Living the Life in the Lokono Village of Pakuri, Guyana

When I was in Guyana for a three month volunteering stint, the village in which I lived was Pakuri, formerly known as St. Cuthbert’s Mission. It was a fascinating place, one where a sociologist would have a field day. From a tourism point of view, though, I think Pakuri is worth a visit if you happen to find yourself in the area. The place is an Amerindian village in northern Guyana, located on the Mahaica River (which is a tributary of the Essequibo River). The village was founded in the late 1800s and was originally called Pakuri. However, in...

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Mash Up in Guyana!

One of the benefits of slow travel is that it greatly increases your chances to run into some form of local celebration or festival. Bonus is that since you’re already in country when said celebration occurs, you probably avoided paying peak travel fares! I was able to take advantage of this slow travel benefit during my Guyanese trip. I was in Guyana for three months and half way through my stay, Mashramani took place in the capital of Georgetown. Mashramani, or Mash, is normally held on February 23rd of each year. This is because the whole point of the...

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Rainforest Farm in Guyana

One of the interesting things about being able to stay a long time in one place is that you get to be a part of people’s everyday lives. And in doing so, it is more likely you will see parts of those lives that a lightning strike tourist won’t. While volunteering in Guyana, my group and I met a woman who had a little shop in Pakuri, an Amerindian (Lokono) village formally known as St. Cuthbert’s Mission. She also had a farm, located in the surrounding rainforest. About two months into our stay, she invited us to see it....

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Learning to Make Coconut Oil in Guyana

When we travel the typical way, spending a few days here and a few days there, at best we see the superficial. A day is only so long and there is only so much one can see and do in that period of time. Therefore, if a deeper understanding of an area is wanted, you have to do slow travel. And to be able to do slow travel, you have to be creative especially since not all of us are lucky enough to be the offspring of people like Sir Richard Branson.* So as much as I’m not exactly...

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A Glimpse into Two Towns: Parika and Bartica

The danger with travel writing is that writers can create false expectations about the world’s beauty for their readers. In my experience, travel articles tend to extol the beauty, fun, marvelousness, *pick a positive adjective* of X, Y, and Z of Earth. Few talk about the “ugly” side of the world and tell us to go visit anyway. While there’s no denying that there are a lot of lovely places in this world, there are also a lot of places that won’t be winning any “Best Of” competitions any time soon. And that’s okay. Places like that make us...

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A Fort for Fort Island

First impressions upon arriving onto the island were not good. I am definitely one to extol the virtues of isolation but this place looked like it could spawn Guyana’s version of the Peacock Family. It didn’t help that it started to pour as soon as we reached the island; however, as it is with rain in tropical countries, it wasn’t long before the sun came back out. Wandering around the island, taking care to stay on the paths since beyond them was untamed grass containing who knows what, it was evident that not many people lived here. The guide...

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Sailing Down the Essequibo

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. As much as I had dreams (and...

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Berbice

Unless you’re from Guyana or one of the few who have been to the country despite having no familial connections to it, chances are you’ve never heard of Berbice. It actually isn’t a city, though to hear the Guyanese talk about it, you’d be forgiven if you thought it were one. It’s actually a pretty large region in eastern Guyana along the border with Suriname, made up of a few towns, many villages, and plenty of undeveloped land. There are aquaculture ponds, sugarcane fields, vegetable and fruit farms, dense forests, flora and fauna galore, and wide open savannah plains. The...

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Georgetown

I am still not sure if I like Georgetown or not. It is a city that is very rough around the edges but it does have charm. During my three month stay in Guyana, I was able to visit Georgetown three times, beginning, middle, and end of the trip. Despite three separate occasions of being there, I really can’t decide. And looking back at the photos doesn’t help. But the sheer amount of mélange within in this city makes it intriguing enough that even though I don’t know if I liked the place, it interests me enough to still...

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My name is Kendra and I am a cubicle escape artist: I try to find ways to keep my job which is in a cubicle while also trying to escape it as often as possible.

When I travel, I’m generally that solo female you see wandering with a camera firmly clutched to her face as she traipses around while narrowly avoiding being hit by some form of local transportation.

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