Guyana Travel Guide, Gap Year Volunteering and Tours
Guyana is the 3rd smallest country in South America which enjoys a warm climate year round and has spectacular beaches. Guyana is an off the beaten track country to visit on a vacation but it truly stunning and diverse in nature and wildlife. View our travel guide to Guyana today.
Guyana Travel Ideas, Gap Year Programs & Experiences
Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Guyana.
Guyana Destination Guide
- Capital: Georgetown (population 240,000)
- Currency: Guyanese dollar (GYD)
- Population: 770,000 (approx)
- Language: English + local dialects
- International Dailing Code +592
- Area: 214,900 km2
Top Places to Visit in Guyana
- Mount Roraima
- Kaieteur Falls
- St. George's Cathedral, Georgetown
- Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology
- Promenade Gardens
- Shell Beach
- Castellani House, Guyana
- The Georgetown Lighthouse
- Kanuku Mountains
- Monte Caburaí
- Enta' Fun Park
- Georgetown Seawall Bandstand
- Imataka Mountains
- Fort Zeelandia
- Goed Fortuin Scheme Ground
- Iwokrama River Lodge
- Mount Venamo
- Acarai Mountains
Gap Year in Guyana
Guyana might not be the first country which comes to mind when planning a gap year but there are programs available to join here. Guyana is located in North-Eastern South America, it is blessed with beautiful beaches, exotic wildlife and nature. Despite being one of the smallest countries in South America there is a lot of things to pack into a gap year. The beaches in this country are really stunning and mostly deserted, this is a country which hasn't been over visited by tourists and because of this the natural habitats are in amazing condition.
Book a Tour to Guyana
Get off the beaten track by joining a tour in Guyana, our activity and cultural tours are available to solo travellers, couples, groups and families. There are trips which will get you off the beaten track where you can visit remote villages and see beautiful countryside.
Guyana is a spectacular country and you will see wild exotic animals and visit remote locations on our tours. Most tours start in the capital city Georgetown which is vibrant and full of Caribbean flavours, this will be a good introduction to the county. There are so many places to see in Guyana and this tour takes you to see the best ones, highlights include seeing the breathtaking Kaieteur waterfalls and visiting the Iwokrama Rainforest where you can see wildlife on day and night trips.
On a tour you will usually get to spot jaguars which are very rare animals and only located in some areas of the world. You will also get to ride canoes on the Burro Burro River where you should see spider monkeys and giant river otters and also visit remote locations and tribes. Most tour itineraries include visiting Georgetown, Kaieteur Falls, Iwokrama Rainforest, Iwokrama Canopy, Surama Village, Annai, Karanambu and the Yupukari Village.
We highly recommend going deep into the spectacular Amazon rainforest - this is a special experience where you can see a place stunningly beautiful and which is untouched by human activity. Don't be afraid to try the local food which is very tasty, usually meals consist of rice with meat or fish and vegetables.
Top Reasons to Book
- Get an experienced guide
- See the best places
- Go off the beaten track to see locations difficult to reach
- Eat at the best local restaurants
- Enjoy a stress free journey
- Get an authentic local experience
Guyana Tours for Solo Travellers
Our tours are perfect if you are travelling solo and would like to meet other people and travel in a group. You will get to meet other international travellers and get taken to the best locations in the country with an experienced guide.
Guyana Budget Tours
We have a selection of tours for all budgets, so whether you are looking to explore on the cheap or you have a bit more money to spend you will be able to find a trip to match your interests. Our website features lots of cheap tours allowing you to discover the highlights of the country and not break the bank. Most of our tours specifically cater for the 18-35 age group and are a really popular option due to meeting other people, getting day-to-day activities, hotel check-ins, selected meals, accommodation and also transport/guides included in the price. Don't worry if you are slightly older, most tours accept all ages.
Guyana Wildlife Tours
One of the most popular reasons to visit is to see exotic wildlife. These trips are incredible! You will get to see exotic wild animals and get photos and memories to last a memory. This will be the experience of a lifetime taking you deep into rainforests in search of animals like jaguars, lizards and monkeys. By joining a wildlife trip you will get to visit diverse and lush rainforests, journey along canopy walkways, go on jungle treks and spot exotic wildlife like birds, caimans, river otters and monkeys.
You will also learn a lot about Guyana and the local people who live here, highlights of this tour include travelling through rainforests keeping a look out for jaguars, going on guided tours of remote villages and wildlife spots and visiting and helping wildlife at a rehabilitation centres.There are also night trips where you will be able to see nocturnal animals and also optional excursions and hikes where you will be able to see breathtaking views over the forest canopy and country.
