South America on a Shoestring - French Guiana (Chapter)
This is the French Guiana chapter from Lonely Planet’s South America on a Shoestring guidebook.
French Guiana is a tiny country of colonial architecture and some of the world’s most diverse plant and animal life. As a department of France, it’s one of South America’s wealthiest corners, where Amerindians, Maroons and Hmong refugees live traditional lifestyles surrounded by vast, pristine jungle.
- cast away to Îles du Salut for sand, palms and a creepy, defunct penal colony
- see one of the world’s busiest satellite launchers at the Centre Spatial Guyanais and, with luck, watch a launch
- gorge on Laotian treats and admire ornate embroidery in the Hmong community of Cacao
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Understand French Guiana, French Guiana Today, History, Culture, Environment, Survivial Guide, Directory A–Z, Getting There & Away, Getting Around, Cayenne, Rémire-Montjoly, Cacao, Trésor & Kaw Nature Reserves, Saül, Kourou, Îles du Salut, St Laurent du Maroni and Mana & Awala-Yalimopo.
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