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Guyana – Top 12 Popular Attractions

Guyana is located on the Caribbean coastline of South America. The country is popular for its rainforests, calypso music, and friendly people. It is a country of diversity. While it offers adventurous treks to scenic waterfalls, it also serves up the tranquil charm of picturesque wineries. The historically inclined will enjoy the visits to the colonial neighborhoods and museums. And of course the country is world famous because of the surreal Mount Roraima.

 

  1. Splashmins Fun Park

This is an attraction for the whole family, especially those traveling with children. This theme park is spread over 164 acres amidst stunning greenery. It has water slides, picnic areas, and beautiful palm-lined walkways. However, the highlight is the artificial black water lake with its contrasting white sandy beaches overlooking the greenery.

 

  1. Pandama Retreat And Winery

A retreat in the true sense of the word, the Pandama is also a winery. Located at Georgetown, the retreat offers a great environment, unique wine, and some great food. The hosts are well known for their warm welcome and hospitality. There are cabins for those who want to stay overnight. And of course there is the winery itself. Unlike most wines which are made from grapes, the Pandama makes most of its wines from other fruits. Some of the fruits used include pineapples and guava.

 

  1. Shell Beach

The Shell Beach has its own ecosystem and is surrounded by the Atlantic Seaboard. The name comes from the fact that the sand is covered with broken shells. The area consists of savannahs, swamps, and mangrove forests. The beach is also home to four turtle species which come up ashore for mating purposes. Guyana’s turtle conservation project has been running for 25 years and has been quite a success. Getting to Shell Beach might not be so easy because of its remote location. But once you get there, it is totally worth it. It might take the whole day to get there by bus, boat, and then finally speedboat. Lots of people go to the Shell Beach for ‘turtle trekking’ during the mating season.

 

  1. Demerara Harbor Bridge

Want to see a floating bridge? Then head to the Demerara Harbor Bridge. Acting as the main transportation link between the west and east banks of the Demerara River, some parts of the bridge actually float at high tide. It is quite a memorable experience to drive over the bridge. The bridge is known to make a lot of noise but is very sturdy.

 

  1. Guyana Botanical Gardens And The Kissing Bridge

The Guyana botanical garden is a well maintained park with a small zoo inside it. Visit the zoo for seeing two-toed sloths, capuchin monkeys, anacondas and giant otters. There are also leopards, pumas, manatees and parrots! There is also the Kissing Bridge which is famous as a spot for lovers. The bridge can be quite the spot for taking some great pictures of the expanse around.

 

  1. Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology

This is where you can learn about the history of Guyana. It shows a lot of items used by the nine tribes of Guyana. One of the tribes is named Wai Wai and the museum was founded mainly because of them. The Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology was the first ever anthropological museum to be opened in English-speaking Caribbean. It is quite an old-fashioned museum which is yet to even introduce computers!

 

  1. St. George’s Wooden Church

Have you ever seen a church completely made out of wood? If not, then head to the St. George’s Wooden Church in Georgetown. This architectural gem dominates the skyline of the city with its height of 143 feet. It is also one of the tallest wooden churches in the world. The church is built on the site of two other churches by the same name. They were smaller in size and were torn down because of poor construction. Interestingly, they were made out of bricks.

No wonder the wood used for making this church is known as miracle wood.

 

  1. Kanuku Mountains

The Kanuku Mountains is home to the rare bird species like the Harpy Eagle and the Golden Headed Manakin. In addition to these two, the mountains are also home to over 350 other species of birds. The Kanuku Mountains are one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the world. It is an excellent place for hiking.

 

  1. Orinduik Falls

The Orinduik Falls aren’t as high as the neighboring Kaieteur waterfalls but are equally beautiful. They are surrounded by green hills that add to the visual charm. The Orinduik Falls drops into the beautiful Ireng River in a rather rocky setting. It is a very popular attraction with the visiting tourists. A tour to the Orinduik Falls is usually combined with a trip to the Kaieteur waterfalls.

 

  1. Iwokrama Forest

Popularly referred to as the ‘green heart’ of Guyana, the Iwokrama Forest is the place to be if you are a nature lover. It is home to a large variety of flora and fauna, some of which are listed as endangered. It is also a haven for bird lovers with spotting of almost 450 different species. The Iwokrama Forest is one of the last four pristine tropical forests in the world. The others are Amazon, New Guinea, and the Congo rainforest.

 

  1. Kaieteur National Park

The Kaieteur National Park is home to the amazing Kaieteur waterfalls and several other nature attractions. The park was created with an aim to protect the waterfalls and the surrounding flora and fauna. The Kaieteur waterfalls is the largest single-drop waterfall in the world. To give you an idea of its height,  it is almost 5 times higher than the Niagara Falls! It is no wonder that this is the most prominent attraction of the park. Chartered aircraft are available for going to the park, along with river and road expeditions. It is the sort of the place where you can just stand and forget about all your worries.

 

  1. Pakaraima Range and Mount Roraima

The Pakaraima Range is situated at the border of not two, but three countries. It is at the triple border point of Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana. The mountains are famous for resembling table tops and are some of the oldest formations on the planet. Mount Roraima is the highest point and it is a must-visit for hikers, climbers, nature lovers, and geology students! Covered by clouds most of the time, Mount Roraima looks like it is emerging out of the sky. The surrounding white clouds give the mountain a certain mystic charm and aura. It is a great place for taking some awe-inspiring photographs. The mountain is covered by tall cliffs which go up to as much as 400 meters.

Originally posted 2017-04-03 19:47:52.

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