Where am I going?

“Guy-an-uh”

South America! The northeast corner, along the coast, east of Venezuela and west of Suriname.

map

Known as “the land of many waters”

Settled by the Dutch then came under British control in the late 18th century.

Official language: English! However, majority of the population speaks Guyanese Creole.

                         “Wha happening nuh!” translates to “How are you?”

Capital: Georgetown

Population: About 780,000 people

Ethnic groups:

                           43% Indian

                          30% African

                          17% Mixed

                          9% indigenous Amerindian

Religion:

                          58% Christian

                          28% Hindu

                          7% Muslim

Currency: Guyanese dollar

              236.28 Guyanese dollar = 1.00 US dollar

Major exports: sugar, gold, bauxite, alumina, rice, shrimp, molasses, rum, and timber

Average temperature: 83 degrees ALL YEAR, with wet and dry seasons

turtle beach

80%+ of the country is covered in rainforests, making it one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world!

              8,000 species of plants

              1168 vertebrae species

              814 species of birds

Important species of animals to note: giant otters, capybaras, caimans, jaguars, tapirs, and the world’s largest anteater

river ottertoucantapir                              ant eaterjaguar

Bucket list worthy:  Kaieteur National Park, home of Kaieteur Falls

falls

    St. George’s Anglican Cathedral- one of the tallest wooden churches in the world

church

As you can see, Guyana is a pretty cool place and I have a lot to learn! I am excited to be heading to the land of many waters!

-Liz

fact credit to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guyana

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