February 2012
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Travel – Mabaruma, a city in Guyana and administrative centre for Barima-Waini

Mabaruma is a city in Guyana, it is also the administrative centre for Barima-Waini which is one of the regions of Guyana. Mabaruma is close to the Venezuelan border and to the Aruka River. It is on a narrow plateau above the rainforest and is at an altitude of 13 meters. This place is the regional capital now. Earlier it was Morawhanna, but it was at risk of flooding, and hence Mabaruma was made the capital of the region. This city has the region’s first secondary school and the North West Secondary School, that was established in 1965. This place is situated, mostly on highlands and also on low coastal planes. Savanna is in the south and the highest point is Mount Roraima which is at an altitude of 2,835 metres.
There are Almond and Shell Beaches on the Atlantic coast, which can be reached by a boat from the Kamaka docks. These beaches are beautiful and also remote, not full of tourists. Mabaruma falls into the Guyanese Coastal Plain. This plain also includes the cities Georgetown, Bartica, and New Amsterdam along with Maburama. It is a non-Hispanic nation in South America along with Suriname, French Guiana, and Brazil.
This place’s main events include Mashramani (Mash), Phagwah (Holi), and Deepavali (Diwali). It is populated with Amerindians and is a blend of Indo-Guyanese (East Indian) and Afro-Guyanese (African) cultures, similar to that of Trinidad. It has the same types of food, festive events, music, sports, etc. to that of West Indies. English is the officially spoken language along with Creole and Amerindian dialects.
This place was initially a Dutch Colony and by 1815, Britain took possession. It got its Independence on 26 May 1966 (from UK) and its National holiday is Republic Day, 23 February (1970), with the Constitution formed on 6 October 1980.

Attractions of Maburama and in Guyana:
• Rupunni Savannah is in the southwestern part of Guyana. It is on the Brazilian border and the Rupinni River. This region has a land area of 15,000 square kilometers. It has termite mounds, creeks, and Amerindian villages and cattle ranches. To reach the Rupununi Savannah, pass the Iwokrama Rainforest which is a rainforest management.
• Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Building: It is the largest and most powerful economic union in the Caribbean, housed in this building.
• Providence Stadium: It is on the north bank of the Demerara River and is the largest sports stadium in the country. There is a mall nearby called Providence Mall.
• Guyana International Conference Centre: It is a gift from the People’s Republic of China to the Government of Guyana.
• Stabroek Market: It is a large cast-iron colonial structure.
• The City Hall: This is a beautiful wooden structure from the colonial era.
• Orinduik Falls: This is the most visited falls of Guyana. It is situated on a highland river called Ireng River. This river lies on the border of Brazil and Guyana and joins Takutu River and then the Amazon River. These falls fall from Pakaraima Mountains and is a beautiful scene. The name Orinduik Falls is given after Orduik, which is the Amerindian name of an acquatic plant present at the falls. There are several herbal plants here. The surroundings are soothing and relaxing and one can rejuvenate mind and body. It is an eye for natural lovers and enjoyable site for children and family and one can also go for swimming here.
• St. George’s Cathedral, Georgetown, also known as St. George’s Anglican Cathedral: It is situated on Church Street. This church has one of the tallest wooden structures in the world and is the second tallest wooden church with its height being about 43.5 meters.
• Demerara Harbour Bridge, Guyana: This Bridge is a floating toll bridge of length 6,074 feet long. It was opened in 2 July 1978 and is one of the longest floating bridges in the world. The construction of Demerara Harbour Bridge, Guyana was assisted and started under the British Government. The bridge is 1.25 miles long and has 61 spans with even small crafts being able to pass through. This bridge links people of Georgetown to people living in West Bank Demerara and to enhance business and trade in the country.
• Dadanawa, Guyana: This is also called as the Melville’s Ranch and is located on the Rupununi River in Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo Region of Guyana. It is spread over an area of 2,000 square miles. It is also known to be the largest and most isolated cattle ranch of the country. The name is based on an Amerindian name from of the local Wapishanan of a mountain, Dadinauwau, which is close to Dadanawa, Guyana.
• Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology, Guyana: This is a museum of anthropology that is one of the oldest museums of the country. It was open to public in 1982 though open in1974. It was run by a NGO of Government of Guyana. This museum houses collection and artifact of culture of Guyana. It also hosts exhibitions.
The organization takes care of the collection, exhibition and conservation of the artifacts that showcases the spectacular culture of Guyana. Dr Denis Williams (an archaeologist) founded the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology, Guyana. This museum also has excavated objects and information on the culture of Guyana.
• Kaieteur Falls: These are situated in the centre of Guyana and on the Potaro River. It is one of the natural wonders of the place. It has a single drop of 741 feet which is the largest in the world. It is located in Kaieteur National Park. It has a series of cascades with a total height of 251 meters (822 ft). It is known to be five times higher than the Niagara Falls and two times the height of the Victoria Falls. It is the 123rd tallest according to the World Waterfalls Database and the 19th largest waterfall in terms of volume and in their estimation, the 26th most scenic waterfall in the world.
• Iwokrama Canopy Walkway: This walkway was opened in 2003 of November. It is a 154 meter long Canopy Walkway from heights of 30 meters. One can see the birds like the Green Aracari, Scarlet Macaw, Guiana Toucanette or Channel-bill Toucan and Red Howler Monkeys.
• Ecotourism: This is a booming industry in tourism in Guyana.

Best time to visit / climate:
The climate is Tropical and moderated by northeast trade winds. There are two rainy seasons which are from May to mid-August and mid-November to mid-January. There is a threat of floods in the rainy seasons and so it is best to avoid this time for tourists.

Location on Google Maps:

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How to get there:

There is a supply boat that arrives from Georgetown every other week. Trans Guyana Airways has daily flights from the Georgetown municipal airport.
Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to visit Guyana: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Luxembourg, Montserrat, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States.

By plane:
The Timehri international airport which was named in honor of the indigineous displaced peoples of Guyana and which was renamed Cheddi Jagan International Airport. There are daily international flights into and out of Cheddi Jagan International Airport which is about 40km south of Georgetown. International flights include flights to the US, Canada, UK and the Caribbean with Caribbean Airlines.

By car:
Guyana has roads accessible to Suriname to the East and Brazil to the south.
There are no road links between Venezuela and Guyana. Travel to Venezuela may be done by air via Trinidad or overland through Roraima State in Brazil.

Getting around:
Minibuses travel throughout Guyana and are the cheapest way to travel. Many parts of Guyana are separated by large rivers which can be traversed by way of river taxi. Taxis are a good way to get around in Georgetown or also rent cars.

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

Hotels on iguide

Blogs / Sites about Maburama:


Images and photos of Maburama:

Images on Google Search

Some books that will help enhance your trip to Mabaruma in Guyana:

Guyana (Bradt Travel Guide Guyana) Guyana [Hardcover] Guyana, Guyane & Suriname

Videos of Mabaruma from youtube:

Mabaruma Sojourn

VSO-There & Away-Mabaruma, Guyana

Mabaruma Eco Hostél

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