Guyana:An African Country Famous for Its Expansive Forests and Vibrant Locals~

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Guyana is a diverse country of the mainland of South America though it is also considered part of the Caribbean community. Guyana is the only South American English speaking country, but the locals mostly use Guyanese Creole as the first language. There are more than enough reasons to go sightseeing in Guyana, the top being the highest water point, the city life of its capital and the friendly Guyana people. Also, if you have been looking for an adrenaline-raising destination, then waste time no more, in Guyana you can go for jungle isolation periods, combat training or abseiling at the falls. In this article, we have selected top sightseeing destinations that we do not have doubt will make you visit Guyana again and again.

1. Kaieteur Falls (Georgetown)

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Guyana is popularly known as the world of waterfalls, as its falls surpass the Niagara and Victorian falls. Kaieteur Falls in the capital of Guyana is the largest single drop waterfall in the world with a height of more than two hundred meters. The falls are in Kaieteur National Park in the center of Guyana rainforest. The best time for sightseeing the falls is during the dry season, either February-April or July-November. During the rainy season, it gets foggy, making the visibility of the falls poor. The only ways for sightseeing the falls are either by flying in or hiking. A hike to the falls gives you an opportunity to view the forest and a unique wildlife setting, but it may take more than three days.

2. St. George's Cathedral (Georgetown)

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St. George's Cathedral in Georgetown has the glory of being the largest and tallest wooden cathedral. The church was built with greenheart wood which is native to Guyana and is said to be resistant to insects and waterproof, no wonder it has stood for all these years. The construction of the church began in 1889 and today, this cathedral serves as the seat of the Bishop of Guyana. St. George's Cathedral not only tells the history of Guyana but also that of the neighboring Caribbean countries. The church's architecture is both unique and inspiring. The church is open for sightseeing all year round although the most favorable months are between April and November.

3. Promenade Gardens (Georgetown)

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Promenade Gardens are right in the city center of Guyana. There are well-trimmed tree bushes and the grass is well maintained. It is quiet and peaceful enough for relaxing, reading and picnicking. The garden area was used as a public execution space in the but today, it is open for happy reflective moments and is also a wedding area. These grounds also have the oldest Mahatma Gandhi monument in Guyana. If the weather is great, you can also view various bird species. The gardens are at their prime of beauty just after the rainy season, as from August, making it the best period for sightseeing.

4. Guyana Botanical Gardens (Georgetown)

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No trip to Guyana would be complete without sightseeing at least one of its botanical gardens. Guyana Botanical Gardens have the most extensive collection of flora and fauna in Guyana. The gardens have a substantial variety of tropical flowers, palms and lilies. In the gardens, is also a zoo known as Guyana Zoo which is a home to endangered species such as harpy eagles, giant otters and West Indian manatees. Guyana Zoo is also a favorite sightseeing spot for birdwatchers as it has a good collection of great bird species. The gardens are open as early as 6 am, and if you would like to go sightseeing when the birds are most active, we suggest that you go this early. When sightseeing, we strongly recommend that you wear waterproof shoes for you to explore the wet areas comfortably.

5. Demerara Harbour Bridge (Georgetown)

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Demerara Harbour Bridge is a stunning floating bridge that crosses Demerara River and is about 2 km with over sixty spans. Demerara Harbour Bridge is popularly known as a floating bridge as it floats on badges and some parts actually float when the tide is high. The bridge has 7.9 m vertical clearance for small vessels and two 77.4 m horizontal clearance for larger water vessels. Be sure to check the opening times for the bridge before you go sightseeing as the bridge runs on a schedule. Also, ensure that you see how the bridge is constructed and how it retracts to allow water vessels to pass.

6. Stabroek Market (Georgetown)

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Stabroek Market is widely known as the largest marketplace of Guyana. It is in Georgetown the capital of Guyana and is the most notable landmark of the city. The market building is a cast iron structure with an iconic clock at the tower. A visit to the market is a chance to soak in the culture of the Guyana people and experience their way of life, that is why it is a major tourist attraction to Georgetown. The market has pretty much everything from souvenirs to farm produce. The best time to go to the market and generally to Georgetown is in the dry season from August to November and February to April.

7. Guyana National Museum (Georgetown)

The stories of the historical and cultural heritage of Guyana are best presented at the Guyana National Museum. The museum is in Georgetown and houses most of the archeological artifacts of Guyana. In addition, the museum has a commendable collection of flora, fauna, Amerindian arts and crafts, and precious stones. The museum is open throughout the year from Monday to Saturday and the best period for sightseeing is during the dry season. The museum is not so crowded, so any time of the day is good, but on Saturdays, it closes as early as 2 pm.

8. Pandama Retreat & Winery (Georgetown)

Pandama Retreat & Winery is a perfect place for sightseeing nature as you enjoy art with a glass of flamboyant Guyana wine. The wines are from exotic Guyana fruits that include pineapple, cherry, malacca pear, carambola and sorrel. You will also get interesting flavors like the libido enhancement tonic wine made from barks native to Guyana. Pandama Retreat offers private cabins tucked in the woods and a campground. It also offers a captivating birdwatching experience as it is a home to about 130 bird species. There is also an art studio at the premises which showcases enchanting canvas artworks. Pandama Retreat & Winery is open for sightseeing throughout the year, but you have to make a reservation.

9. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Georgetown)

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is the leading Roman Catholic church of Guyana and a major attraction to Georgetown. The church is constructed with a very exceptional Romanesque architectural style of the 1920s. Highlights of the cathedral include a marble altar which was a gift to the Bishop of Guyana from Pope Pius XI, a metal shrine to the Virgin Mary and another shrine at the pinnacle of the church. The church has a small library and an artwork of sculptures of most saints. The church is open both for masses and for sightseeing. It is wise to dress appropriately as the church is still a holy place.

10. Georgetown City Hall (Georgetown)

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Georgetown City Hall is the hallmark of Gothic Revival architecture style in Guyana, constructed using local timber, cast iron columns, and a hammer-beam roof. The city hall was officially opened in 1889 and today, it houses the Mayor, the City Council and the City Engineer. Also, it has a city concert hall which is the main venue for festivals and music recitals in Guyana. You can go sightseeing during the concerts or any other time except on Sundays. In the hall, there are a variety of stores that have a great selection of souvenirs and jewelry.

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Guyana tends to be overlooked but it is a gem of South America. For the jewel lovers, Guyana is one of the top producers of gold and you can find reasonably priced golden jewelry. The rainforests, wildlife and gardens are simply untouched and prime for nature sightseeing. Most of the places are not crowded and the dry season weather is another reason that makes Guyana a treasure holiday destination. The people of Guyana are exceptionally warm and make your stay worthwhile as most of them speak English. Even better, most of the places and items in Guyana are incredibly affordable.

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