Chef Delven Adams will guide you around Bourda Market, the largest of the four markets in Georgetown. Inspect the grocery section in the market and meet some of the vendors. You will then visit other areas of the market bulging with fish, meat, haberdashery and tropical fruit. Head off on a tour of the city of Georgetown, capital of Guyana situated on the right bank of the Demerara river estuary and largely designed by the Dutch, laid out in a rectangular pattern with wide tree lined avenues and irrigation canals.
Most of the buildings in the city are wooden with architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. There are several excellent examples of old colonial homes, such as the State House, built in 1852. Among historic sites to visit is the 1892 St. George’s Cathedral, one of the world’s tallest free standing wooden buildings; the Town Hall, a splendid example of Gothic architecture, and the Victoria Law Courts.
Dip into another market, Stabroek, which sells every conceivable item from house hold goods and gold jewellery to fresh meat and vegetables brought to town daily by river. The prominent clock tower is a famous landmark. You will arrive at the Backyard Café for a drink or lunch prepared by Chef Delvin.
Later, join commuters to board a river taxi. As you slowly cruise along the bank of the Demerara river your guide will give you a brief history of the famous buildings along the waterfront and the Demerara Harbour bridge. As the sun sets over the river you may witness a flock of brilliant egrets and scarlet ibis.