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    Butterflies

    by grets Written Nov 3, 2004

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    The lovely pale yellow butterflies were on a migration to Brazil, and were found in large numbers settled on any area of stagnant water. I have never seen so many butterflies in one place at one time ever before.

    Disturbing the butterflies which had settled in this little pool of water, they all flew up at the same time, filling the air with little yellow flecks.

    When they move off, they fly in "formation", one after the other, as if they are all attached to a string. One turns, and all the others follow. They remind me of those Chinese dances with long flowing ribbons!

    Butterflies
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    Wildlife

    by grets Written Nov 3, 2004

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    Although many large mammals roam the forests og Guyana, we did not see many. There are jaguars, agouti, capybara, coatimundi, deer, giants otters and caiman to name a few. Of those we actually saw a deer, two agouti and the eyes of a caiman at night.

    There are, however, plenty of lizards, iguanas, geckos, frogs and insects.

    Lizard
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    Fairview Village

    by grets Written Nov 3, 2004

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    Also known as Kurupukari, Fairview is an Amerindian viilage inside the Iwokrama reserve. The people are mostly from the Macushi tribe, and exist mainly from hunting, fishing and working at the Field Station. 127 people live here.

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    Surama Village

    by grets Written Nov 3, 2004

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    Surama is a small village of 232 people, set in the Pakoraima Mountains. The village is a long way from the hustle and bustle of life as we know it - just how remote the location is can not be appreciated until you try to reach the village overland!

    The majority of the inhabitants in the village are of the Macushi tribe, and although English is the official language of Guyana, Macushi is now being taught in the schools in this area, in an effort to revitalise the Macushi traditions and culture. We found the people incredibly friendly, helpful and welcoming, and nothing was too much trouble!

    The community have identified eco-tourism as a sustainable use of their land, which means that instead of having to leave the village to work on logging projects or gold mines elsewhere, employment is available nearer home within the eco-tourism industry. All tours to Surama are managed and operated solely by the Macushi and as well as the direct income from eco-tourism, the community also benefits from the purchase of local produce and a portion of every tour goes to a fund which is used for community development projects.

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    Georgetown

    by grets Written Nov 3, 2004

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    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.

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    If in Georgetown a must the Botanical Gardens

    by bianchis Written Oct 17, 2003

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    Childhood memories come sweeping me back in the past of happy hours spent in the Botanical Gardens. About 50 hectares of Guyana's flora and fauna. I remember the pavilions where the police band played their music on a Sunday morning and the kissing bridge. The ponds showing off the Victoria Regia lily, the world's largest, growing up to 7 feet in diameter. The gentle manatees whom we fed with grass and the awful boys who tries to poke them with sticks. The zoo is also there but then even as a child I never really liked to see these jungle animals in cages.

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    Fresh Fruits Always

    by clark_kent Written May 2, 2003

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    No matter where you go in Guyana, you will see a tree bearing fruit. So you're pretty much guaranteed that the fruit you see at the local markets are pretty fresh. So Eat Up! Try it all, but make sure you bring something to help your tummy since, although your tastebuds will be in heaven, eventually your digestive system will be too confused to deal with it all!

    As an FYI, if you're in Georgetown (or any of the other major towns), you can't pick the fruit off just any tree -- it's someone's property. However, if you ask around, you'll find the "children's property ground" -- this is the local name for fruit trees that are open to the public to pick from freely.

    Fruit stand just before the Rosignol ferry

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    During your visit to...

