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Posted on Monday 25 June 2012 in Brasil
The tiny country of Guyana in South America may be overlooked as a holiday destinations when compared to its larger neighbours like Brazil and Venezuela. However, local tourism organisations have been promoting the rugged and isolated landscapes as the ultimate adventure travel location for those who want to explore seemingly untouched natural wonders.
Indulging in Guyana's natural beauty
According to USA Today, the undeveloped part of Guyana is what will draw in tourists who want to have a unique experience abroad. With the country being more than 80 per cent rainforest, visitors simply hire local guides and start trekking through the diverse and vibrant wilderness. Some guests will connect with groups like the Iwokrama International Centre, which specialises in conservation projects and helps visitors with trips and information about the country.
"Belize is 20 years behind Costa Rica, and Guyana is 30 years behind Belize," Daniel LaPierre, Iwokrama's tourism manager, told the news source.
Another way resident tourism organisations are enticing guests is by encouraging eco-friendly holiday to Guyana. With the proper preparation, travellers can leave little to no impact on the natural habitats in the area, especially by staying in humble accommodations and dining on local cuisine.
"If you're worried about biodiversity, the rainforest, global warming, this is far more relevant than skiing in the Alps or lying on a beach," Vito Edwards, whose family owns Rock View Lodge in the Pakaraima foothills, told the news source. "[Holidaymakers] have gotten fed up with sun and sea. Agri-tourism is the future."
Guyana's tourism hotspots
There are many exciting things to see and do when choosing a getaway itinerary in Guyana. One place that many tour guides will take guests is the Kaieteu Falls, some of the most impressive waterfalls around. At roughly 250 metres high and sometimes up to 120 metres wide, the falls boast a spectacular sight to see alongside the surrounding lush vegetation.
Along the coast in Georgetown is where most city dwellers reside, and travellers can sample some fresh dishes at a local cafe or visit the Museum of Guyana, which is filled with historical exhibits about the nation's rich traditions.
Aussies who would rather strap on a backpack then get the perfect suntan can consider a future holiday in Guyana. Travellers can work a trip to Guyana into their Rio De Janeiro holidays plans in Brazil, or simply organise an excursion to the small yet vibrant country on its own.
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