Travel to The Guianas – French Guiana, Suriname, and Guyana – Episode 362

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Hear about travel to the Guianas (French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana) as the Amateur Traveler talks to Marcello Arrambide from wanderingtrader.com about his recent trip to these three South American countries. All three countries in the upper right corner of South America were former colonies (France, the Netherlands and Britain) but only French Guiana is still a territory while the other two are independent. Each has a culture heavily influenced by its mother country. All three countries have vast rainforest.

In French Guiana Marcello was particularly captivated by the sea turtles coming on the beaches to lay their eggs. French Guiana is also the former home of the infamous Devil’s Island prison but Marcello was not allowed to visit the island at the time of his visit. The European Space Agency has a launch platform there which you can visit. Of the three countries French Guiana had the most sophisticated infrastructure.

Marcello did not come away loving the countries equally, but Suriname in particular is now one of the favorite countries of this well traveled day trader. Part of what fascinated Marcello with the country was the unique blend of peoples in Suriname and particularly in the capital of Paramaribo. He also enjoyed a visit to the Galibi Nature Reserve where you can play with sloths, see spiders the size of your hand and the monkeys are jumping on you.

In Guyana Marcello was able to visit and enjoy the beautiful Kaieteur Falls and Orinduk Falls. He does recommend if you visit Guyana going with a tour because of some issues with crime and corruption in the country even though the language barrier for English speakers would be much less.



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Show Notes

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History of the Guianas
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Iwokrama Canopy Walkway
Galibi Nature Reserve
The Day Trading Academy
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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.



One Response to “Travel to The Guianas – French Guiana, Suriname, and Guyana – Episode 362”

adolfo Salgueiro

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I just finished the Guianas episode and enjoyed it very much. The guest knew his way around and explained in great detail what you could expect and what not.

My only shock during the episode was the recommendation of Papillon the movie instead of Papillon the book when your talked about Devil’s Island. The movie is all chopped up and poorly told. The book by Henri Charriere is one of the greatest adventure books of all-time.

I enjoyed the reference to the Synagogue and the Muslim temple being side to side. My son and I were once going to church in Pembroke Pines, Florida and not only saw a mosque and a synagogue very, very close to each other, but there was also a chiropractor next door. We laugh all the way to our Christian church a few hundred yards down the road.

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