Its name means ‘land of many waters’, and Guyana lives up to it completely, with a stack of watery sights worth a squizz. There’s Kaieteur Falls, which is five times the height of Niagara, as well as the aptly named Shell Beach where four of the world’s most endangered species of sea turtles come to nest. Aquatically, you won’t be disappointed.
On land, too, there’s no shortage of natural wonders, since Guyana has developed some of the most ambitious conservation practices anywhere in the continent. There’s the Iwokrama Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, for instance, where thousands of square kilometres of virgin rainforest are home to jaguars, bats, otters, anteaters, caimans and lots more creatures. Visitors can stay on site and go on excursions to Amerindian villages, walk in the canopy and spot caimans at night.
If things start to get too peaceful and meditative though, the rollicking capital Georgetown awaits, with a wild Caribbean nightlife and vibrant food scene.