The 12 day Essequibo excursion is the only known one available no other organisation in the world provides such an immersive carbon neutral adventure. We arrive in Apoteri by a charter flight on a small 5 – 6 seater plane where as soon as you break the clouds the sheer size of the rainforest is evident. Our human existence would not be believed if we didn’t know any better.
Check our purchased dugout canoe(s) pirogue Everyone does an hour familiarisation of our chosen mode of transport. Too our first overnight spot where we would be keeping an eye out for the caimans.
We begin early and travel down the flow of the river weaving in and out of the many rapids. Fishing for dinner in the process. pacu, piranha or wolf fish.
The day we will pass a huge giant otter family set who grow more confident or brave as their numbers increase. This is an experience all on its to see otters larger than most family dogs and would make a meal out off them if you brought pooch along, we would make camp on an island named as fly island named for obvious reason bring enough DEET and a red head torch to deter the most persistent of them.
As this day makes way for us the traditional Amerindian stories told by head guide Campbell will bring you in as if you grew up in the forests as a kid with him. From the Jaguar and lightning to the baby and the eagle. Enough to write a book on.
So today we are planning a trip through Kurapkari a notorious region, for kanaima illegal hunting and gold mining. This area is rich in wapishana culture. Where any amountoff knowledge learnt will change your perspective on life.
The halfway point we will be heading for giant sandbar this evening the wildlife density skyrockets being so close to the Iwokrama reserve. There is a possibility to stay within the reserve at this point with stated on time of booking. A nights camping in the Iwokrama again another life-changing experience. This day could be physically demanding hauling canoe over rapids and falls.
Day 7 begins in the Iwokrama reserve which is the highest day for likelihood of seeing the mega rare species jaguar, tapir and even chances of harpy eagle. The water is fast flowing and deep soo good distance will be made.
The river opens with islands that seem to never end at some points you cannot see what bank from the next. There is an opportunity here for small forays into the forest with bow and arrow again local tradition culturally important for the wapishana people.
We would have reached a small logging settlement known as a landing in Guyana small or large river crossing which is fed by a huge pontoon. And at this point, we would be sharing dwelling with an old lady who retired there after working in the logging. And then built her own house to live the remainder of her life remarkably still full of life her neighbours who seem to come from each direction would enjoy and spend time with her, enjoy a social drink of el-dorado rum.
As we edge closer to large towns and settlements more and more evidence of human activity becomes apparent which adds to the history of the region we will see abandon gold mining boats small canoes that been sat there for more than 20 years. Which is evidence of the level of decay or style of the boat or machine? As we continue on we see more river traffic maybe 3 a day rather than one every 3 days. Between the islands and rapids, we will cross we will find a secluded inlet perfect for a peaceful nights rest.
Our last day on the river today we will reach bartica this is probably the most difficult in the physicality of the days being close to the mouth of the river. The Atlantic oceans sheer power seem to push us back faster than we could paddle forward so a team effort is needed and knowledge of the river and its geography needs to be adhered to. Meaning staying on top of the banks and allowing local community member to help us. A night or 2 rest in bartica would be overdue.
As we finish up on the Essequibo transfer from Bartica to Georgetown by the way of Parika.
Transfers are fully explained in detail on and a daily schedule and time frame also.
Kit list also available.
1 trip per year every January
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