Sometimes you drive accross a border and everything changes in an instant. The language, currency, food, architecture, history etc is different. That is what happened when I got off the boat from Suriname and entered Guyana.
The border sign sums up the culture in Guyana
In Paramaribo, Suriname it felt a bit like being back in Europe with the Dutch language, shopping centers etc, but when I crossed over to Guyana it felt almost as I had arrived in somewhere in the commonwealth, Southern Africa!!
In the city center there were big markers, British colonial style buildings and lots of people sitting along the streets, typically with a beer in their hand in front of giant loudspeakers blasting jamaican dancehall music.
There is not much to do here other than walking around the city, watching people and buildings, but that was interesting enough and about the only thing I was doing my four days here. Originally I was booked on both a tour of a rum destillery and on a day trip to the Worlds biggest single drop waterfall, Kaieteur Falls, but both tours were cancelled the day before which really sucked.
If you want to really see Guyana you will need a lot of time and a lot of money, so with just my five days on a backpacker budget I have barely scratched the surface, but it was interesting to get a little peak into a country that is so different from everywhere else in South America.