Guyana’s coast is a blend of coconut palms and Caribbean music, Dutch place names and drainage systems, Hindu temples, Islamic mosques and Demerara sugar.
Georgetown, the capital, is known as the ‘Garden City of the Caribbean’, which gives some idea of the country’s commercial and cultural orientation. In the thinly populated interior, life revolves around Amerindian communities beside the rivers, or, further south, the scattered ranches of the Rupununi Savannah. Waterfalls tumble over jasper rocks, or, at Kaieteur, into a chasm almost five times the height of Niagara.
Highlights of Guyana include the Kaieteur Falls, among the highest in the world, the Orinduik Falls on the border with Brazil and the Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve, with the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway.
Travelling on any of the rivers, many with excellent beaches, is the most interesting way to get around. On the coast there are few beaches for bathing, but in the far northwest is Shell Beach, a protected area for marine turtles and birdlife.