Suriname Embassy in Georgetown is located at the corner of Crown & Peter Ross streets.
Consular services only offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8am~3pm.
No sandals, shorts or sleeveless t-shirts.
Bring US cash, but be advised they do not accept $100-bills (10/20/50's are OK).
If you drop off in the morning, they will have all Visas processed by the same afternoon.
Santa Mission is a small quiet Amerindian village about 2hrs from central Georgetown. It is a self sufficient establishment that celebrated its 150th anniversary (Sept 2008). There a small community of Amerindian locals who live, work, study and share their ways with you.
The "black water" river that runs by here is quite refreshing to swim in, particularly on hot days. It gets its color from leaves that fall into it along the jungle basin. It is clean and safe to swim in.
To get there, take #42 bus from Stabroek market (south end) and get off at the "Temehri Docks" (~200 GYD each way). From there, hire a boat to Santa Mission (1000 GYD each way).
If you get here or any other Amerindian village, you should check out some of the handicrafts. The wicker and basketry is well known.
I'd have attached a picture, but my camera was stolen... see my safety tip.
A much too brief visit
Unfortunately, we only spent one night here in Georgetown, I would have liked to have had time to take a good luck around.
We drove in from Paramaribo in Suriname, and continued the next day overland to the interior of Guyana, spending our time in the rain forests.
At 200,000 inhabitants, a multinational mix including large numbers of East Indian and native Americans, Georgetown is said to be the least densely inhabited capital in the world. It is also the largest city in Guyana, and its chief port.
Georgetown is located at the mouth of the Demarera River, where it joins the Atlantic Ocean. Many older buildings are raised on stilts above the flood level.Part of the city was destroyed by fire in 1945.
The city was founded in 1871, then called Demerera. It was renamed Georgetwon in 1812 when the British took over protectorate of Guyana, prveiously, under the Dutch, it was called Stabroek.
General Travel Tips for Guyana
"What you should know before traveling to Guyana"
Official Language is English. Often spoken with a creole flavour.
4 Hours behind GMT. 1 hour ahead of EST.
Climate and Temperature
Guyana’s Climate is equatorial; hot but pleasant for most of the year. The heat is tempered by the sea breezes on the coast. An Umbrella is useful during the two wet seasons, extending roughly through May and June and from December to the end of January. Rainfall approximates at 2,300 mm per year in Georgetown.
The temperature on the coastland ranges from 20 degrees to 33.8 degrees centigrade with a mean temperature of 26.8 degree centigrade. In the interior it is between 18.3 degree centigrade and 39.4 degree centigrade with a mean of 28.3 degree centigrade.
Currency and Cambios
The Guyana Dollar with a fluctuating exchange rate of US $1-200,
£ pounds sterling-275, Canadians $1- 120.
Cambios are licensed currency exchange houses. Most Cambios are open from 8 am to 5 pm and on Saturdays 8 am to 2 pm. It is important that you keep your Cambio receipt, you will need to produce them to change Guyanese dollars on departure.
Major credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted by most hotels, restaurants, car rental agencies and tour operators. Foreign credit cards cannot be used at ATM machines in Guyana.
There is an exit tax of G$4,000. It can be paid when reconfirming your ticket. You should confirm your ticket at least 48 hours before departure.
Drive on the left hand side of the road
Police : 911
All visitors require a valid passport. Those arriving by plane are required to have an onward plane ticket. Visas are necessary for all visitors except nationals of the following countries:
Commonwealth Countries, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, USA. Visitors are advised to check with the nearest Guyana Embassy or Consulate or their travel agent.
110/220v, 50-60 cycles
It is safer to drink purified water. Purified bottled water can be obtained in supermarket, shops, gas stations and vendors throughout the coast of Guyana.
Might be necessary before travel to some remote destinations of Guyana. Further information can be obtained from the Vaccination Division of Ministry of Health on Telephone Numbers: 592- 226-7338 or 592- 226-1366.
Catholic Standard (weekly)
Voice of Guyana
Exercise the same safety precautions as you would in any city or unfamiliar environment. Most areas are safe on foot by day or by taxis at night. Don’t venture to low income neighbourhoods on foot. It is advisable not to walk around with valuables. Remember to check with your hotels for current advice.
8:30 am - 4:00 pm on weekdays. 8:30 am - Noon on Saturdays.
Points of interest
Rupununi Savannah: The Rupununi Savannah is divided into the North and South by the Kanuku Mountains, this area is rich in wildlife with huge ranches and an annual Easter Rodeo.
Kaieteur Falls: Kaieteur falls is the longest single drop fall in the world.
Orinduik Falls: Steps and terraces of Jasper; ideal for swimming.
Mt. Roraima: shared with Venezuela and Brazil
Kyk-Over-Al: Dutch ruins built on the confluence of the Essequibo, Mazaruni and Cuyuni Rivers in 1616.
Visiting the Interior
The Guyana Tourism Authority Advises that you should use only recognized tour operators when traveling to the interior.
Internet access is available at all leading hotels. There are also many internet cafe's in and around the city. Wireless internet is also available in hinterland regions.