Guyana Nature Holiday

Day 1: George Town

We will pick you up at the airport and you will be transferred to your selected hotel.

Overnigt: Cara Lodge

Day 2: Kaieteur Falls (B)

Breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the Eugene F. Correia Internationa Airport for a scheduled flight over the Demerara and Essequilbo Rivers as well as hundreds of miles of unbroken tropical rainforest to land at Kaietur Falls; the world’s highest free-falling waterfall. At 228 meters, Kaietuer is nearly five times the height of Niagara Falls.

Overnight: Cara Lodge

Day 3: The Iwokrama Rainforest (B, L, D)

You will be picked up and transferred to Eugene F. Correia International Airport. Board scheduled flight for journey over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers as well as hundreds of miles of tropical rainforest to land in the Rupununi. Transfer by 4×4 Bedford truck to Iworama River Lodge.

Overnight: Iwokrama River Lodge

Day 4: Hike to Turtle Mountain (B, L, D)

Making an early start, we’ll embark on the Essequibo and Circumnavigate nearby Indian House Island, before retunring to the River Lodge for breakfast. We leave the lodge by boat and engage in some bird watching along the way, for our hike to Turtle Mountain. The well maintained trail winds through the forest before an exhilarating climb up the mountain to its summit at 935ft (approx. 360m). Eventhough it takes nearly 2 hours to hike up the mountain, the absolutely breath-taking views over the forest Canopy are so worth it. Whilst at the summit, keep an eye out for Green Aracari, White Bellbirds or a fly-by of one of five types of Eagles.  This trail is also a great location for slighting Black Spider Monkeys and Red Howler Monkeys, and if you’re lucky enough, a Jaguar.

This outstanding forest is also home to the Buttress Trees and the endemic Greenheart, a highly sought after hardwood. However, if you feel that this hike might be a little too adventurous, there is an alternative boat trip to Stanley Lake to search for Giant River Otters and Black Caiman.

As the afternoon cools, you’ll have the opportunity to set out on a boat trip to visit Kurupkari Falls to see the Amerindian Petroglyphs (depending on the weather level).

Overnight: Iwokrama River Lodge

Day 5: Iwokrama Forest  (B, L, D)

Explore the trails around the lodge with an Iwokrama Ranger. Transfer by 4×4 along the trail that is one of the best places to see the famous and rare Jaguar. The Iwokrama forest is rapidly gaining an international reputation for its healthy Jaguar population; whom do not seem to mind the curious humans hiking through their home. We can not guarantee a sighting of the Jaguars, but do keep your eyes peeled at all times because you never know who is watching you!

The forset is also home to a myriad of bird species that frequent the forest edge, including Crimson and Purple-Necked Fruit Crow, Crimson Topaz, Green Oropendula, Spotted and Guianan Puffbird, Scarlet and Red and Green Macaw, Blue Cheeked and Orange Winged Parrot and Grey-Winged Trumpter. The road we will be travelling on is the only road that has North – South access into the Guyana and links the country to Brazi. Due to the lack of traffic, wildlife is often seen along the road. Look out for, Agouti, Tayra, Puma, Tapir, and Black Curassow. The journey concludes at the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway.

Tonight we will stay at Atta Rainforest Lodge, this lodge is 500 metres from the base of the Canopy Walkway, offering comfortable private-room accommodation with ensuite bathrooms, delicious home-cooked meals and tradional Amerindian hospitality. The lodge is completely surrounded by tropical rainforest which offers a complete immerson in the rainforest on all sides of the house, the bar, the dinnng area and the kitchen.

Overnight: Atta Rainforest Lodge

Day 6: Enjoy Wildlife and Bird Watching in Iwokrama Forest (B, L, D)

Before dawn, we will retun to the Canopy Walkway where we can bird watch easily and may see Rufous-throated Sapphire, Green Aracari, Pygmy Antwren and Guianan Streaked-Antwren. With luck, we might even spot some Guianan Toucanet, Pompadour Cotinga, Buff Cheeked Greenlet and a host of crown specalists may come within our view. From this tree top vantage, you can sometimes spot Red Howler Mounkies and Black Spider Mounkeys.

Overnight: Atta Rainforest Lodge

Day 7: Surama (B, L, D)

In the morning, adventure our on a walk to spot the wildlife. Return to the lodge for breakfast before departure. Transfer from Atta Rainforest Lodge by 4×4 vehicle or 4×4 Bedford Truck through the rainforest of Corkwood in the Iwokrama Forest. Here there is comparatively short trail to hopefully see the outstanding 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 community of Surama.

On arrival in Surama, you will recieve a warm welcome from local staff an settle into your accommodation at the Surama Eco- Lodge. A local guide will escort you for a short walk on trails to observe the forestand 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.

Overnight: Surama Eco – Lodge

Day 8: Surama Mountain (B, L, D)

Rise before dawn for a walk across the Savannah and then climb up Surama Mountains for incrdible views across the village and Savannah to the Pakaraima Mountains. This is not a technical climb, but can be arduous, especially after rain. Your guides will happily offer alternative activities if you prefer not to do this climb.

