Guyana Local Customs

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Guyana Local Customs

  • Dollar of Guyana

    Normal exchange rate in guyana at the bank is about G$200 for one US$On the G$20 the famous Kaieteur fallsOn the G$100 georgetown cathedralOn the G$500 Parliament building in georgetownIt is quite easy to change cash at Scotia Bank

  • Fruit!

    As a tropical country, Guyana has some great fruit offerings. While taking a boat trip outside Georgetown one day, we tried soursop, which was delicious.

  • Guyana's Local Brews

    If you're looking for alcohol in Guyana, you have two options: Banks beer and El Dorado rum. I found both to be highly worthwhile--the rum because it really is good rum, and the beer because it is cold and Guyana is very hot! Banks is not exactly a craft brew, and it's so low-alcohol that I could put away three of them in short order without...

  • Pepper pot and bakes

    My all time favourite meal in Guyana was pepper pot, an Amer-Indian stew that is the national dish. It was made in Tusenang by Camille, the wife of our guide, Thomas. We waited patiently while the beef was stewing in a sauce of peppers, cinnamon and cassava root. It was served with hot bakes: delicious bread fried in lard.

  • Child protecting bird

    As we were trekking from one village to another in the Pakaraima Mountains of Guyana, we came across a very small settlement of about two families and saw these birds for the very first time. They are called Gray-winged Trumpeters and I was told they can be tamed and kept as "watch dogs" to protect children and babies not just from strangers but...

  • Walking to school

    In Guyana, education is free from nursery school through university. School is compulsory for children aged five to fourteen. The school teacher is an important member of village life and many parents make sacrifices so their children can attend school. All children have access to a village primary school. As we trekked from village to village we...

  • Logging

    The road into the interior of Guyana and further across the border into Brazil, has been built to carry logging traffic. Brazil apparently offered to pay for a proper road to be built, on the understanding that they would get a one mile stretch of land either side of the road! That is an awful lot of land! The Guyanese government did not...

  • Hunting

    The local Macushi people still hunt using the traditional bow and arrows. The main prey are the smaller mammals such as agouti or maybe tapir if they are lucky.Seeing Bernard walking towards us with his traditional hunting equipment, it seemed somewhat out of place for him to greet up with a firm "Good morning!" Forgetting that English is the...

  • Slash and burn

    The local Macushi comminity in Fairview Village, use the slash and burn method to create arible land where they can grow vegetablers, mainly cassawa.Within Iwokrama, this is sustainable and controlled, unfortunately that cannot be said for more large scale slash and burn agriculture elsewhere in the country.

  • Petroglyphs

    People who lived in Guayna as far back as 7,000 years ago, left alasting legacy with these petroglyphs near Iwokrama. They are only accessible by boat at low tide (dry season). Very little archaeologial work has been carried out in order to try and find out more about the people who libved in this area in the old days.

  • Pepperpot

    One of the most famous Guyanese delicasy is the pepperpot. It various from household to household, and can be made with beef, chicken or fish.Veronica, our host in Surama village, really wanted to share her traditions with visitors, but ours was the first group to whom she had dared to serve the pepperpot. The dish it is served in had been in her...

  • Village food

    In the villages, it is not just a case of nipping down to the local convenience store for those last minute purchases, not can you buy in bulk and freeze!All the vegetables are locally grown. Most families only hunt wild animals as and when they intend to eat them, and then sell the remainder of the meat to the other villagers. My lunch consisted...

  • Cooking

    Outside of teh cities, cooking is usually done over an open flame, often on make-shift fires. It never ceases to amaze me, how someone can rustle up a meal for 20 people over a small fire!

  • "Facilities"

    Once you're in the hinterland, the facilties are few and far between. Mostly, you use the bush. You should bury your faeces six inches deep and burn any toilet paper. Some places may provide a basic latrine, such as this one on the photograph.

  • This is a photo of our...

    This is a photo of our indigenous Amerindian Children. _____________________________________________________This is the Culture of the Guyanese nation......first there came the Amerindians from Mongolia they settled in the forest......later came the Europeans from Spain, Holland, France and England they came looking for gold but stayed to trade and...

  • Guyana dollars are unstable....

    Guyana dollars are unstable. Many try to buy US dollars for a much higher rate than the bank would give you. One can make a good transaction but like anything else beware since one may easily get robbed.

  • This is where I learned the...

    This is where I learned the differences between cultures. Do not compare what is done in Guyana to what you do in your own hometown. Accept them on their turf. And it becomes more enjoyable, learning a new way to do things.

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