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French Guiana

Welcome to the rural French Guiana! The people here are always welcoming and kind. The population of this French territory is 217,000 as of 2009. The people in French Guiana are known for their fishing, gold mining, and timbering skills, and as of their skills, they earn on average $20,904 per year per capita. If you are going to be visiting French Guiana, it is a great opportunity to practice a foreign language, as the people speak a variety of French, Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, and a little English. Ethnicity as well as language varies greatly, as the population is approximately 60-70% Creole, a French/African mix, 14% European, 5% Asian, and the remainder the native people that inhabited the lands before anyone else. Now that you know some of the background information, what can you do in French Guiana? Have you ever seen a full sanctuary of tropical birds? Well now you can! The Iles du Salut are three islands off of the coast that host a wide variety of colorful birds from the tropics of South America. If you have never experienced the dense, harsh reality of the world's largest rain forest, you can venture there as well in French Guiana! The Guiana Amazonian Park boasts 13,090 square miles of protected rain forest that is open to the public anytime, but day visits are encouraged over the night in the jungle. Also, if you are interested in seeing a powerful yet towering dam, the Barrage de Petit-Saut creates an artificial Amazonian lake while providing hydroelectric power to the villages around it. You should also take some time to eat the favorite dish of French Guiana, which consists of curried meat and vegetables wrapped in Rotli, almost similar to a burrito. While you are traveling in this country, you are constantly under the loyal protection of the French Republic, whose current leader is Nicolas Sarkozy. You will also get used to the euro while enjoying your stay, and one Euro is equal to 1.38090 United States Dollar. Many great people are native to French Guiana, such as Malia Metella, who placed first in the 100 meter freestyle event in the 2004 European Championships for swimming.

Here is an example of a 1-day Itinerary if you were to visit French Guiana:

1. Sleep in. Why are you even on a vacation if you don't want to relax?

2. After you have had your fair share of sleep, get up and eat breakfast.

3. Rent a car or taxi and drive to the beautiful Guiana Amazonian Park.

4. Spend as much time as you like touring the protected forest, and take lots of pictures! You'll miss the nature when you get back home.

5. If you're feeling hungry, go to a local restaurant. They will most likely have the favorite dish, Roti, of the country, and it is recommended that you try it in your stay.

6. When you're done and if you have enough time, you should go see the Iles du Salut, a bird sanctuary with a vast variety of tropical birds that you won't see anywhere else.

7. Fuel up with a snack and head towards the capital, Cayenne. If you feel tired, you can retire into your hotel room, or you could go dancing in one of the night clubs. It will be an experience you'll never forget!

For your convenience, here is a Rotli recipe:roti.jpg

Rotli Ingredients:

Whole Wheat Flour (Chapati Flour) – 2 cups

Salt – 1/2 tsp (optional)

Oil – 4 tsp

Warm Water – 3/4 cup

All-purpose flour – for rolling and dusting


1. In a large mixing bowl, mix Chapati Flour and Salt well.

2. Add Oil and mix until all lumps are gone.

3. Add Warm Water a little at a time to form a medium soft dough ball. Do not overwork the dough.

4. Add few drops of Oil and coat the dough ball. Cover and let it rest for 15 minutes.

5. Heat Tawa or skillet on medium heat.

6. Knead the dough once and divide into golf ball size balls.

7. Dip one ball into the All-purpose flour to coat and roll it out into a thin disc. Keep dipping the rotli into the dry flour to prevent it from sticking to the rolling surface.

8. Shake or rub off excess flour from the rotli and place it onto the hot tawa.

9. Flip to the other side once you see bubbles appear on the surface. Allow it to cook for 10-15 seconds.

10. Increase the stove heat to High, gently pick the rotli up with tongs, remove the tawa off of the flame, flip the rotli over and place onto an open flame.

11. The rotli should balloon up. Flip it over and cook on the other side.

12. Place the cooked rotli into an insulated container and smear it with Ghee or clarified butter and repeat the process for the remaining dough.

13. If you prefer, add curried meat and vegetables and serve wrapped.