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Guyana Nature Experience

Highlights

Georgetown - Kaieteur National Park - Iwokrama Rainforest - Surama - Annai - Karanambu Lodge - Yupukari

REF :

WE-003

Dates

Prices*

Single Supp

12th Feb, 2nd Apr*, 27th Aug, 3rd Sep, 1st   Oct, 12th Nov, 3rd   Dec 2022


* Tour operates in reverse

£5,175 / $6,465

£ 625 / $ 780

*Price per person based on twin/double share

Full Itinerary

DAY 1: GEORGETOWN.

Arrival and transfer to Georgetown. Time at leisure with optional excursions available to book.


DAY 2: GEORGETOWN - KAIETEUR FALLS (B).

Today take a scheduled flight over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers, and hundreds of miles of tropical rainforest. Land at Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest free-falling waterfall. Situated in the heart of Guyana on the Portaro River, the Falls was first seen by a European in 1870. The drop of 741 feet is 5 times the height of Niagara Falls. Spend some time discovering the unique microenvironment and you may even see the famous flight of the Kaieteur Swifts or Makoaima Birds which nest under the vast shelf or rock carved over millions of years by the black water of the Potaro River. Return flight to Georgetown later in the day. Evening at leisure, or optional restaurant experiences available on request.


Optional Excursion - Birding in Georgetown’s Botanical Gardens - 3 hours. Depart hotel at 05:45 hrs.


DAY 3: GEORGETOWN - IWOKRAMA RIVER LODGE (B, L, D).

Morning departure. Fly to Fair View Airstrip and transfer to Iwokrama River Lodge.

Experience the vast wilderness of one million acres of The Iwokrama Rainforest. This protected area was established in 1996 and the is in the heart of one of four last untouched tropical forests in the world. The forest is also homeland of the Makushi people who have lived here for thousands of years.


The Iwokrama River Lodge is set overlooking the Essequibo River in eight spacious timber cabins with verandas overlooking the river. Explore the trails around the lodge with a local ranger and observe the many bird species including Capuchin, bird, Black Nunbird, Chestnut-rumped Woodcreeper, Amazonian Antshrike and many more.

The forest is also home to many mammals, and you may see Red-rumped Agouti and various species of monkey including Red Howler, Black Spider, Wedge-capped and Brown Capuchins.

After dark set out on the river, in hope of finding one of the four species of caiman, and listen for night birds such as Spectacled Owl, White-winged Potoo, Rufous Potoo, Long-tailed Potoo, Zigzag Heron or Blackish Nightjar. Using flashlights, look for the eyeshine of snakes including Cox boa, and tree frogs.


DAY 4: IWOKRAMA RIVER LODGE (B, L, D).

Early rise to embark on the Essequibo and circumnavigate the nearby Indian House Island. Return to the lodge for breakfast then leave by boat for the hike to Turtle Mountain, birdwatching along the way. The climb up the trail will exhilarate you and once you reach the 935ft / 360m summit the views of the forest canopy are breath-taking, and worth the 2-hour trek. From this height you will get the chance to see Green Aracari, White Bellbird or a fly-by from one of the five types of eagles. The trail is also great for seeing Black Spider and Red Howler Monkeys. An alternative boat trip to Stanley Lake to search for Giant River Otters and Black Caiman, if the trek is too strenuous for you.

As the afternoon cools set out on a boat trip to visit Kurupukari Falls to see the Amerindian petroglyphs (dependent on the water level).


DAY 5: IWOKRAMA RIVER LODGE - ATTA RAINFOREST LODGE (B, L, D).

Explore more trails around the lodge today before leaving by 4 x 4 along a track that is one of the best places to see the elusive Jaguar, if you are lucky! Along the way watch for the myriad of bird species that frequents the forest edge, including Crimson and Purple-necked fruit-crow, Crimson Topaz, Guianan Puffbird, Scarlet and Red and Green Macaw plus much more.

This road is the only north to south access in Guyana and links the country to Brazil. Arrive at the Atta Rainforest Lodge, home of the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway.

