French overseas departments, French Guiana is located on the northeast coast of South America, in the north of Brazil. Mostly covered by tropical forest, French Guiana offers France its Amazon, rich in exceptional biodiversity. The natural reserves and zoo of French Guiana, the natural egg-laying sites of marine turtles and the majestic rivers are all expressions of remarkable fauna and flora. With more than 8 million hectares of forest, Guyana is one of the last remaining green lungs on the planet. Going up a river by pirogue to penetrate this preserved nature and cross remote villages is an unforgettable experience. This destination also evokes the Cayenne prison (1852-1938) and its convicts, and, in another register, the Guyanese Space Centre put into service in 1968. Located in Kourou and Sinnamary, this French and European spacecraft launch base sees the departure of Ariane rockets as well as telecommunications satellites. In Cayenne, under the ruins of Fort Cépérou (17th century), we appreciate the colourful Creole houses and the vitality of the markets, shops and cafés in the palm-lined Place des Palmistes. You will not miss a stopover at Monjoly Beach, on the Atlantic Ocean. Change of scenery with the discovery of the village from Cacaowhere you will appreciate the craftsmanship of the Asian community Hmongs, immigrated here in the 1970s or the Amerindian village Awala-Yalimapo, at the confluence of the Mana and Maroni rivers.

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When to go to French Guiana?

Consult the calendar of school holidays in French Guiana and if you plan a stay during these periods, book your flights and hotel in advance. In addition, the tourist season is structured around two events, on the one hand the carnival (three to four weeks of festivities from January to February), and on the other hand the turtle laying season (particularly from April to August). But the carnival causes a much higher peak in attendance than that of turtle egg laying. Carnival takes place every Sunday afternoon, between Epiphany at the beginning of January and Ash Wednesday in February or March. Groups dressed up according to the year's theme march around decorated floats, to the rhythm of percussion and brass in front of thousands of people. The preparation of the celebration takes months. Then the touloulous go to a nightclub! French Guiana also has a peak in attendance at Kourou, during the launch of a rocket

How to go to French Guiana? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Guyana being a French territory, organized trips are legion for this destination. You will have only the embarrassment of choice and the proposals for discovering the Amazonian forest, canoe trips, the scientific discovery of the space centre, the observation of marine turtles are on your program. These stays are quite expensive.

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No problem to arrive in Cayenne, book your hotel in advance, find an excursionist on site, go hiking, etc.... If you do well, your stay will cost you (much) less than if you had bought a turnkey stay. Some sites will help you find airline tickets at the best price. Some of them compare the prices of regular and low-cost airlines. You will find air-only flights (air transport sold alone, without other services) at the best price.

The main means of transport in French Guiana is by car. For the inhabitants of the rivers it is the canoe. Scooters are popular with young people, but during the tour of Guyana in August, bicycles are in fashion. The municipalities of Saül, Maripasoula, Grand Santi and Saint-Laurent are connected to Cayenne by airplane. In flight, the view of the forest is superb. Take one flight, the other one by canoe!

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When to travel?

Consult the calendar of school holidays in French Guiana and if you plan a stay during these periods, book your fligh...
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Weather forecast

Guyana's equatorial climate, which is largely tempered by the trade winds, is characterised by a humidity level that...
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Budget

In French Guiana, we pay in euros (€). Be careful: there are not many withdrawal points, few merchants accept chequ...
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Formalities

Upon departure from the metropolis and arrival at Cayenne Félix Eboué International Airport, French nationals must...
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Health

In French Guiana there is not much to fear in the cities in terms of health. In the forest, protect yourself from ins...
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How to travel by yourself?

No problem to arrive in Cayenne, book your hotel in advance, find an excursionist on site, go hiking, etc.... If you...
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How to get organized?

Guyana being a French territory, organized trips are legion for this destination. You will have only the embarrassmen...
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Getting around

The main means of transport in French Guiana is by car. For the inhabitants of the rivers it is the canoe. Scooters a...
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