SA Sunday: Reasons to Head to French Guiana.

SA Sunday: Reasons to Head to French Guiana.

While researching French Guiana, I was quite surprised by how much was out there and how little I knew. To start, French Guiana is still associated with France, making this South American country part of the EU. I also discovered that there is plenty of opportunity for adventure and a lot more to see than I ever expected. Clearly, French Guiana is a destination I must move up on my list of places to see. Here’s why:

Photo Credit:  Bonnie Hamre (about.com)

Photo Credit: Bonnie Hamre (about.com)

Cayenne

This capital is full of French architecture, but due to its location it has the feel of a Caribbean island. Apparently, it is also a hot spot for celebrating Carnaval. The city is full of beaches, restaurants, bars, forts, markets, and museums, so it seems like the perfect place to start off a visit.

Devil’s Islands

These three islands may seem quite beautiful, but what lies there isn’t so. At one point, the islands housed a penal colony that was said to be one of the worst in the world. Now you can visit the crumbling buildings that remain.

Kourou Space Centre

To be honest, I had no idea that there was a space center located in South America. Even more interesting, this is Europe’s Spacesport, given to European Space Agency by France in 1975. The center has a museum and offers tours to visitors.

Trésor Nature Reserve

Visiting a rainforest is one of the main reasons I wish to visit South America. French Guiana has several, but this is said to be one of the most accessible.

Sentier du Rorota

While it was difficult to find any information about this area, this is where there is said to be hiking. Since hiking is one of my great loves, I would definitely check this out.

There is a lot to be done and seen in this South American country, and even though I once knew nothing about it, my interest has suddenly sparked. The information I found still seems pretty vague, so I would love the chance to go see it for myself in the coming future.

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