Tag Archives: Guyana
02. Jul, 2012

20,000km the stats

20,000km the stats

We reached 20,000km just south of Salvador on the Brazilian coast. Idyllic sounding, it was actually the rainiest day of our cycle trip around South America so far, and we only stopped for a few minutes to celebrate before getting back in the saddle for a day thinking about moments from the road.

It seems a long time since we marked 10,000km in the Sechuara Desert, Peru. Since then we’ve climbed many a long, steep road through the Andes in Ecuador and Colombia; explored the lost world of the Gran Sabana in Venezuela; traversed the oft-forgotten Guyanas, three countries unique and removed from the continent they sit in; and, now, we find ourselves back in Brazil, crossing this huge country where our journey started and, very shortly, will finish too. (more…)

16. Apr, 2012

Pedalling about Guyana: Information for cycle tourists

Pedalling about Guyana: Information for cycle tourists

We cycled around Guyana in March/April 2012. Below are details of the route we took as well as other information cyclists planning a trip may find useful.

Guyana is unlike any other South American country we have visited. It feels more like the Caribbean with the laid back attitude, the twang of the spoken English and the fast bowling of the local cricketers on pitches across the country. (more…)

16. Apr, 2012

A little bit like cycling in Europe: Georgetown to Paramaribo

A little bit like cycling in Europe: Georgetown to Paramaribo

Being in the Guyanas is a little bit like being in Europe with the different foods, cultures and languages as well as being able to hop between capitals in next to no time. It took us just five days to cycle from Georgetown, Guyana to Paramaribo, Suriname, with plenty of time to chat to friendly locals and enjoy tasty curries at roadside, roti stalls.

We spent a quiet weekend in Georgetown. It didn’t take long to wander past the pretty, wooden buildings that are the city’s main attractions and with little else to do we enjoyed the opportunity to relax in our chintzy guest house, which reminded us of something out of an Agatha Christie novel. (more…)

01. Apr, 2012

Mud wrestling: Cycling ‘the Trail’ from Lethem to Georgetown

Mud wrestling: Cycling ‘the Trail’ from Lethem to Georgetown

The unpaved road from the Brazilian border to Guyana’s costal capital, Georgetown, meanders through the Rupununi Savanna before lurching into the Amazon rainforest where jaguars and snakes roam. Yet, wild animals aren’t the main concern for cyclists. Our principle worry was riding the route in the dry season, as when it rains it becomes impassable. So we were delighted to arrive in Lethem a month and a half before the official start of the wet season. We soon learnt though that they’re called ‘rainforests’ for a reason.

We crossed the border from Brazil and now in a former-British colony, we were cycling on the left hand side and speaking English. Bizarrely for us as Brits, both things felt very strange. We had to do a bit of pleading to get a one month stamp as the smart customs official wanted to give us only two weeks, which was not enough time to make it to Suriname and was annoying as we should have been given a 90 day entry automatically.

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