Enticingly off-the-beaten-track, Guyana is a real hidden gem of South America. With colonial influences including all of the Netherlands, Britain and France, some pretty post-colonial town centers and a wild and untouched backcountry that goes from mist-topped tepuis to wild virgin rainforests, it’s hardly surprising there’s so much to see and do.
The great peaks of Kanuku are divided in two by the long and winding water channels of the Rupununi River, separated into a duo of diamond-shaped highland regions that are both famed for their wealth of mammalian species and old growth forests.It’s actually rather rare that travels will make their way this deep into the southern recesses of the nation, passing the tepui peaks of Potaro-Siparuni and traversing great stretches of savannah and lowland forest to get here.Those who do come, however, can spy out the rare harpy eagle, giant otters in the riparian habitats and the colossal pirarucu fish.
Iwokrama forest is well-known for being one of the four last untouched or pristine tropical forests on the earth. This dense forest stretching over one million acres is popular for being the homeland of the Makushi community of people that have been utilizing this forest for several generations. You get to see the footsteps of Makushi individuals here. Discover unique, rare flora and fauna here. Iwokrama forest gains the fame for being an extraordinary attraction for the bird-watchers, naturalists, scientists, adventurers, and for the individuals looking for exploring untouched forests. It is also widely popular as the ‘Green heart of Guyana’
Since its foundation in the middle of the 18th century, New Amsterdam – the regional capital of East Berbice-Corentyne – has flitted from Dutch masters, who held sway over the lowland plantations here from the citadel of Fort Nassau up the valley, to the British, who endowed it with ground-breaking sanitation laws and attracted the likes of Cesar Castellani. As testimony to Castellani’s influence, the masterful facades of the New Amsterdam Public Hospital still adorn the streets, while New Amsterdam’s trio of downtown strips pulses with marketplaces and light industry to boot.
Rum is produced in most of the countries of Central America and the Caribbean. Cuba is possibly the most famous rum producing country, exporting it all over the world. I came back from a recent trip to Antigua with rum in my suitcase. But people in Guyana swear that their country produces the best rum in the world. So, sure enough, on of the things to do in Guyana is going to a rum distillery and having a few samples – just to make sure it really is the best rum.