The Big Trip - An experience
In Moraro, we try to preserve the indigenous value system together with our surrounding rainforest. And because the two are intricately intertwined, the lifestyle is special – the way of life is different.
Moraro sits beautifully in an area that joins village life with the deep rainforest. Indigenous communities and households tend to be discreet, so as part of the community we are not too intrusive. Life isn’t hectic because people tend not to live by the clock. And, we do not stick to a strict schedule because we live mostly within the rhythm of the environment.
Like many indigenous communities, our community is different, not only because we are far away from mainstream society but because we take stock of our surrounding resources and try to intelligently manage them. In keeping with this, only a limited number of people can live in Moraro at any one time.
If you would like to experience how indigenous peoples have preserved the rainforest for centuries, and what forest living is all about, then you’ll find Moraro interesting. And, you’ll find Moraro just as interesting, if you are prepared to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.
You can discuss with us the possibility of visiting. We will give you advice, and help you plan your visit, as well as give you the costs. Please feel free to contact us.
To give you an idea, here are some highlights of the Moraro experience.
Visit Moraro with a Traveller by Claudette De Vieira
I start my journey in London and think that I can time travel. I am not going forward but going back to a place where I belonged many, many moons ago.
After being thoroughly questioned and stressed out by foreign immigration; sometimes in Barbados, Trinidad or New York; the worst being in Barbados, I can relax a bit when I get to Guyana.
Strange! My relaxation gets better as I move away from the 'so called modern civilized world'. I left Georgetown around 8 a:m.
The Essequibo River ... early in the morning on the big ferry is magical. I enjoy looking at the wide expanse of water. Water is everything. It's as if the river wants to show off, and at the same time say, 'I am master here',
The River Taxi ... is my last experience with the world of 'intense' commerce.
After waiting at the crowded frontier town of Charity for passengers to fill the taxi, it is time to leave.
Riding the river ... I am on my way. The open Pomeroon river is my second, but more welcoming river journey, after crossing the mighty Essequibo.
Sights, but hardly sounds (the irritating noise of the engine prevents me from hearing anything else) help me to relax even more.
We drive along and Moraro beckons. My anticipated world comes into view every tree of the way.
On the Trail to Moraro ... the walk is swift. It is now about 4:30p:m, getting late and we depend on the sun light. No time to dawdle, except now and again to have a look at something that catches our eyes.
Perhaps a fruit tree in full bloom or my uncle's farm where the acouri (large rodent) Dasyprocta leporina had a meal of his pumpkin.
Moraro Grounds, Heaven on Earth ...come into full sight as we emerge from the tree covered trail and the most calming sight greets me. Moraro, here I am. All the way back to when life was not so complicated. This is a strange, lovely feeling, but no time to savor it.
The spring that feeds the creek ...now is the place where I will have my first wash before grabbing a bite since I left Georgetown.
The wash is 'kinda symbolic'. Stresses of my past life are washed away with the water and signifies that I am home. We then prepare for bed. We light the lantern and the hiawa gum to keep away bad energies. We then lay in the hammock and talk into the night.
The most Beautiful Sunrise ... greets me the next morning and I am in heaven. My past is history.
No wonder I work to preserve this valuable rainforest paradise for the children and their children.
Claudette is part of Moraro Indigenous People Conservation. She is a descendant of the Lokono leader Sachibarra the Rev. Brett wrote about in his 'conclusion' of the 'Legend of the Arawaks' She shares her time between Moraro and London.
I had the opportunity to visit and take a night in your little piece of heaven in Koria... The surrounding area was gorgeous, the spring was tranquil and no mosquitoes to cause any problems. I see why you would retreat there for lengths of time. It truly is a small piece of heaven... Thank you again for allowing me to take a night at one of the coolest places in Wakapoa...
Moraro is within the smaller village of Koria/Wakapoa in Region 2 of Guyana, South America.
Like many indigenous communities in Guyana, Koria is located away from the more developed coast land and is protected by the local, native, indigenous system, which basically means that it is secure.
If you are travelling from the UK, you will most likely change flight in Barbados or Trinidad & Tobago before arriving at the Cheddi Jagan airport.
If you are travelling from the USA, there are straight flights from New York and Miami. There are also regular flights from the Caribbean and overland transportation from Surinam, Venezuela and Brazil.
To ensure safety and security while travelling to Moraro from the Cheddi Jagan international airport, the journey has to be well organised.
Once inside the indigenous area, there is where the true off grid life experience begins.
Highlights of The Big Trip
Last leg of the Journey
The Big Benab
Community Cohesion Activities