The walkway has four suspension bridges leading to three platforms, the highest of which is over 30 metres above the ground.  You will also spend some time in the clearing around the lodge, as this is one of the best places to see another of Guyana’s “must see” birds, the Crimson Fruitcrow.

Atta Rainforest Lodge is just 500 metres from the base of the Canopy Walkway offering traditional Amerindian hospitality. Spend time in the Hammocks and outdoor benches in the lovely gardens which include varieties of heliconias that attract hummingbirds. Evening at leisure.


DAY 6: ATTA RAINFOREST (B, L, D).

Before dawn return to the canopy to birdwatch easily and from this treetop vantage you can sometimes see Red Howler and Black Spider Monkeys.

Apart from the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway itself enjoy wildlife and birdwatching walks on the trails around the area. Many bird species, stunning insects, noisy amphibians, and playful primates make the surrounding forest their home. Deer, tapir, and agouti are also regular visitors to the lodge. Serious birders will want to search the undergrowth for the rarely seen Rufous-winged Ground-cuckoo.  As darkness falls on the canopy walkway, you may see the White-winged Potoo, and enjoy a night walk to see other interesting things. Evening at leisure.


DAY 7: ATTA RAINFOREST LODGE - SURAMA ECO LODGE (B, L, D).

Wonder at the dawn chorus from the tree top vantage.  Enjoy the wildlife, birdwatching and nature around the trails. After breakfast depart to Corkwood in the Iwokrama Forest. See the amazingly brilliant Guianan Cock-of-the-rock. The trail is through pristine rainforest and the guide will explain how the plants are used in medicine and other purposes. Continue to Surama, an Amerindian community. The village is set in five square miles of savannah ringed by the forest covered Pakaraima Mountains. Meet the inhabitants who are mainly from Macushi tribe and still observe many old traditions. Receive a warm welcome at the Surama Eco Lodge, and after settling in take an escorted short walk to observe the forest and bird life. In the afternoon with your guide, visit the village, local school, medical centre and some of the local houses. Enjoy the evening observing the wildlife after dark.


DAY 8:  SURAMA ECO LODGE (B, L, D).

Rise before dawn for a walk across the savannah and climb the Surama Mountain for incredible views across the village and savannah to the Pakaraima Mountains. Alternative activities available if you prefer not to climb.

Return to the lodge for lunch followed by a three mile walk across the savannah and through the rainforest to the Burro Burro River. Take the opportunity to spot Giant River Otters, Tapir, Tayra, spider monkeys and much more, whilst your guide paddles you down the river. Return to the lodge for the evening.


DAY 9:  SURAMA ECO LODGE - ROCK VIEW LODGE (B, L, D).

Early dawn, choose from a forest walk or relax at the lodge before breakfast. Transfer to Rock View Lodge at Annai. Located where the savannah meets the forest covered foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains, its tropical gardens and flowering trees, Rock View Lodge resembles an oasis, attracting many species of birds especially nectar feeders.  Relax and take in the nature around you or take a dip in the pool. Enjoy your meals under the mango trees with produce mainly grown on the property.


DAY 10: ROCK VIEW LODGE - KARANAMBU LODGE (B, L, D).

Take a dawn hike in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains on the Panorama Trails where you may see Finsch’s Euphonia, Reddish Hermit, Rufous-bellied Antwren, Yellow-billed Jacamar, plus many more. The views across the savannah and villages as the sun rises are stunning.

After breakfast travel by road to Ginep Landing for a boat trip on the Rupununi River to Karanambu Lodge. Look out for giant otters on the stretch of river as you sail by.

Karanambu, a former cattle ranch, was home of the late Diane McTurk, conservationist, and expert of giant otters. Known for its expansive wetlands, savannah, and its biological and cultural diversity, Karanambu encompasses savannah, marshy ponds, riparian forest and a 30 mile stretch of the Rupununi River. There are at least 600 species of bird and over 200 species of mammals.

Enjoy a wide variety of activities from the lodge along with two guided excursions each day.


DAY 11: KARANAMBU LODGE (B, L, D).

This morning, make an early start to an area of rolling grasslands, home to a population of giant anteaters, and if lucky, observe them excavating breakfast from a termite mound.

