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 Suriname
Amsterdam meets the Wild West in Paramaribo, the most vivacious and striking capital in the Guianas. Black-and-white colonial Dutch buildings line grassy squares, wafts of spices escape from Indian roti shops and mingle with car exhaust, while Maroon artists sell colorful paintings outside somber Dutch forts.
Galibi & Coppename Nature Reserves
Galibi's turtle-nesting area hosts hordes of sea turtles, including the giant leatherback, during egg-laying season (April through August). You can get there from Albina with permission from members of the local Carib community and a hired canoe, or more easily from Paramaribo with the tour operator, Stinasu.
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Overland adventures in Guyana
By oxcart to Nappi Village. Photo by Celeste Brash. Hilda, my oxcart driver, was drunk...