Have you ever wondered what it’s like traveling through Lethem in Region 9 to Guyana’s southern neighbor, Brazil? If you ever wanted to travel to Brazil from Guyana, this is your ultimate guide. So read to the end!
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On the 25th of September, 2023, I departed the city of Georgetown, Guyana, South America and headed for the town of Lethem in Region 9. It’s was a long and somewhat arduous journey of about 600 kilometers, but also a fun and enjoyable one. Since this was the first time I was driving the trail, this experience puts me in a good position to write this guide for persons who are desirous of making the Georgetown to Lethem road trip for the first time.
Go for a ride up the river by boat to the meeting of the waters – where the Black River and the Amazon River run side by side but do not mix. Have lunch on the restaurant which floats on the Amazon river, swim with the pink dolphins, feed the piranhas, and visit a remote indigenous tribe in the Amazon Jungles.
“Lake 11” or Mashabo Lake is located at Huis t’Dieren, Essequibo Coast. This lake is the link to the Amerindian community of Mashabo.
To reach Cock of the Rock Falls, you will first have to travel to Yupukari Village, then take a boat for several hours to Katoka Village. Because of the remoteness of this falls, it is difficult for individuals to travel there on their own. We recommend a tour guide such as Mr. Ashley Holland of Guyana Truly Wild.
You’ve probably heard of the breathtaking Sakaika Falls which forms on the Ekereku River in Region 7, Guyana, South America. A recent video showing two Guyanese men performing antics close to the crashing waters went viral on Facebook and left viewers awestruck. See video.
The Mountain Stream Eco Lodge in St. Ignatius Village, Region 9, Guyana, South America is a great place to stay when visiting Region 9. It is located in the village of St. Ignatius, which borders to the town of Lethem. The Mountain Stream Eco lodge offers industry standard accommodation and hospitality services in an atmosphere of tranquility and relaxation.
I thought this was an inspiring story…that foreign visitors to the falls would be so nice to pick up trash left there most likely by locals. It’s called showing us how it’s done, so I decided to take a picture.
The cover photo of this article, taken by Guyanese citizen Quado Vancooten, shows a remarkable natural phenomenon: two bodies of water forming a boundary line between each other. This photo was taken in Region 1 where the Waini River pours into the Atlantic Ocean.
The Boa Vista 3 Day tour leaves Lethem at around 5: PM on the afternoon of Day 1 and drops you back at around 5:30 PM on the afternoon of Day 3. During this tour, you will get a good glimpse of the magnificent city of Boa Vista in the border state of Roraima, Brazil. You will visit the city’s most beautiful spots. And you will also have a chance to shop your favorite Brazilian Products.
Visit Ariwa Beach at St. Ignatius Village, Region 9, at the banks of the Takutu River which forms part of the border between Guyana and Brazil, and get to know the wonderful, receptive, and hospitable Jonathan Joseph and his wife, Jennifer. Together, Jonathan and Jennifer has cordoned off a small section of the Takutu River Beach and created what they call the Ariwa Beach Resort.
Climbing Schomburgk’s Peak is definitely one the greatest adventures in the Rupununi geared towards the physically fit and those who want to test their athletic abilities while immersing in the beauty of nature. At an elevation of 3500 feet, Schomberg’s Peak is one of the highest points of the Kanuku Mountain Range which affords you an unmatchable vantage point for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Rupununi Savannahs and neighboring Brazil.
Uchii Falls, also called Uchii Meru Falls, Oshi Falls, Utschi Falls, and King George VI Falls, is located close the Venezuelan border in Region 7 of Guyana, South America. The Falls cascades from a mountaintop 701 feet down to a spectacular crash at the foot of the mountain.
West of Paramakatoi in Region 8 is the magical Orinduik Falls, one of Guyana’s most beautiful waterfalls and a major tourist attraction. The Orinduik Falls is formed as the Ireng River cacades down a series of steps and terraces close to the border with Brazil. The Ireng River then merges with the Takutu River which further down joins the Amazon River.
Moco Moco waterfall is located in Moco Moco Village, Central Rupununi, Region 9, Guyana, South America. The Moco Moco waterfall may be described as a sister falls of the Kumu falls since it is similar in size and appearance and is located a short distance away from the Kumu Falls. Both Kumu Village and Moco Moco Village are located about 30 minutes’ drive from the town of Lethem.
Kamarang Falls is located in Region 7, Guyana, South America close to the border with Venezuela. It plunges off the Pakaraima Mountains from a height of 145 meters. Kamarang Falls is one of the Guyana’s most powerful waterfalls by volume of water. It was reportedly discovered and first documented by American entomologist and physician, Paul A. Zahl.
