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French Guiana - Amazonia: what to do, what to see…

The paradise setting Devil’s Island, in French Guiana
French Guiana and its share of Amazonia offer so much to discover. Visitors fascinated by the mysteries of space could be lucky enough to witness a Soyuz or Vega launch. Nature lovers will surely be moved by the sight of leatherback sea turtles laying their eggs on the beach. And all party animals will want to be part of the French Guiana Carnival; it's the longest in the world! And that’s just for starters... 
WHAT TO SEE

• The historic centre of Cayenne
• The town of Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni and its unique architecture
• The botanic gardens of French Guiana
• The Maroni river
• The beaches of Montjoly
• The French Guiana zoo
• The Salvation Islands
• The Guiana Amazonian Park
• The Kaw Swamp nature reserve
• The colonial style church of Iracoubo

WHAT TO DO

• Watch leatherback sea turtles as they lay their eggs on the beaches of Amana
• Join the Touloulous of the Guianan carnival in Cayenne
• Shiver with fright on Devil's Island 
• Grab the chance of a front row seat for an Ariane launch at Kourou
• Watch the rainforest breathe from the top of an inselberg
• Cool off in the Fourgasier waterfalls 
• Spend a night in a hammock in a traditional Amazonian carbet hut
• Swim in Toussaint Creek
• Savour Chinese soup in a Hmong village
• Buy fruit and vegetables in Cayenne market

WHAT TO EAT

• Buccaneer chicken
• Fish pimentade
• Callaloo
• Avocade Féroce
• Kalawang
• Awara stock
• Meat or Fish Blaff
• Pigtail lentils
• Kranmaniok cake
• Sweet pepper sispa or sorbet

WHAT TO BRING BACK

• Cayenne pepper
• A bottle of aged rum
• A Touloulou mask
• A gold nugget
• A Saramaka chair
• A hammock
• A traditional Wayana disc

Getting to French Guiana