Georgetown to the Brazil / Venezuela border via Boavista, Brazil

Georgetown to Boavista

Georgetown is the capital city of Guyana in South America.  Georgetown offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Day trip to Kaieteur falls
  • Nightlife in Georgetown
  • Day trip to El Dorado rum factory
  • Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology
  • Castellani House
  • St. George’s Anglican Cathedral
  • The Georgetown Lighthouse

St. George's Cathedral, GeorgetownSt. George’s Cathedral, Georgetown

Georgetown has a limited choice of hotels, read the reviews and check the surrounding area before booking.  The hotel I stayed in and recommend is Tower suites, unfortunately this is not on  They organised my tours to Kaieteur Falls, El Dorado rum factory and also my taxi to Brazil border all for good value prices.  The most popular disco in town is attached to Tower Suites which made it safe and easy to enjoy the Georgetown nightlife.

St George’s cathedral is one of the tallest wooden cathedrals in the world and is definitely worth a visit.  Also in Georgetown there are lots of bars and restaurants, you’ll find it has a buzzing nightlife scene.

Kaieteur Falls, GuyanaKaieteur Falls, Guyana

Kaieteur falls are the largest single drop waterfalls in the world, but what really made these waterfalls  special was that the only tourists there were the 8 tourists which came on the plane from Georgetown.  At some points it was just me and the waterfalls!

El Dorado Rum distillery, GeorgetownEl Dorado Rum distillery, Georgetown

A visit to the rum distillery is worthwhile, they teach you a lot about how rum is made, and the difference between the rums they make.  Of course there is a rum tasting, I think the 15 years was the oldest they let us taste.

Minivan from Georgetown to Lethem, $12,000, 14 hoursMinivan from Georgetown to Lethem, $12,000, 14 hours

There is no official land border between Venezuela and Guyana so I had to travel all the way down through Guyana to Brazil.  Then from Brazil I could cross into Venezuela.  The road from Georgetown to the border town of Lethem is not paved and very dirty/dusty.  It is a 14 hour overnight journey with a 3-4 hour wait for the ferry or whatever that thing is pictured above!  The cost is 12,000 Guyanese dollars.

Share taxi from Bonfim to Boavista, 1 hour, 50 ReaisShare taxi from Bonfim to Boavista, 1 hour, 50 Reais

The border crossing from Guyana to Brazil was easy, the only people there were the people from the minivan, it was quick to stamp out of Guyana and into Brazil.  Once into Bonfim, Brazil, I found a share taxi to Boavista which left straight away and took an hour.

Share taxi from Boavista to Venezuela border, 2 hours, 25 ReaisShare taxi from Boavista to Venezuela border, 2 hours, 25 Reais

In Boavista I again found a share taxi which was leaving straight away, this was half the price of the last taxi and the journey was twice as far.  This taxi took me to the border with Venezuela for 25 reais which was a 2 hour journey.

Brazil / Venezuela border to Ciudad Bolivar

2017-04-01T11:36:25+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Guyana, South America|3 Comments


  1. The Untourists December 15, 2017 at 2:08 am - Reply

    Super! What an adventure! South America has been on my wish list for far too long now…

  2. Paige January 1, 2018 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Did the hotel organise the shared taxi from Georgetown to lethem for you?

    • James Smith January 1, 2018 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      Hi Paige. The shared taxi company has an office in Georgetown. I asked one of the taxi drivers from the hotel about it. He took me to buy the ticket at the office, the shared taxi leaves from outside the office as well.

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