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Traveling through the Guianas is more expensive than I expected. To make it worst, not only did I pay higher prices, the quality did not match the amount of money I paid.
Complete 4 days Guyana spending breakdown
Bus from Lethem to Georgetown – 10,000 Guyanaese Dollars(158 Reals or $62.70 CAD)
Hitchhiking from the middle of the jungle to Georgetown – 4,200 Guyanese Dollars ($26.33 CAD)
ATM Fee – 1,042 Guyanese Dollars ($6.53 CAD)
Ferry from Guyana to Suriname – 3,140 Guyanaese Dollars ($19.69 CAD)
2 night stay at P&A Guest House – 8,000 Guyanese Dollars ($50.16 CAD)
Taxi – 2,000 Guyanese Dollars ($12.54 CAD)
Bus from Georgetown to Paramaribo – 8,000 Guyanese Dollars ($50.16 CAD)
Food – 6,000 Guyanese Dollars ($37.62 CAD)
Total Guyana spending: 42,389.38 Guyanese Dollars ($265.73 CAD)
Average daily Guyana spending: 10,596.91 Guyanese Dollars ($66.43 CAD)
I had to pay extra money while traveling through Guyana because our van driver got caught smuggling alcohol. All the passengers got stranded and we had to hitch hike on a random pickup truck passing by. The pickup truck driver charged us to hitch hike and he asked for quite a bit of money. On the bright side, I got out of the insect infested jungle in the middle of nowhere.
Guyana is the toughest place to travel through in the three Guiana countries.
Complete 3 days Suriname spending breakdown
Suriname tourist card – $262.76 Suriname Dollars ($35 USD or $45.63 CAD)
Marriott Hotel 2 nights stay – 75.08 Suriname Dollars ($10 USD or $13.04 CAD) + 15,000 Marriott Points
Taxi – 40 Suriname Dollars ($6.95 CAD)
Food and groceries – 126.9 Suriname Dollars ($22.04 CAD)
Boat ride across Suriname and French Guiana border – 20 Suriname Dollars ($3.47 CAD)
Shared van from Paramaribo to Albino (French Guiana border) – 80 Suriname Dollars ($13.89 CAD)
Total Suriname spending: 604.75 Suriname Dollars ($105.02 CAD)
Average daily Suriname spending: 201.60 Suriname Dollars ($35.01 CAD)
Total Points and Miles spent: 15,000 Marriott Points for 2 night stay at Courtyard Marriott Paramaribo
Suriname was my favourite of the three Guiana countries. Prices were cheaper and infrastructure is better. I also redeemed some Marriott hotel points driving the cost down some more since I didn’t have to pay for accommodation. I recommend Suriname if you had to choose one place to stay longer in the Guianas.
Complete 2 Days French Guiana spending breakdown
Best Western Hotel 1 night stay – 18 Euros ($26.70 CAD) + 24,000 Best Western Points
Taxi from Suriname border to Cayenne – 30 Euros ($70.59 CAD and 20 USD)
Food – 7.8 Euros ($11.57 CAD)
Taxi to the airport – 40 Euros ($59.35 CAD)
Total French Guiana spending: 113.47 Euro ($168.21 CAD)
Average daily French Guiana spending: 56.74 Euro ($84.11 CAD)
Total Points and Miles spent: 24,000 Best Western Points for 1 night stay
French Guiana is very expensive so I’m glad I didn’t stay long. The cheapest hotel in French Guiana cost $80 USD a night. I looked at all the points I had left and discovered that the only hotel chain in this territory is Best Western. So I redeemed 24,000 Best Western points and manage to stay for 18 Euros saving me tons of money while I was in French Guiana.
Overall, I’m glad I travelled to these three countries but I will never do it again because of the difficulty and discomfort I experienced in these region.
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About the Author: Kendrick of Travel and Live Free was a contributing author on Living the Dream to share stories from his trip around the world from 2016 to 2017. He now has the goal to visit every country in the world in the next few years.