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Travel Tips 

Being a tropical country just above the equator, Guyana has only two seasons – dry and green. It is best to select a time period for the region you want to visit based on your interests and chosen activities.


Peak (Dry) Season

Coast: mid-January to May; and mid-July to mid-November

Interior: January to early May and September to December

The dry season is the peak season. It is the most convenient way to explore the country since there is little rainfall. This makes the roads much easier to navigate, and it’s easier to see Guyana’s wildlife. No matter your location, the coast or the country's interior, it will feel like summertime most of the time. Fortunately, it cools down a bit at night, and in the daytime, light scattered showers and cool swimming holes offer intermittent relief.


Green (Wet) Season

Coast: May to mid-July and mid-November to mid-January

Interior: mid-May to August

The green (or rainy) season in Guyana gets its name from the rain showers that roll through during this time. Expect no rain or light showers on some days, heavy rains at times, and extended periods of sunshine on some of the rainiest days.  The days are usually somewhat cooler, but it is more humid. Getting around the rainforest and savannah in the wet season is challenging by road, yet it is the best time to travel by boat and see Guyana’s waterfalls in full. As a bonus, the raised rivers get you closer to the trees for great birdwatching experiences.


Packing List

Packing for tropical travels takes some thought, especially if you have never travelled into the rainforest. Here is a handy packing list that includes clothing, accessories and more.


  • Bring versatile activewear that covers you from head to toe. Layers, breathable fabrics, and light-coloured clothing are recommended. This includes a few pairs of pants, long-sleeved shirts, and t-shirts.

  • Pack a lightweight, compact rain jacket that can easily be added to any outfit. This will protect you from the elements and pesky insects.

  • Comfortable footwear for relaxing and hiking shoes are preferred, as are extra socks to keep your feet warm during the cool nights or to change out during the day if your feet get soaked.

  • Sun protection is key. Don’t forget a sun hat, a towel or a bandana to protect your neck, and your favourite pair of sunglasses with polarized lenses will protect your eyes. Pack a lightweight, reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.

  • A bathing suit and a pair of waterproof sandals should also be a part of your list. Waterproof sandals are great for swimming in blackwater creeks and outdoor showers.

  • Insect repellent is necessary, and local brands and crab tree oil are recommended. If you get bitten, anti-itch cream and treatments such as calamine lotion should provide fast relief.

  • A good pair of binoculars is also indispensable, making it much less likely that you will miss out on the perfect view.

  • A flashlight or headlamp is also indispensable, especially if you have to get out of your tent/hammock during the night or if you're taking part in night-time wildlife spotting.

  • Reusable plastic bags are also recommended to protect your phone, camera and other belongings from wet conditions.

  • If you rely on your phone for photos, pack a battery backup. Many lodges are run on solar and generators, which means you can’t always charge your electronics overnight.

  • Determine what size luggage you need based on your itinerary and the number of days you’ll be travelling. There is usually a 20-pound weight limit when flying to remote areas in small planes. A day pack is nice for outings.

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