• Colombia!

    Colombia: Caribbean Sea coast. Go Now!

    Although most of the people live inland, Colombia also has its share of coastline along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea (pictured). Go Now!

  • Ecuador!

    Ecuador: Sally Lightfoot Crab. Go Now!

    The Galapagos Islands and Ecuador are home to incredible wildlife, such as the famous Galapagos Turtle and the lesser known, but more common Red Rock or Sally Lightfoot crab (pictured). Begin Your Journey!

  • Chile!

    Chile: Torres del Paine National Park. Go Now!

    The Andes dominate much of Chile, including the breath-taking Torres del Paine National Park (pictured). However, the country also hosts the world's driest desert and a thriving metropolis. Begin Your Journey!

  • Venezuela!

    Venezuela: Los Roques. Go Now!

    Rooted in Europe, Venezuela boasts an impressive history, culture, and beauty, including the Caribbean Coast (pictured). Explore Venezuela!

  • Bolivia!

    Bolivia: Salt flats. Go Now!

    This hidden gem is full of surprises, from the impressive salt flats (pictured) to the migrating flamingos. It also clings to the most historic indigenous culture on the continent. Explore Bolivia!

Social Life in Guyana


The Guyanese are very diverse in nearly every way, including ethnicity, language, religion, and behavior. The ethnic Indians in Guyana tend to be very conservative in nearly every aspect of their lives, from the way they dress and date to the way they dine and pray. On the other extreme, the ethnic Europeans and Afro-Guyanese tend to be much more liberal in all of these categories.

As a visitor to Guyana error on the side of being too conservative as dressing and acting in a conservative manner won't offend anyone, but acting or dressing too liberally may. The best way to avoid offending any local is by understanding how (and why) the locals dress and behave as they do and this begins with religion (see below). In general, try to follow the lead of the locals by dressing conservatively (see below for details), dining in the local etiquette depending on who you are with (see our Guyana Dining & Food Page), and avoid sensitive conversation topics, such as politics, finances, and business unless initiated by your local counterpart. Also try to avoid being loud, rude, showing off wealth, or getting drunk in public (see our Guyana Food & Drinks Page).


The way people dress in Guyana is fairly diverse and this diversity is heavily dependent on ethnicity or religion. With each passing year many traditional dresses are slowly being lost in favor of western-styled clothing and many people in the cities wear western clothes exclusively today.

Few of the indigenous people wear traditional dress anymore, except on some holidays or special events; this dress is very simply a small cloth for men and a large sheet of cloth that covers most of the body for women. Hindi and Muslim men and women tend to cover up as knees and elbows are rarely to never seen. The Hindi women often wear a sari while men more often wear western-styled clothing, but some do still wear traditional Indian dress. Muslims are similar in that many men wear western-styled clothing, but most Muslim women wear a traditional and conservative outfit called a shalwar.

As a visitor to Guyana it is best to dress conservatively as showing your knees or shoulders is offensive to both the Hindis and the Muslims and together they make up nearly half the population. Both men and women should wear long pants and shirts that cover their shoulders and preferably reach past their elbows while in Guyana. If conducting business, visiting religious sites, or visiting governmental buildings this is especially true as being more conservative and more formal is a good rule to follow in these situations.

This page was last updated: November, 2013