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Guyana Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

214,969 sq km (83,000 sq miles).

Population

739,903 (2013).

Population density

3.4 per sq km.

Capital

Georgetown.

Government

Republic.

Head of state

President Donald Ramotar since 2011.

Head of government

Prime Minister Samuel Hinds since 1997.

Electricity

110 volts AC in Georgetown and 220 volts AC elsewhere, 60Hz. American-style (two flat pins with or without grounding pin) and British-style plugs (three square pins) are used.

Guyana's attractions range from the 19th-century stilted wooden houses of its capital, Georgetown, to the awesome natural splendour of the towering Kaieteur Falls along the Potaro River, five times the height of Niagara. The country's mixture of rainforests, beaches, savannah and rivers draws adventure tourists hoping to camp, trek, fish or perhaps be lucky enough to spot a jaguar.

It was the Dutch who first established a European presence here in around 1616. They remained in undisputed control until the end of the 18th century. The outbreak of the Napoleonic Wars then brought a period of turmoil during which the territory changed hands several times between the Dutch, British and French.The British ultimately prevailed following the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. The territory was then declared the colony of British Guiana, a status which it retained until independence in 1966.

After the abolition of slavery in 1834, the plantation owners imported labourers from India. Indians now form the largest racial group, with most living in the agricultural areas, particularly around Demerara. Other immigrants were Americans, Europeans (Portuguese, British and Dutch) and Chinese.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 23 April 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Most visits to Guyana are trouble-free.

Crime levels are high. You should take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings.

There have been robberies on the road to the international airport in Georgetown at night. Cars have been stopped at gun point, and false police roadblocks have been set up. You should avoid travelling on this road at night.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

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