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Guyana: Amazon women

On December 31st, 2005, a team of seven women set out on a 650km expedition whose aim is to map what they believe to be a new route through uncharted virgin jungle in Guyana, writes Amazon Rainforest. According to the expedition web site, this effort is in support of The Prince’s Trust Women Working campaign, and for expedition leader Rachel Kelsey it represents “a longstanding dream, to have a close team of determined women exploring an uncharted area of the world, to create a legacy for others to follow, to benefit a country inspired by our endeavours, and to support a cause of great importance.” The web site also features a map of the expedition route.


  • Bravo to these intrepid women–a month trekking in the interior is no vacation–but I do wonder that they’re able to claim with such confidence on their website that “This route has never been crossed on land in its entirety before”. This part of the world has been inhabited for about 10,000 years, & the route they chose through the Pakaraimas to Kaieteur follows one of the hypothesised routes by which the earliest Guyanese may have spread to the coast–see Denis Williams’s Prehistoric Guiana for details….

  • Nicholas,

    Good point. But you should also have pointed readers to your excellent review of Prehistoric Guyana in the Caribbean Review of Books.


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