Amaila Falls is located on the Kuribrong River which is a tributary of the Potaro River in Region 8, Guyana, South America. The river drops from the escarpment over Amaila Falls vertically approximately 200 feet (60 m), and continues in a series of rapids and falls for almost two miles before reaching placid water at an elevation of 175 feet. The total drop is about 1,200 feet (365 m).
Tiperu Falls in located in the town of Bartica in Region 7, Guyana, South America – about one minute’s drive from the Bartica Airstrip. To get there from Georgetown, you can either fly to Bartica Airstrip or take the bus to Parika and then the boat to Bartica.
Tumatumarie Falls is another splendid waterfalls located at Tumatumarie, Region 8, Guyana, South America. Tumatumarie at this point in time is uninhabited. To get to Tumatumarie from Georgetown, you can drive to Mahdia and then to Tumatumarie. The closest village with a population is El Paso.
Tumung Falls is doubtless one of Guyana’s most picturesque waterfalls….as you can see from the photos below. It is located in Maikwak Village, North Pakaraimas, Region 8, Guyana, South America.
Chiung Falls is a magnificent, splendid, and beautiful waterfall located in Kato Village, Region 8, Guyana, South America. Like many other waterfalls across Guyana, it is poorly promoted, advertised, or reported upon. All of that is about to change, hopefully, as Guyana shifts into overdrive in developing its tourism industry.
Between April 7th to 10th, 2023, hundreds, if not thousands, of people from all around the world will travel to Lethem, Region 9, Guyana, South America to enjoy the Annual Rupununi Rancher’s Rodeo. At the end of the three-day period, some will be ready to return home, but others may be wondering what else is there to do in Region 9. Whether you’re coming for the Rodeo or you’re coming at any other time of the year, here are some suggestions for what you can indulge in while you are in the capital of Region 9.
Since the start of March, 2023, or perhaps even earlier, hundreds of persons from around Guyana and the world have been contacting hotels in Region 9 for a place to stay during the Easter Weekend, only to be greeted by a disheartening, “fully booked” notice.
Tutu Falls is located close to Meriwau Village in the South Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America. It can be reached by driving a 4-wheel drive vehicle, ATV, or motorcycle down the rugged trail about 2 hours’ drive away from Lethem. The refreshing waters of the Tutu Falls forms a pool on a mountaintop before cascading down the mountain.
The Purupuruni Falls is one of Guyana’s hundreds of waterfalls. It is located in the Pakarimas about 26 miles from the majestic Kaieteur Falls and 15 miles from Amaila Falls.
Marshall Falls is located in the Mazaruni River in Region 7 of Guyana, South America. To get to Marshall Falls, you travel from Bartica by speedboat 25 minutes up the Mazaruni River, stop at a landing, and them hike for 25 minutes through the forest. The Marshall Rapids are located right next to the Marshall Falls.
American-born Channel Stoby first visited Guyana in 2021 with her Guyanese born husband. After returning, she shared stories of her experiences here with this publication. She came back again in 2023. And guess what! She’s shared yet another inspiring story. Thank you Chanel Stoby, for helping to promote the Guyana Tourism Industry to people abroad. We really appreciate it!
Brian and Patricia Cameron, two Canadian visitors to Guyana, traveled to the Rupununi in January 2023 to do some research for an upcoming book. While there, they met many interesting people and visited many beautiful places. In this story, Brian describes their trip from Lethem to Iwokrama.
A German tourist who traveled to Guyana to engage in catch and release sports fishing in the waters of Guyana’s vast rivers has described his experience. In a Facebook Post titled “Rumble in the Jungle,” the sports fishing enthusiast described his travels and adventures to Guyana. The article posted below was translated from the original German text extracted from the Facebook Page of Global Fishing Adventures.
Corona Falls is one of the lesser known and explored, yet magnificent, beautiful and splendid, waterfalls of Guyana. It is located at the headwaters of the Rewa River in North Rupununi. With its refreshing waters and magnificent scenery, the Corona Falls is definitely a place to visit.
Did you know…that there is a place in Guyana where the Cuyuni and Mazuruni Rivers run side by side without mixing? This is a remarkable natural phenomenon with various scientific explanations. According to science, the waters do not mix because they are of different temperatures and densities, and they run at different speeds. However, the phenomenon is so remarkable that it is considered a natural and scientific marvel.
The Botanical Gardens is located next to the Guyana Zoo and Castellani House in Georgetown, Region 4, Guyana, South America. Established since 1878, the tropical botanical gardens serves as a recreational park which showcases one of the most extensive collections of tropical flora in the Caribbean laid out with ponds, canals, kissing bridges, and a bandstand. The botanical gardens also offers a unique place for birdwatching.
