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Michelle's Island is on the Essequibo River in Guyana.

Understand[edit]

Michelle's Island is a privately owned small island located on the Essequibo River, close to Kurupukari village and Iwokrama River Lodge. Michelle Fredericks, the owner, runs a snackette (snack stall) on the Georgetown side of the river, from where it takes a minute to reach the island by small motorboat. It's a perfect retreat to break you trans-Guyana trip and to relax for a couple of days. Visitors are rare but this is going to change.

Get in[edit]

All the minibuses that ply the Linden-Lethem road stop here to cross the Essequibo river by ferry. Michelle’s mobile is +592 6395716. Normally the driver of your minibus knows Michelle and can call her to meet you. In a dry season the island is connected to the mainland, in a wet season you need the owner's boat to reach it.

Get around[edit]

To get around you can either walk or hop on the minibus. Minibuses stop here to cross the river so you have a chance to negotiate the price. Be aware that most minubuses pass the river crossing in the morning and in the evening. During the day the transport is rare.

See[edit]

On the island there are a small sandy beach, some mango trees with fruits and even a small waterfall. Michelle is always ready to help with a local advice. Iwokrama River Lodge is just a walk away that means you are surrounded by the same nature that is offered there for a way higher prices. To visit Atta Canopy you need to ride a minubus.

Sandy beach and the waterfall

Do[edit]

Michelle's Island and around

Bogna and Radek blog has more information about traveling in Rupununi on the cheap.

Buy[edit]

Two snakettes on the Georgetown side of river offer simple snacks, fast food and drinks.

Eat[edit]

Mangos are freeǃ

For additional money the owner will cook for you. The food is local and delicious. Plenty of mango can be found on the groundǃ

Drink[edit]

You can't buy alcohol here, so come prepared.

Sleep[edit]

The island has several cabañas equipped with beds and mosquito nets. Electricity is available in the evenings. Accommodation is very affordable by Guyanese standards. The owner has a plan to build the cheaper hammock shelter.

Go next[edit]

It's a long way by minibus to both Georgetown and Lethem.

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