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Guyana and Colombia

I am planning a a central and south america trip.Has anyone any advice about travel in Colombia and Guyana? I travel alone, XT 660 Tenets.Thanks, Dennis Mays
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Never ridden in Guyana, but ridden all over Colombia. Colombia is one of the best riding destinations on the planet. Many, many ride reports on here focusing on Colombia.

What specific questions do you have? That way we can help give you specific answers.
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Guyana is problematic. Because of the well known, complications in Venezuela; most people would avoid it. Depending on your passport, they might not be issuing Visas. So, to get to Guyana you would need to get to either Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon, cross to Macapa by ferry and make your way north through French Guyana, Suriname and finally Guyana. The other way in is less difficult. From Manaus, you ride north to Boa Vista and enter at Lethem. There will be a long, beautiful bush road to Georgetown. As you can see, there is nothing easy about getting to Guyana.
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Feh. Not so difficult, really. I entered via Belem and Suriname, then left through Lethem. Both routes included some mud, which would become significant during major rain. All three countries (French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana) were worth seeing, although lacking the major tourist sites widely scattered through the rest of South America. Solo travel was not a problem.

The problem is that the circle route through Venezuela is now impossible. You can apparently still enter the country in the south via Brazil, but can’t exit into Colombia. This is heresay, at least for me, and subject to change. Alternatives to looping through Venezuela are available, but not entirely convenient. That’s about it.

Colombia, as stated above, is wonderful.

I have to wonder about your uncertainty about these two non-contiguous countries in particular. There is lots of information on this site about riding in Colombia, and at least some about Guyana. What about the other 11?

Hope that’s helpful.

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I did the road to Guyana a few years ago from Manaus. About 500km gravel. There are some hotels. You can do this part in 2days.
If entering Suriname you can meet me. I live now in Suriname.

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Guayana Is it worth the effort ?
In Colombia you will not be disappointed I have done 15000 km in 5 mo and around every corner there is beauty beyond belief
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Guayana had some interesting moments. British influence, to my surprise lots of Hindus and Muslims, and a Caribbean flavor. I had an introduction, got to hang out in a dance club in Linden and go to "the races" at a race between Linden and Georgetown.

Not much in the way of natural wonders that hit you in the face. The featured waterfall was a bit off the main north/south road. Time and budget did not support stopping in the nature lodges.

Getting across the Venezuela / Colombia border with a vehicle is the current problem. They'll let people walk across the border, but you can't import a bike into Colombia...until that changes. These things change without notice.

You can take the route from Peru, into south western Brazil, then north to Manus (via a tough dirt road) then on to south western Guayana.

I haven't heard stories of motorcyclist traveling up the Amazon and into Colombia...
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