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. Arrange your visit to Les Iles du Salut and discover more family-friendly attractions in Kourou using our Kourou tour app .
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  • Must-see: the islands of salvation! Specifically île Royale and the island of St. Joseph. Places full of history with the bagnes and administrative buildings. A visit where it plunges back into the history of the convicts. Swimming is in the pool of the convicts. On Royal Island, near the cemetery of children, you will come across monkeys and some others as well as the only two gendarmes on the island! Look also along the quay, you will certainly come across turtles. A nice discovered that Isle Royale! On the island of St. Joseph, enjoy the surroundings of the pool of the convicts. And go up to the prison where the nature has reasserted itself... beautiful! Don't be surprised to come across a legionnaire on this island!
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  • The islands of Salvation are part of must-see places in Guyana. After an hour of navigation at the start of Kourou, coming up on Paradise ilets, blue sea and coconut trees. The visit of the vestiges (cells, houses, cemeteries) recalled that it was a place of detention and suffering for nearly a century (1854-1947). It is now a relaxing place, overrun by the jungle, populated by various animals (monkeys, agoutis,...) which can be approached. There may be some explanatory panels and unable to go to the island of the devil walk in the footsteps of Dreyfus. Predict hat, sunscreen, and what drink especially on St Joseph island where there is nothing. The Island Royal, busiest, has a restaurant and possibility to stay there.
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  • We recently visited Ile Royale in the Illes du Salut, French Guiana on a cruise ship. This three-island chain is off the beaten track and is maitnained by the French aerospace agency located nearby wh...  more »

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