Guyana Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Guyana

Where is it?: Guyana is in northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Suriname and Venezuela.

Why do people go here?: Guyana is a strange mix of different cultures and people. Most travelers who visit this country come to see the epic Kaieteur Falls.

What are the main entry points?: There are a few flights from around South America to Guyana. The boarder with Venezuela is closed, so you can arrive via Brazil or Suriname. In the future, there should be a direct flight somewhere to the United States.

Currency used: Dollar

Country Code for Phones: 592

Area codes for Major Cities: Georgetown 2

Religion: Christian 50%, Hindu 35%, Muslim 10%, other 5%

Population: 800,000

Ethnic Breakdown: East Indian 50%, black 36%, Amerindian 7%, white, Chinese, and mixed 7%

Government: Republic within the Commonwealth.

Languages: English, Amerindian dialects, Creole, Hindi, Urdu

Travel Information

Major Cities: Georgetown, New Amsterdam

Attractions: Kaieteur Falls

Tourism Office locations and links: Guyana Tourist Office

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Rupununi Savanna

Health Issues: Malaria, Cholera, dengue fever, typhoid

Tips for Visiting

When to go: November to May is the best time to visit. You will get rain, but the heat won’t be oppressive.

Common Phrases: Guyana is an English speaking country.

Specific Events/Holidays: Republic Day: February

Getting Around: On the coastline and the paved roads, you can usually find minibuses to get you from point A to point B. If you are going inland on the river, there are ferries to take you inland.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The only airport serving Guyana is the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Guyana travel guide for more on what

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