Guyana is exclusively for the daring traveler who loves challenges and who knows how to rise to them. Outside of the ramshackle capital city, Georgetown, Guyana has no solid infrastructure in terms of tourism or medical facilities, and the country is notorious for violent crime.
But if you’re a “glass half full” kind of tourist you’ll likely focus more on the lush exoticism of the nation’s natural assets. This tropical South American country on the North Atlantic boasts a wealth of unspoiled wilderness. Kaieteur National Park is named after the stunning Kaieteur Falls. Nestled in the heart of virgin rainforest this 741 foot waterfall is reputed to be the world’s largest single drop waterfall, and the jungle surrounding it is home to rare birds, frogs, ocelots and bush dogs. The vast grasslands of the Rapanuni Savanna are dotted with a number of Amerindian villages. During the rainy season much of the area floods, and water tours take visitors through the savanna by boat. Sea turtles nest on the coast at Shell Beach. Jaguars, caiman and otters inhabit the Iwokrama Rainforest. As for civilization, the city of Georgetown is a place of gorgeous dilapidation, its crumbling Dutch architecture embraced by a riot of flowering trees.