Orinduik Falls

Pakaraima Mountains / Ireng River, Potaro-Siparuni Region, Guyana

About Orinduik Falls

Hiking Distance: tour
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Date first visited: 2008-08-31
Date last visited: 2008-08-31

Waterfall Latitude: 4.72841
Waterfall Longitude: -60.03722

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Orinduik Falls was included as a throw-in for our day tour to Kaieteur Falls. It was a waterfall that contrasted Kaieteur in many ways.

For starters, this was a wide, multi-tiered series of cascades. There were plunge pools beneath the horizontal expanse of the Ireng River beneath these cascades so it allowed us to swim or soak to cool off from the tropical heat. After landing at a nearby airstrip, we were guided to a house where we had an opportunity to change into swimwear while leaving behind our belongings that we didn’t want to get wet.

In terms of this day tour that we were on, I guess the thinking was that since Kaieteur Falls was more of a look-but-don’t-touch waterfall, this one was a bit more interactive, so to speak. So beyond that, there wasn’t really not a whole lot more to this waterfall – especially when it was the follow-up act to the great Kaieteur Falls.

Given the width of the falls, perhaps the most comprehensive view that we were able to get was from the air. It was only from the air that I was able to show the entirety of the falls in one shot.

On the ground, it was difficult to photograph the entire waterfall so we had to pick and choose how we wanted to compose it in our photographs. The photo on the top of this page was probably my best effort at showing the waterfall’s extensive width as well as its layered appearance.

The falls flowed on the Ireng River not far from the Brazilian border in an area that was more of a savannah than the vast carpet of rainforest on the Guyana Shield at Kaieteur. The river eventually would join up with the mighty Amazon River in Brazil. The name of the falls was said to be based on the Amerindian word for a type of native plant in the area.

Kaieteur_170_08312008 - The rainforest expanse as we flew from Kaieteur to Orinduik
Orinduik_Falls_001_08312008 - Our first look at the impressive Orinduik Falls as we were about to land the plane
Orinduik_Falls_008_08312008 - Aerial view of Orinduik Falls as we got closer to the airstrip
Orinduik_Falls_014_08312008 - Walking towards a house where we could get changed
Orinduik_Falls_024_08312008 - Walking to Orinduik Falls
Orinduik_Falls_029_08312008 - Right at the base of Orinduik Falls
Orinduik_Falls_035_08312008 - People at Orinduik Falls ready to cool off
Orinduik_Falls_038_08312008 - A pretty contextual look at Orinduik Falls from a little further downstream of its plunge pool
Orinduik_Falls_061_08312008 - Direct view of Orinduik Falls from much further downstream
Orinduik_Falls_067_08312008 - Looking towards more of Orinduik Falls at its far left side
Orinduik_Falls_073_08312008 - Looking back at Orinduik Falls and a local that followed me here
Orinduik_Falls_097_08312008 - This was the part of Orinduik Falls where most of the people on our tour were chilling out and cooling off
Orinduik_Falls_100_08312008 - This was the twin propeller plane that we flew on
Kaieteur_188_08312008 - Approaching the city of Georgetown


Since we were able to do Orinduik Falls on the same excursion as for Kaieteur Falls, read this page to get a sense of the logistics we had to consider to make this trip happen.

Just to give you a sense of context, we had based ourselves in Georgetown on the coastal northeast of Guyana. It took an entire day to do a day tour that took in this waterfall as well as the mighty Kaieteur Falls.

Sweep of the wide cascading waterfall near the Guyana/Brazil border

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