Guyana is a small but colorful country, located on the northeast coast of South America, whose northern parts lie on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It occupies an area of about 215 square kilometers, between Venezuela (west), Brazil (south) and Surinam (east).
Guyana is a part of so- called Anglophone Caribbean, which means that this country belongs into a group of English speaking and independent states within Caribbean region. By its culture, history and customs, Guyana is much closer to Caribbean than to South American tradition.
This country traveled a long and complicate trip until full impedance, which was achieved in 1966.
Guyana has around 730,000 citizens, who are gathered under the motto: ”One people, One nation, One destiny”. The majority of population are East Indians or Indo- Guyanese (descendants of labors from India and Afro-Guyanese (descendants of African slaves).
The capital and the largest city is Georgetown, located in the northwest part of the country, in Demerara- Mahaica province.
The official currency is Guyanese dollar (GYD). As we said, the official language is English, although the majority of population speaks Creole.
Guyana is a democratic republic. The president is also the head of the government. It is a typical agricultural country, with very developed sugar industry. The main problem of the local economy is a lack of the educated workers, so as bad infrastructure.
Car rental in Guyana- Tips and Information
If you want to use car rental in Guyana, you will have to apply for the local driver’s license. To do this, you will have to go to the nearest License Revenue Office in the state and provide your valid license from domestic country. Also you will have to provide all details about your temporary address in the state. In some cases, officers might ask you a few questions about reasons of applying for license and details about your stay in Guyana. After that, you will be able to use car rental in Guyana up to one month.
Pay attention that you must drive on the left side of the road. Make sure you remember this if you are renting a car in Venezuela and coming to Guyana. Seat belts are mandatory. Speed in urban areas is limited to 50 km/h, outside the towns to 80 km/h and the maximal speed on highways is 100 km/h.
There are more than 7,900 kilometers of roads, but only 591 kilometers are paved. Many people who rent a car in Suriname have to explain how they got their cars so dirty, and it’s because they went to Guyana. The first place you have to visit after you apply for car rental in Guyana is the capital Georgetown, nicknamed as “Garden City of Caribbean”.
Almost all important buildings are placed in the western area of the town. You can visit National Museum or the famous St. George’s Cathedral, which is one of the tallest wooden churches in the world (43,5 meters). It was opened on 24. August 1892.
If you want to escape for the city, you can find your piece in tropical virgin rainforests. Almost 80 percent of the country’s territory is under jungles that hide diverse wild life. Apply for some tourist expedition and enjoy in the beauty of untapped nature.
Kaieteur Falls are definitely something you must see. They are located in the middle of the jungle, with impressing single drop of more than 250 meters. Such beauty is rare, but if you take car renting in El Salvador, you will see similar things.
The best place for car rental in Guyana is Georgetown and the international airport. Daily rates are from $30. If you want four- wheel car, you will have to pay about $60. Almost all agencies take security deposit of $200.