Friday, 16 October 2009

Destinations: Guyana

Guyana is a great destination for wildlife watching. It lies on the north-east shoulder of South America and is the only country on that continent where English is the main language. There is a 459km long coastline, savannas in the south and vast forests of which 80% are pristine. There are some truly fantastic landscapes and sights such as the 228m high Kaieteur Falls, too. Mammals include Manatee, Jaguar, Giant Anteater, Capybara, Agouti, Tapir, Giant River Otter, Red Howler Monkey and Black Spider Monkey. Reptiles include Black Caiman and Anaconda. There are over 800 bird species including some real gems like Scarlet Ibis, Sungrebe, Sunbittern, Scarlet Macaw, Red-fan Parrot, Blood-coloured Woodpecker, Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock and Harpy Eagle, as well as numerous other antbirds, cotingas, woodcreepers, birds of prey, curassows, guans, parrots, parakeets, nightjars, potoos, hummingbirds, trogons, kingfishers, jacamars and toucans. Guyana is one of the poorest countries in the region and away from the capital Georgetown remote lodges are of varying standard. But these are the places you will want to stay at to be at the heart of the largely untouched forests and close to the wildlife. The photo here is of a Manatee surfacing in a channel in the capital Georgetown.

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