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The Cayenne River: Discover an abundance of fish and bird life living in the waters and along the shores of Cayenne River, which flows for 50 km (31 mi) before meeting the Atlantic Ocean. Explore the mangroves along the riverbanks to observe many species of birds. The river features a roughly 2 km (1.25 mi) wide estuary–ride or walk across the bridge in Cayenne to get a sense for how wide the waterway really is.

The Tresór Nature Reserve: A 1.5- to 2-hour drive from Cayenne, the wildlife-rich marshes of Kaw cover thousands of square kilometers. The Tresór Nature Reserve encompasses a huge area of the Kaw ecosystem and is a great place to observe black caimans, a smaller relative of the American alligator, as well as a rich diversity of bird life such as the scarlet ibis. Travelers usually explore the wetlands on guided tours aboard local boats that vary considerably in comfort. When booking boat tours, be sure to ask about shade canopies and seat cushions.

The Devil’s Island: In 1931, Frenchman Henri Charrière was convicted of a murder he did not commit. He was sentenced to life imprisonment at the penal colony on Devil’s Island, one of the infamous Îles du Salut where shark-infested waters lash the rocky shores. After surviving 12 years of horrific conditions he escaped to Venezuela. The book and movie, Papillon, recount his ordeal. Today, a trip to the islands, about 11 kilometers offshore from Kourou, brings his story to life.