    by Bgem Written Sep 7, 2002

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    During your visit to Georgetown there are a number of interesting sights that should not be missed: the most famous being St. George's Cathedral. The Cathedral is one of the world's tallest free standing wooden buildings and was consecrated on 1892.
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    At the beginning of the Avenue of the Republic stands the Public Library housed in the Carnigie Building. Other historic buildings along this promenade are the Town Hall, a splendid example of Gothic architecture, and further along are the Victoria Law Courts and St. Andrews Kirk. St. Andrew's is the oldest surviving structure of any church in Guyana.
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    The Famous Stabroek Market, once described as a 'bizarre bazaar', contains every conceivable item from house hold goods and gold jewellery to fresh meat and vegetables brought to town on the river daily. The clock tower can be seen for miles around and is a famous landmark.
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    No trip to Georgetown would be complete without a visit to the Botanical Gardens and zoo. The Botanical Gardens houses one of the most extensive collection of tropical flora in the Caribbean and are laid out with ponds, canals, kissing bridges and bandstand. Over 100 species of Guyanese wildlife can be observed at the Zoo including a wide variety of tropical fishes and birds.
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    The National Museum which contains a broad selection of our animal life and heritage should not be missed, nor the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology, which explains Amerindian history and life style. The Demerar Harbour Bridge is the longest floating bridge in the world and connects the east and west banks of the Demerara River.
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    The Kaieteur Falls which was first seen by a European on April 29, 1870 is situated in the heart of Guyana on the Potaro River, a tributary of the Essequibo. The water of Kaieteur, one of the worlds natural wonders, flows over a sandstone conglomerate tableland into a deep gorge - a drop of 822 feet or 5 times the height of Niagara Falls
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    The Orinduik Falls is where the Ireng River thunders over steps and terraces of solid jasper, a semi precious stone. With a backdrop of the rolling grass covered hills of the Pakaraima Mountains, this is truly one of the most beautiful locations in Guyana's hinterland.
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    A one day adventure on two of Guyana major rivers. Travel across the Demerara River on the longest floating bridge in the world and through the rice fields on the way to the Essequibo River, where you will board a boat. First stop on the Essequibo is Fort Island and the best kept Dutch ruins in the country. Then bath on the white sand beach in the silver waters of the Essequibo River at Saxacali Beach.
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    Continue on the Essequibo to Bartica, the hub of the mining community in the north west of Guyana, the town is a hive of activity as the miners pass through on the way to their claims further in the interior. The township is located at the junction of the Essequibo and Mazaruni Rivers and most travel is done by boat. The stelling (wharf) and market are two colourful and exciting locations. At Bartica the pioneer atmosphere is still strong and it is often compared to a wild west town.
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    Close by is Kyk-Over-Al ('See Over All') which was once the Dutch seat of government in the county of Essequibo. Now all that remains on this island are the ruins of the former stronghold which guarded the junction of the Mazaruni and Cuyuni Rivers.
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    Further on up the Mazaruni River we reach the wild Marshall Falls, with its own natural Jacuzzi. From here a short hike into old growth rainforest brings us to two small falls, both spectacular in their natural state, and perfect for swimming
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    Attached photo shows Fort Island one of Guyana natural heritgae site for tourist

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    Certainly you would love to...

    by simbac2001 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Certainly you would love to come to the National Cultural Centre located at the corner of Mandela and Homestretch Avenues where you'll experience a live stage show preformance such as local plays, dramas and musical.

    ....for the Art Lovers... Castellani House is the ideal place situated at Vlissengen Road and Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown.

    Perhaps you would like to venture in our Promenande and Botanical Gardens where you would enjoy the lovely scenery.

    A cool visit to our zoological park is a most refreshing experience...you'll be welcomed by our talking macaws and parrots..... and not forgetting our national animal the JAGUAR and others

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    You must see the Kaiteur...

    by sizzlinghot Written Aug 26, 2002

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    You must see the Kaiteur Falls,The St. George's Cathedal The Botanical Gardens, The City Hall and the other Historical Sites and the interior.
    The Kaiteur Falls is the largest single drop Falls in the World. The St George's Cathedral is the tallest wooden building in the world. Its a must see sight.

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    A historic lighthouse, just...

    by pjallittle Written Aug 24, 2002

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    A historic lighthouse, just when it was built, I cannot tell you. It is difficult to take a picture of this kind of structure as there are no good vantage points. Suppose we could have gotten one off the ship but simply did not remember.

    We were also on early dinner seating. Rush, rush.

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    For Georgetwon, this is THE...

    by pjallittle Written Aug 24, 2002

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    For Georgetwon, this is THE STAEBROOK MARKET the kind of place which has everything and is the place to go.
    This market provides a good deal of entertainment and is a study in people watching. The variety of goods is staggering, a real experience.

    It is a shame that we were having to rush from spot to spot, one loses something in having to do so.

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    There are a few historical...

    by pjallittle Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    There are a few historical sights to see in and around Georgetown including the beautiful old wooden church. It is reputed to be the tallest wooden building in he World.

    The interior is remarkable, the next picture will show why.

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    Georgetown Main Street. Don't...

    by pjallittle Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Georgetown Main Street. Don't look too closely, street maintenance does not seem to be very high on their priority lists. In fact, there is very little in the way of paved roads in Guyana.

    This is typical of small countries that gain independence, once they have it, they really don't seem to follow the standards formerly in place. Steadily, a slow and sometimes not so gradual decay begins to take place.

    But who am I to take shots, we see this happening in the good old USA big time. Our urban decay is accelerating at an alarming pace.

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  • If you go to Berbice area (one...

    by loreen Written Feb 25, 2003

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    If you go to Berbice area (one of the counties: Essiquibo and Demerara are the other two) you will more than likely see HOUSES MADE OUT OF CLAY....just a site....Simple and many of them are CLEAN ...as the residents are poor.
    And in Kamerang...Is where you will find a lot a native indians Some what like the American Indians...They are called the Amerindians....(Aztecs, Incas, etc.)...Living out of hunting in the RAIN FOREST...

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