The 741-foot drop of Kaieteur was formed by the Potaro River’s gradual erosion of a soft sandstone plateau. Photograph by Philippe Kok

Kaieteur dreaming

With their 741-foot drop over a sandstone plateau, the majestic Kaieteur Falls are an icon of Guyana, and a must-see for adventure travellers. But while most visitors hop down on an airborne day-trip, a lucky few get to experience this natural wonder the old-fashioned way, travelling by boat up the Potaro River. Nicholas Laughlin recounts the journey, and the falls’ magnetic attraction.

Photograph by Nicholas Laughlin

Word of mouth (March/April 2015)

The politics behind Trinidad’s Good Friday bobolees, Guyana’s Rupununi Rodeo, and the wrongs and rights of Jamaica Carnival.

Market day

Market day

Across the Caribbean, the freshest produce, best bargains, and often the friendliest advice can still be found at traditional markets. Here are six worth exploring, ranging from Dominica to Curaçao to French Guiana.

Red Thread’s Karen De Souza. Photograph courtesy the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence

Karen de Souza and (Red) Threads that bind

The Guyanese advocacy group Red Thread began in 1986 to help women at a time of economic problems. Thirty years later, the collective is a major force in the region advocating for the rights of women and young people. Lisa Allen-Agostini talks to co-founder Karen de Souza and learns about the power of grassroots activism.

Take twenty: cricket, that is

Take twenty: cricket, that is

Garry Steckles previews the 2014 Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament, which starts sports lovers’ pulses racing in July.

Andromeda Gardens, Bathsheba, Barbados. Photograph by John Webster

Earthy delights

The Caribbean’s public gardens are places to enjoy the pleasures of nature — and centres for research and conservation as well.

The Rupununi is a landscape of rolling savanna crossed by rivers. Photograph by Burton Lim

Biodiversity bonanza: Guyana’s Rupununi

The Rupununi savanna covers a vast region of Guyana, but its rich flora and fauna are still little known to scientists. As Burton Lim explains, a recent biodiversity survey by the World Wildlife Fund sought to make this natural bounty known to the world.

The remains of Dutch colonial buildings on Fort Island. Photograph by John Gimlette, Author Of Wild Coast: Travels On South America’s Untamed Edge

Far Essequibo

Rising in the Acarai Mountains near the southern border with Brazil and flowing to the Atlantic Ocean more than six hundred miles away, the Essequibo River is the greatest of the “many waters” that give Guyana its name. For centuries it was a highway into the country’s interior, and today it still offers a route through all of Guyana’s extraordinary natural landscapes — and some history lessons too. Here are snapshots from an imagined journey upriver, from the Essequibo’s broad estuary to the remote highlands where it begins.

Gros Piton from the summit of Petit Piton. Photograph by Chris Huxley

Peak conditions: taking on the Caribbean’s mountain ranges

The Caribbean is a region of hills and mountains, not just beaches and bays. Maria Sebastian tackles the double challenge of St Lucia’s Pitons, and Janelle Chanona braves the rigours of Belize’s Victoria Peak. Plus vertical adventures in Cuba, Guyana, Dominica, and Trinidad.

Photograph courtesy William Barrow

Float away: five ways to enjoy being out on the water in the Caribbean

In the Caribbean region, our lives our shaped by proximity to water. Here are five delightfully different ways to enjoy being out on the water.

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