It was a broken group of people that woke up to the sounds of the Rupununi life this morning. Grunts and pitiful sounds could be heard from each room. It had been a long night without much sleep, which required some time to recover and regain the strength for the last part of the journey in the rainforest that would take us to Rewa Eco-lodge.
Change of plans
We were meant to take a hike at dawn in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains on the Panorama Trail, but due to the events during the night, everything was cancelled as no one could muster such an event. It was hard enough to get out of bed and to be able to force some fruit into the belly. It was such a pity that this happened, but not much to do about it apart from just resting.
At one point we even considered staying on to recover fully, but the show must go on and we decided to soldier on for a nice finish of the trip. This was the last full day in the interior as we are to fly back to Georgetown tomorrow afternoon. This shouldn’t be the end of it and we all gathered enough energy to repack our bags and get on the truck that would take us to the landing for our two hour river cruise to Rewa Eco-lodge.
I can’t really say that anyone was thrilled about the fact of being stuck on a truck and small boats for the next three hours with some unreliable body functions, but the group handled it very well and it became all part of the adventure with jokes and laughter’s. We just felt really sorry for leaving Rock View Lodge without having seen and experienced what they had to offer.
We moved out and back on the road just after noon and the sun was really scorching hot and didn’t really comfort our already broken souls. But the trip went by quite uneventful and the breeze of the river with Herons darting the riverbed proved to help regain some energy and we did eventually arrive at Rewa.
We were now back in the deep forest again and Rewa Eco-lodge is beautifully located in a small clearing of the forest just by the river, with a few simple and rustic open-air cabins with attached bathrooms. I fell in love with this place straight away as I saw it! There’s something very special with the atmosphere here while the hospitality – as with all the places in the interior – is excellent.
Sustainable ecotourism business model
The Amerindian community of Rewa is located where the Rewa River runs into the Rupununi River in the North Rupununi. The surrounding area is rainforest, mountains and oxbow lakes and teeming with wildlife birds and fish.
The community of approximately 220 persons is predominately Macushi with a few families of the Wapashani and Patamona tribes. Villagers practice subsistence farming, fishing and hunting with little opportunity for cash employment. In 2005 the community constructed the Rewa Eco-Lodge so that they could establish a sustainable ecotourism business. The lodge remains virtually unknown with 82 visitors in 2007, only 57 in 2008, 80 in 2009 and 136 in 2010. That’s quite a growth but they would still benefit from a few more.
The lodge itself is situated on the riverbank overlooking the Rewa River with views down river to the Rupununi River. Along the river bank tables and benches offer a relaxing location to enjoy the river.
An early night to regain fitness
Since the group was still in recovery from the events of the night, we took it very easy this afternoon and went to bed early to regain the energy for a proper finish of the time in the Guyana interior. Tomorrow there is an early boat ride to a grass pond to check out the Victoria Amazonica and population of Arapaima, and a few of us have decided to follow up with a hike up Awarmie Mountain. Must get some sleep now to be fully fit for tomorrows adventures!