Wednesday, June 9, 2010

- Bartica

Bartica is a town in Guyana on the left bank of the Essequibo River in Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region 7), at the confluence of the Cuyuni and Mazaruni Rivers with the Essequibo River. Considered the "Gateway to the Interior", the town has a population of about 15,000 and is the launching point for people who work in the bush mining gold and diamonds.

Bartica developed from an Anglican missionary settlement, established in 1842. The name 'Bartica' comes from an Amerindian word meaning 'red earth', abundant in the area.

Bartica has two secondary school Bartica Secondary and Three Miles Secondary and three primary schools, St. Anthony's Primary and St. John-the-Baptist and Two Miles Primary. There are several other primary schools in the surrounding riverine communities.

The region 7 hospital is located in Bartica and is known for having implemented the country’s first Health Information System in 2005, developed by Peace Corps volunteers Geoffrey Thompson and Jason Knueppel.

Bartica can be reached by from Parika Linden.
North of Bartica lie the ruins of the Dutch fort Kyk-Over-Al, former government seat for the County of Essequibo. Bartica is also close to Marshall Falls.
There are several hotels in the town including Platinum Inn, The New Modern Hotel, Balkarran's Guest House (D factor to D interior), and Zen's Plaza. There is also a thriving nightclub located in the Modern Hotel building.

Central Bartica.jpgSeveral Brazilians live in Bartica, so one can find Brazilian Restaurants and Bars. There are several restaurants as well as an active nightlife.
 There are also several resorts around the Bartica area including Baganara, Shanklands, Whitewater and a Guesthouse in Byderabo.
During the Easter weekend every year, Bartica hosts the Bartica Regatta, a growing variety of entertaining holiday activities including water sports (featuring mostly speed boats), cricketboxingsoccer, talent shows, a street parade, and a Miss Bartica Regatta Pageant. 

The Regatta attracts people from all parts of Guyana and even from other countries. There is also a summer Regatta, which is held annually in August.
Ivor Mendonca, a West Indian cricketeer was born in Bartica. Dianne Ferreira-James international FIFA referee is also from Bartica.
Lovely beach on the Mazaruni River, view of prison across the way...
 Overlooking the Prison

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