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Game and Nature Reserve

The Kourou is a 112 km long river in French Guiana. The town of Kourou is located at its estuary, which is generally used as a pleasure port. Like the river Amazon, it has brown, muddy waters due to sediments picked up from the forest. A great many different fish species live in the river, and are used in the local diet. Like many Guyanaise rivers, it is polluted by mercury, as a result of clandestine gold mining.

The Maroni or Marowijne is a river in South America that forms the border between French Guiana and Suriname. The Maroni runs through the Guianan moist forests ecoregion. It originates in the Tumuk Humak Mountains and forms the (disputed) border between France (region of French Guiana) and Suriname. In its upper reaches, it is also known as the Lawa River, and close to its source it is known as the Marouini River.

The Tresór Nature Reserve: A 1.5- to 2-hour drive from Cayenne, the wildlife-rich marshes of Kaw cover thousands of square kilometers. The Tresór Nature Reserve encompasses a huge area of the Kaw ecosystem and is a great place to observe black caimans, a smaller relative of the American alligator, as well as a rich diversity of bird life such as the scarlet ibis. Travelers usually explore the wetlands on guided tours aboard local boats that vary considerably in comfor

The Jardin botanique de Cayenne (3 hectares) is a botanical garden located at the end of the Avenue Charles de Gaulle, adjacent to the university, in Cayenne, French Guiana. Although the Conseil Général de la Guyane states that the garden, formerly the Jardin du Roi (King’s Garden), was established in 1879, there are earlier references to a botanical garden in Cayenne (e.g. Cosnard, 1828). It now contains a statue of politician Gaston Monnerville (1897-1991).

The Devil’s Island: In 1931, Frenchman Henri Charrière was convicted of a murder he did not commit. He was sentenced to life imprisonment at the penal colony on Devil’s Island, one of the infamous Îles du Salut where shark-infested waters lash the rocky shores. After surviving 12 years of horrific conditions he escaped to Venezuela. The book and movie, Papillon, recount his ordeal. Today, a trip to the islands, about 11 kilometers offshore from Kourou, brings his story to life.

The Cayenne River: Discover an abundance of fish and bird life living in the waters and along the shores of Cayenne River, which flows for 50 km (31 mi) before meeting the Atlantic Ocean. Explore the mangroves along the riverbanks to observe many species of birds. 

The Guyana zoo offers more than 2 hours of walking on a walkable path even if the rain is present, with a visit to the forest in the heart of a natural environment, the flora of Guyana. Shelters are present throughout the visit in case of grain.

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