Winter at Tantora

Under $100: Georgetown, Guyana

by Benjamin Kerns

Nov 23, 2018

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Under $100 / South America

Guyana has a statistically low cost of living by American standards, but rising tourism in Georgetown led to an increase in the cost of visiting. You can still find a lot of great deals if you’d like to spend 24 hours in the city for less than $100.


Start with breakfast at Oasis Café. They serve a wide array of options featuring mostly traditional Western food, including omelets and pancakes. A quick buy can be had for under $10.


Next, head to Guyana National Museum. The museum was erected in 1951 and is the largest in the city. It houses many of Guyana’s artifacts along with plants, precious stones and artwork from throughout history. Admission to the museum is free. Nearby, you’ll find the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology, which highlights artifacts of the nine indigenous tribes of Guyana.


For lunch check out Shanta’s. The locals of Georgetown love Indian food and few places serve roti like you’ll find here. A plate will cost you $10.


Spend the afternoon exploring the Guyana Botanical Gardens, one of few dedicated green spaces in the city. It’s also home to Guyana Zoo, which houses numerous endangered species and local wildlife. Admission is only $5.


Georgetown also has its fair share of great architecture, one example of which is St. George’s Cathedral. It’s one of the tallest wooden structures in the world and was built in 1892. The building’s stark white exterior stands out among the skyline, while inside contains impressive Gothic structures.


Finally, enjoy a great dinner at Maggie’s for authentic Guyanese cuisine at a great price.


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