I landed in torrential rain in Cayenne, and caught a taxi into town where I had booked a room for the night. In fact Tin Tin had made good speed with a strong push from the 3 knot Guyana Current and had arrived that very morning.
|Tin Tin anchored off the live-aboard marina in Cayenne|
Tin Tin anchored in French Guyana
|Fisherman walking his nets round in a loop|
We drove a long way out of town to the Guyana Zoo, which houses indigenous species in the appropriate context of the deep jungle. We spent a happy couple of hours meeting tapirs, peccaries, giant anteaters, macaws, black puma and jaguar, various monkeys and rather disconcertingly large anacondas! Our day ticket was converted to an annual pass, so we could be back!
|Blue and yellow macaw|
|Emperor Tamarin monkey|
|Toco Toucan - the largest of the toucan species|
|Ariane launchpad, French Guiana|
|Centre Spatiale Guyanaise|
As we left the site a convoy of trucks with vast containers was swept in by blue flashing lights and motorcycle outriders. I just managed to get a photo, and saw that it was BepiColombo, the European and Japanese joint mission to Mercury which is due to launch in July.
Our final expedition on Sunday was out to Cacao to visit the Hmong market. The drive out was lovely through rich forest on winding roads as we climbed the hills. At the crest we found a cafe on stilts overhanging the view, where we enjoyed a bamboo mug of Maracuja juice. From here we could see how much of the jungle had been cleared for agriculture. When we reached the market we chatted to a restaurant owner who had arrived at the age of 2 along with 30 refugee families, escaping persecution for their role in helping the French and Americans in their wars against Communist Vietnamese. They now provide all the vegetables cultivated for sale in Guyana!