Category: The Guianas

Fully integrated into France, Guiana is also part of the European Union (we stretch far!). French Guiana is the richest corner of South America and one driver of the economy is the Guiana Space Centre. The earth rotates around its axis within 24 hours. The speed at which we move is determined by the distance we have to earth’s rotational axis. At the poles this distance is non-existent but gradually rises until the equator. In southern Germany earth rotates at a speed of 1,125 km per hour, at the equator that speed rises to 1,670 km/h (40,000 km circumference divided by 24 hours). We do not realize this movement as our atmosphere moves at the same speed. But for a rocket, that leaves our atmosphere, that makes a difference. […]

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If I had to pick my favourite Guiana it would actually be Suriname. I just didn’t really connect with French Guiana and compared to Guyana it seems just a bit nicer and there are more cheap options for an independent traveller. Looking back, I greatly regret not having made use of the village lodges along the Suriname river. In this tourism project you can use the local boats running along the river Suriname and stay in lodges in the small villages. This is a lot cheaper than the expensive lodges that I encountered in Guyana and seems to be a perfect and slow way to get to know village life in Suriname. […]

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As there is no road connection between Venezuela and Guyana, I had to go via Boa Vista in Brazil. Crossing the border, you end up in the city of Lethem. According to Wikipedia it has 1,158 inhabitants and with that is by far the biggest settlement in the south of Guyana. It even has an airport with daily flights to Georgetown, the capital city of Guyana. The alternative to the flight is a 16-hour minivan journey on bad roads through the rainforest. But this is what I am here for, to explore Guyana and not to fly over it. With a few stops along the way, the journey will be an integral part of my experience. […]

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