Saddle Up for Guyana’s Wild Rupununi Rodeo
The occasional cowboy may not be all that rare-a-find in the Caribbean, but Double Kickers, Hat Benders, and Arm Jerkers are few and far between… unless you happen to be in Lethem in the spring.
Where’s Lethem, and what are these various kickers, benders, and jerkers?
Lethem is a remote town in southern Guyana sitting directly on the border with Brazil. It’s here each Easter that one of the region’s most uncommon annual cultural celebrations takes place – the Rupununi Rodeo.
(Double Kickers, Hat Benders, and Arm Jerkers are rodeo terms.)
Beginning on the Saturday before Easter and continuing on through Easter Monday, the Rupununi Rodeo includes just about everything you might find at a similarly-styled 10-gallon good time somewhere in the western United States. Bareback riding, cattle roping, wild cow milking, greasy pig catching – they do it all here…
This great video was produced by the adventurous duo of Flor and Gaby at Te Quiero Hasta Alaska, a colorful travel blog tracing the pair’s adventures as they trek from their native Argentina all the way to Alaska! The content’s all in Spanish, of course, but well worth checking out even if you only enjoy the pics and videos.
(See more Te Quiero Hasta Alaska videos here.)
Easter is slated for April 5th next year.
Will we see you in Lethem for the wild rodeo fun…?
*Lead photo credit: Flickr user Amanda Richards.