Situated on the North-Eastern corner of South America, the only English-speaking country on the continent, bordered by Brazil, Venezuela and Suriname, Guyana is blessed with an over abundance of natural resources - gold, diamonds, bauxite, manganese, rice, sugar and rare metals. Some 80% of Guyana’s landmass is blanketed by tropical rainforest, most of it still pristine. Hundreds of the 6,500 species of plants so far identified in the rainforest are used for food, medicine and other purposes. Many of the orchids, heliconias and flowering trees so sought after in faraway places flourish in profusion.
Kaieteur, one of the largest most powerful waterfalls in the world, cascades into a gorge that is resplendent with the rare harpy eagles soaring high above the forest canopy, under which dwell scarlet macaws, parrots and birds of every description, rare monkeys and frogs, river otters, tapir, peccary, capybara, deer, sloths and jaguars. It is the kingdom of nature.
Yet our greatest wealth lies in our people and our diverse cultures. Our first peoples inhabit the hinterland of the country, while the coast is inhabited by people of African, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese and European descent, brought to the shores of South America under British and European colonial rule.