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Traversing the Essequibo & Mazaruni Rivers 

A Day Excursion with Odyssey Sightseeing Tours 

Bountiful farms, serene waterways, rich cultural heritage, and friendly locals all contribute to a region filled with untapped potential waiting to be explored. The Essequibo/Mazaruni region is serene, untainted and unapologetically welcoming to visitors. With so much to offer travellers, consider experiencing the best of the best — all in one day. 


Embarking on your Day’s Journey

After meeting at Odyssey’s office, you will embark on the day’s journey, beginning with a transfer to Parika. Or, opt to drive your own vehicle to Parika. Odyssey has secured parking space reserved for you in a safe location. Upon arrival in Parika, a licensed captain will welcome you aboard a comfy jet boat. Each of Odyssey’s boats are inspected, registered and licensed by the relevant authorities in Guyana and equipped with all of the necessary safety equipment. Each boat can accommodate up to 68 passengers, so bring your friends and family.


Staff of the Guyana Tourism Authority before they embarked on an amazing Essequibo Adventure!


Traversing the Essequibo River, the Longest River in Guyana 

The Essequibo’s massive waterway is filled with 365 islands along its path. The quiet energy of this powerful, winding river can be felt as you traverse it. Its many tributaries enrich an unrivaled ecosystem of exotic birds, wildlife and fish species, along with countless waterfalls and pristine rainforest. 


Fort Island and The Court of Policy 

One of the most popular and significant stops is at Fort Island. History lovers looking to bask in the ancient intrigue of Guyana’s colonial heritage will find some of the most prolific and well-preserved pieces of Dutch history in Guyana. This includes the well-reserved Fort Zeelandia and the 18th-century Court of Policy that was once used as a courthouse and is now a museum. What’s interesting to note is that this structure was declared a National Monument in 1999 and contains the tombs of three persons – two of whom are said to be Dutch officials.  


The 1752 Court of Policy


Saxacalli Mission

Next up is a stop at Saxacalli Mission, a quaint Indigenous community with a serene beach. Enjoy a scenic nature walk through the forest. Bird watching, fishing, and swimming are options as well. For those looking to unwind, relax in one of the hammocks and enjoy the cool breeze and shade while you watch a game a cricket or volleyball. 


Baracara Falls

Next up is a quick stop at Baracara Falls. Take a short hike along a nature trail to small but scenic beauty, which is a very popular swimming spot among the locals. The tiered, cascade flows into a cool jacuzzi-like pool, creating a perfect spot to cool off in the tropical weather. 


Baracara Falls


Aruwai Resort

Another great addition to your tour is a lunch stop at Aruwai Resort. Here, you will be treated to a local Guyanese-style lunch. There’s also an inviting and expansive swimming pool.  


Aruwai Resort


Other Essequibo/Mazaruni Tour Options

The more advanced Adventurous Essequibo and Mazaruni River Tour includes a trip up to Marshall Falls where you can take a dip and relax in the lovely black water. Or opt for the Hardcore Essequibo and Mazaruni River Tour, which includes a jet boat ride up the Essequibo and Mazaruni Rivers through the rapids ending at Odyssey’s private island for lunch and activities like fishing, swimming and bird watching. You can even try your luck at ‘panning for gold’.


Take advantage of all the amazing Guyana experiences available to you through Odyssey Sightseeing Tours. Book your tour today


Travel Better in Guyana: Guyana is working hard to conserve its vibrant wildlife and ecosystems and protect its culture and heritage. We realise that it is often difficult to understand how you can support these aims and make a difference when you travel. That’s why we’ve set out to help you by creating Visitor Guidelines For Sustainable Travel. All passionate globetrotters, curious culture seekers and bold adventurers are encouraged to do all they can to leave a positive impact on the people and places you visit in Guyana. 

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