In Guyana, the most famous attraction is Cayetur Falls. To reach it by air, you have to fly over the jungle for almost an hour, where you see no cities or other signs of civilization.
Desription of the Kaieteur Falls tour
There will still be people on board. At first you will be scared to fly, but it is interesting to watch the whole process of controlling the plane. The first half of the journey will not be of great beauty and variety, but closer to the goal will be fascinating pictures. Almost 90% of the country is covered with dense jungle.
And then, at last, we will see Kaieteur. Keep in mind that it will not be in its full glory during the rainy season, but still impressive. The falls are located in a national park established in 1929. It is one of the oldest parks in South America. It covers an area of 627 km². Only a small part of it is accessible to tourists. The rest is still unexplored and unexplored areas.
There are no souvenir sellers, guards and other strangers. Oneness with nature is one hundred percent.
The non-rainy season has its own advantage. The river Mazaruni (Potaro), thanks to which there is a waterfall shallowed and you can literally walk on it. Explore the vegetation underfoot.
The trip from Georgetown to Cayetur Falls was $150 each.
How did Kaieteur Falls get its name?
All over the world, beautiful natural sights play a paramount role in the lives of local people .Kaieteur Falls is no exception, holding an important place in the cultural life of the local Patamon Indians. There are several stories about the origin of the name of the waterfall. The most popular one is as follows.
Once upon a time long ago, a tribe led by Kai lived in these lands. There were legends about his wisdom and everyone believed that he could overcome any obstacle. But he had to face the threat of attack by the bloodthirsty Carib tribe who knew no mercy.
Then the wise Kai decided to ask for help from the Great Spirit – Makoneimi. The Great Spirit lived at the foot of the mountain. Kai ordered to prepare a boat, fill it with gifts and set out on his last journey. Kai died in the abyss of the waterfall. Hence the name Kaieteur (“Kaieteur,” “Kai,” the name, and “teur,” the fall). Nature has immortalized the daredevil and his canoe – near the waterfall there is a rock, shaped like a man in a boat.
Who discovered Kaieteur Falls and when?
The waterfall was discovered in the late 19th century, when the British Empire was taking a keen interest in exploring the natural riches of its colonial possessions. Thus in 1867 the study of the little-known British Guiana began. British geologists Charles Brown and James Sauvkins were commissioned to do this work. Sovkins retired in the summer of 1870, and Brown continued exploring alone.
In six years he traveled about 3,500 km on foot and 13,000 km on rivers. The tireless explorer explored almost every waterway in the country, made geological reconnaissance and discovered many beautiful landmarks. But the largest and most famous discovery took place in 1870. The night before, Brown, along with seven locals, had heard the sound of a waterfall.
It was an overcast day on April 24, and when Brown reached the edge of the gorge, he saw one of the most beautiful sights on the planet, a waterfall of gigantic size falling into the depths of a large chasm.
Brown published a scientific “Report on Cayetour Falls” in the Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society in London, which mentioned in part, “I was greatly impressed by the beauty and grandeur of this waterfall, and regretted that I could not stay longer to take proper measurements of its height and width.”
He returned to the falls the following year and completed all the necessary measurements. Brown later wrote several books about his travels in British Guiana.
7 reasons why you should visit Kaieteur Falls
1. The opportunity to fly a small airplane. It is a completely different emotion and experience than the big plane.
2 From the capital, Georgetown, to Kaieteur you will fly, at a relatively low altitude, over the jungle half of Guyana. You can enjoy the natural beauty of the green country.
3. Kaieteur is five times higher than Niagara and twice as high as Victoria. There are many waterfalls above Kaieteur, but only a few combine considerable height with large volumes of water. It is often referred to as the world’s largest free-fall waterfall.
4. Here you will see not only the waterfall, but also walk through Kaieteur National Park. As for the fauna is a matter of luck, but the local exotic flora you are sure to get acquainted with.
5. The waterfall is surrounded by tropical forest. There is no disturbance of the original landscape. There are no fences or other technical restrictions, there are no buildings at all (only a couple of signs). This is rare these days.
6. The view is cool not only when you look in the direction of the waterfall, but also in the opposite direction. You just take your breath away from the beauty and the excess of oxygen that overflows all around you.
7. Most of the world’s large and famous waterfalls are visited by crowds of tourists. In all likelihood there will only be your group here (especially on a weekday). And if you pay $900 for the whole plane, you can enjoy a unique corner of the world all by yourself or with your loved one.
If you have enough time and energy, you can also take a two-day trip to the waterfall not by sky, but by land.
In any case, whichever option you prefer – I wish you good luck and bright impressions!