Destination Information for Guyana
The small country of Guyana, on the North Atlantic coast of South America, is an English-speaking former British colony. It was originally settled by the Dutch, but came into British possession by 1815, achieving its independence from the UK in 1966. This tropical country is mainly comprised of rainforest, with a mountainous area on the Northeast, around Kamarang.
The capital is Georgetown, on the Guyanese Coastal Plain, with its British colonial architecture and timber-built Anglican Cathedral. Here you can visit the National Museum and purchase locally-made crafts and souvenirs at the market.
Eco-tourism is emerging as a popular industry in Guyana, with visitors heading to the country to climb the mountains, spend time on the beaches and see the spectacular scenery and wildlife of this beautiful country. The Kaieteur Falls is a breathtaking waterfall five times the height of Niagara, which can be visited as a daytrip from Georgetown. Shell Beach, on the Northwest, is a fabulous place to go to see turtles laying in a protected conservation area.
Guyana is a great choice for travellers who want to avoid typical tourist hotspots and to explore a stunning South American country with a rich variety of attractions. From golden beaches and lush rainforests to wild waterfalls and rare mammal species, this is a natural wonderland that is well worth the effort to visit.
Chikungunya in the Carribean/Americas
The outbreak of chikungunya virus infection in various Caribbean islands and the Americas is ongoing; WHO/PAHO has published further epidemiological data on countries reporting autochthonous transmission.
- Anguilla, 71 suspected cases, 55 confirmed.
- Antigua and Barbuda, 1,442 suspected cases, 18 confirmed.
- Aruba, 474 suspected cases, 743 confirmed.
- Bahamas, 99 confirmed cases.
- Barbados, 1,897 suspected cases, 122 confirmed.
- Cayman Islands, 229 suspected cases, 44 confirmed.
- Curacao, 1,838 suspected cases, 835 confirmed. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- Dominica, 3,598 suspected cases, 173 confirmed.
- Grenada, 3,070 suspected cases, 26 confirmed. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- Guyana, 5,310 suspected cases, 105 confirmed.
- Jamaica, 1,669 suspected cases, 87 confirmed.
- Montserrat, 118 suspected cases, 14 confirmed.
- St Kitts and Nevis, 627 suspected cases, 28 confirmed.
- St Lucia, 645 suspected cases, 238 confirmed.
- Sint Maarten, 470 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- St Vincent and the Grenadines, 1,223 suspected cases, 175 confirmed.
- Suriname, 1,210 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- Trinidad and Tobago, 313 confirmed cases.
- Turks and Caicos, 19 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- UK Virgin Islands, 347 suspected cases, 47 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- US Virgin Islands, 1,541 suspected cases, 376 confirmed.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum and P.Vivax malaria throughout the country. Coastal areas are the exception. These areas, including the city of Georgetown, have a low to no risk of malaria. (See map above).
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
Doxycycline or Atovaquone/Proguanil or Mefloquine
Chloroquine plus Proguanil should only be used if other anti-malarials cannot be tolerated as it is less effective in these regions.