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Guyana

Background

Guyana

Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to black settlement of urban areas and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. This ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006.

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Guyana, , is a country in north-eastern South America. It has an Atlantic Ocean coastline in the northeast, and lies between Suriname to the east and Venezuela to the west, with Brazil to the south.

It is now the third-smallest country in South America after Suriname and Uruguay. The name Guyana (from Arawak Wayana) means "Land of many waters." It is related to the name Uruguay: River of the colorful birds, another country in South America.

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GuyanaPEGASUS HOTEL GUYANA 

Seawall Road
Georgetown
Guyana

Price (US$): $165 - $320 / night

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SITUATED ON THE DELTA OF THE DEMERARA RIVER AND THEATLANTIC OCEAN THE PEGASUS HOTEL GUYANA HOLDS THE MOSTSTUNNING SEASCAPE VIEWS. WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF MANY OFTHE MAJOR COMMERCIAL AND TOURIST SITES. THE HOTEL ISCENTRALLY LOCATED IN THE CITY OF GEORGETOWN MAKING IT ANIDEAL LOCATION FOR BOTH BUSINESS AND LEISURE TRAVELERS TOGUYANA. more »

GuyanaHERDMANSTON LODGE 

65 Peter Rose and Anira
Queenstown
Georgetown
Guyana

Price (US$): $100 - $101 / night

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AN INTIMATE HERITAGE HOTEL IN GUYANA HERDMANSTON PRIDESITSELF IN EXCELLENT GUEST SERVICE. ONE OF ONLY A FEW GUYANAHOTELS THAT HAS MAINTAINED GUYANA S DISTINCTIVE COLONIALARCHITECTURE. HERDMANSTON IS PERCHED WITHIN EXTENSIVE LAWNSAND GARDEN WHICH IS HOME TO SOME OF THE GENTLE FLORA ANDFAUNA OF CENTRAL GEORGETOWN. WE ARE LOCATED IN PRISTINERESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD OF QUEENSTOWN IN GEORGETOWN GUYANA.WHILE OUR LAWNS AND GARDENS ARE SPACIOUS OUR SMALL HOTELSIZE ALLOWS US TO OFFER TO OUR GUESTS A… more »

GuyanaCARA SUITES 

176 Middle Street
Georgetown
Guyana

Price (US$): $170 - $171 / night

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CARA SUITES GUYANA IS CENTRALLY LOCATED IN THE HEART OFGEORGETOWN AND IS THE IDEAL PLACE FROM WHICH TO EXPERIENCETHE MANY WONDERS THAT GUYANA HAS TO OFFER. RENOWNED FOR ITSNON HOTEL ATMOSPHERE WITH ITS SELF CONTAINED STUDIOS ANDSUITES CARA SUITES GUYANA HAS BECOME A FAVORITE OVER THEYEARS WITH THE REGULAR VISITOR TO GUYANA PARTICULARLY THEEXTENDED STAY TRAVELER. CARA SUITES GUYANA OFFERS A CHOICEOF ACCOMMODATIONS TO SUIT YOUR REQUIREMENTS LENGTH OF STAYAND BUDGET BEGINNING WITH OUR STUDIO… more »

GuyanaPRINCESS HOTEL GUYANA 

Lot Bx Block Z
Providence
East Bank Demerara
Guyana

Price (US$): $180 - $550 / night

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PRINCESS HOTEL GUYANA IS A MAGNIFICENT SIX STORY BUILDINGLOCATED AT PROVIDENCE EAST BANK DEMERARA A MERE 20 MINUTEDRIVE FROM THE CHEDDI JAGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THELARGEST HOTEL IN GUYANA THE PRINCESS HOTEL BOASTS 200SPACIOUS AND ELEGANTLY DECORATED ROOMS AT THE MOSTCOMPETITIVE RATES. ALL ROOMS ARE EQUIPPED WITH HIGH SPEEDWIRELESS INTERNET SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES AND OTHER MODERN DAYAMENITIES.OUR RORIAMA BALL ROOM/CONFERENCE HALL IS ONE OF THE LARGESTHALLS IN GUYANA MEASURING 155 FEET IN… more »

GuyanaCARA LODGE HOTEL 

294 Quamina Street
Georgetown
Guyana

Price (US$): $135 - $160 / night

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BUILT IN 1840, THE HOTEL HAS RECENTLY BEEN EXPANDED ANDUPGRADED WITH 24 NEW SUPERIOR ROOMS, BRINGING THE TOTAL TO34 ROOMS. OVER THE YEARS IT HAS HOSTED PRINCE CHARLES,PRINCE EDWARD, MICK JAGGER AND NUMEROUS HEADS OF STATE..CARA LODGE IS LOCATED IN A QUIET AREA OF GEORGETOWN,APPROXIMATELY 25 MILES FORM TIMEHRI AIRPORT. THE HOTEL ISLOCATED WITHIN EASY REACH OF ALL BUSINESS HOUSES ANDGOVERNMENT OFFICES. IT IS RENOWNED FOR ITS PERSONAL SERVICEAND EXCELLENT STAFF..HOTEL AMENITIES INCLUDE THE… more »

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Guyana

Full name
Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Capital
Georgetown
Location

Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Suriname and Venezuela

Geographic coordinates

5 00 N, 59 00 W

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Idaho

Border countries

Brazil 1,606 km, Suriname 600 km, Venezuela 743 km

Coastline

459 km

Climate

tropical; hot, humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; two rainy seasons (May to August, November to January)

Terrain

mostly rolling highlands; low coastal plain; savanna in south

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Mount Roraima 2,835 m

Natural resources

bauxite, gold, diamonds, hardwood timber, shrimp, fish

Population

748,486

Ethnic groups

East Indian 43.5%, black (African) 30.2%, mixed 16.7%, Amerindian 9.1%, other 0.5% (2002 census)

Religions

Hindu 28.4%, Pentecostal 16.9%, Roman Catholic 8.1%, Anglican 6.9%, Seventh Day Adventist 5%, Methodist 1.7%, Jehovah Witness 1.1%, other Christian 17.7%, Muslim 7.2%, other 4.3%, none 4.3% (2002 census)

Languages

English, Amerindian dialects, Creole, Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Urdu

Government type

republic

Independence

26 May 1966 (from the UK)

National holiday

Republic Day, 23 February (1970)

Chief of state

President Bharrat JAGDEO (since 11 August 1999); note - assumed presidency after resignation of President Janet JAGAN and was reelected in 2001, and again in 2006

Head of government

Prime Minister Samuel HINDS (since October 1992, except for a period as chief of state after the death of President Cheddi JAGAN on 6 March 1997)

Internet country code

.gy

Internet users

189,600 (2009)

Airports

96 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Georgetown

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