Guyana is the only nation-state on the mainland of South America. Culturally, Guyana finds its roots close to the English-speaking Caribbean countries of Tobago, Trinidad and Jamaica. The population of Guyana consists of mostly descendants of enslaved people or immigrants. Guyana is an country filled with a rich culture and diverse climate, both of which are reflected in the cuisine and artwork.
Mashramani, often just called “Mash” for short, is a yearly festival that celebrates the independence of Guyana. February 27th , is considered Guyanese Republic Day, and the festivities include parades, music, games and cooking. This is the most colorful of all celebrations in the country and features elaborate costumes, floats, masquerade bands and street performers dancing to the sounds of calypso and steel drums. There is a Calypso Competition which is an integral part of the festival and at the conclusion the King and Queen of the Festival are crowned. Thousands of people line the streets to partake and participate in this customary festival that has been taking place for over thirty years.
The Holi Festival is also known as the Festival of Colors and is a popular Hindi festival observed in the springtime. Commencement of the festivities takes place over a series of many days with events that are clearly outlined and traditional. The first day is the burning of the demoness, Holika, in the evening. On the second day, people spend the day throwing colored powder and water at each other, this is done as a protective measure against illness. The powders are made from Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva and other medicinal plants are are concocted by Ayurvedic practitioners. Rangapanchami occurs a few days later, on the fifth day of the full moon and marks the end of the festival. At the conclusion of the festival gift are exchanged among family members and may consist of sweets, flowers, gems and packets of color.
When approaching the coastline of Guyana visitors will notice a change in the water color, as it turns from blue to brown and finally black. There are four major waterfalls located on Guyana; Kaieteur, Orinduik, Andu and Great Falls. Visitors to the falls are often mesmerized by the water and describe it as mysterious and enchanting.
In North Rupununi is the Rock View Ecotourism Resort, it is a ranch that was built in the 1950's and is located in Annai, where the savannas end and the nature trails begin. Guests at the ranch are invited to take part in a “cowboy” type lifestyle and to participate in cattle roping and horseback riding.
Guyana has many stunning beaches but discovering Almond Beach, which is the only Shell Beach in the world where four of the eight species of sea turtles come to mate and nest. The beach is also home to the Scarlet Ibis and various other bird species indigenous to the country.
For travelers looking for a true gem of a hotel, the Pergus Hotel is exactly what they are looking for. Because of its location on the Delta of Demerara River, the hotel offers breathtaking views of the oceans cape surrounding the hotel. The LeMeridien Hotel is known as the best in Guyana, it offers guests a chance to experience the heart of the city while being close to the transportation and other tourist attractions. For those seeking a secluded hotel, the Timberhead at Georgetown is just that. Timberhead Rainforest Lodge is true rainforest experience with invites its guests to sleep in native-built log houses on stilts. The hotel offers safaris into the rainforest and river tours among its top list of activities. The people of Guyana take the topic of hospitality quite seriously and work hard to ensure guests have the experience of a lifetime when visiting.