DEVIL ISLAND - TEUFELSINSEL - ILES DU SALUTthese are the names of a tiny island off the coast of French Guyana, an island that once used to be a prison-island untill the year 1948. Captain Dreyfuss was kept in prison here as well as "Papillon", who wrote a book about it, and Hollywood made even a movie about Papillon's story, starring Dustin...more
I came there by the cruiseship M/S Vistafjord.We had to anchor outside of the small port and had a tenderservice for a short shore-leave of 2 hours Just imagine, what happens on such a rather small island, when a cruiseship with 780 passengers & maybe 250 crewmembers off duty will overflow the island for 2 hours...I guess the inhabitants of the...more
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
Avenue de St. Exupery, Kourou, 97310, French Guiana
Good for: Families
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
Route de Montabo, Chemin Hilaire, Cayenne, 97300, French Guiana
Good for: Solo
This place is an INSTITUTION by itself!!!Open only during Carnaval, on saturday night only, it is where Touloulou (women dressed in the Touloulou fashion) and men dance, while other women, not dressed as touloulou can watch from a platform, but won't be alow to dance.The Touloulou invites men to dance, the man cannot refuse. She will not speak to...more
Saint-Laurent du Maroni
This city has been created in order to open a penal colony 'Bagne' from 1860 to 1938.Between Mana and Maroni rivers this territory was called Camp de la transportation.During that time Saint Laurent was the only Penal City of France.The Prison director was also mayor. the Charbonnière, bushinenge borrow.more
As St Laurent is on the border with Suriname and there are no real border controls to speak of, there has been a recent influx of Guyanese into St Laurent, unfortunately this has led to a sharp rise in violent crime, so much so that the last time I was there (Feb 2006), there was a demonstration taking place to protest the lack of security in the...more
Situated off the road between St.Laurent and St.Jean, this restaurant is quite easy to pass!As you enter the grounds you are confronted by a series of Carbets (they are available for rent at 15 euros a night) and to the side of the path, about 3 cages, which house monkeys, parrots, geese, caimans and a large meat eating bird that I don't know the...more
Basically, there are 2 transport companies in Maripasoula, both of them are owned by the same family, Cazal. One of the drivers is called 'Big Guy' and the other is his brother, we just knew him as Mr Cazal, they are always there when the plane lands at the airport and as there are 2 minibuses, they have enough to take the plane load.The going rate...more
As always, safety is primarily a matter of common sense, don't wear jewelery, no big cameras round your neck, no overt display of wealth.In Maripasoula, there is a large underground network of gold smugglers, drugs, prostitutes and illegal immigrants working in illegal gold mines, it is a cut throat world and it is no exaggeration that at one time...more
From St Laurent du Maroni it's possible to take a pirogue to Maripasoula, the price, so I've heard, is around 250 euros, and the voyage can take between 1 full day (leaving at 0500, you arrive at night) and 3 days, depending on the season, and how hard you want to ride.There are a lot of pirogues in St Laurent, the best thing to do it speak to...more
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