French Guiana

French Guiana Overview

French Guiana is an overseas department (administrative district) of France on the north-eastern coast of South America. It covers about 35,135 square miles.

This South American chunk of France is overflowing with an abundance of wildlife. For the more adventurous traveller, the lush and dense rain forest interior of the Amazon beckons. For a wilder view of the country head for Kaw where you’ll find a rain forest filled with monkeys, caiman and tapirs wandering about.

Just north of Kourou lie the infamous Îles du Salut, a former penal colony spread over three coconut-clad islands. The jungle has now reclaimed the jails, and the residents are far more exotic, including colourful macaws and sea turtles.

CLIMATE

French Guiana has a tropical climate. Temperatures average about 80 °F. (27 °C) throughout the year. About 130 inches (330 centimetres) of rain falls annually, most of it from December to June.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Cayenne
POPULATION: 182,000
LANGUAGE: French
CURRENCY: Euro
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +0594
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC -3