Earlier this year, many people were excited to hear that the Amatur Bus Service, one of Brazil’s biggest transportation companies, was coming to Guyana. The intended-route was Lethem to Georgetown and back, and the proposed cost per person was 200 Brazilian reals or 12000 Guyana dollars. The scheduled date of commencement of the Guyana operation was November this year.
The Amatur Bus Service even went as far as advertising for bus drivers from Guyana to work with the bus Service. In addition, they had also put up ﬂyers in Lethem advertising their services and had collaborated with various oﬃces in Lethem to sell their tickets.
Needless to say, with the dawn of November, many people were wondering if the Amatur Bus Service had already commenced Guyana operations and, if so, what is the cost per person. As several queries came to the Guyana, South America Facebook Page, we decided to pay a visit to Amatur’s Boa Vista oﬃce.
Upon visiting the oﬃce in Boa Vista, we were greeted by oﬃcials who informed us that Amatur had canceled its plans for a Lethem-Georgetown service in light of the fact that the Lethem-Linden trail was, as they say in Brazil, “muito ruim” which roughly translates to “very terrible.”
The oﬃcials related to this publication that, after sending a survey team, they have determined that the Amatur Buses would not fare well on the Lethem-Georgetown trail. Further, they said that they do not have any deﬁnite date in the future of when the service might commence. In other words, the plans have been canceled indefinitely until further notice, or, as they might say in Brazil, sem previsão de retorno.
Perhaps after more work has been done on the Lethem-Georgetown trail, negotiations might recommence.
This news might come as a blow to Guyana, South America’s tourism sector and a disappointment for the travelers, however, chances are that it might be well received by the local bus services who were already complaining about the unfair competition.
A few days ago, one of the local buses, cramped full of passengers and speeding, turned turtle along the trail, jeopardizing the lives of everyone inside. Thankfully, there were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries.