Cuyuni, Mazaruni & Other Rivers
A tributary of the Essequibo River, the Cuyuni makes a long and arduous journey from the Guiana Highlands of Venezuela from where it drops through tropical rainforests to meet the Mazaruni near Bartica. Weekenders from Georgetown often visit the resorts on the river, immersing themselves in the abundant greenery around its banks.
The Mazaruni River is another tributary of the Essequibo River. Originating in the far-reaching forests of the Pakaraima Mountains and the Roraima plateau, it eventually meets the Cuyuni River near Bartica. Apart from being a rich source of alluvial gold, the river is home to a number of fish species. Black electric eels (numfish), piry (piranha), haimara, baiara and lau-lau fish are abundantly found in these waters, along with anacondas.
Like most rivers of Guyana, the Mahaica also drains into the Atlantic Ocean. But before that, it offers the perfect environs for birdlife. In fact, the Mahaica’s waterway is a popular weekend getaway from Georgetown for birding enthusiasts. The river is also a sportfishing hotspot, given its rich biodiversity and access from the capital.
- Rewa River
The Rewa River of Guyana offers access to a virtually untouched part of the country with pristine natural environment. A tributary of the Essequibo, it runs for kilometers through the heart of the nation and joins the Rupununi River at Rewa Village. The river’s adjoining areas are home to a long list of animals featuring jaguars, tapirs, giant river otters, monkeys, capybaras, giant armadillos, caimans, giant river turtles, pumas, peccaries, anacondas and agoutis. Many large species of river fish, including tiger fish, piranha, arawana, payara and peacock bass can be found here.