Category Archives: French Guiana

Saint-Laurent du Maroni – A river town and a border crossing

We didn’t spend much time in our last port of call in French Guiana; Saint-Laurent, but a little more than planned due to a night in a hotel here after our mosquito encounter. It’s the second biggest town and lies on the … Continue reading

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Javouhey, Mana and Awala – A Laotian village, lack of turtles and many mozzies

Not far from Saint-Laurent is Javouhey, a little Laotian village which holds a food market every Sunday. It’s extremely small,  but very cute and you can buy fruit, spices, and typical Laotian treats including spicy noodle soup. There are also … Continue reading

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Sinnamary and Iracoubo – Churches and ecosystems

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On the road from Kourou to Saint-Laurent we made a few stops at a couple of villages and a nature reserve. Sinnamary was first, a charming little place on the banks of the river of the same name, where we … Continue reading

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Îles du Salut – Catamaran to the prison islands

We boarded our posh boat and set off towards the volcanic islands, Îles du Salut, infamous for their history as a penal colony, where France’s most terrible criminals were sent to endure hideous conditions. The prison was finally shut down in … Continue reading

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Kourou – Space between hammocks

It was dark when we drove into Kourou and the sprawling town wasn’t easy to navigate, especially with my (lack of) map reading skills, but eventually we found our planned accommodation for the night. It was located in the Amerindian village … Continue reading

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Cayenne – Palms, beaches, and a not so budget car

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It was another three hours in a bus to reach Cayenne and we were pretty tired when we arrived. However this was by far the most expensive country we had visited so far and we hadn’t a moment to lose! … Continue reading

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Oiapoque River – Into the Guianas

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We were pleasantly surprised by the bus trip from Macapá. After hearing and reading about horror stories of flooded roads and buses stuck in mud, the journey took us a mere ten and a half hours! We managed to grab … Continue reading

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