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About Guyana...
(pronounced Guy-anna)

(Area Code +011 592 - not in North American system)


Guyana lies on the Atlantic coast of South America, on the shoulder of a great continent stretching away for 4,000 miles to the south, a land of forests and rivers, mountains and high savannahs.

While Guyana is firmly part of the Caribbean, sharing a common culture and history, it is a country of continental size, bordered by Venezuela, Brazil and Suriname. Britain would fit comfortably into its 83,000 square miles, yet its people - less than a million - are concentrated along the narrow coastal plain, and Guyana is the most sparsely populated country in the region. LIAT offers non-stop services from Guyana to Barbados with through connecting services to St. Lucia, Martinique, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and Tortola.

Georgetown, the capital, is one of the Caribbean's most graceful cities, with its cool wooden buildings, wide avenues and canals laid down by the Dutch, who once held the country.

The coastal plain is extensively planted with sugar cane, and behind that the land rises steadily towards undulating grasslands, thick tropical forest and the 9,304 ft. peak of Mount Roraima. (One trip you should certainly make is by plane to Kaieteur Falls, where the mighty Potaro River thunders over a cliff 741 feet high - five times the height of Niagara.) In Georgetown, look for the seawall that protects the city,the Stabroek market, and the Anglican Cathedral of St George.


Area: 83,000 square miles
Population: About 775,000
Capital: Georgetown
Airport: Cheddi Jagan - GEO
Language: English
Voltage: 110/220 volts, 50 cycles
Currency: GUY$
(constant rate fluctuation)

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