The Rupununi is the name of a region and a river in the South American country of Guyana. Just east of Venezuela and north of Brazil and the Amazon watershed, Guyana has a wide diversity of peoples and ecosystems. Afro-Guyanese, Indo-Guyanese, and the indiginous peoples, known as Amerindians make up a population of just 700,000 people in a country larger than the state of Maine. In the south of the country savannahs and rainforest combine to make one of the best examples of a tropical ecosystem left anywhere. There are healthy populations of several animals that are hard to find elsewhere in South America, including the Giant Otter (6 feet long!), one of the largest freshwater fish in the world, the Arapaima (10 feet long!), the black Caiman (20 feet long!), the Anaconda (30 feet long), the Jaguar (the largest cat in the hemisphere) and the Harpy Eagle, capable of capturing monkeys and sloths out of the tops of trees. No wonder the region is called the Land of the Giants. Rupununi the restaurant donates a percentage of its' profits every year to several organizations that work for the health and happiness of the people and ecosystems of Rupununi the region. Check out our Friends page for links to several websites including the Iwokrama Research Centre, where you can stay at an actual tropical research facility with a very healthy population of Jaguars, Giant Otters, and other amazing creatures; as well as the Rupununi Learners Foundation, a group dedicated to advancing the educational system used by Amerindian people of the Rupununi.
For more information please visit these sites:
Iwokrama Research Centre
119 main st.
bar harbor, me