Santa Mission, Amerindian settlement
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Experiencing Life on the Demerara River
The Demerara River is smooth as glass before the speedboat starts, great for seeing the unspoiled jungle up close, and shown by people who coexist with the natural flora and fauna. It was about a 40-minute minibus ride from Georgetown to the river access point off the Georgetown/Timehri Highway, just past the entrance to the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, on the Demerara River. Then it was about a two-hour speedboat ride to the Mission. On the way there, we saw school children as young as four years old either rowing or manning speedboats on their way to school. And we saw monkeys, loggers, pontoons with logs, and large areas of quiet, untamed jungle all around. Civilization seemed far, far away, especially when the speedboat driver turned off the engine for us to appreciate the local flora and fauna up close.
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