From the world-famous Kaieteur Falls to the Essequibo River, we look at eight of the most spectacular natural attractions Guyana has to offer.
1. Kaieteur National Park, Potaro-Siparuni
Home to the internationally-renowned Kaieteur Falls, Kaieteur National Park is the jewel in Guyana’s crown in terms of natural attractions. This 627-square-kilometer protected area is a national icon, drawing visitors from all over the world with its stunning waterfalls, biodiversity, impressive geographical formations, pristine rainforest, and rushing rivers.
Wildlife species that can be spotted within Kaieteur National Park include Brazilian tapirs, tree rats, kinkajous, bush dogs, numerous bat species, giant river otters, and sloths. And that’s just mammals! Many birds, amphibians, and insects, among others, make their home here as well.
2. Guyana Botanical Gardens, Georgetown
No vacation in Georgetown would be complete without a trip to the Botanical Gardens. There, visitors can experience the Caribbean’s most impressive collection of tropical flora in painstakingly-landscaped grounds, complete with ponds, kissing bridges, canals, and a bandstand.
Constructed in 1877, Guyana Botanical Gardens was designed by British gardener John Frederick Waby, who spent 35 years landscaping the attraction. Today, the gardens feature some of the world’s most impressive collections of palms and lilies, including Guyana’s national flower, the Victoria Regia Lily.
3. Orinduik Falls, Orinduik
Orinduik Falls is located in Guyana’s Potaro-Siparuni region where the Ireng River plummets over terraces filled with red jasper. The waterfall lies on the Guyana-Brazil border, entering Brazil to join the mighty Amazon.
Situated at the edge of the Pakaraima Mountains, Orinduik Falls is surrounded by rolling, grassy hills. This natural attraction features a series of wide, multi-tiered cascades, making it an ideal spot for swimming.
4. Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, Iwokrama Forest
Located in central Guyana near the Iwokrama Reserve’s southern boundary, the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway lies approximately 300 kilometers south of Georgetown, 45 minutes by car from Surama Village. The attraction contains numerous camera traps, making it particularly popular with wildlife photographers and bird spotters.
The Iwokrama Rainforest is home to a plethora of indigenous flora and fauna, including the iconic cock-of-the-rock, the mighty black caiman, and the scarlet macaw. More than 500 bird species inhabit the Iwokrama Rainforest, as well as at least 420 species of fish and 90 species of bat.
The Iwokrama Rainforest is home to several critically endangered species, including the giant anteater. This protected region is considered one of the best places in the world to spot the elusive jaguar, which is occasionally sighted at dawn or dusk.
5. Essequibo River, Potaro-Siparuni
The largest river between the Amazon and Orinoco, the Essequibo is also the longest river in Guyana. With its source stemming from within the Acarai Mountains near Guyana’s border with Brazil, the Essequibo flows north for more than 1,000 kilometers, crossing savannah lands and forest before meeting the Atlantic Ocean.
The Essequibo River skirts Georgetown, making it a convenient gateway point for wildlife expeditions and adventures. This stretch of waterway contains 365 small islands featuring historic landmarks such as Fort Kyk-Over-Al and Fort Zeelandia.
Parrot Island is famed for its colorful birdlife, while Gluck Island is the ideal location to observe wild caimans. Sloth Island attracts visitors from across Guyana and beyond to indulge in fishing, swimming, and canoeing, as well as observe a wide variety of exotic wildlife.
6. Kumu Falls, Lethem
Renowned as the gem of the savannahs, Kumu Falls is located within the Upper Essequibo and is a popular picnic spot. Located at the foot of the Kanuku Mountains, the Falls are comprised of multiple layers. They stretch through the village before emptying into the Takatu River.
Kumu Falls has attracted visitors for many years. The recent development of walking trails, palm-thatched benabs, and picnic tables has made the attraction still more popular. The village of Kumu is a quiet, close-knit community known for its vibrant culture and the preservation of indigenous traditions such as art, craft, and dance.
7. Guyana National Park, Georgetown
Located in Thomas Lands, Guyana National Park, Georgetown, is located on the former site of the Demerara Golf Club. The attraction is home to several national monuments, forming a cultural, educational, and recreational center that is managed by Guyana’s National Parks Commission.
The National Park features the famous Manatee Pond, where children can feed the manatees.
8. Blue Lakes, Linden
With its unique landscapes, mountain top views, beautiful white sandhills, crystal-clear waters and natural springs, Linden attracts visitors from across Guyana to bathe in its natural blue lakes. Linden’s lakes and creeks are ideal for those keen on nature, hiking, camping, and sports. Described as a hidden gem, the Blue Lakes are a breath-taking, untouched paradise, where visitors can relax by the lakes’ lapping waves, while enjoying a symphony of endemic birdlife.
GBTI Supports Conservation in Guyana
As the country’s oldest bank, GBTI supports environmental and eco-tourism projects throughout Guyana today.
In 2014, GBTI entered into a GY$60 million agreement with the Government of Guyana to sponsor the Rupununi Innovation Fund. The Fund will provide financial and technical support for agricultural and tourism enterprises throughout the region, facilitating participation in the national Low Carbon Development Strategy.