Published: 26th of March, 2023 by Patrick CarpenLast updated: May 19, 2023 at 3:24 am
During the month of April each year, hundreds, if not thousands, of people from all around the world 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.
Visit the Takutu River Bridge and Take some Photos on Top of It
The Takutu River Bridge is a remarkable product of architectural engineering that links Guyana to Brazil over the Takutu River at Region 9. You may want to boast that you’ve been there. So drive all the way up to the top of the Takutu River Bridge and seize the opportunity to take some photos against the backdrop of the Takutu River streaming away into the horizon. There are no parking lanes on top of the Takutu River Bridge, and even though stopping on top of it will pose a slight inconvenience to traffic, people nevertheless stop, put on their hazard lights, and spend a few minutes taking pictures. While this is technically illegal, it is very unlikely that you will get charged due to the human factor, but don’t say I told you so. Learn more about the Takutu River Bridge.
Visit the Brazilian Border City, Bonfim
While Bonfim is technically a “municipality” and not a city, most people don’t know the difference. And who cares? City, municipality, or whatever, it is the closest thing to Guyana on the Brazil side. You may want to say that you’ve set foot on the soil of Guyana’s southern neighbor, Brazil. And as soon as you do, you’ll notice the superior infrastructure reflected on the highway. You’ll see that the roads are wider, smoother, and stronger than those of the town of Lethem, and we have to concede that Brazil beats Guyana to the punch in infrastructural technology…at least, up to this point in time.
Bonfim is a small, remote, quiet town that isn’t exactly buzzing with activity. But there is a beautiful lakeside resort that you should check out. Bonfim is a part of a freezone between Guyana and Brazil, and there is no need to stamp your passport or consult immigration if your visit is limited to only there.
Related: Why is There Little to No Security Checks When Traveling Between Guyana and Brazil.
Visit Kumu Falls
Kumu Falls is a beautiful and refreshing waterfall located about 30 minutes’ drive away from Lethem. The trail is relatively good and even cars can reach there comfortably during the dry season. You may want to visit the Kumu Falls not just to take a few photos, but to splash under its refreshing waters. Learn more about Kumu Falls.
Visit One of the Many Ranches and Do Some Horse Riding
If you are amazed by the way the cowboys handle those horses during the Rodeo, why not seize the opportunity to get a little horseback training. Several ranches in the Rupununi may allow you to ride horses and even offer an experienced coach. Some of these include Karanumbu Ranch, Wichabai Ranch, Santa Fe Ranch, and Manari Ranch. For more information on ranches and other exciting Rupununi destinations, consult the Visit Rupununi Office which is located right opposite the Lethem Airport.
Take a Trip to Manaus and Swim with the Pink Dolphins
Manaus is located about 20 hours by bus away from Lethem. At any give time, you may be too far away from this exciting Amazonian city to even consider buying a tour package there. But now that you are all the way at the southern edge of Guyana, why not give it a shot? You can travel to Manaus on a guided tour and get a glimpse of this amazing jungle city, blaze down the Black River to the meeting of the waters, visit indigenous tribes, eat on the floating restaurant, and much more. Read more about Tour Brazil’s Manaus Tour Package.
Climb Schomburgk’s Peak
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, Schomburgk’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. Learn More About How to Climb Schomburgk’s Peak…
Visit St. Ignatius Village and Ariwa Beach
St Ignatius Village is a Titled Indigenous Village in Region 9 of Guyana, South America. The village, which borders the town of Lethem, is replete with breathtaking scenery, beautiful landscapes, and natural vegetation. The bridge which crosses over the Moco Moco Creek marks the entry point into St Ignatius Village from Lethem. This bridge is located only about 120 m southwest of the Lethem airport. Learn more about St. Ignatius Village in Region 9.
Visit Ariwa Beach Resort
Visit Ariwa Beach at St. Ignatius Village, Region 9, on the bank 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, Edione. Together, Jonathan and Edione have cordoned off a small section of the Takutu River Beach and created what they call the Ariwa Beach Resort. Learn more about Ariwa Beach Resort at St. Ignatius Village, Region 9…