach Berbice, but there are a few lovely river beaches along the Essequibo River such as Bartica Beach, Saxacalli Beach and Hamburg Beach. Each year between March and August, turtles come ashore to lay their eggs at Shell Beach.
KITESURF IN GUYANA
It is possible to kitesurf at the Essequibo River Mouth in Guyana, but the wind is not consistently very strong, thus not making it a particularly popular kitesurfing destination. The best months are January to April and October to December.
HEALTH RISKS IN GUYANA
Be aware of possible health risks in
Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.