Published: 16th of January, 2023 by Patrick CarpenLast updated: May 1, 2023 at 18:47 pm
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 meeting of the waters happens only in a few places on earth: the Cuyuni-Mazuruni Rivers in Region 7, Guyana is one, and the Black River and the Amazon River in Manaus, Brazil is another.
In Manaus, the meeting of the Rio Negra and the Amazon Rivers is a huge tourist attraction which pulls in boatloads of tourists from all over the world everyday. Although the contrast of two rivers running side by side in Region 7 is not as pronounced as the one in Manaus, it is still a natural marvel and remarkable enough to inspire awe. Unfortunately, in Guyana, little is being done to promote our “meeting of the waters” as a tourist attraction.
Around April 2019, I took a trip to the “meeting of the waters” in Region 7. This is where the Cuyuni and Mazaruni Rivers run side by side of each other for several miles without mixing. I took the speedboat from Bartica and headed up the Essequibo before touching the Cuyuni/Mazaruni Rivers. The boat ride was amazing – lots of fun in the open air with the wind in my face.