If you want to come face to face with a 200 pound Jaguar or see the Black Caiman, the largest predator in South America, then your choice is obvious. They can be found in Guyana, on the north eastern tip of South America.
Here those travelers who yearn for something more challenging that the mundane beach and turquoise waters, can have their dreams come through.
Those who are willing to brave the unknown and blaze a trail in virgin forest are assured of some of the amazing sights in the only English speaking country in South America.
Other remarkable sights include the giant Harpy Eagle, the largest in the world with exceptional hearing and acute vision and can spot a centimeter object 219 yards away.
Then there is the River Otter which continues to amaze those individuals who have had the pleasure to see them in close range. Marvel at the thought of seeing Diane McTurk at Karanambo Ranch where she has been nursing injured Otters for years.
Apart from the Jaguar, the Black Caiman, the Harpy Eagle and the River Otter, those willing to take on the ‘wild’ and the unknown in this virgin territory of 83,000 square miles, there are also astonishing and amazing water falls that would captivate even the most ardent skeptics.
The mightiest is the 741 foot single-drop Kaieteur Falls, which flows over the edge of the Pakaraima Plateau at the rate of 45,000 gallons per second. It is the tallest single drop water fall in the world.
Kaiteur supports a unique micro environment with Tank Bromeliads, the largest in the world in which the tiny Golden Frog spends most of its life.
The Rock View Lodge offers the tourist the opportunity to see the indigenous people, the Amerindian producing hammocks and other products. It is located a short distance from where the Pakaraima Mountains meet the flat plans of the Rupununi Savannahs.
Imagine being in the center of an 83,000 square mile country where 80 percent is tropical rain forest. You are given the opportunity blaze a new trail, fish, swim or hunt to your heart’s delight, and hardly encountering any danger.
For those interested in historical buildings or national monuments, then Georgetown, the Capital is the place to be. One of the most famous buildings in Georgetown is the St. Georges Cathedral, the tallest free standing wooden building in the world.
Another fine example is the City Hall, described as the most beautiful building in the Capital and it continues to be one of the main attractions for tourists.
The Umana Yana, built by the Wai Wai, the Indigenous people of Guyana, is another structure that no one would wish to miss viewing. It was built as a conference center for a conference of the Non Aligned Movement.
In a nutshell this book is a ‘MUST READ’ for anyone planning a visit to Guyana and its rainforest.