Little known Guyana is an emerging gem in the ecotourism market. And its cascading waterfalls, virgin rainforest and tropical wildlife rival the best nature destinations in the world. In fact, Guyana has one of the highest levels of biodiversity on earth. An incredible 80% of the land is covered by rainforest!
Guyana is an ex-British colony and the national language is English. However the culture is decidedly creole and has a definite Caribbean flavour. Like many former colonies in the Caribbean, Guyana is mad about cricket and locals will happily discuss the international scene with willing fanatics!
A highlight of any trip to Guyana is the amazing Kaieteur Falls. You will often have these immense single-drop falls all to yourself. And you definitely cannot miss a trip into the country’s interior for fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities.
Discover the best of Guyana on this sample itinerary, prepared by our Latin American experts.
Welcome to Georgetown! On arrival at the airport, you will be met by one of our local representatives and you will be transferred to your hotel.
Board your flight to Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest free-falling waterfall.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your ongoing flight to Surama. The airplane goes over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers and hundreds of miles of tropical rainforest before you land at Lethem. On arrival in Surama you will receive a warm welcome from one of our local representatives and transferred to your accommodation at the Surama Eco-lodge.
The Amerindian community of Surama is in the heart of Guyana. The village is set in five square 13 kilometers of savannah which is ringed by the forest covered Pakaraima Mountains. Surama’s inhabitants are mainly from the Macushi tribe and still observe many of the traditional practises of their forebears.
This isolated and idyllic location offers an escape from the concrete jungle to a serene and peaceful existence with nature. The guides have lived their entire lives in the rainforest, and have an incredible understanding of nature and how to utilise its resources.
A local guide will escort you for a short walk on trails to observe the forest and bird life. As the afternoon cools your guide will take you on a tour of the village. Visit the local school, medical centre and church along with some of the village houses. Tonight, enjoy an educational walk to observe wildlife and experience the mystique of the forest after dark.
Rise before dawn for a walk across the savannah and then climb up Surama Mountain for incredible views across the village and savannah to the Pakaraima Mountains.
Return to village for lunch and then take a three mile walk across the savannah and through the rainforest to the Burro Burro River. Your guides will then paddle you on the Burro Burro River for opportunities to observe Giant River Otters, Tapir, Tira, Spider Monkeys and many more species. Return to village for sunset.
Enjoy dawn breaking across the rainforest. You can choose from a forest walk to look for wildlife and birds or relax around the lodge before breakfast and departure.
Departfrom Surama by 4 x 4 vehicle through the Iwokrama Forest. Hopefully you will be able to see the amazingly brilliant Guianian Cock-of-the-rock. This trail is through interesting forest and the guides can show the use of the plants. Then continue the journey to the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway.
The Iwokrama Canopy Walkway is situated at Mauisparu, near the southern boundary of the Iwokrama Reserve in central Guyana. The walkway has four suspension bridges leading to three platforms, the highest of which is over 30 metres above the ground, and these will allow great looks at a range of canopy species, many of which you would struggle to see well from the forest floor. Amongst the likely highlights are Painted, Brown-throated and Golden-winged Parakeets, Caica Parrot, Guianan Puffbird, Waved and Golden-collared Woodpeckers and Spot-tailed, Todd’s and Ash-winged Antwrens. The walkway is also an excellent place to look for various species of cotinga including the poorly known and range-restricted Dusky Purpletuft and if there are any suitable fruiting trees nearby, you stand a good chance of seeing this bird, as well as the more widespread Purple-breasted Cotinga.
Another area where we will want to spend some time is the clearing around the lodge, as this is one of the best places to see another of Guyana’s “must see” birds, the Crimson Fruit crow. This species is seen here on a reasonably regular basis, as it often comes to feed in some of the nearby trees. The clearing is also a reliable site for Black Curassow as there is a family party which has become habituated to people and regularly passes through the clearing. With reasonable luck, you should be able to add this bird to the impressive list of species you will see around the lodge and walkway.
Atta Rainforest Lodge is 500 metres from the base of the Canopy Walkway, offering comfortable private-room accommodation with ensuite bathrooms, delicious home-cooked meals, and traditional Amerindian hospitality. The lodge is surrounded by tropical rainforest which offers a complete immersion in the rainforest experience. The main building is open sided with views across the gardens to the towering forest on all sides and houses the bar, dining area and kitchen.
Before dawn return to the canopy where you will welcome the dawn chorus. From this tree top vantage, you can sometimes see Red Howler Monkeys and Black Spider Monkeys.
Apart from the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway itself you can enjoy wildlife and birdwatching walks on the trails around the area. For those interested in botany many of the trails have the key trees species marked. Many bird species, stunning insects, noisy amphibians, and playful primates make the surrounding forest their home and you can be fairly certain to spot some extraordinary wildlife without even trying too hard. Deer 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 dark falls on the canopy walkway, you may see the White-winged Potoo. Night walks are also possible and something interesting or new always seems to pop on to the scene including the occasional jaguar (panthera onca) along the transnational road near the lodge.
After an early breakfast, transfer to Lethem to Cheddi Jagan International Airport for departing flight.
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