On behalf of the people of Guyana, I welcome you to visit
this unique and beautiful land of ours. I invite you to explore,
discover and experience a destination full of fun and adventure
that will create moments to last a lifetime.
The Explore Guyana Magazine continues to promote Guyana
as an ideal adventure destination and I am pleased to introduce
you to the 2015 edition. This year the magazine has brought
into focus Guyana’s nature-based and adventure tourism
products. It is my hope that as you leisurely peruse its pages
you are enticed to visit our un-spoilt wilderness and to explore
our pristine forest, extensive savannahs and tumbling rapids
With more than 85% of the country still covered with intact
forests, Guyana is home to diverse flora and fauna including
many rare and endangered species. The elusive Jaguar, the
largest cat and top terrestrial predator in South America; the
giant river otter, the world’s largest and rarest; and the majestic
harpy eagle, South America’s largest eagle and the world’s
most powerful raptor are but just a few. Filled with spectacular
waterfalls, including Kaieteur Falls - the world’s largest single
drop waterfall; rapids; and open ranges of savannah lands we
offer you an educational, fun-filled, adventure of a lifetime.
Recognizing the value of our unique flora and fauna,
Government has made significant efforts to conserve and
protect our forest and biodiversity. Since the establishing of
Kaieteur National Park in 1929, several other sites have been
set up for conservation – principal among them are the Shell
Beach Protected Area – the nesting area for four of the world’s
eight endangered marine turtles, and the Kanuku Mountains,
in the South Rupununi - known for its rich biodiversity.
Guyana has also recognized that our forests are worth more
alive than dead and has developed an innovative model to
conserve and maintain our forest resources while pursuing
low carbon economic development. This vision is outlined in
a Low Carbon Development Strategy which is currently being
implemented and whereby Guyana is being paid for keeping
its forest alive.
I wish to acknowledge the continuous efforts of the Ministry
of Tourism, Industry and Commerce and the Tourism and
Hospitality Association of Guyana in promoting Guyana as
a must-see tourist destination. Come and explore untamed
natural beauty. Visit Guyana, South America. Undiscovered.
H.E Donald Ramotar
Republic of Guyana
Guyana’s rich cultural diversity was on display this August when the Guyana Festival fever swept across the nation, leaving in its wake a renewed appreciation for all things local.
Thousands of Guyanese and visitors of all ages converged on the National Stadium to share in the festivities surrounding the opening of one of the biggest national events for 2014 depicting the sound, soul and taste of the destination.
Over the past few months, the local and international airwaves kept the nation and the world at large in suspense, with promises of a grand cultural festival never before seen; the show did not disappoint and the audience was rapt from the get go with the spectacular display from GDF Air Parachuters which set the momentum for the events to follow.
Guyana is rapidly emerging as the new jewel in the crown of rainforest destinations around the World. Because of its size, relatively few tourists
and the remoteness of the interior locations, many trips are planned by local operators who know the place well and can best work the infrastructure and attractions of Guyana into a great tour.
The early Spanish explorers referred to this river as ‘Rio de Mirar’, the wonderful river, but it was the Dutch who christened
the river, the Demerara, from the word ‘Demirar’, the wonderful. The wonderful Demerara River originates from the rugged, rain-fed, forested northern
slopes of the Makari Mountains, located slightly right of centre of the narrow waist of Guyana.
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