If you're Guyanese, you'll know that there are many things to love about Guyana as well as many things that we are known for. If you're not Guyanese but you know you've come across Guyana somewhere and can't remember exactly where, let us help refresh your memory! You can also find a list of some of the places to visit on this list in our Downloads section.
1. Kaieteur Falls:
A popular one for a reason: Kaieteur is the highest single drop waterfall in the world, measuring 741 ft. It was named after Old Kaie, the Toshao of the Indigenous Amerindian Patamona Tribe. Kaieteur translates to “Kaie’s Falls.” Legend has it that Kaie canoed over the falls as a sacrifice to the gods to save his people from an invading tribe. Some say the rock formations next to the waterfall appear to form a face, and many speculate that it is Old Kaie’s face etched into the wall.
2. The One Cent Magenta:
If you're a philatelist (a person who loves stamps), you'll know that the One Cent Magenta is rarest and most expensive stamp in the world. It was printed in Guyana during colonial days and is currently valued at USD$9M. If your kids have watched the new 'Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego' on Netflix, the stamp makes an appearance in an episode!
3. Wild Discoveries:
In 2017, there were 30 news wildlife species discovered in the Kaieteur National Park by researchers with the World Wildlife Fund in Guyana. Discoveries included the blue tarantula, various flora and fauna, and a new species of crab.
4. Oil & Gas:
Commercial quantities of oil were discovered offshore for the first time in 2015. Significant finds have continued since this time, creating an entirely new industry, catapulting the country to the global spotlight and encouraging increased foreign investment in the country. If you're in the Oil & Gas Industry (or haven't been living under a rock), we're sure you know this already.
5. El Dorado Rum:
This is produced by Demerara Distillers Ltd. Available rums are 5 yr old, 10, 12, 21, 25 & 50 and have ALL won dozens of "best in the world" awards multiple times over the years. Don't believe us? Check out the list here.
6. St. George's Cathedral:
At one point, this Church was the tallest wooden building in the world. The church was first established circa 1796, but was initially housed in the Court of Policy. This building was consecrated in 1894. More recently the Church has been undergoing refurbishment using FSC Certified wood from the Iwokrama Forest. What is the Iwokrama Forest? See below!
Established in 1996, Iwokrama's goal is to manage the 1,430 square mile (3,710 sq. km.) forest reserve in “a manner that will lead to lasting ecological, economic, and social benefits to the people of Guyana and the world in general.” It is meant to be an example to the world as a successful mix of its four core businesses: ecotourism, selective timber harvesting, forest management training, and forest services. HRH Prince Charles is a Patron, and Prince Harry visited in 2016.
8. Shell Beach:
Made up of 9 beaches along the Atlantic coast of Guyana, Shell Beach is a 90-mile (144-kilometer) stretch of beach along Guyana's Atlantic coastline. 4 of the world's 8 endangered Sea Turtles nest along the beach every year — the Leatherback, the Hawksbill, the Olive Ridley and the Green Turtles.
Are you a cricket fan? Many famous Cricketers on the West Indies team are from Guyana - Kanhai, Chanderpaul, Hooper, Gibbs, Sarwan (to name a few!). More recently the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) announced that they would be establishing their Headquarters in Guyana.
In 2019, Guyana was named the #1 in the ‘Best of Ecotourism’ category in the world at the Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards in Berlin. This is no surprise as Guyana is a popular birding destination and the numerous waterfalls, lakes, eco-lodges and adventures available promise a once in a lifetime experience.
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