The Lethem / Rupununi is scheduled to take place on April 23rd, 2011 to April 25th at the Triple R Rodeo Ground in Lethem. Lethem is the largest town and the main commerical center of the Guyanese Rupununi Savannah. With a population of under 1,000, the town lies along the Takutu River which forms the border with Brazil.
Lethem has a hospital, hotels and guesthouses, restaurants, a police station, schools and several stores. Internet and moderate cellphone reception is available.
The Lethem rodeo starts on Easter Saturday and continues onward to Easter Monday. Day time activities include wild bull riding, horse racing, wild cow milking, wild horse riding, a female barrel race, steer roping. There will be many drinks and gift items on sale.
The evening brings activities like a cultural fair with food, games, music and the lively so-called “Faha” dance, which is a pair dance and is said to have its origin in the popular Northeast Brazilian ”Forró” dance. There is also a pageant.
Air Services Limited operates thrice weekly flights to Lethem’s airport (IATA LTM). TransGuyana and Roraima Airways also operate regular flights to Lethem and surrounding areas.
Air Services Limited
Aerodrome, Ogle, East Coast Demerara
Telephone: 644-5725, 222-4357
Trans Guyana Airways
Ogle Aerodrome ,Ogle, East Coast Demerara
Telephone : 592-222-2525
R 8 Eping Avenue, Bel Air Park, Georgetown.
Intraserv Bus Company
159 Charlotte Street Georgetown
Tel: 226-0605 Fax: 225-1171
The photo below was taken at the crossing of the Essequibo river.
Lethem has a few hotels and guesthouses. It is important to reserve your room early as space is always limited.
Takatu Guest House
Lethem, Region # 9
Tel: 592-772-2034 or 226-9754
E-mail: morsha_j at hotmail.com