Overland Travel in French Guiana
One of the three tiny countries on South America’s northern side, French Guiana lies far from everywhere due to the Amazon Rainforest that cuts it off from the rest of the continent. Don’t let this stop you, French Guiana is a fascinating country (an overseas department of France, in fact, so bring Euros).
Driving your overland vehicle allows you to go where public transport doesn’t. From perfect asphalt cutting through rainforest in the south, the main road meanders along the coast to Suriname. French Guiana is among the easiest countries to watch sea turtles without a guide. It has a rocket space center where you can attend a rocket launch free of charge as well as lots of hiking trails. Overlanding in French Guiana is full of charms.
Rocket launches, sloths, winti rituals, gold mines and car rallies are among the experiences that make traveling to the Guianas unique.
Tips on overland camping and campspots in French Guiana, with your vehicle or hammock, including GPS waypoints.
Being invited for a local sampula party not only is an honor; it’s fun.
One of the most impressive sights in South America has been watching sea turtles in French Guiana: leatherbacks, green turtles and olive turtles.
Guide de Guyane, by Philippe Boré, brought us to unexpected places. We loved hiking in French Guiana, with trails full of wildlife as well as historic sites.
When we apply for our Surinamese visa we enter the world of “It doesn’t matter who you are, but who you know”. Question is: who’s the right person?
Europe in South America: French Guiana. It has the euro and lots of good wine and cheese. It’s also on a major drug trafficking route – how safe is it?
The bridge is finished but not yet open, so in order to drive to French Guiana you’ll need to cross a river. Here’s info on shipping your vehicle across the Oiapoque River.