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Guyana Carnival and Festival in Land of Waters

Kaieteur Falls is a must visit and Guyana means “land of many waters”

GUYANA: You might don´t know where Guyana is located on the map, but this tiny country is on the way up and has become the exotic destination of choice for its breath-taking natural features, wildlife and birding, but also for annual Carnival and Festival, which is growing bigger and better each year.

Guyana is a country of the northern mainland of South America but is often considered part of the Caribbean region as a result of its strong cultural and historical ties. Guyana is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Brazil, Venezuela and Suriname and is the only South American nation in which English is the official language.

Two main Events. Guyana Carnival is a privately-owned festival in capital Georgetown normally during the month of May. The other main party is Mashrami, which takes place in February each year, features the top Caribbean soca stars, parties, beautiful costumes and more.

A normally asked question is: what is the difference between Mashramani and Carnival? Mashramani is a local cultural festival “celebration after hard work” as defined by the Amerindians and celebrates Guyana becoming a republic. It is a cultural festival and parade to be enjoyed by all ages.

Carnival is a series of events leading up to a one or in some cases two days “mas” or masquerade where revellers can frolic in an all-inclusive experience on the streets. A carnival is basically a “big private party” for adult revellers to enjoy events and then one-day carefree masquerading.

Must visit. Guyana means “land of many waters” and a trip to Kaieteur Falls is a must. Cascading a mind-blowing 226 meters down the escarpments of the Pacaraima Mountains, these dwarf both the Niagara and Victoria Falls alike, and cast plumes of tropical mist into the jungle airs all around.

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Gudmund Lindbaek
Gudmund Lindbaek
Journalist founded King Goya a few years back. Always traveling the world. Meeting people, local food and engaging stories are my passion. I don´t collect countries or require gorilla-stalking in Africa. I just want a tiny slice of adventure to be alive, and then excited to return home.

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