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Oct 7, 2018 - Guyana - Lethem

About 10 years ago on a previous Guyana trip we went south as far as Annai but this time we wanted to travel all the way to Lethem which is a border town only a few miles from Brasil. So we took a long and bumpy 18 hour ride crammed into a minibus with a dozen other people, a baby, and lots of large bags & boxes. Of course we got stopped at roadblocks every few hours with local police looking for “raises” (local vernacular for bribes) but Gordon and I had our papers in order and carried no contraband so we didn’t have to waste any money. We...

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LUCKY 58

Jul 16, 2018 - Karanambu Park

Up at 4:45 AM after a difficult sleep. Had all sorts of issues with the internet and lots of bugs all over the computer screen. When I finally got under the mosquito net I was accompanied by several mosquitos and several other biting insects. The night was punctuated by snoring from the next room, the fluttering of either a bat or a large moth, and the occasional bang of a mango hitting he metal roof and several downpours. After a cup of tea we headed in the dark down to the boat. The seat with Ann and Robin had its back break, so that was...

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Nov 12, 2011 - The Guianas - Interior Guyana

If you're like me and know next to nothing about Guyana, especially about the "interior" region of Guyana, well this is your lucky day my friends as I'm about to enlighten you! Firstly, for some dull old stats, the population of Guyana is about 760,000. Most people live in boring old Georgetown or along the Atlantic coast, an area that covers only around 5% of the country. Except for the Amerindians that is, of which there are still 9 different tribes in Guyana. They live mostly within the Interior. The "interior" of Guyana makes up around...

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Sep 17, 2010 - Lethem, Guyana

We get up early (7), since we don't know what time bus leaves for border town, BonFin! The front desk says maybe lvg at 8, we ask if we can return for brkfst - no problem! Head across with our bags and buy next bus tickets to border, 10 am, YES! Storing our bags we are in bus station for the duration of a rain downpour, and head back across to a breakfast of 6 diff kinds of fruit, bread, chez, meat, hot milk (no tea)...we load up! Beyond Boa Vista countryside changes from Amazonian-cleared jungle to Kansas/Nebraska-like with grassland,...

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Feb 27, 2007 - The "road" from Georgetown to Lethem, Guyana.

It's a long way to Venezuela, it's a long way to go...♫! Our next destination after Guyana was neighbouring Venezuela, so ideally we would have liked to have crossed from one country directly to the other. However, that was not an option as direct flights between the two countries do not exist and there are no official overland crossings anywhere along the 743km border between the two countries. This is as a result of a long running dispute in which Venezuela claims a huge chunk of Guyana comprising the entire area west of the Essequibo...

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Feb 15, 2007 - Lethem, Guyana

Crossing the border into Guyana turned out to be a lot more straightforward than we were expecting. The Amatur bus dropped us at the Brazilian border control office saving us a long hot 2km walk from the bus terminal in Bonfim! Crossing the border, we felt a real sense of adventure as the paved roads abruptly turned to sandy red earth! The river Tacutu marks the border between Brazil and Guyana. There are big concrete columns on either side of the river where a bridge was started in 2001 by the Brazilian army but has not seen any action...

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