With its breathtaking natural beauty, ecotourism is the most popular reason to book a cheap flight to Guyana. The lure of beautiful beaches, spellbinding rainforests, and sparkling waterfalls beckon the outdoor-oriented traveler.
Located just north of the equator, the climate in Guyana is tropically hot and humid but moderated by northeast trade winds. There are two rainy seasons (May to mid-August; mid-November to mid-January), and flash floods are a hazard during those times.
The best time to visit is at the end of the rainy seasons, so either late August or late January is recommended. The national holiday on Feb. 23 is a can’t-miss event, and as it is in the middle of the dry season inland travel is easier than at other times.
Taxis are a good way to traverse the capital of Georgetown. Minibuses run throughout the country, but tourists are advised not to travel these at night. Water taxis negotiate the rivers that crisscross the country, and visitors can also rent cars. Prices for all modes of travel should be considered negotiable.
First colonized by the Dutch, then the British, and with cultural influences including India and China as well as its own native peoples, Guyana is a diverse country without a strong central ethnic identity. Today a large portion of locals are Muslims, and visitors should expect to encounter restaurants that do not permit smoking and drinking. Of course, they will also find local Caribbean rum and the popular Banks beer in plenty of other establishments.
(prices quoted are from London)