Return to village for lunch an 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. After this fun filled day, return to the village just in time for the amazing sunset.

Overnight: Surama Eco – Lodge

Day 9: Rock View Lodge (B, L, D)

This morning, experience the breath taking sunrise as it spreads across the rainforest. Today, you can choose from a forest walk to spot the wildlife and birds or relax around the lodge before breakfast and departure. Transfer by 4×4 vehical or 4×4 Bedford Truck from Surama to Rock View Lodge at Annai.

The Rock View Lodge offer eight comfortable rooms have ensuites an feature a patio and hammock for relaxing. Meals are served in the dining room under the Mango Trees and most of the produce is grown on the property. The pool has a lovely setting in the gardens and is welcoming respite on a hot day.

You can see how cashews are roasted and see how local handicrafts are made and maybe even try your hand at them yourself. The labour-intensive method of cracking open the roasted nuts along with the self-ignition of the nuts as the acid content burns off are a spectacular sight. You can then taste the freshly roasted nuts. The locals have always made the items needed for their daily activities from material gathered in the forest. You will see how the materials are plaited in various designs to form the baskets, sifters and other utensils as well as the spinning of cotton and the working of leather to create whips, belts and other articles used by the local vacqueros.

Overnight: Rock View Lodge

Day 10: Hike Pakaraima Mountains (B, L, D)

At dawn, take a hike in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains on the Panorama trail where you might see Cinereous Mourner, Finsch’s Euphonia, Reddish Hermit, Rufous-Bellied Antwren, Green tailed and Yellow Billed Jacamer. The views across the Savannah and villages as the sun rises are spectacular.

Travel south by road from Rock View Lodge to Ginep Landing.  From Ginep Landing we take a boat trip on the Rupununi River to Karanambu Lodge.  Depending on the river level, this trip offers an excellent opportunity to look for Giant Otters as there are several family groups which live along this stretch of the Rupununi River

Late in the afternoon we will travel by boat to look for wild Giant River Otters and as dusk falls to the ponds to see the giant Amazonia Regis water lily, bloom at dusk.  On the return trip we will spotlight for Black Caiman and birds and creatures of the night.

Overnight: Karanambu Lodge

Day 11: Pakaraima Mountains (B, L, D)

This morning we may make an early start to reach an area of rolling grasslands, which is home to a population of giant anteaters.  With luck, we shall locate one of these six-foot long animals excavating its breakfast from one of the red termite mounds that stud the savannah. The giant anteater, also known as the ant bear, is a large insectivorous mammal native to Central and South America. It is recognizable by its elongated snout, bushy tail, long fore claws and distinctively coloured pelage. It feeds primarily on ants and termites, using its fore claws to dig them up and its long, sticky tongue to collect them. Though giant anteaters live in overlapping home ranges they are mostly solitary except during mother-offspring relationships, aggressive interactions between males, and when mating. Mother anteaters carry their offspring on their backs until weaning them.

An evening visit to a nearby pond to see hundreds of Ibis, Anhinga, Heron and Egret roosting (only in rainy season) is a highlight. If you are interested in bird watching you can explore woodland patches or gallery forest along the river where we’ll hope to find such species as Spotted Puffbird, Striped Woodcreeper, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Golden-spangled Piculet, Bearded Tachuri and Capuchinbird. A feature bird for the area is Agami Heron. An evening walk along the airstrip offers seven species of nightjar and among the grasslands the Double-striped Thick-knees.

Overnight: Karanambu Lodge

Day 12: Transfer to Amerindian Village of Yupukari and Caiman House (B, L, D)

Just incasee you were unable to see a Giant Anteater the previous morning, there is time to travel out to search the savannah again. Or, you also have th option to explore the Rupununi River in search of wild Giant River Otters, Black Caiman and Arapamia. After the boat journey, we return to the Lodge for breakfast before departure. After breakfast, we say our goodbyes and transfer upriver by motorized boat to the nearby Amerindian village of Yupukari and Caiman House.

Vehicle transfer from landing to Caiman House.

Overnigt: Caiman House

Day 13: Transfer to GeorgeTown

Your penultimate day can be spent either, by visiting the village to learn about the locals and their way of life. Or, bird watching in search of the many Savannah, Gallery Forest and River Edge Birds found in the Ciman House area, also including, Pinnated Bittern, Green Tailed Jacamer, Black Chinned Antbird and Capuchinbird.

Vehicle transfer from Caiman House to airstrip to board scheduled flight for journey over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers and hundreds of miles of tropical rainforest to land at Eugene F. Correia International Airport.

Pickup at Eugene F. Correia International Airport and transfer to Georgetown.

Overnight: Cara Lodge

Day 14: End of Trip

Pickup in Georgetown and transfer to Cheddi Jagan International Airport for departing flight. Forward flight to your next destination.

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