The capital, Georgetown, is steeped in colonial heritage and has a distinctly Caribbean atmosphere. Learn more about the country’s Amerindian culture on a visit to the Walter Roth Museum, or its flora and fauna at the National Museum. Soak up its colonial history as you explore timeworn churches, the colonnaded Parliament Building and the Red House, home to former Prime Minister Cheddi Jagan.
The city has a fantastic wining and dining scene, serving food that reflects the country’s cultural diversity: Brazilian barbecue, creole cuisine, Indian dishes and plenty of Amerindian specialities, such as pepperpot. You’ll get a chance to try Guyanese dishes such as ginger soup and grilled snapper in shady courtyard restaurants. There are also plenty of options for a night out, whether you prefer live soca and chutney music in a local bar, or cocktails in swanky rooftop bars.
There are plenty of other attractions in and around the city. Take a guided tour of Demera Distillers Ltd. to find out how the famous El Dorado rum is made. Or take a Jeep tour past lush sugarcane fields to the Uitvlugt Estate, where you can learn more about the sugarcane business and the dark legacy of the slave trade. Georgetown is also a fantastic gateway to exploring the rest of the country, whether you’re interested in travelling along the coast to nearby beaches or taking a historic boat tour of the islands and settlements along the Essequibo River.