Getting To And Around
The most popular way to get to and explore this region is a combination of road and river. However, several options are available.
Take a 45-60 minute drive from the capital city of Georgetown along the Atlantic coastline. You will cross the expansive Demerara Harbour Bridge. Be sure to check the Retraction Schedule in advance to avoid any unnecessary delays. Continue your journey just a little further, and you will reach the town of Parika - this is one of the main access points to the Essequibo River and Essequibo Coast region.
The best way to explore a river is by boat. After you have landed at the Parika Stelling, you can take a ferry across the river to the islands in the mouth of the river and onto the Essequibo Coast, or you can take a small jet boat and explore the forts and nature resorts that populate the islands in the river. Old Fort Tours, Evergreen Adventures, and Dragon Tours offer day-long river tours of the islands.
Historical and Cultural Sites
The Essequibo’s massive water highway is filled with many of Guyana’s smaller islands. One of the biggest draws to this area, and to the islands specifically, are the unique historical and cultural sites you can find.
Eddy Grant’s House
RIVERSIDE NATURE RESORTS
Baganara Island Resort
Hurakabra River Resort
Lake Mainstay & Adel’s Rainforest Resort
FOR NATURE LOVERS
The Lower Essequibo has a thriving ecosystem of flora and fauna, making it one of the most accessible locations along the coast for nature experiences, birding and wildlife spotting. Many of the nature resorts found along the river have excellent birding and nature-based experience offerings and some have good wildlife spotting as well.