GUYANA: A Cultural Melting Pot – Guyana Tourism News


You can sense it as you walk the streets of Georgetown. There’s a whirl of colours, architecture, sounds and scents. Guyana is a vibrant, energetic cultural melting pot which can more easily be along the coast and especially in the capital city of Georgetown. Over the centuries, a variety of ethnicities and populations have woven their influences into what is today a unique tapestry of Guyanese culture.


It all began with Guyana’s “first peoples,” our indigenous tribes. There are presently nine indigenous groups residing in Guyana more commonly known as our Indigenous Peoples: the Wai Wai, Makushi, Patamona, Wapishana, Arecuna, Warrau, Arawak, Carib, and Akawaio.

Many of Guyana’s indigenous groups operate community-led and owned lodges which benefit entire communities, and where travelers can get a glimpse into each community’s cultural traditions, as well as day-to-day life. These lodges include Rewa Eco-LodgeSurama Eco-Lodge, and Caiman House.


Columbus may have been the first European to cast eyes on Guyana (1498), but the Dutch were the first Europeans to establish colonies here, beginning with Pomeroon in 1581. The British took control in the late 18th century, governing as British Guiana. Their influence is still felt in today’s Guyana, most notably in some of the city’s architecture and language. This is the only South American country where English is the primary language.

The population of Guyana continued to grow with enslaved Africans brought to the Caribbean to work sugar plantations. They were followed by indentured immigrants from India, plus emigrants from Portugal, China and other European nations.


While Guyana’s cultural melting pot character is apparent in many aspects of life here, it is especially noticeable in Guyanese cuisine. With an abundance of seasonal, organic fruits and vegetables and the bounty of the sea, Guyanese cuisine is a unique Creole-Indian-Caribbean fusion that simply does not exist anywhere else.

Its true, variety is the spice of life, and when a country is able to harmoniously blend elements from so many different cultural sources, it is a tasty dish, indeed.  GETTING TO AND AROUND GUYANA  



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  • wally n  On 06/23/2021 at 3:36 pm

    My friend (recently passed) always brought or sent me about two pounds of Guyana lemon grass,once a year,not the other crap, they sell here in Toronto It was the best product for fighting flu, I made the mistake of telling someone, it became too popular, and lasted only a short time. Don’t tell anyone deep down I believe it could kick covid in the butt, just me.
    As I am on the subject, I always wondered, why products like Lemon Grass, “Glamma cheery, and the bush that has the leaves, crushed mixed with flour dough, used for catching fish are not mass produced and sold on the International Market.A guy on this sight knows the name, I am sure there is cash in dem hills, again just me.
    I need lemon grass…call me.

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