Planning a Family Adventure to Guyana

By Guyana Tourism Authority

Guyana promises to be even more astounding for children than for their wide-eyed parents. The country’s scents, sights and sounds will make for an unforgettable adventure and one that most children will take in their stride. Foraging through greenery to spot wildlife and fascinating birds, encountering different languages, art and culture make this a particularly rich destination for all age groups to enjoy. Be it a splendid view of Kaieteur from a plane to camping by a river and witnessing an exciting rodeo action in the Rupununi, Guyana will open an entirely different world to young travellers.

Walter Roth Musuem Georgetown ©Deonarine Chan

Museums & Cool Structures
Before heading into the inland regions of Guyana, it’s best to spend some time in Georgetown to orient children for a glimpse of what’s to come. The museums of the city are the best way to do this. Visit the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology and the National Museum to get a glimpse of Guyanese history, the Roy Geddes Steel Pan Museum for a wonderful collection of pan music instruments and others like Gary Serrao’s Guyanese Heritage Museum and Museum of African Heritage for local art and historical relics.

Given that the museum trail could be a bit long, make time for the lush Botanical Gardens to unwind and the bustling Stabroek Market to check out heaps of veggies and the blissful hustle and bustle of markets. The lighthouse near the Seawall will also be a favourite for children as it transports them to a time when sailors could spot Guyana from a distance to anchor their ships.

Giant River Otte, Region 9 © David DiGregorio

Wildlife Encounters
This is for parents who want to introduce their children to an array of exotic wildlife species within the pristine rainforests of Guyana. The lure of seeing a jaguar, staying hushed to go near a caiman, seeing a giant river otter up close and spotting a scampering capybara keeps their attention grasped to the surroundings. Every rustle in the woods notches up the excitement to spot a new species. Exotic colourful birds and their melodious birdsong catches the attention of some. The best wildlife encounters are experienced when staying in a jungle lodge. Atta Lodge, Surama, Iwokrama and Karanambu Lodge are some of the best places for wildlife and birding.

Nature’s Playground
There is no dearth of open fields, sinuous rivers to dip your feet in and thrilling waterfalls in Guyana Ð essentially, an always-available playground for children. Guided trips with experts allow them to try their hand at fishing, hiking on easy trails and even rafting in the low-key sections of the rivers. Kaieteur is one of the most magnificent regions in the country with a thundering waterfall that can be seen from a small plane and a walking trail in front of it. There are plenty of picture opportunities, statistical wonders and nature’s best scenes around this waterfall.

Ranching Skills
Rupununi, the southern part of the country, offers a whole new landscape for children to experience. Sprawling grasslands, stunning sunsets and the thrill of horse riding are what should bring you to the region. Young travellers will love the idea of staying in an active ranch where they can follow in the footsteps of their cowboy heroes and get their hands dirty taking care of the farm animals. You’ll be surprised how easily children take to living the ranch life. Dadanawa, Saddle Mountain, Wichabai and Waikin are some of the best places to have this experience.

Beach, Lake Mainstay Resort, Region2 ©AmandaRichards

Resort Life
Kick your feet up and enjoy the resort life on the Demerara and Essequibo rivers. Stay put for a couple of days in a riverside resort to enjoy the local food, pool and the comfort of getting pampered. Most resorts have ample to do in and around the property. Cycling trails, canoe rides, birdwatching trips and village walks are offered to mix and match comfort with some outdoor fun.

Top Five Unforgettable Experiences for children
Flying in a Cessna plane over rainforests, deep valleys & waterfalls.
Seeing one of the world’s largest and most powerful single-drop waterfalls, Kaieteur Ð which is four times higher than Niagara Falls.
Experiencing conservation activities like setting camera traps for large mammals, and even completing amphibian surveys.

Seeing unique animals and birds like tapirs, giant anteaters, capybaras, harpy eagles and the Guianan Cock-of-the-rock.
Kayaking and swimming in blackwater creeks throughout Guyana’s coastal region.

Travel Better in Guyana: Guyana is working hard to conserve its vibrant wildlife and cultural eco-system, but this fragile environment can easily deteriorate by unmindful travelling. We urge you to become an Ôawesome’ traveller by doing some simple things like avoiding the use of single-use plastics and ensuring that you use water filtration bottles. Help protect Guyana’s abundant wildlife by maintaining a respectful distance. Support local tour operators, accommodations, and other tourism service providers that incorporate sustainable tourism practices. Contact the Guyana Tourism Authority to learn more and remember to always leave a positive impact!

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