The Guyana Tourism Authority’s (GTA) official website: http://www.guyana-tourism.com describes Destination Guyana as “a paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and the Eco-tourist alike……an irresistible combination of fascinating and breathtaking natural beauty; pristine Amazonian rainforests; immense waterfalls; amazing wildlife; blended with a vibrant indigenous culture, rich heritage and the most hospitable and friendly people in the world!”
The website further indicates that the GTA’s 2017 objective is to make ‘Guyana – South America Undiscovered’, the destination of choice for all those seeking a one of a kind travel experience that’s full of adventure, hospitality and all that’s truly memorable, unforgettable and out-of-the ordinary. Guyana – South America Undiscovered’ it suggests is the place to come!!!
As a means of encouraging our travel minded Readers, Guyanese-Canadians as well as other Caribbean-born nationals, to consider Guyana as a worthy destination, we will be developing a “50 Reasons To Visit Guyana In 2017” Feature in this and our remaining Issues for this year. Each Issue will feature two or three very good reasons for Readers to consider their own Discover Guyana travel.
Reasons 1, 2 & 3:
Georgetown: The Garden City of the Caribbean’s attractions, accommodations and culinary delights.
As Guyana’s capital and the country’s largest city, Georgetown is an architectural lover’s absolute delight. Its outstanding buildings include the St George’s Anglican Cathedral, reputed to be one of the tallest wooden church structures in the world and the second tallest wooden house of worship after Japan’s Todai-ji Temple; the Demerara Harbour Bridge: the world’s fourth-longest floating bridge; the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Building: headquarters of the largest and most powerful economic union in the Caribbean; Stabroek Market: One of the Caribbean Region’s largest markets. City Hall: A beautiful wooden structure also from the colonial era, as well as the recently rebuilt Umana Yana: An Amerindian benab, that is a national monument which was built in 1972, for a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Non-Aligned nations.
No trip to Georgetown would be complete without a visit to the Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens houses one of the most extensive collections of tropical flora in the Caribbean. Laid out within a landscape that includes ponds, canals, kissing bridges and a bandstand.
The Botanical Gardens also hosts Guyana’s Zoological Park, arguably the largest of its kind within the Caribbean. Over 100 species of wildlife can be observed at the Zoo, including many various species of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. Some exciting representatives of these groups include Mammals: jaguars, pumas, tapirs, giant otter, white faced saki monkeys, capuchin monkeys, a tayra, a family of two-toed sloths, and manatees; Birds: eagles and hawks (raptors), parrots, toucans and owls; Reptiles: rattlesnakes, spectacled caiman, anacondas, matamata turtle, and emerald tree boa. Some endangered species (animals with low population numbers in the wild) can also be found at the zoo. There are for example four harpy eagles, three jaguars, a giant otter and West Indian manatees.
Georgetown is also home to the Promenade Garden, which with its Middle Street main entrance occupies an entire city block. The area was once used as a public display for hanging the slaves associated with the 1823 East Coast rebellion. Prominent fixtures in the garden include a bandstand and the Mahatma Gandhi Monument. The bandstand is the oldest of three in the city and was completed in 1897.
As Guyana’s capital city Georgetown reflects the country’s diverse culture and offers many finger licking ethnic foods that can be sampled from a myriad of eating establishments. Intrepid travelers searching for a full cultural immersion can find many food shops and eateries dishing out local cuisines in many places. Roti, curries, pastries, cakes, soups, Brazilian or Chinese style cuisines, salads, local specialty dishes such as cook-up, metamgee, pepperpot, bakes, seafoods are all examples of foods that will leave any food lover’s taste buds wanting more.
For travelers craving a drink, a refreshing Banks Beer or El Dorado Rum should always be first choice. But of course, a wide assortment of local fruit punches and juices are also always available.
In terms of accommodation Georgetown’s numerous hotels offer facilities and amenities that are of very high quality and standards with exquisite Guyanese style and hospitality. From high end properties such as the Pegasus and Marriot, to the somewhat less luxurious guesthouses there is an extensive range of accommodation types.
Prices vary according to the type of accommodation but generally range as follows:
(per room night – double rooms)
Exclusive rooms US $140+
Mid-range rooms US $60+
Budget rooms US $30+
Gardenlike Georgetown, as attractive a capital City as there is anywhere in the Caribbean and the source of three very good reasons for any travel lover to Discover Guyana.
“Go See Fuh Yuhself!”