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Les Iles du Salut, Kourou

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Visit Les Iles du Salut to learn about the penal colonies that once lived on these islands. Find the remains of old sheds where prisoners lived, punishment cells, and a cemetery for those who once lived here. What remains is generally in ruins, which the surrounding jungle is slowly swallowing. Stroll along the golden sands of the beaches and feed the tame local wildlife. If you work up an appetite, grab a bite at the nearby eatery. Make Les Iles du Salut a part of your Kourou vacation plans using our Kourou tourist route planner.
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  • to do catamaran, exotic, beautiful place, ti punch offered on board the catamaran... Certainly, this is the tourist spot of Guyana but the Islands are very well preserved, the historical side of the jailhouse is to see at least once if it comes to Guyana... and then it's still one of the only places in Guyana where the sea water is blue! possibility to swim by jumping from the catamaran. However restoration too expensive for my taste, I advise the picnic... For those who have strollers, attention the way is stony...
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  • After a crossing with the shuttle d 1 hour for 43rd round trip, we arrived on the Royal island. A little refreshment at the Inn, and an inscription to the guided tour of the prison (7.5 e for 2 hours I think). The guide had the air quite knowledgeable and interested. We enjoyed the quite appalling history of this place. However, out of these historical narratives, the place is paradise: old stones, great views, lots of flowers and animals (monkeys, agoutis, lizards, and seems it a caiman). I was even able to me cool in the "pool of the convicts" (not very deep and a little slippery). Small flats: bins overflowing, broken glass in the trails, and a discharge of plastic bottle found during the tour of the island. Pity that we n may have had access to the St Joseph island.
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  • The islands of salvation (three islands - Royal - St Joseph and the devil) were a high place of the prison (closed in 1946). Many of the buildings are the evidence. Try to have a guided tour or a default purchase documentation. The Islands are also for Guyanese a bathing and fishing destination. Excursion to do at end of stay for "out" of the forest! The site is worth to spend two days if possible.
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