The Ivan Johnson Sr Floor is constructed on the Eastern, Upper wing of the Takutu Hotel in Lethem, Region 9, Guyana, South America. It consists of seventeen rooms ranging from GY$13,000 to GY$20,000. All the rooms of the Ivan Johnson Sr. Floor of the Takutu Hotel contain television, air conditioning, refrigerator, and hot and cold shower.
The Rupununi Rodeo Performances is an annual concert of live entertainment filled with heat, excitement, and adrenaline-pumping action. The rodeo performances showcase the skill, art, bravery, and raw power of Rupununi-born-and-bred cowboys and cowgirls. It is a phenomenon that explodes across the Rupununi Savannahs and ripples its way across almost every economic sector of Guyana.
On the 18th of October, 2018, I made another trip to the Kumu Waterfall in the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America. I say “another” trip because I can’t remember exactly how many trips I had made to this falls before – whether it was 5, 6, 7….
Sloth Island is a privately owned island located in the Essequibo River of Guyana, South America. It is own by a Guyanese entrepreneur who created Sloth Island Nature Resort on the Island with the aim of promoting eco-tourism and also protecting the endangered species of sloth.
British High Commissioner to Guyana, Jane Miller, made a tour of the Demerara River on 2nd of February, 2023. She brought back some amazing photos of the beautiful birds spotted over the Demerara River.
British High Commissioner to Guyana, Jane Miller, in December 2022 made a trip to Wichabai Ranch in the Rupununi Savannahs. She says she was blown away by the beauty of the Rupununi and the hospitality of the people. She brought back some amazing photos, about 40 of which are posted below, and she made the following comment.
There are more than 276 waterfalls across the country of Guyana, so this list by no means covers all of them. However, I’ll be updating this page from time to time with new waterfalls across Guyana, so be sure to bookmark it and check back often.
Kumu Falls is located in Kumu Village in the Central Rupuuni Savannahs of Guyana –about 30 miles away from the border town of Lethem. The town of Lethem is bordered by the Brazilian municipality of Bomfim to the south.
Baganara Island Resort is located in the Essequibo River about 5 miles from the town of Bartica in Region 7, Guyana, South America. The Baganara Island Resort features 17 rooms, 14 of which have an en-suite bathroom, with hot and cold water available. the rooms can be arranged to accommodate up to 40 people.
Pack your traveling bag and buckle up your shoes for three days’ of fun and adventure at Guyana’s southern border – Region 9, Guyana, South America.
Moco Moco Village is an indigenous community located approximately 24 kilometers (14 miles) southeast of Lethem at the foothills of the Kanuku Mountain range in the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America. Moco Moco provides excellent relaxation and tranquility for visitors.
In April, 2021, I made a 5-day tour of Paruima Village, Region 7, Guyana, South America. It was one of the most memorable and exhilarating experiences of my life. For the past several months leading up to this outstanding tour, my friend from Paruima, Maunisa Percy, had been inviting me to go there. She had sent me pictures, and I was amazed at the peaceful, natural scenery, and beauty of the place.
Jillyne, along with her two friends, who sat at the back of the ATV, claim to be the first three women to have braved 80 miles of rugged terrain through the Pakaraimas in Region 8, Guyana, South America to neighboring Brazil. They share their adventures on this journey.
The Kumu Falls is a small but splendid waterfall located in Kumu Village, Central Rupununi Savannhas, Guyana, South America. The magnificent tree-shaded waterfall descends from the mountaintops of the majestic Kanuku Mountains and flows down a gradient of about 3 miles into the Kumu River.
The Kaieteur Falls is one of the world’s most powerful waterfalls. It is renowned as being the the world’s “widest” one-drop waterfall. The Kaieteur Falls is a one-drop waterfall with a height of 741 feet from the top to the first break. It flows over a series of steep cascades that, when included in the measurement, brings the height of the falls up to 822 feet.
Sakaika Falls is located on the Ekereku River in Region 7 of Guyana, South America. Sakaika Falls, at the time of this article, is a relatively undiscovered and unexplored waterfall hidden deep in the jungles of Guyana in Region 7. The falls can be reached by traveling about 15 miles from the airstrip in Region 7. Motorcycle or ATV would be the preferred choice of vehicle to reach Sakaika Falls because of the rough terrain.
Baracara Falls, also called Whitewater Falls, is located in the Mazaruni River in Region 7 of Guyana, South America. The small, unique, and refreshing waterfall cascades down a series of steps and slopes and attracts scores of visitors every week who want to bathe under its flowing white water.
The Caiman House Eco Lodge is located in Yupukari Village, Central Rupununi Savannahs, Guyana, South America. It was founded in the year 2005 by an American couple who had come to the Rupununi to do a long-term study of the black caiman.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about my first visit to Rewa which is a small village down the Rupununi River in the North Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America.
