Guyana Cruises

Guyana is a sovereign state on the northern shore of South America. At roughly 83,000 square miles, it’s the third-smallest country on mainland South America, but the majority of this land is only inhabited on the coastline. The people who live here arrived from many different places, making Guyana a culturally rich nation.

Guyana’s name comes from an indigenous Amerindian language (Guiana) and it means ‘land of many waters’. This name refers to the nation’s geography, north of the Amazon River and east of the Orinoco. Before the Dutch and British colonised the area, it was inhabited by many indigenous tribes, some of whom still live in the rainforests.

With 1,000 different tree species, and 8,000 plant species (half of which you’ll find nowhere else on earth), the wealth of fauna and flora keeps tourists coming back. The geology here is unique and the forests are rich with exotic animal life.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Guyana has over 1,500 square miles of common conservation areas.
  • Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America.
  • People drive on the left in Guyana.
  • Over 70% of Guyana is rainforest.
  • The super-rare giant otter and harpy eagle are found here.



In the capital, Georgetown, you can see some of the oldest European architecture in South America. The distinctive residential buildings are made from local timber, a European style that has remained prominent despite the intervening African and Amerindian influence.

The Parliament building in Georgetown is one of the most impressive in the country, never mind just the city. Built in 1834, it’s an excellent example of Renaissance architecture and is one of just two domed buildings in the city, making it easy to spot on the skyline.


St George’s Cathedral is the tallest wooden building in the world, standing 140 feet tall. This Gothic gem was built by the Brits in 1842. The Guyana National Museum is also located in downtown Georgetown and houses artefacts from both colonial times and earlier indigenous periods.


Guyanese food


Thanks to Guyana’s great ethnic diversity (African, Indian, Portuguese, Amerindian, Creole, Latin), many cuisines are on offer here, particularly in Georgetown where you’ll have a wide range of dining options. 

Pepperpot is a popular stew of Amerindian origin, with meat, cinnamon and cassareep (a bitter extract of the cassava root). Metemgee is a rich stew with plantain, coconut milk and large dumplings, served with fried fish or chicken. Many small villages make bread and pastries at home, reflecting the British influence in Guyana.

Sawine is one of the most popular desserts here – a cake made with vermicelli and dried fruits cooked in milk and flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices and extracts.

Banana and coconut are also popular ingredients, often finding their way into bread, fritters, honey pie, biscuits, buns and more besides. It’s a good excuse to try as much as possible while you’re there.


Ports in the country


Cruises visiting Guyana