Guyana, a country of exceptional natural beauty, is a combination of the Caribbean and South America, with touches of a sometimes turbulent past. It stretches 450 miles from its Atlantic coast to equatorial forest and the Rupununi savannah. The capital is Georgetown, a city of modern hotels and colonial buildings. The architecture is reminiscent of Guyana's centuries as a Dutch, and then a British colony. St. George's Cathedral in Georgetown is reputed to be the tallest wooden building in the world. The landscape is dominated by rivers which provide essential highways into the rain forests and jungles of the interior.