Guyana is guardian to one of the largest unspoilt rainforests in the world with one of the highest areas of biodiversity.
Guyana's green eco-heartland
Approximately 80% of the country is covered in virgin rainforest. In fact the Guiana Shield is one of the four last pristine tropical rainforests in the world, home to eight thousand species of plants, half of which are found nowhere else in the world.
The most famous of these is the giant Victoria Amazonica Lily which has a leaf up to 3 metres in diameter and only blooms for two nights changing from white to various shades of pink or purple.
"Land of many waters"
Guyana is home to the tallest single-drop waterfall in the world – the spectacular Kaieteur Falls – five times higher than Niagara and twice the height of the Victoria Falls. Five great rivers divide Guyana, including the mighty Essequibo flowing the entire length of the country from south to north, with its 365 islands and a mouth 21 miles wide.
The rich and fertile banks of the Demerara River still produce the sugar cane that has made Demerara rums so distinctive.
Home to the neo-tropical 'Big Five'
In Guyana’s forests and savannah are found the 5 largest of their species in the world - the elusive Jaguar, Giant River Otter, Giant Anteater, Black Caiman and the majestic Harpy Eagle.
Notable among the hundreds of avian gems are the national bird of Guyana – the Hoatzin – an extraordinary throwback to prehistoric times with claws on its wings, and the exotic orange Guianan Cock-of the Rock.
Eco Tourism in Guyana is growing rapidly in importance and it is anticipated that it will provide a major contribution to the conservation of the largely intact natural environment and the indigenous Amerindian communities.
Photos courtesy of Fotonatura