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South America on a Shoestring travel guide

South America on a Shoestring - French Guiana (Chapter)

12th Edition Aug 2013

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
  • maps
  • see one of the world’s busiest satellite launchers at the Centre Spatial Guyanais and, with luck, watch a launch
  • transport
  • 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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