Getting Around Georgetown

Georgetown in Guyana’s capital city.  It was so named after the British conquered the Dutch in 1812.  The name originates from Fort St. George which was established at the mouth of the Demerara River as a signal station for the purpose of observing and controlling incoming and outgoing traffic.

Taxi Park (Stabroek Market in the distance)

Taxi Park (Stabroek Market in the distance)

Like all capitals, the city is the centre of teh government administration and a wide range of encomomic activity.  Most of the streets of Georgetown are laid out in almost perfect rectangles, a legacy of our Dutch heritage.  This design therefore makes it relatively easy for the stranger in town to wend his/her way around.

The larger concentration of the commerical houses is found ‘downtown’.   This area is bounded by Camp Street in the east and by Water Street on the west with Lamaha Street and Brickdam being the northern and southern extremities respectively.  There is however, an increasing number of businesses located further east of Camp Street in Regent Street.

Transportation around the city is provided by privately owned mini buses which operate in allocated zones for which there is a well-regulated fare structure.  This arrangement extends to all mini bus routes throughout the country.   Taxis have freer movement around the city and into rural areas.  Their fare, while generally standard, is less regulated.

A Bus Park

A Bus Park

The network of routes has a number of identifiable starting points which are concentrated in the Stabroek Area and along the Avenue of the Republic between Croal and Robb Streets.  Any traffic policeman or regular commuter would willingly direct the new comer to the relevant car park.  Additionally many public phone booths are conveniently placed in and around the city and the country as a whole.  Having a phone card on hand is a great advantage.

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Guyana Facts

Official Name
The Co-operative Republic of Guyana. Georgetown is the capital city.

National Symbols
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Population

Approximately 751,223 (Census 2002) of which 90% live along the coastal strip and banks of the three major rivers. The ethnic composition of the population is as follows:

  • East Indian 43.5%
  • Black (African) 30.2%
  • Mixed 16.7%
  • Amerindian 9.1%
  • Other 0.5%

Location

North East of South America between 1o & 9o North Latitude and 57o & 61o West Longitude, bordering Venezuela to the West, Brazil to the South, Suriname to the East.

Language

The official language is English. Often spoken with a Caribbean Creole flavour. Guyana is also the only English speaking country in South America.

Government

Guyana became independent from Britain in 1966 and a “Cooperative Republic in 1970, when a non executive President replaced the Governor-General. A new constitution in 1980 gave the President wide executive powers. The Cabinet is headed by the President, and there is a 65-member National Assembly elected by proportional representation.

President: Bharat Jagdeo
Prime Minister: Samuel Hinds

Other information

Currency: Guyana Dollar
Time Zone: GMT – 04:00
Area: 214,970 km2 or 83,000 sq mi
Country Code: 592
We drive on the left side of the road.

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