Guyana

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Book Description

This new third edition of Bradt's Guyana remains the only guidebook available to this South American gem, a jungle-clad country teeming with exotic wildlife. Thoroughly researched, easy to use and interesting to read, Bradt's Guyana is written and updated by writers who have lived in and promoted Guyana for many years and is an ideal companion for all travelers, from wildlife watchers to fishermen, anthropologists to conservationists and ‘voluntourists'.
Guyana is a destination on the rise, described – justifiably – by the tourist board as ‘South America Undiscovered'. This new edition of Bradt's Guyana has been updated to include all the latest developments, ranging from how to see harpy eagles at Warapoka to new culinary experiences, local tour operators, 4x4 self-drive and new hotels.
Truly off the beaten track, Guyana is one of the most fascinating and least-known countries in the Americas. It is also the only English-speaking country in South America. The jewel in its crown is the mouth-droppingly beautiful Kaieteur Falls, which is nearly five times the height of Niagara and the world's tallest single-drop waterfall.
Culturally Caribbean, its capital Georgetown is a curious melting-pot of quaint Dutch and British colonial architecture, steel drums, boisterous nightlife, rum shops with world-class rum, cricket and tropical sea breezes. It is also the gateway to the lush interior which is full to the brim with fascinating flora and fauna including monkeys, black caiman, harpy eagles, giant anteaters, otters and the mighty jaguar. With Bradt's Guyana, discover all of this, plus where to stay in community lodges and see the rainforest through the eyes of Amerindian guides, where to watch turtles nesting on the beach, how to explore the moody Essequibo River (the largest between the Orinoco and the Amazon), and how to visit the million-acre rainforest reserve of Iwokrama for the ultimate authentic wildlife experience.
This third edition of Bradt's Guyana is the key book to plan an expedition into its densely forested lush interior, often accessible only by boat or small aircraft, before taking some ‘time to lime' in a hammock in one of its tropical waterfront resorts.


About Smock, Kirk,

Originally from the United States, Kirk Smock worked on a USAID-funded sustainable tourism development project in Guyana for six years as a writer, communications specialist and tourism consultant (for three of those years, Kirk lived in Guyana). For the tourism project, Kirk worked closely with Guyana's tourism lodges, community tourism projects, tour operators, and various government bodies and stakeholders, to help build the birdwatching, sport fishing and adventure travel sectors in Guyana. Over an extended period of many months, Kirk used many modes of transportation – ranging from dugout canoes, minibuses, Bedford trucks and motorized boats to bikes, horses, trekking, ancient Land Rovers, walking, small planes, bamboo rafts and Tapirs (the trucks, not the animals) – and travelled extensively in Guyana to research and write the first edition of the Bradt guide to Guyana, which was also the first dedicated guidebook to Guyana. The memories of spending countless weeks in Guyana's interior with local Amerindians teaching him about the astonishing biodiversity that live in the country's vast rainforests and savannas remain some of Kirk's fondest. He currently lives in Madison, WI with his family.
This edition has been updated by Claire Antell, a Latin American travel specialist who has promoted South America for many years as a tour operator, UK representative, marketing consultant, freelance writer and Executive Secretary of the Latin American Travel Association. Claire fell in love with Guyana in 2004 when she first visited the country on a familiarisation trip and realised she was in one of the continent's last frontiers for tourism where the mouth-droppingly beautiful Kaieteur Falls is still a well-kept secret and the rainforests, savannah and local Amerindian villages offer some of the most authentic and pristine experiences in the Americas. Since then she has returned every year to Guyana to explore and promote it to intrepid travellers around the world and has represented the destination in major consumer and travel events around the world.