Historically, the region known as “Guiana” or “Guayana” north of the Amazon River and east of the Orinoco River known as the “Land of many waters.”  Historic Guyana is made up of three Dutch colonies. Modern Guyana is bordered to the east by Suriname, to the south and southwest by Brazil, to the west by Venezuela, and on the north by the Atlantic Ocean.

At 215,000 km2, Guyana is the third-smallest independent state on the mainland of South America (after Uruguay and Suriname).  Its population is approximately 770,000 of which the majorities are of East Indian descent (43.5%) and African descent (30.2%).

As mentioned I will enter Guyana from the south and ride north to (the capital) Georgetown at the Atlantic Ocean.  The ride continues along the coast until I reach Suriname.  I get the feeling Guyana along with Suriname and French Guiana are a little in the dark ages.  There are very few roads in these countries because the jungle landscape makes for a very austere environment.  I am definitely looking forward to this area.  Most cyclists don’t ride these countries.


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