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A Gap Year in Guyana

Why go backpacking in Guyana?

Not many people go backpacking in Guyana when they head to South America. Tucked between Venezuela and Brazil on the north coast, it’s usually overlooked for its more famous neighbours. This makes it a great option for a short visit if you want to do something a little different on your South American adventure.

Guyana is a country in north-eastern South America. It has an Atlantic Ocean coastline in the northeast, and lies between Suriname to the east and Venezuela to the west, with Brazil to the south.

It is now the third-smallest country in South America after Suriname and Uruguay. The name Guyana (from Arawak Wayana) means “Land of many waters.” It is related to the name Uruguay: River of the colorful birds, another country in South America.

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