SENIOR CITIZENS TRAVEL TO GUYANAJun 8th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel
Looking for a true adventure? Been to South America yet? Guyana, the continent’s hidden corner, has something awaiting your arrival that has not been experienced anywhere else in the world. Where the Caribbean meets South America, Senior travelers will find an irresistible combination of fascinating and breathtaking natural beauty. Pristine Amazonian rain-forests, immense waterfalls and amazing wildlife blend with a vibrant indigenous culture, rich heritage and the most hospitable and friendly people in the world. I’m ready…how about you?
TripAdvisor has already beat us there and suggest all kinds of amazing things to see and do. The country is quite small, 750,000+ and is the third-smallest country in South America after Suriname and Uruguay. The name Guyana (from Arawak Wayana) means “Land of many waters.”
Guyana invites English-speaking senior tourists from all over the world to have an exciting South American adventure without the inconvenience of having to learn or deal with another language. This Travel Guide introduces Guyana to seniors who are looking for “something different” and a true adventure.
Exceptional Natural Beauty Awaits Senior Visitors
Guyana, a country of exceptional natural beauty, is a splendid combination of the Caribbean and South America, with fascinating touches of a sometimes turbulent past. Perched on the north-east corner of the South American continent, Guyana stretches 450 miles from its long Atlantic coastline into dense equatorial forest and the broad savannah of the Rupununi.
The picturesque capital and primary port is Georgetown, a city of comfortable, modern hotels, fine colonial buildings, and broad, tree-lined boulevards. The striking wooden architecture is reminiscent of Guyana’s centuries as a Dutch, and then a British colony.
Georgetown offers an expressive introduction to the land of Guyana. You won’t want to miss the imposing St. George’s Cathedral, reputed to be the tallest wooden building in the world. The Botanical Gardens was established in 1878 and is one of the treasures of the city, and indeed the country.
The tumbling rivers and dense rain-forests of Guyana are filled with extraordinary natural sights. Kaieteur Falls, where the 400-foot wide Potaro River plunges 741 feet downward from the Pakaraima Plateau, is one of the world’s great waterfalls. The Falls is Guyana’s greatest scenic wonder.
Senior Birders Paradise
In Guyana more than 796 species of birds from 72 different families have been documented. Plus, there are many more species that remain unidentified. Guyana’s coastal capital city, Georgetown, hosts more than 200 of these species from 39 families alone. Discover the thrill of birding in Guyana’s wild tropical rainforest, ruggedly beautiful mountains, rare coastlands and fascinating savannahs. Learn about some of Guyana’s best birding hotspots.
Browse through the suggested itineraries that have been assembled to help you plan your birding trip to Guyana. Let’s see which of us can identify first: A Caica Parrot, Little Shearwater, Little Chachalaca, Sun Parakeet, Red-shouldered Macaw, Roraima Screech-Owl or a Scissor-tailed Nightjar. And let’s not take our binoculars off the Green Aracari, Black-spotted Barbet, Guianan Piculet, Ferruginous-backed Antbird and the Rio Branco Antbird. I just love that last one. Here’s what Simon Papps from Birdwatch Magazine has to say about the wildlife and birds of Guyana.
You won’t get bored here. And look…I just found 40 more “musts” for you to put on your itinerary… I can’t believe that I have left off Guyana till now. So seniors, talk with your travel agent and plan a visit. jeb