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Money & Shopping in Guyana

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Guyana is home to many markets and, more recently, shopping centres. The Stabroek Market is a picturesque market in Georgetown. For tourists, it is best to go to the market in a group or with a local you feel comfortable with. Flights are possible, but infrequent.

On the esplanade opposite the Central Post Office, near the National Museum, in downtown Georgetown, you can buy a variety of local handicrafts, from paintings and sculptures to handbags, satchels and leather purses; hand-painted, dyed fabrics and batiks, pressed flowers, sun hats, semi-precious stones and costume jewellery handmade from local materials. Ask around and you’ll find shops and galleries selling crafts and gifts.

Guyana is also known for its exceptional gold jewellery.

Currency

The local currency is the Guyanese dollar (international currency code ISO 4217: GYD). You will see the symbols “$” and “G$” locally. The currency is freely convertible but it is almost impossible to get rid of it outside Guyana, neighbouring countries and a bureau de change at London Gatwick Airport. In September 2013, the exchange rate was approximately 1 USD = 204 GYD.

Banknotes are issued in GYD20, 100, 500 and 1,000 and there are GYD1, GYD5 and GYD10 coins. The GYD500, GYD1,000 and GYD5,000 notes have a holographic stripe depicting a coloured macaw.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Guyana is relatively high as most basic necessities are imported and transport costs are high. The monopoly in some industries also leads to higher profits and further price increases. For example (as of January 2010), the approximate price of petrol is USD 1.10 per litre, while the price of electricity is USD 0.33 per unit. A bottle of domestic gas costs over USD 20. The rent for an average family dwelling is USD 500 per month in the safest urban areas and the personal income tax, which is 33.33% of total taxable income, makes the cost of living even higher.

How To Travel To Guyana

By airCheddi Jagan International Airport(IATA: GEO) Originally called Timehri International Airport (Timehri means "rock painting"), it was renamed in honour of the displaced indigenous peoples of Guyana. Daily international flights depart and arrive at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, located approximately 40 km south of Georgetown. International flights include flights...

How To Travel Around Guyana

When people in Guyana talk about buses, they mean minibuses. Minibuses operate throughout Guyana and are the cheapest way to travel. Minibus fares range from GYD 60 to GYD 1,000 depending on the length of the journey. Travelling in this mode at night can be risky.Many parts of Guyana...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Guyana

Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to travel to Guyana: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Luxembourg, Montserrat, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, St Kitts...

Destinations in Guyana

RegionsGuyana Coastal Plain (Georgetown, Bartica, Mabaruma, New Amsterdam)Guiana Highlands (Lethem, Paramakatoi)Berbice-Corentyne (Linden)CitiesGeorgetown - the country's capital, located in Demerara County.BarticaMabarumaNew Amsterdam, the country's second largest cityLethemLinden, a bauxite mining town originally named McKenzie but renamed after the country's first executive chairman, Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham.Parika - located on the...

Weather & Climate in Guyana

Guyana's climate is tropical with hot and humid conditions tempered by northeast trade winds. There are two distinct rainy seasons: May to mid-August and mid-November to mid-January. Flash floods are a constant threat during these rainy seasons.

Accommodation & Hotels in Guyana

Accommodation in Guyana is very good.Georgetown offers by far the greatest choice of options, but there are a number of problems here. None of the 'luxury' options in the capital - particularly the Pegasus and Princess - have the polish or charm to justify the hundreds of US dollars...

Things To See in Guyana

Mashramani. A Native American word meaning "feast after hard work". This event takes place every year on 23 February, when the country celebrates the anniversary of its republic. It is a carnival-like event with float parades and costumed groups. Colourful float parades and costumed groups march through the city....

Festivals & Holidays in Guyana

1 JanuaryNew Year's DaySpringYouman Nabi23 FebruaryRepublic Day / MashramaniMarchPhagwahMarch / AprilGood FridayMarch / AprilEaster Sunday5 MayDay of arrival of the Indians26 MayIndependence DayFirst Monday in JulyCARICOM Day1 AugustEmancipation DayOctober / NovemberDiwali25 DecemberChristmas26 or 27 DecemberBoxing Day

Internet & Communications in Guyana

Police +592 226 2487 Emergency call - 911Fire +592 226 2411 Emergency call - 912Emergency service - 913Cheddi Jagan International Airport +592 261 2245Ministry of Foreign Affairs +592 226 1606Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Trade +592 226 2392Guyana Telephone & Telegraph +592 225 1315Licensing and Tax Office +592 223...

Language & Phrasebook in Guyana

The only official language is English (with British spelling) and is spoken by everyone, although most people speak Guyanese Creole as their first language. English is highly accented and can be difficult for foreigners to understand.

Culture Of Guyana

The culture of Guyana is very similar to that of the English-speaking Caribbean. It is historically linked to the English-speaking Caribbean as part of the British Empire when it became a possession in the 19th century. Guyana is a founding member of the Caricom (Caribbean Community) economic bloc and...

History Of Guyana

Nine indigenous tribes live in Guyana: the Wai Wai, Macushi, Patamona, Lokono, Kalina, Wapishana, Pemon, Akawaio and Warao. Historically, the Lokono and Kalina tribes have dominated Guyana. Although Christopher Columbus sighted Guyana on his third voyage (1498), the Dutch were the first to establish settlements there: Essequibo (1616), Berbice...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Guyana

Stay Safe in GuyanaGeorgetown is notorious for its petty street crime. Do not walk alone at night or even during the day unless you know the area well. Areas such as Tiger Bay, east of Main Street, and the entire south-eastern part of the city, including Albouystown and Ruimveldt,...

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