Explore the area and take part in the lodge activities for the rest of the day and in the evening take a river excursion or bird watch in the woodland patches or gallery forest along the river. An evening walk along the airstrip offers seven species of nightjar.


DAY 12: KARANAMBU LODGE - YUPUKARI (B, L, D).

Time before breakfast to explore the area more, then transfer upriver by boat to the nearby Amerindian village of Yupukari. Caiman House is located at the edge of the village and is a combination of guest-lodge and education centre focusing on research and conservation projects on the Rupununi River. Visitors may have the opportunity to meet local craftspeople at Yupukari Crafters, a non-profit venture to create village jobs.

The guest rooms are modest but comfortable with en-suite bathrooms and running water. As a guest you have the unique opportunity to support and participate in an ongoing field study of the Black Caiman, the largest member of the alligator family and an endangered species.


DAY 13: YUPUKARI - GEORGETOWN (B, D).

Morning transfer to Lethem for a scheduled flight to Georgetown. In the afternoon join the guided city tour to learn about the history, rumour and facts about Georgetown and its citizens.  The sights you will see include Stabroek Market, once described at a “bizarre bazzar”, St. George’s Cathedral, the Public Library, City Hall, the Victorian Law Courts and St. Andrews Kirk.

Visit the Botanical Gardens, home to an extensive collection of tropical flora, and the zoo which has become a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre with many species of tropical wildlife. Pay a visit to a pond in the gardens to feed the endangered West Indian Manatees.

Dinner this evening is at Backyard Café, where your host, and culinary master, Chef Delven Adams will greet you. This little hidden gem is, as the name suggests, a restaurant created in Chef’s backyard, and has Guyanese fusion from all over the world. You can either help Chef with his creations or sit under the arbour sipping unique blends of juice or a cold beer, taking in the sounds and smells of a delicious meal in the making.


DAY 14: DEPART GEORGETOWN (B).

Time at leisure until your transfer for your flight or extend your stay.


WHAT’S INCLUDED

Accommodation - 14 nights in minimum 3-star hotels.

Meals - As specified in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). limited local bar at Karanambu Lodge.

Luggage - One normal suitcase and one handbag per person included for hotel porterage.

Transfers - all airport transfers from arrival on Day 1 to final day (assuming specific group flights booked) Internal flights in Guyana.

Tours (with local bilingual English-speaking guides) - Kaieteur National Park fee, Iwokrama Forest User Fee, Iwokrama Canopy Walkway fee. Kaieteur Falls day trip, Turtle Mountain hike, Iwokrama Canopy Walk, Surama village experience, Surama Mountain & Savannah walks, Rock View & Karanambu Lodge activities, Georgetown City tour &Botanical Gardens, Backyard Café experience.


WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

International flights and airport taxes to join the tour.

Day 2 - Optional Birding in Georgetown’s Botanical Gardens – 3 hours US$65.00 per person

Alcoholic drinks except where mentioned

Tips for local guides / drivers.

Early Check-in / Late Check-out.

Travel Insurance.


NOTES

  • Free baggage allowance on internal flights is 9kg. Additional weight is charged extra.

  • Check required group internal flights at time of booking.

  • Tour prices are based on shared group services (not private services).

  • Passport copies required 30 days prior to arrival for all passengers.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival - Georgetown

DAY 2: Georgetown - Kaieteur Falls

DAY 3: Georgetown - Iwokrama River Lodge

DAY 4: Iwokrama River Lodge

DAY 5: Iwokrama River Lodge - Atta Rainforest Lodge

DAY 6: Atta Rainforest Lodge

DAY 7: Atta Rainforest Lodge - Surama Eco Lodge

DAY 8: Surama Eco Lodge

DAY 9: Surama Eco Lodge - Rock View Lodge

DAY 10: Rock View Lodge - Karanambu Lodge

DAY 11: Karanambu Lodge

DAY 12: Karanambu Lodge - Yupukari

DAY 13: Yupukari - Georgetown

DAY 14: Depart Georgetown (or extend your trip)

Interests
Antiques & Bric-à-brac
GUYANA NATURE EXPERIENCE
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