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The Marudi Creek is located on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway and is about an hours drive from Georgetown.

It’s great if you leave early in the morning and get there by 9 am or so, before the thronging (although, not exactly) crowds or the blazing sun reaches it’s zenith. It is not open to visitors during the week except on saturdays and sundays. At 1000 GYD per head, there are changing rooms available on site as well as tatched huts to set up camp for the day and ample parking space.

The area around Marudi Creek is dotted with cashew trees and a variety of heterogenous flora. The fauna included very few mosquitoes (believably) considering it was a black water creek, not particularly an eden for insect species.

A creek in Guyana is where the water from the rainforest drains into, and is a  tannic concoction that feels weird to swim in. (An experience I refrained from this time but will try the next). The Marudi Creek has three such tannic pools, one of which is now completely swampy and had Typha growing out of it and surprisingly an algal scum. The other two are akin to high tea waiting to be dipped into like a biscuit.

The creek water is brown because of the tannin released from leaf deposits, beginning with the tannic water gurgling in streams from the wetlands in the rainforest, towards the pools. The acidity of the water and the low mineral concentrations do not make black water a particularly attractive habitat for crustaceans and insects. The water though is considered to be very pure and much like the distilled variety.

We had a lovely time at the Creek and even got to be friends with a Trumpeter. Psophia is the generic name for this bird that is adept at snake catching and gets tamed easily. It hung around our group all morning and even condescended to give some of us a pedicure. The sweet little hunched chicken like organism had a very velvety head and lent itself to being coddled and carried !

Hope you like the pictures.

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