Unlike many other cities of the world, Guyana’s capital, Georgetown is blessed with great access to intense nature and adventure experiences at close quarters. Since two of the largest rivers of the country – Demerara and Essequibo – skirt the city, there are ample options for relaxation and adventure that beckon you, if you want to pull the breaks on general sightseeing. One of the most popular things to do on the weekend is to head to one of the resorts that lie on the edge of the Essequibo to take ravishing rights, birdwatching, water sports or just lounge with a book. Along with the comfort and gorgeous natural surroundings, they offer activities to take your mind off the city life. Here are some of the best resorts for a weekend break.
Aruwai White H2O Resort
Located at the point where the Mazaruni River meets the Essequibo, the cheerful yellow building of Aruwai is a veritable beacon when you arrive by a boat. The cheerful vibe, painstakingly grown gardens and atmospheric rooms that overlook the stunning surroundings are a veritable feast for the eyes Well-appointed rooms circle the gardens or open out to the view of the river, and are fitted with modern amenities and facilities. But most guests like to spend the day around the pool and exploring the area around the resort. One can take short hikes to hidden waterfalls and visit the close by town of Bartica. Find more on www.aruwairesort.gy.
Lake Mainstay Resort
A water-adjacent address and great facilities add cushion to the Lake Mainstay Resort. Scenic walking trails around the property and the lake facing Wabure deck to watch the sun dip in the evenings are the most memorable things about the resort. The proximity to the lake offers an opportunity for some high-octane fun like jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, speed boating, fishing and beach games like volleyball. The resort is ideal for both an activity-filled weekend as well as relaxation with no particular agenda for a holiday. Find more on www.lakemainstayonline.com.
Baganara Island Resort
One doesn’t have to travel deep into the country to see the towering rainforests and their fascinating inhabitants. You can just head to the 187-acre Baganara Island Resort on the Essequibo. The resort is has a decided appeal for outdoor enthusiasts. Nature walks, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking trails, birdwatching, and enjoying a soothing time under the canopy of trees are what takes up one’s hours at the resort. There are 15 spacious rooms, so the place never gets too crowded. In fact, it is ideal for a large group of family and friends. You can also reserve some time and go for a day trip to Parrot Island and Marshall Falls to cool off. Find out more on www.baganara.net.
Hot and Cold Lake Resort
There are three large lakes in the Essequibo region; Lake Mainstay, Capoey and Hot and Cold. Like the other two, Hot and Cold Lake Resort lies next to its namesake water body, and is an excellent location to rejuvenate over the weekend. Who needs a spa when there is nature’s abundance to help you unwind? The lush and tranquil surroundings are ideal to hang a hammock and relax. Others, who like more action can take off on nature trails to spot birds and animals, veer off into Amerindian villages to see local life or even take a dip in the lake.
Bushy Park Beach Resort
Located in Parika, overlooking the Essequibo this is yet another resort that lies in close proximity to Georgetown. Just hours away from the city din, Bushy Park’s environs are dramatically different – peaceful, cocooned in nature and made for the outdoor traveller. The rustic life around the resort and local settlements are equally exciting to explore, as are the muddy nature trails that are sure to spring surprises for bird watchers.