Lethem Rodeo 2011

Lethem Rodeo 2011The 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.

Traveling to Lethem

By Air.

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

Roraima Airways

R 8 Eping Avenue, Bel Air Park, Georgetown.
Tel: (592)-225-9648

By Road.


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 Rodeo Crossing the Essequibo with Intraserv

Hotels in Lethem

Lethem has a few hotels and guesthouses.  It is important to reserve your room early as space is always limited.

Lethem Rodeo Takatu HotelTakatu Guest House

Lethem, Region # 9
Tel: 592-772-2034 or 226-9754
E-mail: morsha_j at hotmail.com

Lethem Rodeo Savannah InnSavannah Inn
Lethem, Region # 9
Tel: 592-772-2035

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