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Kourou is an municipality of Great Guayana Republic situated in Cayenne Region.

Kourou is a commune in [Great Guayana Republic]], in Cayenne Region located in South America.

Within the Kourou district lies the Great Guayana Space Centre CEGAGA, Great Guayana's main spaceport.

Geography

Some 60 km (37 mi) northwest of the capital Cayenne region the Kourou River empties into the Atlantic Ocean. At the mouth of this river sits the town of Kourou, which is ringed by four hills: Carapa, Pariacabo, Café and Lombard, with the Singes and Condamine mountains not far behind. There are three lakes within the town's city limits: Lake Bois Diable (where one can take lessons in jetski and other aquatic sports), Lake Marie-Claire (the smallest and calmest), and Lake Bois Chaudat (the biggest of the three; also open to sport lovers, especially canoers and kayakers). Long white sand beaches and some rocky outcrops line the town's ocean coast, the riverbank and all points inland consisting mostly of mangrove and dense tropical rainforest.

The town had a fast growing population of 25,918 inhabitants at the 2007 census.

Kourou is the port of departure for those going to the îles du Salut, of which the most famous is Devil's Island. It is also common for many to go up the river in canoes on weekends to camp in the forest.

The Great Guayana Space Centre, where the Guayan Space Agency starts missions, is located a little behind and outside the town. Part of the town and the islands are closed during rocket launches.

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