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Guyana: A Destination for Ecotourism

Nestled between Suriname, Brazil, and Venezuela, Guyana isn’t often at the forefront of the conversation when it comes to South American destinations. In fact, it’s often mistaken for Ghana, the West African nation on the Gulf of Guinea. However, the 83,000-square-mile (214,970-square-kilometer) country boasts an impressive repertoire of unique sights, experiences, and culture. From making the world’s most expensive stamp and building one of the world’s tallest wooden churches to harboring El Dorado, the fabled lost city of gold, Guyana is full of surprises and a burgeoning frontier for ecotourism.

The country’s wealth, however, lies not exclusively in gold, but in biodiversity as well. Guyana’s extensive forests, mountains, waterfalls, and wide array of wildlife make it an ideal destination for eco-tourism, a relatively burgeoning industry that is changing the face of travel in the country.

With numerous eco-lodges and camping sites throughout its interior regions, Guyana is poised to succeed as an eco-tourism and adventure destination. The country boasts the highest single-drop waterfall in the world, a multi-purpose rainforest reserve, and a beach where endangered sea turtles come to nest every year. The country is embracing its natural wealth, opting to promote community-based nature travel rather than traditional tourism. Additionally, Guyana has witnessed the development of organizations such as CATS,  a Community and Tourism Services group that is comprised of the Makushi tribe, a local indigenous community, the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, and two private tour and lodge operators.

Some of the best examples of Guyana’s eco-tourism offerings are outlined in this article. Read the full article here – Article Link

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