The Georgetown-Lethem Road, deemed â€œone of South Americaâ€™s most remarkable
roads,â€? was featured in Sundayâ€™s New York Times. The article and audio slide show discusses the impact of improving the road and how the country is torn between economic development and preserving the pristine environment. From the article:
â€œThe road is a physical manifestation of these two poles. At one end are echoes of the nationâ€™s colonial past, like cricket pitches and hackney carriages (taxis). Hindu temples, for the many Guyanese descended from laborers from the Indian subcontinent, dot Georgetownâ€™s canalled streets.
At the other end of the road, on the border with Brazil, every other conversation seems to be in Portuguese. Chinese merchants sell goods to traders, businessmen broker deals to lure Brazilian rice farmers and signs welcome Brazilians and their robust currency, the real, to this outback.â€?