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St Georges / Oiapoque Border - French Guiana / Brazil

3guianas travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2015   » View Photoset (33 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I forgot to get my passport stamped in Oiapoque to exit Brazil before crossing the Oyapock River to Saint Georges in French Guiana. Luckily, there is an office a few streets
3guianas Photo - The main square in Saint Georges in French Guiana.
The main square in Saint Georges in French Guiana.
back from the waterfront in Saint Georges where you can get exit and entry stamps for both Brazil and French Guiana! I thought I was going to have to go back across the river and come back over, but not. It's only a 10 minute boat ride between Brazil and French Guiana. The Oyapock River Bridge was still not open at this time, however as of March 2017 the bridge is now open!

Around the Main Square

Saint Georges is a small place with a few buildings surrounding
3guianas Photo - About to set foot in French Guiana for the first time in Saint Georges, border cross from Oiapoque Brazil.
About to set foot in French Guiana for the first time in Saint Georges, border cross from Oiapoque Brazil.
the main square like the hotel / bar / restaurant where I sat down for a couple of cold ones. There is also a bank with an ATM machine. Saint Georges has a small but rundown (on the outside) church too.

Not Such a Great Welcome

I was enjoying walking around and taking a few photos until I started getting hassled by a group of around 6-8 youths. They were pointing their fingers up to their eyes to indicate that they were watching me and calling out to me and were being very intimidating. It was quite an uncomfortable situation and I went and had a talk to the police who were sitting at a restaurant just 20meters away. I told them about the group of youths hassling me and they asked if I had taken a photo of them, which I hadn't. I said that I had considered staying the night
3guianas Photo - A white monument in the main square in Saint Georges, French Guiana.
A white monument in the main square in Saint Georges, French Guiana.
in Saint Georges but that I wouldn't be now because of this problem. The police suggested that I finish taking a few photos and then leave which is precisely what I did.

Taxi-Vans to Cayenne

Along the waterfront is where the taxi-vans wait for passengers to go to the capital Cayenne. It takes 2hrs 45mins at a speed of around 110kmph and costs $30Euros. The Lonely Planet said this journey takes 2hrs but I can't see how that would be possible unless the driver drives like a lunatic (the road is winding in parts). From Saint Georges the distances are to Regina 80kms, Matoury 179kms and Cayenne 190kms.

The Ride

Between Saint Georges and Cayenne the countryside is beautiful and
3guianas Photo - Nice view of the waterfront and Oyapock River in Saint Georges, French Guiana.
Nice view of the waterfront and Oyapock River in Saint Georges, French Guiana.
green and also clean without the rubbish you usually see beside the roads in South America. We dropped off a passenger in Regina. From here it is 67kms to Cacao - an Hmong community from Laos. They have a Sunday market which sells crafts and Laotian food. We passed through a community called Commune de Montsinery Tonnegrande where there is a sign that points to a nearby waterfall called Cascadas Beausejour. During the journey we crossed on bridges over a couple of wide rivers and passed a car cemetery. The road is in good condition and the trees are tall. It's nice and green countryside, enjoy the ride!

     

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Map location: St Georges / Oiapoque Border - French Guiana / Brazil, 3 Guianas. Crossing the border from Brazil's northernmost town into French Guiana by river!
 A : Oiapoque - Brazil 5 kms 5 kms straight distance | 49mins 49mins by car (9 kms) | 58mins 58mins by bus (9 kms) (9 kms)
 B : Cayenne, French Guiana 126 kms 126 kms straight distance | 2hrs 29mins 2hrs 29mins by car (184 kms) | 2hrs 58mins 2hrs 58mins by bus (184 kms) (184 kms)
 C : Cayenne to Kourou to Saint Laurent - French Guiana 170 kms 170 kms straight distance | 3hrs 10mins 3hrs 10mins by car (233 kms) | 3hrs 48mins 3hrs 48mins by bus (233 kms) (233 kms)
 D : Macapa to Oiapoque - Brazil 283 kms 283 kms straight distance | 5hrs 58mins 5hrs 58mins by car (369 kms) | 7hrs 9mins 7hrs 9mins by bus (369 kms) (369 kms)
 E : Saint Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana 301 kms 301 kms straight distance | 5hrs 34mins 5hrs 34mins by car (430 kms) | 6hrs 40mins 6hrs 40mins by bus (430 kms) (430 kms)
 F : Macapa - Brazil 426 kms 426 kms straight distance | 9hrs 41mins 9hrs 41mins by car (633 kms) | 11hrs 37mins 11hrs 37mins by bus (633 kms) (633 kms)
 G : Saint Laurent / Albina Border - French Guiana/Suriname 308 kms 308 kms straight distance
 H : Paramaribo, Suriname 437 kms 437 kms straight distance
 I : Santarem to Belem (Amazon River) - Brazil 614 kms 614 kms straight distance
 J : Nickerie & the Journey from Paramaribo - Suriname 617 kms 617 kms straight distance
 K : South Drain / Moleson Creek Border - Suriname / Guyana 635 kms 635 kms straight distance
 L : Belem to Macapa (Amazon River) - Brazil 637 kms 637 kms straight distance
 M : Belem - Brazil 698 kms 698 kms straight distance
 N : Georgetown, Guyana 773 kms 773 kms straight distance
 O : Santarem - Brazil 778 kms 778 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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