Last updated: 20/01/2017 [Design & Pictures by Simons Nature]
Guyana

Guyana

Guyana, not to be mixed up with French Guiana, is a small country (formerly a British colony), between Suriname, Brazil and Venezuela, in the far north of South America. Certainly not a normal destination for tourists, but it offers different landscapes with impressive waterfalls (Kaieteur Falls, 240m high and 100m wide), jungle and savannah. Because of the diverse landscapes there live many different animal species including Jaguars and Tapirs (unfortunately I have not seen any of them), many birds (Cock-of-the-rock) and the rare giant otter. I spent just three days there, but I want to go back one day. There's so much to discover in this very pristine country.
Kaieteur Falls is a high-volume waterfall on the Potaro River in central Guyana, Potaro-Siparuni region. It is located in Kaieteur National Park. It is 226 meters (741 ft) high when measured from its plunge over a sandstone and conglomerate cliff to the first break. It then flows over a series of steep cascades that, when included in the measurements, bring the total height to 251 meters (822 ft). While many falls have greater height, few have the combination of height and water volume. This has given Kaieteur Falls the misleading label of "largest single drop" waterfall in the world which is often misinterpreted as "tallest single drop." However, it is likely one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world.
Georgetown, estimated population 239,227 (2002 Guyana census), is the capital and largest city of Guyana, located in the Demerara-Mahaica region. It is situated on the Atlantic Ocean coast at the mouth of the Demerara River and it was nicknamed 'Garden City of the Caribbean.' Georgetown is the seat of the central Government of Guyana. All Executive Departments are located in the city. Parliament Building, Guyana's Legislative Building, is also found in Georgetown and so is the Court of Appeals, Guyana's highest judicial court. The State House (the official residence of the Head of State), as well as the offices and residence of the Head of Government, are both located in the city. Georgetown is the capital city as well as the main economic base of Guyana.
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