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Kaieteur National Park/Guyana

Introducing Kaieteur National Park

This area is home to one of the world's most impressive waterfalls, a tiny population of Amerindians and the endless biodiversity of the Guiana Shield, a massive geological formation covered in rainforest and savanna. It has, however, been subject to the strategies of government and mining interests to limit its boundaries since it first became a park in 1929; after several expansions and contractions, it now encompasses 62,700 hectares and is actively protected by the government – largely because the park's tourism potential depends on it being intact.