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French Guiana (French: Guyane française) is an overseas region of France located in South America. The territory lies in northern South America, and is sandwiched between Brazil and Suriname, and also has a long coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.

The population of French Guiana, as of 2008, was estimated to be 221,500. The capital and largest city, Cayenne, as of the 2006 census, had a population of 50,594, with a total of 100,323 people living in the city and nearby surrounding urban area.

In history, French Guiana is perhaps most famous for being the location of the French penal colony, Devil's Island (French: Île du Diable), from 1852 to 1951. More than 70,000 prisoners were deported topenal colonies in French Guiana between 1852 and 1939 (the penal settlements closed some years after the last new prisoners were sent there). Devil's Island was of course made famous by the movie, Papillon, which starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.

Today, French Guiana is best known for the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou (French: Centre Spatial Guyanais), which is used by the European Space Agency, the French Space Agency (CNES), and Arianespace, as a spaceport. This location was chosen in 1964 due to its proximity to the Equator (which makes rocket launches easier), and the fact that launches could be made over water (which is important for safety). The spaceport has been operational since 1968.

French Guiana Details


Country Name French Guiana
Political Status An overseas department of France
Geographic Location South America
Principal Language French
Capital Cayenne


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Guyana/Suriname & French Guiana 1:850 000 (International Travel Maps)
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Guyana/Suriname & French Guiana 1:850 000 (International Travel Maps)
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3rd edition. 2 sides map. Inclued Cayenne, georgetown, Iles du Salut, Kourou, and Paramaribo Inset. Printed in Canada
FRENCH GUIANA: The Bizarre and the Beautiful
By Donna Mulvenna

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Despite being home to the largest snakes, biggest rodents and most ferocious mosquitoes in the world, Donna Mulvenna falls in love with French Guiana, taking readers on a humorous, chaotic and entertaining journey that can only result in a severe case of wanderlust.

French Guiana might not be the first place you think of when you pick a travel destination. It probably wouldn’t even be the first place in South America. But it is a land of pristine rain forests and wild nature that offers more adventure and deadly infectious diseases than your average two week holiday in Spain could ever throw at you. In this wittily written fact-filled book, full of the joy of life and travel, Donna tells of an exciting journey to a strange and mysterious land, where she dodged a multitude of life-threatening infectious diseases and death by giant river monsters, and how she retained her sense of humour when many people would have lost theirs in the first sweltering night with a broken air conditioning unit. French Guiana unlocked a hidden spirit within her. Once it was there she knew she would never lose it. Inside this book you will get those same feelings, as you allow yourself to be immersed in one of the most unusual countries in the world.
Lonely Planet South America on a shoestring (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet, Sandra Bao, Gregor Clark, Brian Kluepfel & Carolyn McCarthy

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#1 best-selling guide to South America *

Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to skip, what hidden discoveries await you, and how to optimize your budget for an extended continental trip. Drift between river towns in the Amazon, shake it in Rio de Janeiro or hustle for traditional crafts in Ecuador all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of South America and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's South America on a Shoestring Travel Guide:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Budget-oriented recommendations with honest reviews - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, lifestyle, arts, religion, outdoor activities, cuisine, sports, environment, politics
  • Over 170 maps
  • Covers Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

  • Looking for just a few of the destinations included in this guide? Check out Lonely Planet Argentina, Brazil or Chile & Easter Island, our most comprehensive guides that cover South America's top sights and offbeat experiences.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Regis St Louis, Sandra Bao, Celeste Brash, Gregor Clark, Alex Egerton, Brian Kluepfel, Tom Masters, Carolyn McCarthy, Kevin Raub, Paul Smith, Phillip Tang, Lucas Vidgen

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

*Best-selling guide to South America. Source: Nielsen BookScan. Australia, UK and USA.

Lonely Planet South America on a shoestring (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet, Sandra Bao, Alex Egerton, Beth Kohn & Kevin Raub

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#1 best-selling guide to South America*

Lonely Planet South America on a shoestring is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, what hidden discoveries await you, and how to optimize your budget for an extended continental trip. Trek the Inca Trail to mysterious Machu Picchu, float down the mighty Amazon on a riverboat, or learn to tango in Buenos Aires, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of South America and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's South America on a shoestring Travel Guide:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Budget-oriented recommendations with honest reviews - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including history, music, cuisine, sports, wildlife, environment, architecture, literature, cinema, and current events.
  • Over 179 maps
  • Useful features - including If You Like, Month by Month (annual festival calendar), and Countries at a Glance
  • Coverage of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet South America on a shoestring is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less traveled.

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Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Regis St Louis, Sandra Bao, Greg Benchwick, Celeste Brash, Gregor Clark, Alex Egerton, Bridget Gleeson, Beth Kohn, Carolyn McCarthy, Kevin Raub, Paul Smith and Lucas Vidgen.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travelers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

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French Guiana History and Travel guide: Early history, Government, People, Settlement, Tradition and Custom, Culture, Tourism
By Evan Adams

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The Arawak Indians are the people first known to inhabit French Guiana. The next major waves of people were the Caribs. These peoples came from the Amazon and traveled to the Antilles (most of the islands of the West Indies). The Caribs displaced many of the Arawak. During the age of discovery and Christopher Columbus's journeys, the Caribs were still traveling through the Caribbean. More in the History Book……
Surinam/French Guiana (International Travel Maps)
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An easy-to-use road map of Surinam and French Guiana to plan your trip, to prepare your itinerary, and to travel independently in these countries in South America. Inset maps of Paramaribo, Cayenne, and Kourou.

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