South & Central America: Peru | Bolivia | Chile | Argentina | Uruguay | Brazil | Guyana | Suriname | French Guiana | Venezuela | Trinidad & Tobago | Colombia | Panama | Costa Rica | Nicaragua | Guatemala | Belize | Mexico | Guatemala | Honduras | El Salvador
North America: Alberta | British Columbia | Montana | Wyoming
The boat crossing from Albina, Suriname brought me to the first of French Guiana's three cities, St. Laurent du Maroni, which served as the administrative center of France's penal colonies from the late 1800's through the middle of the 20th century. The Transportation Camp (Camp du Transportacion) was the point of entry for most of France's prisoners, including Henri Charriere (aka Papillon, author of one of the greatest stories ever told).
I took a boat the next day to the Iles du Salut (Salvation Islands), commonly known as Devil's Island even though it's composed of three islands.
The catamaran ride back to the mainland was nice and wouldn't have been complete without a serving of Ti Punch, a sweet French alcohol they seem to drink on any occasion.
I got a ride to Cayenne, the capital, with a couple of French girls. Cayenne has a lot of crack addicts and isn't too interesting. The next day we headed east, to the Swamps of Kaw.
The French don't go into the rainforest without brie and fine wine.
Since French Guiana has no air connections to the non-French world, I headed back west, to Paramaribo, Suriname to catch my flight out of South America.