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The Golden Arrowhead, Guyana’s National Flag has FIVE symbolic colours — GREEN represents the agricultural and forested nature of Guyana, WHITE symbolizes the rivers and water potential of the country, a GOLDEN arrow represents Guyana’s mineral wealth, BLACK portrays the endurance that will sustain the forward thrust of the Guyanese people and RED represents the zeal and dynamic nature of nation-building which lies before the young and independent Guyana.
Information courtesy of Guyana.org
The coat of arms of Guyana was granted by the College of Arms on 25 February 1966.
It includes a crest of an Amerindian head-dress symbolising the indigenous people of the country, this crest is also called the Cacique’s Crown. The two diamonds at the sides of the head-dress represent the mining industry. There is a helmet (monarchial insignia) just below the headdress. Two jaguars act as supporters holding a pick axe, sugar cane, and a stalk of rice, symbolizing Guyana’s mining, sugar and rice industries. The coat of arms also has a shield decorated with the Victoria amazonica lily, Guyana’s national flower. The three blue wavy lines represent the three main rivers of Guyana with the national bird, the Canje Pheasant, found just underneath. The national motto, “One people, One Nation, One Destiny”, appears on the scroll below the shield.
Dear Land of Guyana, of rivers and plains Made rich by sunshine, and lush by the rains, Set gem?like and fair between mountains and sea Your children salute you, dear land of the free.
Green Land of Guyana, our heroes of yore Both bondsmen and free, laid their bones on your shore; This soil so they hallowed, and from them are we, All sons of one mother, Guyana the free.
Great Land of Guyana, diverse though our strains, We are born of their sacrifice, heirs of their pains, And ours is the glory their eyes did not see One land of six peoples, united and free.
Dear Land of Guyana, to you will we give Our homage, our service, each day that we live; God guard you, great Mother, and make us to be More worthy our heritage? land of the free.
The world’s largest single drop waterfall by the volume of water flowing over it. Just to put this into some context, the Kaieteur Falls is about for times higher than the Niagara Falls. Located on the Potaro River in the Kaieteur National Park, it sits in a section of the Amazon rainforest included in the Potaro-Siparuni region of Guyana. It is 226 metres (741 ft) high when measured from its plunge over a sandstone and conglomerate cliff to the first break. It then flows over a series of steep cascades that cast plumes of tropical mist into the jungle airs all around. A major tourist attraction and rightly so!
The Iwokrama Forest is nearly 3,710 square kilometres (1,430 sq mi) of central Guyana located in the heart of the Guiana Shield, one of the four last pristine tropical forests in the world. The forest is infamous for its soaring canopies, with some trees reaching as high as 30 metres. The Iwokrama Forest’s ecosystem is located at the juncture of Amazonian and Guianan flora and fauna. As a result, it contains high species richness and several species of animals that are threatened or extinct across most of their former geographic ranges, like the giant anteater. Jaguars, howler monkeys and giant armadillos can all be found in the area. The Iwokrama International Centre aims to preserve and protect the forest and has become an important base for research into ecotourism and conservation. Visitors can take part in activities such as boat trips and guided walks, using rope bridges and mud tracks. Participants are able to learn about the conservation project and the importance of protecting this fragile environment.
What seems like an endless stretch of unspoiled beach, Shell Beach is undoubtedly the most famous beach in Guyana. Rustic villages and bamboo huts can be see dotted along the lagoons. For most part the beach remains ecologically undamaged. Shell beach is named so because it is made up entirely of seashells, not only perfectly intact seashells but also shells hat have been crushed to the size of sand. However the beauty of the back and bucolic village is not the main reason that people visit. The true drawing point to the beach is that from late March through to August, it becomes the nesting ground for four of eight of the world’ s endangered sea turtles. The different species are a variety of shape and sizes and it is a true wonder to see the sea turtles settle on the shoreline to lay their eggs.