If you love nature, Guyana is a veritable paradise for you. Guyana illustrates that a Caribbean vacation doesn’t have to mean relaxing on the beach or pampered massages. Guyana shows you that it can mean a trek across the island, lush greenery, and unspoiled beauty. For nature lovers and outdoorsy types alike, Guyana is a home away from home.
Rainforests and waterfalls are what you think of you consider Guyana. Mountainous and pristine, the Guyanese landscape is one to enjoy from several different perspectives. There are three counties (Essequibo, Demerara, and Berbice) and four geographical regions (the interior savannah, highland region, hilly sand, and clay area) to explore. Bird watchers can be on the look out for at least 800 species of birds. If you choose to stay in the capital and not explore the countryside by foot, you can still enjoy the beautiful array of wildlife available in Guyana. There are many parks, gardens, zoos, and museums available to peruse.
Lyrical English floats along the air with a hint of Creole flavor interlaced within. English speakers will be able to talk with these friendly people with ease, which always makes getting directions and finding out about fun things to do easier. The people of Guyana are some of the friendliest around. They exude a kindness that is felt rather than seen. Travel to Guyana to see the natural Caribbean at its finest.
Size: 133 square miles
Government: Unitary Republic
Currency: Guyanese dollar (GY$)
Main City: Georgetown
Main Airport: Cheddi Jagan International Airport
Telephone Country Code: 592
Local Beer: Banks Beer
National Dish: Pepper Pot: made with casreep (cassava extract) and beef or choice of meat, served with spicy white rice or black eye or split peas & rice.
Entry Visa: All visitors to Guyana must have a current passport that is valid for 6 months after the visit and onward or return ticket. A visa is not required for citizens of the United States, Canada, most European and Commonwealth countries.
When to go: The weather in Guyana is hot year round, but pleasantly so. There are two rainy seasons: May and June and December through January.
Marriage Requirements: Couples wishing to get married in Guyana will need to get a marriage license from the Registrar’s Office. Plus a petition of marriage must be purchased from the General Post Office and notarized by a Justice of the Peace. The ceremony is performed by a Minister of Region or Registrar General.
Documents Required: In addition to the completed application for marriage, both the bride and groom will need their:
• birth certificates along with driver’s licences or other forms of identification
• certificates of no impediment or single status report
Also if applicable:
• divorce papers i.e. decree absolute and/or death certificate of spouse
• proof of parental consent if under 18, stamped and signed by a solicitor
• proof of name change by Deed Poll, stamped and signed by a solicitor
Residency Requirement: Guyana requires that people wishing to be married there have been in residence for at least 15 days before the wedding day. This time is reduced to 48 hours if the bride or groom is a resident of Guyana.
Fees: If getting married at the Guyana Post Office, a fee of GY$2080/US$11 is payable.
Witnesses: Two witnesses must be present at the ceremony.