Welcome to our Tours in Surinam, Guyana and French Guyana
These three countries, known as the Guyanas by many, have an natural rustic
beauty about them, unspoilt and endlessly diverse. They have abundant birdlife,
magnificent water falls, vast expanses of forest and unique fauna and flora.
Guyana Location: Northern coast of South America, just north of the Equator.
The country is bordered to the east by Suriname, to the south and west by
Brazil, to the west by Venezuela and to the north by the Atlantic Ocean.
Population: About 751 000
European settlement began in the early 17th century with the Dutch, who
established three separate colonies; Essequibo, Berbice, and Demerara. The
British assumed control in the late 18th century and the Dutch formally ceded
the area in 1814. The three became a single British colony known as British
Guiana in 1831.
In 1889 Venezuela claimed the land up to the Essequibo. Ten years later an
international tribunal ruled the land belonged to British Guiana; however, the
dispute continues. Guyana achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
and became a republic in 1970, remaining a member of the Commonwealth.
Surinam Location: Northern South America. between French Guiana to the east
and Guyana to the west. The southern border is shared with Brazil and the
northern border is the Atlantic coast.
Population: About 487 000
It was in the Treaty of Breda, that the Dutch gained full
control of what is now called,
. In 1883 native people of
were taken to Amsterdam
and placed in human zoos for the International Colonial and
Export Exhibition, held behind the Rijksmuseum. After becoming an autonomous
part of the Kingdom of the
was granted independence in 1975 and a military regime
dominated until the 1980's, when democracy was restored.