Kourou, the Space Center of French Guiana:
Until France decided to build its space station on the coast of French Guaina, thanks to favorable location for space launches, Kourou was isolated, known only for its association with the infamous penal system on the Isles de Salut, or Devil's Island.
Then in the mid-1960's began the transformation from sleepy coastal town decaying in the heat and humidity of jungle, swamp and savannah to a site capable of hosting and maintaining the complex technology required for space launces.
Today, Kourou has grown tremendously. Modern residential districts, shopping areas, cafes, restaurants, nightclubs and hotels service the more sophisticated residents from Europe and other locations and the traveler who comes to enjoy a resort where once prisoners suffered a harsh penal system.
Select flights from your area to Cayenne. You can also browse for hotels and car rentals. Kourou is an hour away by road. See this city map to orient yourself.
There is a dry season between July and December; a rainy season between April and June; a mixed season of sun and rain in January and February and an "autumn" in March. The average temperature is 28C. Check today's weather and five day forecast. .
Centre Spatial Guyanais:
The Centre Spatial Guyanais, or CSG, is west of Kourou which is located only 500 km north of the equator, at a latitude of 5 degrees. At this latitude, the Earth's rotation gives an additional velocity of almost 500 m/s. In addition, maneuvering the satellites to the desired orbit is usually simpler when the launch is made close to the equator. The European Space Agency as well as the commercial Arianespace company launch their satellites from Kourou.
What to Do and See in Kourou:
Most of the activities revolve around nature.