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Top reasons to visit French Guiana

monkeys like this fella here are among the top reasons to visit French Guiana ... photo by CC user deadmike on Flickr

While tourism isn’t the top economy of this overseas French territory, the top reasons to visit French Guiana allow you to explore this country’s untapped tourism potential. Located in the Amazonia department of South America between Brazil and Suriname, the country is blessed with a coastline of fine, golden sands and warm, azure waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, as well as the lush greenery of the Amazonia. And there’s a whole lot of other things to see and experience in this overseas French territory.

Here are some of the top reasons to visit French Guiana, and don’t forget about finding a French translation company before you go.

Rhythm of the Carnival Guyanais. Ranked as the 4th largest carnival in the world, the Carnival Guyanais is one of the most anticipated celebrations in the whole of South America. The carnival is filled with dancing to the sounds and rhythm of rumba, waltz, mazurka and the beguine. Booking a cheap hotel in advance is recommended as things sell out very fast closer to carnival. Many flights heading to French Guyana also transit through the USA, make sure you have a transit or ESTA visa in order before passing through the USA to avoid any headaches.

The Carnival Guanais takes place on January to February.

Watch rocket launches. Nothing’s more exciting than counting down to the majestic launching of the rocket ship, Ariane 5. To attend the launch, you may need to send a request for an invitation by mail. Don’t forget to include your name, age and contact details. Also, it’s best to send the request way ahead.

Take a walk on the wild side. One of the top reasons to visit French Guiana is the excursions to the Amazonia, where you can marvel at its abundant and unique flora and fauna in its forests and rivers and see the unique cultures of its indigent residents, the Amerindians and the Maroons.

Tours in the Amazonia offer a great deal of activities, from hiking, to boat trips.

Beaches. French Guiana is also known for its pristine beaches, where you can catch some sun, sea and surf, and if you’re lucky, giant sea turtles nesting in one of its isolated and protected beaches.

Unique shopping experience. Whether you go to the Hmong Market in Cacao or the market in Cayenne, shopping in French Guiana is a unique and unforgettable experience. Here, you can find interesting trinkets and pieces perfect for souvenirs. In addition, you can never ignore the country’s unique culture through the people selling their wares in the markets.

Top Tourist Attractions In Lithuania

The top tourist attractions in Lithuania amaze you at every turn!

The top tourist attractions in Lithuania are some of Europe’s best kept secrets. Despite having only won its independence from the Soviets in 1993, Lithuania is back on its feet. It is now a member of the European Union and a partner of NATO. That said however, Lithuania doesn’t get as much tourists even though it has a colorful history. After you succeed in finding affordable flights to this fascinating nation, check out the best of what Lithuania has to offer so that you will know what to see when you arrive here. It’s important to remember that whilst Lithuanian isn’t a language that you are likely to be familiar with, all of the tours and guides here have excellent Lithuanian translation services so that you can fully understand what you are seeing.

1. Hill of Crosses

The small hill is located 6 miles from Siauliai and comprises of two mounds with thousands of crosses. The crosses range from cheap to expensive and are made of wood or metal. They were placed there by locals either as memorials or devotions to accompany prayers and this tradition is believed to originate from the 14th century. The Hill of Crosses is especially eerie when the wind blows and causes the crosses and hanging rosaries to rattle.

2. Grutas Park

It is a privately-owned Soviet sculpture park spanning for 2 sq km. It was built to resemble a Siberian concentration park. When it opened in 2001, you can only imagine the controversies it attracted. But the owner stands by the historical significance of Grutas Park even though it reminds them of their painful past. Grutas Park, no matter how controversial, is one of the top tourist attractions in Lithuania.

3. Sand Dunes

The sand dunes at the Curonian Split National Park have folkloric origins but it was really years of deforestation that allowed sand from the coast to wander to the area. It only took three centuries to form these sand dunes, swallowing more than a dozen villages along the way. But replanting is ongoing at the national park and 20 percent of it is now covered by forests. Meanwhile, the sand dunes are still moving but already shrinking. While it’s still there, make sure that you pay the Sahara of Lithuania a visit.

4. Zokniai Military Airfield

This airfield was once the largest military base outside of the USSR. The last USSR troops left in 1993 when Lithuania gained its independence. Today, the air base is used by NATO forces to patrol the Baltic skies. Guided tours of the airfield are available but you will have to book in advance.

5. Nemunas Delta Regional Park

It is the site of the Ventés Ragas Ornithological Station where you can learn more about the Nemunas bird and wait for it from the observation deck. But you can also see other species of birds within the Nemunas Delta Regional Park including 270 of the 350 kinds found in Lithuania. Any birdwatcher knows that this is one of the top tourist attractions in Lithuania.