Highlights

  • Îles du Salut Escaping the mainland for sand, palms and a creepy, defunct penal colony.
  • Centre Spatial Guyanais Touring one of the world's busiest satellite launchers and, with luck, watching an Ariane rocket launch.
  • Cacao Gorging yourself on Laotian treats and admiring ornate embroidery in the Hmong community of this remote hillside village.
  • Awala-Yalimopo Watching the peaceful ritual of dinosaur-like leatherback turtles laying their eggs on the moonlit sands of this Amerindian village.
  • Les Palmistes Sipping a cold beer and people-watching at Cayenne's quintessential cafe.
  • Camp de la Transportation Getting an eerie tour of the former processing camp for new arrivals in prisoner-haunted St Laurent du Maroni.
  • Kaw Spending the night in a floating lodge surrounded by jungle, caimans and flourishing birdlife.