So despite what mass media tries to tell you, the Amazon isn’t the only massive cool river in South America. Okay, okay, the Essequibo is nowhere near the Amazon’s almost 6500km length but it is still the longest river in Guyana and is the third longest in the world. The Essequibo essentially runs from the very south of Guyana near the Brazil-Guyana-Venezuela border and traipses its way north for 1,010 km to the Atlantic Ocean. There are many tributaries that are major rivers themselves, including the Potaro River which has Kaieteur Falls.
- Seeing many little islands, including Fort Island (an island with a fort).
- Bathing under a waterfall or two such as Marshall Falls.
- Bouncing along some rapids on the Mazaruni River (a tributary of the Essequibo).
Did You Know?
There be gold in them waters! Keep an eye out for the gold dredges working in the river.
The Essequibo and its tributaries is a brown colour primarily because of vegetation. Leaves can dye the colour of water so that it looks like tea. So no, it isn’t that the water is dirty.