24 days in Guyana, Suriname & French Guiana Itinerary

24 days in Guyana, Suriname & French Guiana Itinerary

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Georgetown, Guyana
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Paramaribo, Suriname
— 8 nights
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Cayenne, French Guiana
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Georgetown, Guyana — 5 nights

Garden City of the Caribbean

Guyana's capital and main urban area, Georgetown represents the starting point for many visits to the country.
Georgetown is known for sightseeing, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of St. George's Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Guyana Botanical Gardens, hunt for treasures at Stabroek Market, and browse the exhibits of Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Georgetown vacation planning tool.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Georgetown is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from San Jose to Georgetown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Georgetown, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Paramaribo.
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Paramaribo, Suriname — 8 nights

Wooden City

With the chance to visit a World Heritage-listed inner city, tours of Paramaribo remain among the most culturally enriching things tourists can do in Suriname.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paramaribo: Lelydorp (Neotropical Butterfly Park & Pikin Sranan), Peperpot Nature Park (in Meerzorg) and Tafelberg Nature Preserve (in Saramacca District). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fort Zeelandia, explore the striking landscape at Voltzberg Dome, ponder the world of politics at Presidential Palace, and explore the activities along Commewijne River.

To find photos and other tourist information, read our Paramaribo trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Georgetown to Paramaribo takes 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Georgetown to Paramaribo. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cayenne.
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Cayenne, French Guiana — 8 nights

The capital of French Guiana, Cayenne sits at the mouth of the Cayenne River on the department's Atlantic coast.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cayenne: Kourou (Les Iles du Salut, Kourou Space Centre (Guiana Space Centre), &more) and Roura (Cacao Village, Amazonie Decouverte, &more). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo de Guyane, head off the coast to Ilet la Mere, identify plant and animal life at Marshes of Caw, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sauveur Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cayenne trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Paramaribo to Cayenne. In September, daily temperatures in Cayenne can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Guyana travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Gardens · Waterfalls
Land of Many Waters
A land of thick rainforest, expansive savannas, and lively Caribbean culture, Guyana is becoming more and more notable for its adventure and eco-tourism opportunities. Sightseeing in Guyana ranges from touring the colonial-era architectural gems of the historic capital, to hiking the verdant forest trails. Scenic waterfalls and mountaintops, laidback ranches, an array of tropical wildlife, and delicious Creole fusion cuisine await you on your Guyana holiday.
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Suriname travel guide

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Historic Sites · Churches · Parks
The smallest country in South America, Suriname features thick jungles, rushing rivers, and lively, culturally diverse places to visit. Independent since 1975, Suriname retained the Dutch language and influences, as well as the Caribbean and the culture of its indigenous tribes. A third of the country's landscape is made up of natural reserves, providing tourists the opportunity to explore lush tropical rainforests, pristine beaches, scenic rivers and waterfalls, as well as a staggering variety of animals and birds. On a trip to Suriname you shouldn't pass up a visit to its capital and only city, World Heritage-listed Paramaribo, noted for its colonial-era architecture.
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French Guiana travel guide

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Tourist Spots · Wildlife Areas · Islands
The only part of South America still governed by an overseas country, the tropical, rainforest-covered French Guiana is the second largest region of France. The department was used by France as a penal colony in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with several islands that you can visit today used as prisons where inmates were forced to catch butterflies. On a trip to French Guiana, you can witness different ecosystems, diverse plant and animal life, as well a mix of cultures influenced by French colonization and a large immigrant population.
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