Caribbean Tourism

Tourist Information

Embassies & Consulates

British High Commission (44 Main St, PO Box 10849, T592-265881/4). Canadian High Commission (Young St) and the Embassies of the United States (Young St, Kingston, near Le Meridien Pegasus Hotel), Honorary French Consul (7 Sherriff St, T65238), Venezuela (Thomas St), Brazil (308 Church St, Queenstown, T57970, visa issued next day, 90 days, one photo, US$12.75), Cuba (Main St) and Suriname (304 Church St, T67844, F53476, open 0800-1200, 1300-1600).


Tourist Office

The Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Industry has a Tourism Department which can provide information through its office at 229 South Rd near Camp St, Georgetown, T02-62505/63182, F54310. The Ministry has a booth (often closed) at Timehri Airport. The private sector Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG – office and information desk at 157 Waterloo St, T50807, F50817, 24-hour emergency hotline, T56699), covers all areas of tourism (hotels, airlines, restaurants, tour operators, etc). The THAG produces a 40-page, full-colour booklet on Guyana; the Tourist Guide may be obtained by writing to the Association at PO Box 101147, Georgetown, or by phoning the above number.

Local Tours and Tour Operators

The tourism sector is promoting ecotourism in the form of environmentally friendly resorts and camps on Guyana’s rivers and in the rainforest. There is much tropical wildlife to be seen.

Wilderness Explorers, Hotel Tower, Tours ‘N’ Things Shop, 74 Main St, Georgetown, T77698, after hours T/F62085, Email: wild...@solutions2000.net, www.wilderness-explorers.com, also have an office at Frandec Travel, offer ready-made or custom-designed itineraries for any group size. Tours available to all of Guyana’s interior resorts, day and overland tours to Kaieteur Falls, horse trekking, hiking and general tours in the Rupununi (agents for Ranches of the Rupununi) and rainforest. Tours also in Suriname, Guyane, Brazil, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. Specialists in nature, adventure and birdwatching tours. Free tourism information, booklet and advice available. The shop sells crafts, jewellery, hand-painted clothing, T-shirts, etc; also has a business centre with Internet access for travellers. Recommended. Wonderland Tours, 158 Waterloo St, Georgetown, T53122, T/F59795 (24 hours), day trips to Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls, Santa Mission, Essequibo and Mazaruni rivers (developing own camp on the Mazaruni River), city tours; special arrangements for overnight stays available, recommended.

Torong Guyana, 56 Coralita Ave, Bel Air Park, Georgetown, T50876/65298, F50749, Email: toro...@networksgy.com, Margaret and Malcolm Chan-a-Sue, trips to Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls and three-day Rupununi Safaris, including Kaieteur (US$450), recommended for personalized tours, special interest for scientists and conservationists. Cattleya Rainforest Tours, 228 South Rd, Georgetown, T76590, F70944, overland trips to Kaieteur. Shell Beach Adventures, office at Le Meridien Pegasus, T54483/4, F65220 (after hours T74732), Email: sbad...@solutions2000.net, trips to Shell Beach in northwest Guyana, three-day trip US$380 per person using light aircraft and camping on beach, day and overland trips to Kaieteur, custom-designed trips to inland resorts and other locations. Greenheart Tours, 36 Craig St, Campbellville, Georgetown, T/F58219, itineraries for any group size, tours. Cortour, 1651 Crabwood Creek, Corentyne, Berbice, T/F0204793/0392430, tours to the Corentyne, river and land. Evergreen Adventures, 185 Shribasant St, Prashad Nagar, Georgetown, T51048, tours on the Essequibo River to Baganara Island. Rainforest Tours, Frank Singh, 33 Barrack St, Kingston, T/F75632/72011, day and overland trips to Kaieteur, Santa Mission, Essequibo/Mazaruni; also Pakaraima Mountain hike, Kukubara to Orinduik, five days from one Amerindian village to another.

Whitewater Adventure Tours, Lot no 3 Sandy Babb St, Kitty, Georgetown, T66614, F65225, daytrips to Baracara Island on the Mazaruni River from US$60; trips to Marshall Falls (rapids) available, uses two jetboats for tours. Essequibo Adventure Tours, T052441, jet boat tours on the Essequibo River. Roraima Airways, 101 Cummings St, Bourda, T59648, F59646, day trips to Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls. Trips Worldwide, 9 Byron Place, Clifton, Bristol, UK, T0117-9872626, F0117-9872627, Email: enqu...@trips.demon.co.uk, ATOL, member of LATA, specialists in holidays to help you get off the beaten track. Georgetown - Try Mr Mendoza at Frandec Travel Service, Main St, repeatedly recommended (no tours to the interior). H and R Ramdehol, 215 South Rd, Lacytown, T70639/73183/73486. Joe Chin Travel, recommended. Connections Travel on Ave of the Republic, above Houseproud.

Maps

Maps of country and Georgetown (US$6) from Department of Lands and Surveys, Homestreet Ave, Durban Backland (take a taxi). T60524/9 in advance, poor stock. A tour map and business guide of Georgetown has been produced by Kojac Marketing, US$3. Rivers and islands change frequently according to water levels, so maps can only give you a general direction. A local guide can be more reliable. City and country maps are sold at Pegasus and Tower hotels. City maps also from Guyana Store, Water St, next to the ice house (take a taxi). Maps of Georgetown and Guyana in Guyana Tourist Guide. The ITMB map of Guyana is recommended.

Further Reading

Jungle Cowboy by Stanley E Brock (1972). Guyana Fragile Frontier by Marcus Colchester (Latin America Bureau, World Rainforest Movement and Ian Randle, 1997). Three Singles to Adventure by Gerald Durrell. The Ventriloquist’s Tale by Pauline Melville (1997) and works by novelists such as Wilson Harris, Roy Heath and Fred D’Aguiar.


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