Guyana, South America’s only English-speaking country is located on the north-eastern region of South America between Venezuela and Suriname and bordered by Brazil to the south. There are direct flights from Miami, New York, Toronto, Brazil, Suriname, Barbados and Trinidad. International flights to Guyana connect from the following gateways: Miami - 4.5hrs, New York - 5.5hrs, Toronto - 6hrs and London - 8hrs.
This relatively undisturbed landscape rests on the Guiana Shield which is a two-billion year old geological formation that supports a great diversity of flora and fauna. It is part of the last major remaining frontier forest of the world known as the Amazon. With 80% of its 216 000 square kilometres covered with lush, virgin rainforest Guyana provides tremendous opportunities to enjoy nature at its finest.
Why Film in Guyana?
It is a huge country almost the size of England covering 216,000 sq. km, 80 % of which is covered in rainforests. 90% of the 780,000 Guyanese live on only 10% of the land on the narrow low coastal plain. Nine indigenous tribes (Arawaks, Caribs, Wapishanas, Wai Wai, Warraus, Macushi, Patamonas, Arekunas, and Akawaio) and a huge variety of flora and fauna live in harmony in this magical and unspoilt wilderness. Guyana is blessed and it is the chosen home and refuge for the Jaguar, the biggest cat in the Americas; the Harpy Eagle, one of the largest bird of prey in the world; the Giant Anteater, the largest of its kind in the world; the Capybara – the world’s largest rodent, the Giant River Turtle, one of the largest species of fresh water turtles in the world; the Arapaima, the world’s largest fresh water fish; the Anaconda – the largest snake in the world; the Bushmaster, the largest venomous snake in the new world; the Black Caiman, the largest specie in the world; the Giant River Otter, the largest in the world; Victoria Amazonica, the world’s largest Water Lily; over 877 species of birds; over 6000 species of plants; over 700 species of fish and over 200 species of mammals.
Several other wonders of the world await the visitor.
Untouched, unspoiled and undiscovered, Guyana is South America’s biggest little secret and a filmmaker's paradise. It offers a variety of beautiful scenic and exotic locations. Rated as one of the best wildlife retreats and adventure destination by The Independent and Times Online, Guyana offers jungle and swamp locations, grasslands, Savannahs, mangroves, lush virgin rainforests, over 365 waterfalls including the Majestic Kaieteur Falls, gigantic mountains, our impressive wooden building that were inspired by Dutch and British who once ruled this beautiful land, the rich diverse culture of our Guyanese people and several other facets that make it a filmmaker's paradise!
People & Culture
Guyana is fairly divided between those of the African and those of the East Indian origin, with smattering of Dutch, English, Amerindian and Chinese. The Amerindians themselves have several culturally rich settlements, which you can visit to observe their way of life. Guyanaboasts a rich cultural heritage which is showcased in various festivals throughout the year such as Mashramani, Diwali, Phagwah, Emancipation Day, etc. For more information on our festivals click here.
Official Language is English, often spoken with a Creole flavour. Guyana is also the only English speaking country in South America.
Guyana’s climate is equatorial; hot but pleasant for most of the year. The heat is tempered by the sea breezes on the coast. An umbrella is useful during the two wet seasons, extending roughly through May and June and from December to the end of January. Rainfall approximates at 2,300mm per year in Georgetown.
The temperature on the coastland ranges from 20 degrees to 33.8 degrees centigrade with a mean temperature of 26.8 degree centigrade. In the interior it is between 18.3 degree centigrade and 39.4 degree centigrade with a mean of 28.3 degree centigrade.