Guyana Journals

Guyana Again

A February 2001 trip to Guyana by Tropic

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Quote: A return visit to the interior of Guyana, to the remote Rupununi after over 30 years. Beginning on the Atlantic coast and travelling by basic trail road through amazing tropical rainforests to the dry wind swept savannah country with a vast panorama of hills, grassland and backdrop of blue mountains.

Guyana Again

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Overview

Annai Photo, Guyana, South America
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Travel the rough road from the coast to the interior, eventually ending up in the Rupununi savannah after a full day of adventure. The trip was an eco-tourist's dream with lots of bird and animal life seen en route. The change in the tropical jungle character was the most valuable experience. We departed Georgetown at 6 AM in a tightly packed Land Cruiser and barely missed the early morning rush of traffic on the east coast road to Linden. Our keen driver was a master in obstacle avoidance. After Linden, we crossed the Demerara River and were then alone on the red dust road, cut through the dense rainforest and heading south, across the Essequibo River and the tall greenheart jungle. There were moment...Read More

Cara Suites Guayana

Hotel | "Cara Inn"

Cara Suites Guayana Photo, Guyana, South America
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Very friendly, colonial atmosphere and the best of Guyanese hospitality and service. The meals were typical and well prepared in a dining room full of antique and national paintings, tastefully decorated and set within view of well-cared tropical gardens. The rooms were large and cool, offering the best of colonial decor and comfort.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2001

Cara Suites Guayana
176 Middle Street
Georgetown, Guyana
+592 2261612

Guyana Photo, Guyana, South America
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A selection of local dishes set out buffet style. There were different curry preparations, their accompanying breads and chutney. Then there was amerindian "pepper pot" and white rice. A very complete tropical salad and fruit bar and a colourful selection of cakes and desserts. My selection was beginning with a hot chicken curry, dahl and rohti. This was curry at its best and my second choice was a bowl of the pepper pot, a very rich soup of meat and casareep(something like soya sauce, but made from cassava).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2001

Simoni Creek and Lakes

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Attraction

Simoni Lake Photo, Guyana, South America
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The small Simoni Creek leads off the Rupununi River into the Simoni Lakes. Here there are lots of ideal spots for catching the butterfly peacock bass(Lukunani) and arawana. The water is slightly green and clear, and the angler does best casting towards the shore from the slowly drifting boat, close to structures and against rocks. The fish strike immediately and the choice can be from peacock bass to a number of exotic sportfish found only here in the amazon waters. Let the guide unhook the fish since many of these have very definite teeth and are capable of giving a good bite. Best to wear long sleeve light color shirt and cover with insect spray. Wash hands well before touching the lure so as not to...Read More

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South Savannah

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Attraction

Little Sand Ck. Photo, Guyana, South America
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The drive south to the vast savannah of the Rupununi is a whole lot different from the north. It has many more hills and clear water creeks. The Wapishana indian villages are also of great interest and the Dadanawa ranch is itself of great historic value to the area. The roads were quite good and apart from the total lack of road signs, we did manage to find our way to the destinations planned.

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Hammocks Photo, Guyana, South America
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The main interest of cultural value in the Rupununi is the making of the hammock from their own home grown and spun cotton. In addition to the cotton hammock is the fine sculpture done out of balata(latex) which is produced from the jungle rubber. In every village there is some artwork done and the indians are very proud of this value to their cultural identity.

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Mashramani

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Takubin Photo, Guyana, South America
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A Mashramani is a family get together and a major importance to social activities in the Rupununi savannah. Depending upon the family ... they gather to undertake a particular job or celebrate an elder's birthday or just a good reason to have a good feast and meet new family.
We managed to get a Mashramani done at takubin for the Gorinsky/Ware/Melville/Hart family and this was the first time in over 30 years that some of this family met under one roof and in harmony.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2001