Guyana

 

Guyana might be one of my favorite countries in South America. Why? When I visited in 2016, I found it to be vibrant, had lots of positive energy and was the only country on the continent with a distinct Caribbean flair. Its major exports are gold, bauxite, wood, and apparel made from US imports. Guyana has one of the largest unexplored oil basins in the world. So when the world petroleum prices increase this represents huge opportunity for this tiny country.

After landing at the international airport, I travelled by canoe down the river to a remote Amerindian Village. These descendants of the indigenous peoples are skilled hunters and craftsmen.

Afterwards, I made my way to the capital city, Georgetown, for a walking tour. We started at the Pegasus hotel and made our way to Stabroek market. The highlight of my time in Guyana was playing cards (gambling) with the locals, trying some local foods fruits and just interacting with numerous Guyanans.

 

 

Chile

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