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Things to do in Guyana include exploring the magnificent array of natural treasures, from lush and dense forest packed with wildlife to savannah plains; visiting local Amerindian tribes; and seeing colonial architecture, vibrant markets and Caribbean character in the capital of Georgetown.
Visit Kaieteur Falls, the world's largest single-drop waterfall right in the depths of the Amazon jungle; spot jaguar in Iwokrama, meet giant river otters in Karanambu and climb Surama Mountain a remote region where rainforest meets savannah, and visit the community tourism village of Surama. Finally, for those searching for a place to unwind at the end of a trip, a stay at a river island resort near Georgetown is an ideal option.
A country rich in wildlife, Guyana is a premier eco-travel destination, and very rewarding for those adventurous travellers willing to visit a destination a little off the beaten track.
The amazing bio-diversity in Guyana includes an astonishing array of mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. There are more than 800 species of birds, including the Guianan cock-of-the-rock, the rufous-winged ground cuckoo, the harpy eagle, the red siskin and the sun parakeet. Fauna that may be spotted includes giant anteaters, giant river otters, capybaras, tapirs, black caimans, poison dart frogs and, with luck, elusive jaguars.
Iwokrama eco-project has been established since 1996 and is a unique living laboratory for tropical forest management. The 371,000 hectares of rainforest is home to the highest number of bat and fish species in the world. Here you can also spot a jaguar and be welcomed into Amerindian villages.
Karanambu lies where the northern grasslands, swamp and flooded forest meet on the Rupununi river. The area is one of the last refuges for the giant river otter, while tropical freshwater fish and teeming birdlife abound.
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