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Bartica, meaning ‘red earth’, lies at the confluence of the Essequibo, Cuyuni and Mazaruni Rivers and is popularly known as the gateway to the gold and diamond mining regions of Guyana. No wonder its main market street has entertainment hotspots in several pubs and shops for this bustling community. Bartica’s standout event is its annual Easter Regatta called the Bartica Regatta, where powerboat racing, street jams, music and even a pageant amp up the weekend, making it one of the best cultural travel destinations in Guyana.  Find Bartica itineraries here.

Getting To And Around

Bartica is best connected to Georgetown by a one-hour road trip to Parika followed by boat. Some choose to take 4X4 vehicles the entire route for an adventurous ride.


The closest airports to Bartica is Bartica Airstrip, but it is seldom used. You will likely arrive in Georgetown through Cheddi Jagan International Airport or via the Eugene F. Correia International Airport (Ogle) both of which serve flights from around the world and within Guyana.


A long route wending through Linden, Rockstone and Sharima Village is the lesser used, but more adventurous route to take. When taking this avenue, you will have to hop on a ferry to cross the Essequibo River for a small part of the journey.


This is the best way to get to Bartica. There is a robust public transportation system by the river, made up of ferries, private tour boats and speed boats. Parika is one of the major ports that connect Bartica to the outskirts of Georgetown.

Shopping and Nightlife

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Regional Craft Shop

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