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French Guiana, or ‘Guyane’, is an equatorial South America department of France that shares borders with Brazil, Suriname, and the Atlantic Ocean. It is known for having a rich and beautiful ecosystem, and despite being one of the most pristine locations on earth, it is also a place where you can experience the unexpected and extraordinary like a space launch from the European Space Agency’s spaceport or the eerie, deserted penal colony on Devil’s Island. It is a land of cultural contrasts, diverse natural beauty and history, making it, ultimately, one of the most interesting places to visit in South America.

Whether you spend your time in Cayenne (the capital); in one of the natural hotspots like the Réserve Naturelle Régionale Trésor; having fun with cute little monkeys at Ilet la Mere; paddling up the river in a pirogue dugout canoe, or indulging your senses at Cayenne's famous street market. - one thing is for certain- French Guiana will surprise you at every corner and make you fall in love with its lovely dual personality.

One day you might spend exploring French Guiana’s tropical rainforest and spotting species like ocelots, sloths, agoutis, crocodiles, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, Bush Dogs, toucans and macaws. While on another you could be in Cayenne, experiencing the melting pot of French, Asian, African, and Brazilian cultures. If you visit during Carnival (which falls between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday), you can join in the celebrations which include beautiful parades every weekend.

But there’s more to French Guiana than the beauty; the ruins of the 17th-century Fort Cépérou overlook Cayenne’s colourful Creole houses and street markets. The Transportation Camp takes you back to the period between 1852 - 1953 when prisoners arrived here for processing. They would then be transferred to penal colonies throughout the territory like the one at Devil’s Island. Not only that, but it was in these historic walls that infamous inmates like Alfred Dreyfus and Papillon stayed. There is even a cell with Papillon's name engraved!

Plus, there is also the Space Centre which is the base of three different organisations including; the European Space Agency, the French Space Agency, and Arianespace which is a private commercial company responsible for the development of the Ariane rocket. The space centre does up to nine launches a year, and tourists can witness this spectacular moment from the jungle. Pretty incredible right?

With abundant biodiversity - 5600 plant species, along with 56 species of fish, 78 amphibians, 49 reptiles, 327 birds, 60 bats, and 53 species of mammals - French Guiana efforts to preserve its ecosystems can easily be seen, eco-tourism is essential here. After all, no one would want to spoil French Guiana’s diverse wildlife, pristine Atlantic beaches, vast savanna stretches, lushly cloaked mountains, or the rivers that meander through the steamy jungles.

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Embark on a 15-day exploration of three of Latin America’s least travelled destinations - Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname.

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