Hello from Guyana!

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Hello from Guyana!

We just wrapped an incredible 10 days in the interior jungle of Guyana. You might be wondering where in the world is Guyana and before this trip, we couldn't have told you either!

It turns out that Guyana is located in South America, but culturally feels quite similar to the Caribbean. It's the only English-speaking country in South America, and borders Venezuela and Brazil. There are 3 Guyanas that people commonly visit together: French Guyana, Suriname (Dutch Guyana) and British Guyana. It's the later that we visited.

 

 

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The Amazon

Guyana is a small country, roughly the size of Great Britain, but 90% of the population live along the coastline bordering the Atlantic Ocean. We landed in the capital Georgetown but headed straight to the interior: the lush Amazon basin. Thick vegetation, minimal dirt roads and impenetrable forests have left Guyana's interior pretty unexplored. Well off the beaten path, we stayed in basic eco-lodges and had jaguars, giant river otters and tarantulas for our neighbors.

From big wildlife to untouched rainforest, we had the adventure of a lifetime getting to know this small but beautiful country. It was a bit out of our comfort zone – but in the best possible way! We're only just returning to internet and hot showers :)

 Read more:  Everything to See & Do in Georgetown

 



 

 

Soft Adventure

For our trip, we spent almost two weeks on a “soft adventure” itinerary deep in the jungle. We say “soft” in quotes because it was definitely “hard” by our definition, ha! We learned how to use bow and arrows to shoot game, hiked Awarmie mountain and camped overnight on its peak, and did night drives to watch for black caiman (alligator type creatures) and jaguars.

From tarantulas in our rooms to frogs hopping out of the showers, it was pretty far out of our comfort zones, but in the best possible way. Guyana has tall mountain peaks and wild savannah landscapes as well.. so really we only explored a fraction of what Guyana has to offer!

 Read more:  Everything We Packed to Survive the Amazon Jungle

 



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Something New

If you're getting tired of the same cosmopolitan cities and tried and true churches, head to Guyana for something new. We're about to hop on a flight back to New York but are already planning to write some travel guides covering what we saw, did and ate in Guyana. In the meantime, check out our stories on Instagram for some behind the scenes footage of the trip!

We're also a little behind on travel guides for Maine, Nepal and Upstate New York – so more to come soon!

How was your September? What did you get up to!

 

*Update: They're Live! Here are some tips to planning a trip to Guyana!

The Best Things to Do in Guyana

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How to See Kaieteur Falls in a Day Trip

Guyanese Food: What to Expect, Where to Eat & More!

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MikeOctober 3, 2018 - 1:23 pm

Interesting read. I only know of Guyana because Gold Rush did a season there. It was a disaster looking for gold in the jungle, but the country looks cool.

SherOctober 3, 2018 - 8:52 pm

oh cool! they just filmed Naked and Afraid in the jungle area that we visited (haha) and I heard they just found oil in Guyana!

VeronicaOctober 6, 2018 - 6:50 pm

Sounds fun & exciting but a little bit scary. How was it being in the wild? Looking forward to hearing about your adventures.

VictoriaOctober 11, 2018 - 7:37 pm

I enjoyed the pictures you had of Guyana. Never thought that this country is somewhere in South America. When you travel for that amount of time, do you usually pack a travel suitcase or do you use one of those travel backpacks? I’m sure you had to bring a camera plus your own personal stuff. Gosh, this trip is really one of a lifetime experience for you. So glad I found your site.

SherOctober 11, 2018 - 8:05 pm

Hi Victoria! Aw, so happy you like the photos so far! It depends on the trip. For Guyana we were taking lots of charter flights which had strict weight limits (40 lbs per person) so I went with a huge backpack and a carry on that was stuffed to the brim, ha.

ReshmaFebruary 18, 2020 - 12:03 pm

Hello my family is from Guyana I was born in American first generation it was hard growing up not knowing exactly what your race is and not fitting in anywhere at school! I have always been afraid to go because of the mosquitos I was told they can bite through clothes and then so many mosquito diseases!! How did you handle this issue?

SherFebruary 19, 2020 - 1:11 pm

Hi Reshma, Aw, I understand! I know how hard it can be. The older you get, you worry less about fitting in and learn to appreciate what makes you unique :)

For going into the interior, we wore long pants and long sleeves. I also wore a sun hat, neck scarf to cover on top, and tall hiking boots with pants tucked into my socks. I have a packing post for what I wore here, which goes into more detail. It was pretty brutal in the heat, not going to lie!

ReshmaFebruary 19, 2020 - 1:14 pm

Thank you for the info!!! You know my family when they go to Guyana they just stay in the houses!! They don’t really travel but they are older anyway…

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