UK travel writer, Steph Dyson, wrote an article about Guyana calling it a place of mystery and intrigue, and says that, from a tourism perspective, this hidden gem “has no comparison.”
This comes as no surprise. An international travel magazine has listed the Kaieteur Falls in Region 8, Guyana, South America amongst the world’s most amazing or “breathtaking” waterfalls.
Are you planning a trip to Lethem and wondering where to stay? Here are your options.
The Takutu Hotel in Lethem, Rupununi Savannahs, Guyana, South America, is one of your finest choices when looking for accommodation in the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana. In fact, the Takutu Hotel is reputed to be the oldest hotel in the Rupununi – providing hospitality services since the 1960s.
When traveling to Lethem in the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America, the Kanuku Lodge Hotel in Lethem is one of your options if you’re looking for a place to spend the night – or a few nights, etc. The Kanuku Lodge Hotel is located along Lethem’s Main Commercial Road- right next to Frontier Pharmacy and opposite Reeaz Computer Store. Obliquely opposite is Macedo’s Gas Station.
Savannah Inn Hotel and Restaurant is located along Barrack Retreat – Lethem’s Main Commercial Road in Region 9, Guyana, South America. It is located obliquely opposite the Savannah Inn supermarket and the GDF military base, and next to Best Choice General Store and D&D Hardware.
The Rupununi Eco Hotel is located just a few meters away from Lethem’s commercial center. From the main commercial road, take the street which runs between the GRA building and China Star General Store and walk a few meters. Look left and you will see the Rupununi Eco Hotel.
In this article, American-born Channel Stoby mesmerizes us with her fascinating story of her trip to the Kaieteur Falls in Region 8, Guyana, South America. This story is a sequel to her earlier story published a few days before, “American-born, Channel Stoby, Shares Her Experience Visiting Guyana.”
What’s unique about Ori Hotel is its round-the-clock restaurant which serves a wide variety of delicious Guyanese cuisine. The dedicated staff of Ori Hotel’s round-the-clock restaurant get up early in the morning to have breakfast prepared for 7 AM. Lunch is ready for 12 Noon, and the menu board proudly displays the menu. Then, at around 6 PM, dinner is served. In between all of this is a wide variety of snacks such as buns, sponge cake, pastries, and local fruit juice available at all times.
One of the most beautiful stories I have read about Guyana from a foreigner’s eyes – someone who visited Guyana for the first time. She mentions eating “genip” for the first time and that “there is beauty everywhere.” She also mentions, as so many of our tourists do, that the photos will never be as good as the experience itself!
When you travel to Lethem in Region 9, Guyana, South America, be sure to stop at the Amazonas Hotel and see for yourself why we’re one of your finest choices for your hospitality and tourism needs in the Rupununi Savannas and beyond.
The buses usually leave Lethem at 6 pm every night and arrive in Georgetown around 3 pm the next day. They also leave Georgetown around 6 pm, and arrive around 3 pm in Lethem. Usually, you can pop up the same day and reserve your seat at Carly’s or Cindy’s Bus Service, but it is safer to book a day in advance.
Experiencing my country, Guyana, South America, this way – with less of everything from the city life to a life filled with canned foods, packet snacks, and camping gear to survive in the jungle and mountains for five days – is something I will never forget.
Ramada Hotel, also called Princess Hotel, is located in Providence on the East Bank of the Demerara River. Sporting an extensive parking lot, a gym, kids fun park, bar and swimming pool, it is doubtless one of Guyana’s finest and most luxurious hotels. Rooms start at 140 US dollars or 28000 Guyana dollars per night.
Glow Hotel is located right next to the Atlantic Ocean and right along the Kitty Public Road in Georgetown. The refreshing sea breeze adds to the calm atmosphere and soothing hospitality.
Here I will list all the finest hotels across Guyana by Region, rating, etc, with links to more information, details, reviews and contact information, so that you will have no problem finding a place to stay when visiting or traveling across Guyana.
Surama Village is as close as you will come to experiencing human civilization and the rainforest environment all in one. It is home to the Macushi Amerindian Tribe. The Surama Eco Lodge can be found in Surama Village. It was listed as one of the best hotels in Guyana, Venezuela, and Colombia in the year 2011 by National Geographic. In the same year, it was the joint winner of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Award, along with Harrison’s Cave in Barbados.
This list of tour operators, tour guides, and other tour companies in Guyana is by no means complete. However, we will strive to keep this page updated and add to it often with the aim of making it as complete a resource as possible. Do you own or operate a tour company in Guyana, South America? Contact us to have your company listed on this page for free.