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Crossing the Demerara River – Water Taxis

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Passengers use the water taxis – the small engine speedboats – to cross the Demerara River in Guyana, South America every day. They leave from the Vreehenhoop Stelling and disembark on the Stabroek Market Wharf located at the back of the Stabroek Market in Georgetown – and vice-versa. The speedboats charge $100 per passenger. Although the waters is sometimes rough, there has been very few reports of accidents and each passenger is required to wear a life jacket.

Passengers commuting from Georgetown to the West Coast often choose the speedboats as a faster route than going across the Demerara Harbor Bridge.

The photo above was taken by Patrick Carpen around April 2019.

The Makouria – Parika to Bartica

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The big steamer, the Makouria, leaves the wharves of Bartica as its propellers beat the murky waters of the Essequibo River en route to Parika Stelling. The big steamer, along with speedboats, transport passengers from Bartica to Parika and back on a daily basis.

Photo taken around June 2019 by Patrick Carpen at the Bartica Stelling, Guyana, South America.

Speedboats at Parika Stelling

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The speedboats, docked at Parika Stelling, are waiting to transport passengers across the mighty Essequibo River to the town of Bartica in Region 7, Guyana, South America.

The cost per passenger as of June 2019 was $2500 per person.

The photo above was taken around June 2019 by Patrick Carpen.

Rupununi River – Boating

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Kids of Yupukari Village boating up the Rupununi River on a recreational and educational tour.

Did you know that the word “Rupununi” is derived from a Makushi word “rapon” which means “black bellied whistling duck”? The black bellied whistling duck is found along the banks of the Rupununi River.

The Demerara River – Scenes

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The beautiful and magnificent Demerara river is dotted with colorful speedboats while the cloudy skyline is streaked with the lights of Georgetown City around twilight.

Speedboats transport passengers to and fro the Stabroek Wharf and Vreedenhoop Stelling in Guyana, South America.

The photo above was taken around May 2019 by Patrick Carpen.

The Demerara River – Speedboats

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A colorful speedboat loaded with passengers gets ready for takeoff to the Stabroek Wharf from the Vreedenhoop Stelling in the beautiful and magnificent Demerara River in Guyana, South America.

Passengers pay $100 each to cross.

The photo above was taken around May 2019 by Patrick Carpen.

Demerara River – Vreedenhoop Stelling

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Speedboats are moored along the Vreedenhoop Stelling in the beautiful Demerara River.

Passengers use the speedboat to cross from the Vreedenhoop Stelling to the Stabroek Wharf in Georgetown, Guyana, South America.

The cost per person is $100.00

The photo above was taken around May 2019 by Patrick Carpen.

Demerara River – Speedboat Crossing

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Crossing the Demerara River is an occasional treat for some and a daily routine for many – especially those who live on the West Coast or West Bank and prefer to take the speedboat from Vreedenhoop instead of the bus which goes across the Demerara Harbour Bridge in Guyana, South America.

Crossing the Demerara River by speedboat can be fun. It can also be risky as I’ve experienced some very rough waters where the boat rocked violently. However, most commuters seem comfortable with it and there has been very few reported incidents. Furthermore, all passengers are required to wear life jackets when taking the speedboat – as you can see in the picture above.

The cost for one passenger to cross from the Stabroek Wharf to the Vreedenhoop Stelling is $100.

The photo above was taken around May 2019 by Patrick Carpen.

Bartica Wharves

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Speedboat operators refuel their boats at one of the many wharves of the peninsular town of Bartica in Essequibo, Region 7, Guyana, South America.

The photo above was taken around the July 2019 by Patrick Carpen.