A first-timer's guide to the Guianas
The Guianas: Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana hide so well under their blanket of South American jungle that even geography nerds have a hard time pinpointing them on a map...
Places in Guyana
Although the glory days may be over, Georgetown's easy-to-navigate streets, dilapidated architecture and unkempt parks offer a laid-back feel amid real-life chaos. Seeking out the city's riches – historic monuments, a thriving intellectual scene and fabulous restaurants – behind its hard-boiled exterior is part of the adventure.
The Eastern Hwy follows the coastal plain from Georgetown to the Suriname border. The road travels through town after unremarkable town, passing potholes, suicidal dogs, unfenced livestock and the resultant roadkill. At Rosignol, about two hours' drive from Georgetown, you cross the Berbice River to New Amsterdam via a floating bridge.
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Overland adventures in Guyana
By oxcart to Nappi Village. Photo by Celeste Brash. Hilda, my oxcart driver, was drunk...