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.