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Bartica is a beautiful Guyanese town located in Region #7, in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni district where the Cuyuni and Mazaruni Rivers converge into the Essequibo River.
The population of Bartica is approximately 15,000, and the main economic activity in Bartica is gold mining.
At the time of first draft of this article (12th May, 2019), tourism in Bartica is seen to have excessive potential but is poorly utilized or advertised.
How to Get to Bartica
From Georgetown, it is possible to get to Bartica using public transportation. First you need to take a bus going to Parika. The bus charges 500 Guyana dollars from Georgetown to Parika per person. The drive from Georgetown to Parika is approximately 30 minutes. You can get a bus from the bus park in Georgetown which is located close to the Stabroek Market, or you can get a bus from the junction near to the Demerara Harbour bridge.
The bus leaves Georgetown and crosses over the Demerara Harbour Bridge into the West Bank of Demerara. It drives a few minutes and then makes a left turn into the West Coast of Demerara. From there, it travels to the Parika Stelling.
At the Parika Stelling, there are two modes of transportation across the Essequibo River into Bartica: the big boat and the small speedboats. The boat takes approximately 4 hours to reach from Parika stelling to Bartica and vice-versa, and it makes an average of 2 trips to per day.
The speedboat takes an average of 1 hour, 15 minutes to travel from the Parika Stelling to Bartica. There are speedboats leaving every hour of the day up to 5 pm from Parika to Bartica and vice versa.
Bartica can also be reached from the towns of Linden and Mahdia.
Where to Stay
Once you arrive in Bartica, there are some great hotels where you can spend the night. There include:
The New Modern Hotel
Balkarran’s Guest House
7th Avenue Hotel (Now Wei Fung Hotel)
What to Do
So what do you do once you’re in Bartica? Aside from visiting friends and relatives, and doing business, here are some fun things to do in Bartica.
Go to the beach. Yes, Bartica sports a really beautiful beach.
Go for a drive to neighboring islands.
Take a boat and visit the waterfalls.
Take a boat ride up to the “meeting of the waters” where the Cuyuni and Mazaruni Rivers run side by side.
Let us know your experiences and ideas about Bartica in the comments section below!