Kourou, French Guiana
Tourism, attractions, sightseeing, sports and recreation plus practical facts for the traveler.
Kourou, the Space Center of French Guiana, once the backwater mainland headquarters for the infamous penal colony of Devil's Islandm now is home to the Centre Spatial Guyanais, and a modern city with all the modern conveniences. It's also the departure point for tours of the abandoned penal colony, river cruises, nature walks in the tropical jungle, deep sea fishing, and surfing.
Brief description and link to European Space Agency which maintains a "space port" there.
A look at the economic, political and other status as an overseas department of France.
Map of the launch site, plus background information on the site selection and development of the Centre Spatial Guyanais.
"Chroniques hebdomadaire d'une ville atypique de la Guyane francaise."
The trip report covering a launch includes photos and description of the launch site and Kourou.
Map of the city with photos showing the location of various civic and public services.
Impressive collection of full-size satellite models explanatory panels and video shows at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou.
"The Guiana Space Centre, also known as the Spaceport, is a strategically located facility that provides the optimum operating conditions for commercial launches."
Description of the region, plus suggested things to do and see.