The Co-operative Republic of Guyana is the sovereign state on South America's northern coast. Guyana is considered as a part of the Anglophone Caribbean, but is one of the few countries of the Caribbean that is not an island. The country's capital is Georgetown. Before becoming a Republic, Guyana was colonised by the Netherlands, and then later became a British colony known as British Guiana for over 200 years. The country achieved independence on May 1966 and officially became a republic in 1970. Guiana is the third-smallest independent state of mainland South America.
Kaieteur National Park - The park lies on the Potaro-Siparuni region, covering 242 square miles of the area to preserve the natural scenery and wildlife contained within it. The park's most notable feature is Guyana's crown jewel, the Kaieteur Falls, which has a 226-metre drop and a total height of 251 metres.
Guyana National Museum - Established in 1868, the museum was built to collect and house local natural resources (such as minerals, soils, seeds, fruits, etc) and the flora and fauna of Guyana. The Guyana National Museum now resides in a building at the North Road and Hincks Street.
Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology - The Walter Roth Museum is a non-profit institution that claims to be the oldest museum dedicated to anthropology in the English-speaking Caribbean region. It was established in 61 Main Street, North Cummingsburg in Guyana's capital city, Georgetown, in 1974, but was only opened to the public in 1982. The museum houses artefacts relating to the heritage and ancient cultures of Guyana, as well as to conduct anthropological research.
Guyana Zoo - Officially established as the Guyana Zoological Park, the zoo's grounds were initially used as botanical gardens in 1895. The zoo opened only in 1952, and is a 'sister' zoo of Calgary Zoo. Guyana Zoo houses approximately 30 species of mammals, 40 of birds, 15 of reptiles, and 20 species of fish. Its most popular attractions are the harpy eagles and the manatees.
How to get around within Guyana
The buses in Guyana are actually minibuses, and are the cheapest and most efficient way to travel throughout the city. Since there are large rivers separating some parts of Guyana, there are water taxis available at the port village. But if you're only going around Georgetown, regular taxis are the way to go.
Note that the licence plates of all taxis begin with 'H'. There are also automobile rental agencies available should you prefer having independent means of transportation. Inquire with the agency beforehand if the driving licence you currently own is acceptable.
How to get there
Cheddi Jagan International Airport, formerly called the Timehri International Airport, is the international airport serving Guyana. The facility is located on the right bank of Demerara River in Timehri city, 41km south of the city centre of Georgetown. The airlines that operate within the airport are Caribbean Airlines, Caricom Airways, Copa Airlines, Conviasa, Dynamic Airways, Fly Jamaica Airways, Insel Air Aruba, and Surinam Airways, which offers flights to and from New York, Miami, Barbados, Panama, Toronto, Port of Spain, Jamaica, Venezuela, Aruba, and Suriname.
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