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BANANAS OVER GUYANA

 

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RAHUL CHAUDHARY | Issue Dated: April 1, 2007
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BANANAS OVER GUYANA At the confluence where the Caribbean meets South America, lies a land of exquisite natural beauty. Embellished with beaches and a coastline on the one hand and the untouched Rupununi savannah that leads to the Amazon basin on the other, Guyana is every adventurer’s dream.

The capital city Georgetown is a fine specimen of outstanding architecture that reminds one of its Dutch and English colonial past. It is also where the St. George’s Cathedral, reputed to be the tallest wood building in the world stands tall. The Garden City of the Caribbean is a label very often accorded to the capital owing to a plethora of blooming trees around the city.

The Land of many waters, owing to the mighty Demerara, the Berbice and the Essequibo rivers, Guyana or particularly Iwokrama rainforest is where you can see the jaguar roam and hear the cries of howler monkeys through the rainforests; and yet this is not all there is to Guyanean wildlife. The Giant River Otter, the Black Caiman, and the Arapaima (the largest freshwater fish in the world) swim in the rivers of the Rupununi. Also, what catches the fancy of many a traveller are a number of fascinating Amerindian villages! And if you’d like to get inspired by what seems to have inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to pen The Lost World, head straight to Mount Roraima where he conceptualised the classic.

Finally if you think your trip to Guyana is complete without a visit to the Kaieteur Falls you might want to reconsider. This giant, at least four times higher than the Niagara Falls pours 30,000 gallons of water per second down a 820 feet cliff making it a sight that only elicits one reaction from the beholder – sublime awe! So get ready to go bananas in Guyana!
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