Usually travellers of the same sex will share a twin room, but there is also the option to pay a little extra and get a private room. Accommodation can vary depending on the tour and location. Some tours also include homestays which allow for a facsinating cultural exchange.
Typical group sizes are around 10-18 travellers with an average of 12 but this can vary between the tour and operator.
On most tours you will travel overland in a private small tour van.
How to Book
Search our featured trips above or contact us for specific advice.
Guyana Tour Reviews
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Guide to Volunteering in Guyana
Is it possible to volunteer in Guyana? Most people couldn't locate this country on a map but you might be surprised to know this is a tropical paradise. Guyana is located in the North of South America, bordered by Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela. Due to the Caribbean positioning and what makes Guyana even more appealing is the weather which is warm almost all year round. Local food can include rice, potatoes and meat whilst be sure to stay hydrated by drinking the fresh lime juice - this is really tasty. This destination is up and coming so if you would like to take a volunteer vacation book soon to avoid this country being overrun with people.
Location of Projects
Most projects are located in remote areas of Guyana but you will find NGO's, charities and local organisations all have offices in the capital - Georgetown.
Types of Volunteer Programs in Guyana
Guyana has a population of around 750,000 people and many people in rural areas need assistance, lots of organisations work on the ground, they aim to improve living conditions, help create jobs and a brighter future. There are development initiatives available all year round, you could apply to volunteer solo or join a structured group trip. You might be working to improve living conditions and standards in Amerindian villages, by planning better buildings and helping local people get better infrastructure. Expect a really warm welcome from Guyanese people on these programs, you might get to work helping disable or vulnerable members of society. Large organisations like Peace Corps have been placing volunteers in Guyana on community based programs for over 50 years, the contribution participants have made has left a lasting impact on the country and people.
Education & Teaching
There are various different projects available where you can help education efforts teaching and helping youngsters, sometimes you will get to work in outreach teams heading to remote areas. This is an exciting way to do something magical and really make a difference. Skilled / non-skilled positions are available, from helping children learn to working empowering women. A lot of programs now focus on training local staff and developing long term frameworks to improve education in the country - if you have any previous experience in this area your skilled will be put to good use.
Volunteer with Wildlife & Conservation
Guyana is famous for animals and you can sign up to volunteer and help wildlife like sea turtles, you will get to work hands on and get up close with these creatures playing a key role in helping their future. Large areas of Guyana are protect by law but there is still a need to help raise awareness about conservation efforts and the need to help these creatures and other animals in Guyana. You could find yourself living and volunteering in spectacular settings like the coast or Amazon!
There are some really worthwhile organisation operating in Guyana including Fronteering which place people to work with giant sea turtles. You might want to apply with IWOKRAMA which is an operation in the Amazon / Guyanan rainforest which promotes eco tourism and helps conservation preservation in the country. Some projects include living in the rainforest and stopping illegal mining and logging, you might be responsible for maintaining trails, monitoring tracks, helping sustainable living projects. If you are based in the rainforest you might be lucky to see animals red howler monkeys which is amazing!
On placements in the rainforest you will get to learn more about the Amerindians, who are local indigenous people of Guyana. They have been living in the country for thousands of years and its important this tribe is saved and helped through the development of the country. The land in which they live are some of the last untouched rainforests on the planet and its really vital for their survival that their opinions are heard. Also the area around the Essequibo river is spectacular and you should aim to see this.
No previous skills are required but you will need a positive attitude and be flexible and adaptable to life in Guyana, this country isn't as developed as others and living conditions can be basic especially when volunteering in rural areas. There might be little language barrier but you should be able to get by with a guidebook, local people speak a little English and also Creolese which can be difficult to understand. Language classes can be joined in country and we recommend learning some words and phrases prior to departing. If you are working in a professional/medical capacity organisations like VSO have been placing skilled professionals with carefully selected programs, you might want to read more to see if it suitable for you.
If you apply for a structure placement accommodation is usually included - hostels, guesthouses and hotels. Sometimes in the rainforest you might be working in outreach teams going into remote areas and get to sleep in tents camping out in the wilderness.
Start Dates & How to Apply
You can view our featured projects above and apply today. You can start every month of the year and this will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life! Be sure to book in advance especially for summer programs. Search projects on in Guyana above and apply today!