French Guiana convinces its visitors first and foremost because of the almost untouched nature there. The country’s greatest attraction is the huge, almost untouched rainforest.
But there are other attractions and sights that make a vacation in French Guiana interesting. There are some interesting streets in the capital where there are still well-preserved colonial buildings. Most of these historic houses can be found in Cayenne around Place Victor in particular.
In the vicinity of the city there are also some bays with wonderful beaches. There you can just lie lazily on the beach or do various water sports. A visit to the imposing space station in Kourou is an absolute must. From Kourou you can go on excursions to the Iles du Salut. The well-known Devil’s Island from Henri Charrieres’ novel “Papillon” should not be missed. On the former convict island, an old prison camp was converted into a comfortable hotel. On the island itself you can still see the remains and ruins of various buildings of the penal institution, in which unwanted prisoners had to serve their sentences under inhumane conditions in France.
In French Guiana you can also visit numerous Indian settlements, which are located along the Maroni in the west and the Oyapock in the east, as well as in the Inini region in the southwest. To visit such a settlement you have to get a permit in Cayenne.
Those interested in history, water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers will definitely get their money’s worth in French Guiana.
French Guiana: Health and Diseases
Vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis A is recommended when traveling to French Guiana. For a longer stay and backpacking trips, vaccination against hepatitis B and typhoid is also recommended.
According to the WHO, French Guiana is a yellow fever infection area. A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required from all travelers. The vaccination must be at least 10 days ago, the certificate is valid for 10 years. Air passengers who do not leave the transit area do not, however, need a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Cholera
is low in French Guiana-Infection risk. Vaccinations are offered, but their effects are not generally recognized. Get advice from your doctor before you start your journey. Careful food and drinking water hygiene are important protective measures against Cholara.
Typhoid occurs in French Guiana, and a typhoid vaccination is recommended for longer stays or backpacking trips. before.
In the border areas with Suriname and Brazil there is a high risk of malaria all year round, in the interior of French Guiana the risk of malaria is low to negligible. In regions where immigrants from Brazil live, the malaria norm Plasmodium falciparum has been found to be resistant to chloroquine and other substances
In French Guiana there are numerous infectious diseases that are transmitted through contaminated drinks or food (including hepatitis A, bacterial dysentery, typhus, lambliasis, amoebic dysentery and worm diseases). However, most of these conditions can be prevented with proper drinking water and food hygiene.
Some basic rules
Never drink tap water but, for example, bottled water. If bottled water is not available, filter and disinfect or boil water. Also use drinking water to brush your teeth or wash the dishes. Peeling, boiling or disinfecting foods, raw salads and mayonnaise are not recommended.
When buying bottled drinking water, make sure that the original cap is not broken. Boil unpasteurized milk and mix dry or canned milk only with sterile water. Dairy products should only be consumed if they consist of disinfected / pasteurized milk. Only eat fish and meat dishes when they are well cooked.
From time to time, predatory bug-borne chagas are found in French Guiana. There is a small risk of mosquito-borne dengue infections. It is recommended to use mosquito nets and / or mosquito repellants to protect against bugs and mosquitoes.
There is also leishmaniasis(transmitted by butterfly mosquitoes). Skin-covering and stab-proof clothing is recommended here as protection. Rabies
occurs in French Guiana and is mainly transmitted by dogs, cats and bats. The rabies vaccination is recommended for longer stays, frequent contact with animals, backpacking trips and for children. If you are bitten by a possible vector, seek medical help as soon as possible. Apart from cayenne is medical care
rather bad. The European Health Insurance Card EHIC is valid for citizens of the European Union (EU) and EFTA and regulates reimbursement of costs and care in the event of treatment abroad. This insurance card is accepted for treatments in French Guiana.
However, the EHIC does not cover repatriation in the event of an accident or serious illness. This service is only offered by private health insurers, so additional travel health insurance with repatriation insurance is recommended.
When traveling to French Guiana, take a first-class travel kit with you and protect it from high temperatures when you are out and about.
In addition to my general disclaimer, please note the following important note:
A guarantee for the correctness and completeness of the medical information and liability for any damage that may occur cannot be assumed. You stay responsible for your healthy.
French Guiana – important addresses
Conseil Regional de la Guyane
email: [email protected]
Comité du Tourisme de la Guyane: 1, rue Clapeyron,
75008 Paris, France
Telephone: 0033 1 42 94 1516, Fax: 0033 1 42 94 1465
email: [email protected]
The Paris Tourist Office is responsible for all of Europe.
Comité du Tourisme de la Guyane : 12 Rue Lallouette,
BP 801, 97338 Cayenne, French Guiana
Telephone: 29 6500, Fax: 29 6501
email: [email protected]
The French overseas department of French Guiana does not have its own diplomatic missions, the interests of French Guiana are represented by the embassies of Represented France. Information on tourist activities in French Guiana can be obtained from the French Tourist Offices.