One of the Most Impressive Waterfalls in the World

One of the Most Impressive Waterfalls in the World
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One of the most impressive waterfalls is in Guyana

Kaieteur Falls in Guyana is ranked number two in the Worldwide Waterfall Database of top waterfalls. It is really amazing. The waterfall has a drop of 741 feet. That means even the famous Niagara Falls can’t come closer to this – with a drop of only 167 feet.

Guyana is the only English-speaking nation in South America

Despite being neighboured by Spanish-speaking countries, Guyana has retained English as its first official language. The explanation is simple - Guyana is technically considered to be a Caribbean nation.

About 70% of Guyana territory is uninhabited

About three-quarters of Guyana is made up of dense rainforest. The capital of the nation, Georgetown, is where the majority of the population lives. Georgetown is surrounded on one side by rainforests too and by the Atlantic ocean on the other.

Guyana is home to one of largest gold mines in the world

The Omai Gold Mine is in the north-west of the country and is estimated to contain about 3.7 million ounces of gold. In 1995 large amounts of waste from the mine was accidentally leaked into local waterways after a dam broke. This had unfortunate effects on residents, wildlife and water supplies in the aftermath.

Guyana enjoys a richly diverse population

Following the abolition of slavery in Guyana, plantation workers were needed. This led to a high immigration rate of East Indians into the country. As a result of this, nearly half of Guyana’s population are of East Indian origin and 36% of the remaining population are of African descent.

Guyana national motto is "One People, One Nation, One Destiny"

The official name of Guyana is Co-operative Republic of Guyana. The country gained Independence in 1966. It is a parliamentary republic since that. The national motto is “One People, One Nation, One Destiny.

Guyana means "Land of many waters"

Guyana us an Amerindian world that means “land of many waters”. The longest river in Guyana is the Essequibo River which is 627 miles long.

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