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Michelle's Island is a privately owned island on the Essequibo River, close to Kurupukari village and Iwokrama River Lodge in Guyana. It can be a retreat to break your trans-Guyana trip and relax for a couple of days.



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. 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 the dry season the island is connected to the mainland, in the 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 the evening. During the day transport is rare.


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

Sandy beach and the waterfall


Michelle's Island and around

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


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


Mangos are freeǃ

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


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


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 a cheaper hammock shelter.

Go next[edit]

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

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