Guyana possesses an unsurpassable ecotourism product. More than eighty ve percent of Guyana’s territory remains just as God made it – untouched and unspoilt.
Guyana’s biodiversity is unrivalled. Our blessed country is home to more than twenty of the world’s largest creatures – including anacondas, ants, anteaters, armadillos, bats, caimans, eagles, sh, jaguars, otters, rodents, snakes, spiders, storks, toads, turtles and vultures. Nature lovers will be captivated by the thousands of species of ora and fauna to be found in Guyana, more than forty per cent of which are endemic to the Guiana’s Shield - one of the world’s last remaining and biologically diverse intact rainforests which contains 15 per cent of the world’s freshwater sources.
Guyana is home to innumerable natural attractions which can be found in its complex and variegated ecosystems consisting of tropical rainforests, at coastal plains, rolling and undulating savannahs, mountain ranges, wetlands, waterfalls, rivers and creeks. We are the second ‘Garden of Eden’, rediscovered.
Guyana is pursuing a ‘green path’ of development. Guyana’s ‘green development’ will make us the ‘green core’ of the continent. Ecotourism
is a central platform of that trajectory. We will preserve and protect our bountiful and exceptional natural capital by establishing nature and wildlife sanctuaries and conservatories, protected areas and ecological parks. Our hotels and tourists resorts will eventually be totally powered by energy generated from renewable sources.
Guyana has a Caribbean and continental heritage. We are the largest state in the Caribbean Community. We are, also, located on the north- ern shoulder of the great continent of South America. Our coastland is washed by the Atlantic Ocean and we share borders with three countries of South America – Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela.
Guyana invites you – whether you are nature-lover, adventure-seeker, heritage- explorer, a student or researcher wishing to learn more about our ora and fauna or simply someone looking for a different kind of tourist experience – to come to our beautiful country and experience our unique and world-class tourism product. Guyanese, at home, should also learn and experience more of their amazing country.
H.E Donald Ramotar
Republic of Guyana
Although, the harpy eagle is legendary few people have seen one in the wild. Early South American explorers named these great birds are the predatory “frightful, flying creatures with hooked beak and claws” of Greek mythology. This dark gray bird of prey has a very distinctive look, with feathers atop its head that fan into a bold crest when the bird feels threatened. Some smaller gray feathers create a facial disk that may focus sound waves to improve the bird’s hearing, similar to owls.
Like most eagle species, the female “harpy” is almost twice as large as the male. The harpy eagle’s legs can be as thick as a small child’s wrist, and its curved, back talons are larger than grizzly bear claws at 5 inches (13 centimeters) long! The harpy may not be the largest bird of prey (that title belongs to the Andean condor), but this extraordinary creature is definitely the heaviest and most powerful of birds.
This year has been a busy one for the authorities and stakeholders interested in human-big cat interactions
in Guyana. The tough 2015-2016 El Niño event placed tremendous pressure on wildlife and people, leading to
less than desirable outcomes. On the Essequibo coast, for example, a number of indigenous communities saw
unprecedented attacks on their livestock and domestic animals from jaguars and pumas. Recently, jaguars have also been reported attacking nesting turtles on Shell Beach. The tough weather conditions presented by El Niño it appears, led to a greater dispersal of big cat prey species and making their survival more difficult. As a result, big cats became more interested in domestic animals much to the displeasure of residents. While these events, and their outcomes, have been captured in newspaper and television reports, they must not be allowed to mask the deeper and stronger undercurrents of human-big cat challenges that exist in Guyana today.
I was on the bus heading down the road from Georgetown to Lethem. It was hot and dusty as the dry season was in full swing and it was another “El Nino” year, which seem to be more frequent these days. I was day dreaming about my family back home in Britain especially my long suffering Partner who I had said goodbye to at the departure gate at London’s Gatwick. Tears had welled up in her eyes but I was not completely convinced. I am sure some of those tears were also of Joy. I have been coming to Guyana for the last 20 years to fulfill my dreams and I was suspicious. After all she would have sole control of the TV remote control and would be uninterrupted and have her own schedule and could spend as much time as she wanted with the grandchildren for the next two and a half months. We were about half way on the journey and the passengers have taken on an “ orange complexion” thanks to the red dust from the road getting into the bus and coating everything. I was on my way to meet my
old Amerindian pals Mike and Sparrow. We have done many amazing River trips together, and they have helped me catch the incredible Lau Lau catfish, some up to 8ft in length.
F: (011592) 225-5383