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South America » French Guiana » Kourou December 11th 2012

Day 419 Monday 3rd December For breakfast walked to Le Café Crème and had the best coffee we have had in South America so far, guess this is due to the French influence. On the way back to the hotel we dropped into the Suriname Embassy to pick up some visa application forms. The hotel let us know we could have another night but we would have to ask tomorrow about the next night which is frustrating. Filled out Suriname visa application and as usual there were some questions we hoped we understood correctly, back at the embassy the lady at the counter quickly checked the forms. Once again we got grilled about not having a return airline ticket and we had to do a song and dance and plead that we had no intention of ... read more
Iles du Salut - Ile St Joseph
Kourou - Space Station
Cayenne

South America » French Guiana » Kourou May 29th 2011

For my final day in French Guiana, I was destined for the Iles Du Salut (the Salvation Islands). I will start with a spot of history to help you understand more about the islands. A long long time ago (1852 to be precise), in a land far far away (France, which may or may not be far depending on where you are), the emperor decided that it would be a good idea to send criminals to jail in Guiana. The plan was to help develop the colony and if they survived passed their prison term (tens of thousands died from malaria, other diseases or violence whilst they were incarcerated), the prisoners were not allowed to leave Guiana upon their release from jail. The Iles du Salut were judged the best place to lock up serious criminals ... read more
Iles Du Salut
Iles Du Salut
Iles Du Salut

South America » French Guiana » Kourou August 10th 2009

Arne and I got picked up at Albergo Alberga in Parbo by a guy called Robbie, a taxi collectif operator, Arne met him when they crossed to Albina from FG and his asking price for transport is cheaper than others, at 40 SRD compared to 60 SRD average. He was half hour early and he drove us to the Central market where all collectifs wait for fare, we waited there for almost an hour him doing his best to fill up the van 7 people max but failed, meanwhile his fellow drivers were yelling at him for some reasons we can't figure out, they are very competitive here for fare. Finally we moved at 1pm only to stop at this warehouse place to pick up something a woman in the van bought, then we hit Parbo ... read more
CENTRE SPATIAL GUAYANAIS
CENTRE SPATIAL GUAYANAIS
CENTRE SPATIAL GUAYANAIS

South America » French Guiana » Kourou July 16th 2007

Zus & Zo arranged a taxi for us to French Guiana. The taxi was 150 SRD for the 2.5 hour trip to Albina and we could have got it cheaper if we waited for other people but that could have taken all day. The taxi man then arranged a boat for us and a taxi on the other side. This was much easier than the last border crossing. We were first taken to an old wooden building in need of a paint. We climbed the stairs over the sleeping dog to where the immigration man at a desk on the balcony. We filled in the exit slips and got stamped out. No queues. Pieter went to the loo and was a little uneasy to see the mans gun sitting inside unattended in an open drawer. The ... read more
Crossing the border
Crossing the border
Kourou




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