Guyana a rather unmissable stop


The likes of Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia often top travellers’ ‘must visit’ lists when they decide to head to South America. Guyana, on the other hand, seems to attract a far smaller crowd. But the abundance of cultural and natural sights, the lack of other travellers and it’s general ‘off the beaten track’ vibe help make Guyana a rather unmissable stop. Here’s the lowdown on the stuff that makes this spot an adventure traveller’s dream. Guyana is one of the least-known corners of South America and truly off the beaten track with both a rich culture and a pristine environment. Guyana currently only receives about 3,000 tourists a year, which, to put it in perspective, is about the same as Machu Picchu receives in a single day. It’s the same size as Britain but has a population of fewer than 750,000 and is comprised of an incredible 80% virgin rainforest. Wildlife and wildlife watching in Guyana is second to none, owing to the fact that it’s mostly made up of pristine rainforest. Jaguar, giant anteater, giant river otters, black caiman, tapir, eight species of monkey, tiny frogs, turtles, snakes and over 800 species of birds (including the harpy eagle – one of the world’s largest) are all on offer for wildlife enthusiasts.

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