In the midst of a global pandemic, international travel has become all but impossible leaving many with an intense case of wanderlust. That travel itch is longing to be scratched as avid travellers are pent up at home dreaming of their next destination getaway. So, to provide a little inspiration for your next trip of a lifetime, check out these five interesting ways to experience the magical world of this little-known South American country… from the comfort of your home.
Book: The Lost World, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Guyana remains uncharted territory for man, boasting around 85% forest cover from one of only four primary rainforests in the world. Perhaps it comes as no surprise then that this mysterious land of dense jungle and hidden corners were the inspiration behind Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. Ancient tepuis (table-top mountains) erupt from the jungle canopy while the thick forest itself hides even the world’s largest single-drop waterfall – Kaieteur. Though Guyana is home to giants such as jaguars, giant river otters, anaconda, and even capybaras and giant anteaters, you can relax knowing that the prehistoric giants from Doyle’s novel are purely fictional. You can find this book on Amazon.
Podcast: Loyle Carner in Guyana, BBC Sound Odyssey
UK hip hop artist, Loyle Carner, travelled to Guyana in 2019 to discover his cultural roots from his father’s side with legendary Guyanese flautist, Keith Waithe. The pair travelled as part of a BBC Sound Odyssey project titled Loyle Carner in Guyana to explore Carner’s cultural heritage via the music and gastronomy of the country. They even worked with local musicians to produce a brand new track inspired by their travels. The podcast wets the wanderlust appetite for housebound travellers as the duo transport the listener to the deepest rainforests of Guyana on a cultural, gastronomical and musical voyage of one of South America’s most undiscovered nations. The podcast is readily available on the BBC Sounds app.
TV Programme: Lost Land of the Jaguar, BBC
Back in 2008 four heavyweight wildlife presenters, George McGavin, Steve Backshall, Justine Evans and Gordon Buchanan, all travelled to Guyana to document a journey through the unspoilt Guyanese rainforest. During their travels, they encountered the unique fauna of the region as they went in search of one particularly elusive creature – the mighty jaguar. Highlights from the show include George McGavin climbing into a hollowed-out tree trunk to see what critters are inside and Steve Backshall abseiling the magnificent Kaieteur Falls. This programme is ready for your viewing on BBC One.
Game: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Playstation
Developer Naughty Dog’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was the first instalment of a series that has since become a PlayStation classic. The action-adventure title sees protagonist Nathan Drake travel across Latin America in search of El Dorado. The player delves into the depths of the Amazon rainforest in search of hidden treasures encountering a series of challenges along the way. The immersive experience allows travellers to rekindle their sense of adventure and get a taste of what it’s like to venture into the pristine jungles of Guyana.
Social Media: #DiscoverGuyana
As you scroll through the news and social media channels, you will be bombarded with the constant updates of COVID-19. This can be overwhelming. Fortunately, it is still easy to access stories about Guyana that inspire wanderlust. The Guyana Tourism Authority is still active on social media and sharing images and content that will remind you there is still plenty of beauty in the world, and give you a taste of what is waiting for you here in Guyana when you are ready to travel again. Check them out on Facebook on @GuyanaUndiscovered and on Instagram @discoverguyana.
Travel Better in Guyana
In Guyana, we recognize we have a responsibility to protect and conserve our spectacular natural and cultural treasures. We’re equally blessed that so many of our visitors want to lend a hand in doing so. To find out what you can do to help, please check out our Visitor Guidelines For Sustainable Travel. We look forward to welcoming you to Guyana when the time is right.