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Guyana - To The Interior
Submitted by roxy on 2007-07-25 03:11:21 (via www.travelblog.org)
Unwritten Travel Rule no.1: if you really want to see a country, avoid the tourist destinations and search for authenticity beyond their borders. When it comes to Guyana, for nature-lovers it means experiencing local friendliness, meeting Otters, catching Caimen, nest-raiding and fishing. It was easy for them to get adventurous.
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Submitted by lisa on 2007-07-26 02:07:03
I enjoyed this article.. and yes, globalization is a two-edged sword. Anyway, are Caimen something like endangered species if they carry that many projects on protecting them?
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-07-27 22:10:03
lol guyana is a really fun place, but it really depends on where ur gonna stay...n like wat nationality u r...cuz ppl treat u differently
Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-08-06 07:00:54
having lived in guyana for 2 years, this view from a foreign tourist is interesting. guyana is a small country with limited infrastructure, with tourism being a just emerging business.

if someonw where to visit guyana, i would strongly recommend community tourism projects, Nappi village or surama village are highly recommended. If not then other guyanese owned businesses. Unfortunately many of the known businesses are foreigner run. whilst this may give an understanding of the needs of tourists, they do not necessarily benefit the local communities in the same way. Karanambo, like Dadanawa is one of the better known resorts. other places to consider are Iwokrama - which is primarily a research centre and has an excellent ranger/guide training programme which includes training local staff for the above community tourism projects, as well as shell beach in the north west of the country.

The prices quoted in this article sound steep. But there are many costs for the operators - think how hard it is to getr places and then consider how they get their cooking gas, food stuffs etc. Also, Guyanese are not stupid - they know how much you have paid to get to the country, they know how much money you are likely to earn, so you will get charged 'western' rates for what is often not quite 'western' standards, but you will get a unique, friendsly usually personalised service - which you wouldnt get on your package tours. food and activities are tailored to your needs - as far as resources allow. you are treated like a person, not just another tourist, and this is something quite special indeed.

Guyana also has the advantage of being english speaking, so for many british/american tourists who are traditionally unilingual, this offers a unique opportunity to talk directly with people you meet, rather than rely on your guides interpretation, which make sguyana special from the other south american countries.

Guyana is not an easy country to travel around - you need to be prepared for rough roads and speed boats - but this is what gives it its character - if you want a theme park stay home. if you want a real experience try guyana.

I think guyana is one of the last unspoilt countries - much of the country is virgin rainforest. in one way i hope no other tourists fins it - so that it remains 'mine' and that specialness is preserved, yet i can see how the people would benefit from the community tourism projects, and it it is economic independence that allows sustainable development, healthcare and education. And i would also like others to visit and recognise the specialness of the country.

It is more challenging to visit in that you may have to organise tours yourself, and travel wont be punctual luxury comfort, but maybe this is what makes it more special when you reach a gem of a place, or make that special connection with someone for whom the capital of their own country is as remote as the land you came from.

In response to the comment by anonymous about guyana depending on where you stay - well isnt that the same everywhere? stay in a rough area and you are at higher risk? and for being treated differently - well guyana is ethnically mixed, yes there are racial (but not really religious) tensions. you get that all over. if you are white you stand out as a forigner, but even for those of african or indian heritage, as soon as you open your mouth, they know you arent from there - if they havent guessed by the way you walk/dress. once they know this, the guyanese are the most helpful friendly ever. i never felt that i was being taken advantage of as a forigner - didnt get overcharged at all. as a female i got comments called out, but locals get these too- you may get more becuase you are seen as different and have novelty value - but nothing offensive, aggressive or threatening.
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