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Georgetown is the chief port, capital and largest city of Guyana, situated at the mouth of the Demerara Estuary,

Today, most buildings are still wooden with a unique architectural style that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries, consisting of Demerara shutters and fretwork trim around eaves and windows.

Despite its position on the coast of South America, Georgetown is inherently Caribbean in feel, and many of the sights illustrate the city’s colourful and eventful history.  Main Street has several fine examples of old colonial homes, including the green and white State House, built in 1852, which is set in large, lush gardens. Demerara Harbour Bridge, the longest floating bridge in the world, connects the east and west banks of the Demerara River.

Georgetown has a number of interesting sights that can be easily included in a half day city tour. These include St. George’s Cathedral (famed as one of the world’s tallest free-standing wooden structures), the Public Library in the Carnegie Building, the splendid gothic Town Hall, Victoria Law Courts and St. Andrew's Kirk, the oldest surviving church in the country. The famous Stabroek Market, once described as "a bizarre bazaar", contains every conceivable item from household goods and gold jewellery to fresh meat and vegetables. The clock tower can be seen for miles around, and is the city’s most famous landmark. In addition, the National Museum contains exhibits on local animal life and heritage, and the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology explains Amerindian history and culture.

No trip to Georgetown would be complete without a visit to the Botanical Gardens and Zoo.  The Botanical Gardens house one of the most extensive collections of tropical flora in the Caribbean and are laid out with ponds, canals, kissing bridges and a bandstand. The zoo contains more than 100 species of Guyanese wildlife, including a wide variety of tropical fish and birds.

Cheddi Jagan International Airport is located 41 kilometres i.e. around one hour’s drive from Georgetown, but the smaller Ogle Airport, which is used principally for domestic flights, is only 10 kilometres from the centre.

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Key info

  • Where: Demerara-Mahaica region, Guyana

Wildlife trips

This location is featured in the following itineraries:

Rainforests, Savannahs & Wetlands

Guyana is a tiny but wildlife rich country containing pristine rainforest. Giant river otters, caiman, extraordinary flora and lekking sites for the spectacular cock-of-the-rock all combine to make this two-week small group itinerary the perfect introduction to bird and wildlife watching.

  • When to go: Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,095 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Caribbean Wilderness

Journey to the Caribbean to explore untouched rainforest, sprawling savannahs and tropical reefs that offer a variety of captivating wildlife encounters and incredible nature experiences. This itinerary combines birding in Trinidad with the diverse wildlife and scenery of Guyana, before a few days relaxation in Tobago.

  • When to go: Sep-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 19 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,645 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Guyana: A Land of Giants

This exceptional adventure penetrates the densely forested interior of Guyana, the ‘land of many waters’. Staying in Amerindian villages and former cattle ranches, you will travel by light aircraft, four-wheel-drive vehicle, dugout canoe, and on foot, discovering the rich and colourful birdlife and searching for jaguar.

  • When to go: Sep-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Ultimate Guyana Nature Experience

This expertly guided group adventure takes you deep into Guyana’s pristine interior to explore its rainforests, rivers and savannahs, and see a remarkable variety of wildlife. Travelling by air, land, river and on foot, you’ll stay in Amerindian villages, research stations, ranches and jungle lodges.

  • When to go: Mar-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,175 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Cara Lodge

This magnificent hotel, one of Georgetown’s best preserved wooden buildings, exudes charm and the nostalgia of a bygone era, with first-rate service in a congenial atmosphere. Its 34 rooms reflect the traditional building-style of Guyana during the colonial era, with Demerara shutters and polished wooden floors.