A day trip with a catamaran for 50 euro. You leave early monrning 7.45 and get back in the afternoon. You visit two islands Ile Royale and Ile Saint Joseph. You get a drink but no food, watch your shoes, they lost ours.Informations techniques Punch 1500 DC Plans A. Mortain & Y. Mavrikios Construit par Multicap Caraïbes (Martinique) Capacité...more
Made famous by the book and film 'Papillon', the islands are located about 11 miles off the Kourou coast. There are daily excursions there both by motor boat and yacht, expect to pay between 30 and 40 euros per person for the day. There are 3 islands in the group, Devils Island (the most famous, but you're not allowed on it), Royal Island (which...more
Every year around the end of October there is a special little race that takes part in traditional canoes (pirogues) there are usually around 8 teams that take place from all over French Guyana.The course is 3 x 4km and the aim is to arrive at the end of the race with a palm frond of fire intact, competition is fierce to win, but if the fire goes...more
Besides the Space Museum, which in itself can be quite interesting, the Space centre also arranges tours to look around the Space centre itself, including visiting the mission control room, visiting the launch pad of Ariane 5 and visiting some of the more interesting places on the site.The tour guide on the bus also speaks English, so it's OK if...more
Around 5 times a year, ESA launches an Ariane 5 rocket from the spaceport here in Kourou, if you're planning on coming to Guiane, its worth looking up if your visit coincides with a launch, you can check on the ESA website. There is also a dedicated CNES channel which gives numbers to phone and dates of launches, if there is one near.Generally...more
The Kourou Carnaval starts about 2 weeks before the Rio carnaval and consists of about 20-30 floats and bands from the local area and from all over Guiane, what's really interesting is that there are groups from many different countries that are living in Guiane that take part, so you can see traditional dancing and costumes from places as diverse...more
Ma Cuisine is a restaurant that is set in the front room of the owners Kabet (an open sided home), its very homely, with lovely darkwood floors and roof, and locally crafted chairs and artifacts for you to look at whilst your eating. You have to book in advance, otherwise the place will be shut, but they will open for 2 people, so don't feel like...more
Chez 'D's is basically a hut in the middle of the bourg village, everything on the menu is 1 Euro 60, the only food he serves is brochettes. You basically get a choice of 5 different kebabs, of which you can have as many as you like, write it on a bit of paper, give it to the waiter and wait what comes out. (whilst having a local 't punch', local...more
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The main area of Kourou for eating and drinking is called the Bourg, here you can find créole, african, brazilian and moroccan restaurants, a number of bars, some with live music, all usually busy and a couple of nightclubs, other than Monnerville, there aren't that many places where restaurants and bars are so consolidated in Kourou. You need to...more
There aren't that many bars in Kourou, this is one of the most popular, as the name suggests you can watch most sporting events here as long as they are broadcast by Canal+. Its about 2.5 euros a bottle, here, bit on the steep side, but theres never any trouble, frequented by Legionnaires, Gendarmes and locals alike. No dress code.more
Public transport is pretty much non too existant here, hitch hiking is very common on the main roads to Kourou and Cayenne, expect to pay someone who stops about 5 euros from Kourou to Cayenne, alternatively, small buses (rascals etc) called 'collectifs' stop if they see you and you can expect to pay 10 euros for the same journey. Car rental is readily available I would imagine the prices are the same as europe. There are no trains here.
Be Warned: If you rent a car and want to go off the beaten track, rent a 4X4 as the roads detiorate rapidly.
Hitch Hiking at night is dangerous.
Its the whole Brazilian come Latin American thing, I believe the Carnaval season starts in Nov - Dec (unofficially), and carries on all the way thru till Feb, where it ends with a big procession, in Kourou and Cayenne (and Rio and Trinidad etc), its a great atmosphere, with lots of drums and singing and food and all the things you'd associate with the Carnaval season, the end parade varies every year, sometimes its the beginning of feb, sometimes the end, so if you're coming out and want to see it (its not worth coming out especially for), try and check before you go.
The other event linked with the Carnaval is the Tululu, where the women of the town get dressed up so they are completely covered from head to toe. Then, at night, they congregate in a certain area of town, on a dance floor, the men aren't allowed to step into the dance floor and have to wait to be asked by one of the mysterious ladies..... the women don't have to put their hands in their pockets for drinks all night, and the men may never know who they are dancing with
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There is a risk of getting mugged here, even in broad daylight but especially at night. Guns are readily available and if you make yourself an obvious target you will be mugged. Local youths hang around town centres at night and provide a risk of assault. If you are going out, drive, don't walk. Although drinking and driving is illegal here, the gendarme turn a blind eye to it as long as you don't take the *** and cause an accident. In their eyes its better than dealing with muggings and rapes the whole time.
WOMEN: There is a cultural mentality here that women are here to be ***ed, especially if you are white. The local men will pass comment on you in the street and if you're in a bar on your own then expect to be fair game. If you are travelling with a boyfriend, here then you are husband and wife, otherwise someone will try and take you. There have been reported cases of kidnap and rape, so stay away from bars you don't know or like the look of too much, you might think it OK to try but you are putting your security at risk.
Update Feb 2006
There has been a gang operating in Kourou from (Formerly British) Guyana, although the gang leader was recently detained, he escaped and as far as I'm aware, is still at large. This gang has been known to hold children (as young as 6) to ransom at gunpoint in their own backyards in order to get money from their parents, although this is mostly a threat to people living here, travellers should be aware that the threat exists.
Luggage and bags:
Backpack would be the best idea, also bring a daysack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you're going in the jungle, get some good boots that dry quickly, you'll also need a machete, these are available in most shops. You need Mozzie rep and waterproofs.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything is quite expensive out here, have some stuff to deal with fungal infections, pro-poo and anti-poo tablets, pharmacies here are generally well stocked.
Photo Equipment: Camera is a must, loads of wildlife shots to be had, zoom lense would be good, come out when there is a launch scheduled to get some interesting photos of rockets and stuff.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hammock (can be bought here)
Poncho, Mozzie net. Jungle boots, Sun tan cream, Machete and smaller knife. Normal beach stuff.
Miscellaneous: Mozzie rep of a good grade, there be malaria, dengue fever and other mozzie flavoured nasties here, you need a yellow fever certificate to enter the country.
As you walk further along the beach at Kourou, you leave behind the hotel des roches, kite beach and most of the people on the beach and come to the Amerindian village, with houses right on the beach, here there are about 4 carbets, more like shelters really where you can sling yr hammock for the night with only the crashing waves for company (apart from the mozzies of course).
This part of the beach is also the site where 24hour fishing competitions and beach rugby tournaments take place.