Region 9 (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo)

Umana Yana

Umana Yana is situated in Guyana’s first legally protected, community owned, conservation area, the Amerindian village of Masakenari, located in Konashen, South Rupununi. The benab was built by the Wai Wai tribe in 2007 to host a church conference held in the community. The benab was constructed from traditional techniques used by the Wai Wai Amerindians to erect their buildings.

Umana Yana

Aishalton Petroglyphs

Aishalton Petroglyphs are scattered across the Aishalton district in the Rupununi, Savannah. Aishalton is one of the most populated settlements in the Upper Takutu-Rupununi region and serves as the administrative centre of the southern sub-district. Makatau Mountain, located some 3 kilometres (1.7 miles) from central Aishalton is one of the country’s most famous archaeological sites. Thousands of these petroglyphs which were pre-dated to 5000 BC illustrate the relationship the first people bore with their surrounding environment and with wild life.

One of many Aishalton Petroglyphs

Shea Rock

Shea Rock, commonly referred to as Shea Mountain, is an extremely large rock found in the Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo, Rupununi district in the small Amerindian community of Shea. The small mountain measures 200 metres (676 feet) at its highest peak and is approximately 304.8 metres (1000 feet) above the savannah. The rock is considered a sacred shrine within the Amerindian community. Located to the north of the mountain is a religious ritual site and on its eastern side, a large rock shelter can be found.

Shea Rock

Iwokrama Mountain

The Iwokrama Mountain measures 1000 metres (3,300 feet) high and is mostly inhabited by the Makushi (Macushi) tribe. The mountain is located in the Iwokrama Rainforest which is found in heart of the Guiana shield and consists of approximately 3,710 square kilometres (1432 square miles) of untouched rainforest. The forest is dissected by the Georgetown-Lethem Road and is bordered by the Pakaraima Mountains, the highland savannahs and the Essequibo and Siparuni Rivers. The area is home to the famous canopy walkway which is elevated 33 metres (108 feet) above the ground.

Iwokrama Mountain