Looking to catch up on our Guyana virtual event? You’re in for a treat. We’ve got a recording of the webinar, the answers to your questions and some highlights from the evening here...
Our Uncover Guyana: Land of the Giants virtual event had over 300 people watching live, oohing and ahhing at the incredible photographs of Guyana’s landscapes and wildlife.
Wanderlust’s own Lyn Hughes kicked things off by sharing some fond memories of Guyana from her 2019 trip, before handing over to Nicola Balram, Senior Officer of Marketing of the Guyana Tourism Authority, who shared her expertise on this bountiful country. Next up was Helen Bryon from Wildlife Worldwide, who filled us in on Guyana’s exciting wildlife and colourful birdlife, recommending exploring by river for ‘superb wildlife spotting’ that’s ‘a real assault on the senses’. Tony Thorne of Wilderness Explorers took centre stage to talk to us about community-led and owned tourism in Guyana, explaining how it benefits local communities and visitors.
Local tour guide Salvador de Caires followed, taking us on an enthusiastic journey through Guyana’s rich history – unsurprisingly, many attendees asked for his details, so they could book him as their guide on their own Guyanese adventure. Last but not least, Kamrul Baksh from the Guyana Tourism Authority shared photos and stories of Moraikobai, Karasabai and many other villages in Guyana. We also met Delven Adams, a well-known chef in Guyana who spoke to us from Georgetown, via video.
After the inspiring presentations were over, it was time for our experts to answer your questions, some of which have been listed below along with a full recording of the webinar…
When is the best time to visit Guyana?
You can visit Guyana any time of year. It depends on what you want do while you’re there. Late August to April is the dry season, when it is much easier to move around the country.
How long do you recommend spending in Guyana?
You need at least 10 days. Most travellers from the UK will spend 14 days to get a good overview of Guyana.
When is the best time to see Kaieteur Falls?
Kaieteur has its greatest flow during the wet season but whatever time you visit, you’re in for an incredible experience at Kaieteur Falls.
When does the rainy season start? And what is the average temperature?
The wet season is from mid-November to mid-January and then from May to July. That said, in December it's just short sharp rains, so many people do travel in December, especially to see the festivities. The rainy season has little impact on temperature and the average high is 28°C.
Is it easy to spot jaguars in Guyana?
There’s a very healthy population of jaguar in Guyana, especially in the Iwokrama Rainforest, but the dense infrastructure means they are hard to see. I would go in with the expectation that if you see them it would be the cherry on top. So, they’re there, but if you see one you’re lucky.
When is the best time to visit for birdwatching?
Generally, February to April and September to November. This is when we get migratory species, as well. Guyana has nearly 900 species of bird.
What vaccinations do you need to visit Guyana?
Be sure to check your immunisation status before you travel and seek current advice on the best antimalarials to take based on the parts of Guyana you will be visiting. It is also recommended that you stay up to date on tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis A. Immunisations against hepatitis B may be needed for longer trips and for rabies if you are travelling in remote areas and working with animals. Proof of yellow fever status is required for entry into Guyana if you are travelling from a yellow fever endemic area, or if you are continuing onto Suriname.
What language is spoken in Guyana?
The main language is English, although there are other languages spoken such as several Amerindian dialects.
As always, the chat box was alive with thoughts and comments from the audience, so we thought we would share some of your comments here...
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