Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 3rd 2015 Contents roar of the falls could be heard as
we got closer.
Without warning, the pilot
sharply turned the plane around
to take us closer to the falls,
prompting many, including me, to
hold on tightly to the seat handles
The view was breathtaking as
rainbows danced beneath the gorge
and the mist rose from the rocky
We then proceeded to the Potaro
landing strip for our trek to see
the falls up close.
We walked through the rainfor-
est trail, led by an Amerindian
guide, for an hour to get to the
falls. As we neared the falls, there
was a different smell in the air,
there was a distinct freshness. As
I drew closer, the roaring grew
louder and suddenly I walked into
a clearing as the waterfall, in all
its glory, rumbled before me.
I was awestruck by the sheer
beauty and majesty of the Kaieteur
Falls, named after the Amerindian
chief Kai of the Patamona tribe.
It is the world s tallest single-
drop waterfall at 741 feet. As I
looked down the length of the falls,
the brown mountain water rum-
bled and churned into a white
milky foam as it cascaded into the
gorge below. The rainbows that
were visible from the sky danced
even closer to the waterfall as I
drunk in the surreal natural beauty
Kaieteur Falls is among 300
waterfalls found in Guyana with
its virtually unspoilt pristine rain-
forest which almost covers the
country. It was truly an adventure
The visit to Kaieteur was host-
ed by the Ministry of Tourism,
Industry & Commerce and Indra-
nauth Haralsingh, director of
Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA).
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Chinan shared his wealth of knowledge.
He said Guyana was a beautiful country
where the environment is its pride.
That was visible as we passed acres of
virtually untouched land.
The shoreline along the way was
muddy and the water was brown. Sens-
ing my curiosity, Chinan promptly
began his explanation about the sight.
"We do not have the blue beaches
and white sand from Trinidad. We have
mud and lots of mud, that is because
the Orinoco drains here. But you should
know, Trinidad imports its white sand
from us," he quipped, eliciting laughter
in the tour bus.
As we pulled into Ogle International
Airport, I was surprised by its small
and simple design for its big name. We
lined up at the departure gate and our
tour host Kit Nascimento, media con-
sultant and former parliamentarian,
informed us that we had to subject
ourselves to being weighed before we
were allowed to board the plane to Kai-
eteur National Park.
The immigration officers reviewed
our passports and then told us to stand
on the scale. Nascimento informed us
that passengers must go on the scale
or remain at Ogle.
"There is no cheating this scale," one
of the other journalists remarked, as
she stepped on. After tallying our
weights we were taken to the departure
lounge. However, heavy overnight rains
and thick cloud cover over the moun-
tains delayed our departure. As we
waited in the lounge, rain poured out-
side. After two hours, immigration
cleared us for take-off and our caravan
aircraft taxied onto the runway. The
12-seat plane stunned many of the
journalists since, like me, it was their
first time travelling on a small plane.
As we entered the plane, the captain,
who was not too far away from me,
quipped, "there will be no inflight serv-
He instructed us to buckle our seat
beats and enjoy the ride. Of course, he
reminded us not to smoke or move
around during the flight and I thought
to myself, "move around, where?"
By this time, the rain had stopped,
but the cloud cover was still visible as
we taxied down the short runway to
lift off for the hour-long flight.
At one point, the entire plane was
enveloped in a white fluffy cloud that
seemed like it wanted to keep the plane
in its embrace. However, after a couple
of minutes, the plane broke free of its
white blanket and we were able to see
the Demerara River and Georgetown
from our windows. I was struck by the
natural, untouched greenery below me.
The pilot decided to give us a close-
up view as we dipped just metres above
the trees. Guyana, from the sky, looked
like a large broccoli floret with different
hues of green, representative of the
beautiful forest floor.
As we passed over the mountains
along the Potaro River, sudden shouts
of "look, look the waterfalls," broke my
train of thought. As I looked forward
all I could see was a milky white cascade
enclosed by lush greenery.
As we drew nearer, cheers and claps
erupted in the plane as the magnificence
of Kaieteur Falls shifted into sight. The
The beauty and majesty of Kaieteur Falls
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Indranauth Haralsingh, director of Guyana Tourism Authority, poses for a photo
at Guyana's famous Kaieteur Falls. PHOTOS: RESHMA RAGOONATH
View of Potaro River and mountains.
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