In Search Of The Giants of Guyana

15 Days from £3997 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
15 Days
Group Tour
Off The Beaten Track

This group tour is all about giants: anteaters, otters, turtles, rodents, snakes, water lilies, fish – we could see the largest species of each of these in the little-visited land of Guyana, which also has the longest single-drop waterfall in the world. With an impressive number of departure dates and needing only two participants to run, we know this itinerary will be one of our most popular.

PLEASE NOTE: Flights to and from Georgetown on Caribbean Airlines or Liat and other destinations in the Caribbean are unprotected connections. To reduce the risk of a missed departure we can arrange overnight accommodation in Antigua, Barbados and Port of Spain.

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Itinerary

Price from £3997 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Depart London, Barbados, Antigua, or another Caribbean destination to Georgetown, Guyana. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Cara Lodge. Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Kaieteur Falls

Transfer to Ogle airstrip and take flight to Kaieteur Falls. Explore the area with your guide. With a drop of 741 feet the falls are five times the height of Niagara and benefit from few visitors. The falls have even produced a special microclimate that has resulted in a cloud forest ecosystem supporting the massive tank bromeliad and its charming resident, the endemic Kaieteur golden rocket frog. Return flight back to Georgetown.

Staying at Cara Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 3 - Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve

Transfer to Ogle airport and take flight over miles of rainforest to Lethem/Annai. Met on arrival and transfer to Iwokrama River Lodge. Afternoon exploration of trails with a ranger looking for wildlife. Eight species of primate occur here and there are possibilities to see a wide range of birds including the bizarre capuchinbird at its lek (display ground), and other fauna. In the evening, take a boat trip downriver to spot black and spectacled caiman, tree boas and other nocturnal wildlife.

Staying at Iwokrama River Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve

Early morning excursion by boat along the river to spot wildlife. Later hike to the summit of Turtle Mountain where there are sensational views over the pristine rainforest as far as the eye can see. Black spider and red howler monkeys, the rare orange breasted falcon and various macaws are frequently seen from here. After a picnic lunch on the mountain, return to the lodge and visit Kurupukari Falls to see the Amerindian petroglyphs, and then continue by boat to Michelle Island.

Staying at Iwokrama River Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Iwokrama Canopy Walkway

An early morning walk in the forest to spot primates and birds then transfer along a forest road (with good past sightings of jaguar and ocelot) to Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. Spend the afternoon exploring the canopy walkways and platforms looking for birdlife, primates and animals using the trails below. Stay up on the walkway until dusk to watch the sunset and hopefully see the rare white-winged potoo after dark.

Staying at Atta Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Iwokrama Canopy Walkway

Early morning birdwatching from the canopy walkway may produce sightings of canopy specialist birds such as the pompadour cotinga and if lucky primates or even a harpy eagle. Spend the rest of the day exploring the trails around the walkway in search of birds, saki monkeys, butterflies and fascinating reptiles, amphibians and insects.

Staying at Atta Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Surama

An early morning excursion to a Guianan cock-of-the-rock lek. Transfer to the Amerindian village of Surama, set in a patch of savannah and surrounded by forest. There will be a warm welcome from the community and a tour of the village and perhaps visiting the school. Afternoon excursion with the local guides in search of forest wildlife followed by a night walk in the forest for nocturnal species.

Staying at Surama Eco Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Surama

Today rise early and take a pre-dawn hike to the top of Surama Mountain to watch the sun rise and enjoy exciting birdwatching after first light. After lunch back at the village, hike to the Burro Burro River and take canoes to search for wildlife from the river. Possible sightings include giant otters, black spider and weeping capuchin monkeys and scarlet macaws.

Staying at Surama Eco Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Annai

Transfer to Annai and Rock View Lodge, nestled between the Amerindian villages of Annai and Rupertree. The rest of the day is at leisure. There is an inviting swimming pool and hummingbird-filled gardens to enjoy. The surrounding savannah is home to many birds such as double-striped thick-knee, burrowing owl and South American snipe, as well as occasional giant anteaters.

Staying at Rock View Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Karanambu

Morning to visit local Amerindian villages and hiking in the Pakaraima Mountains. The nearby Panorama trail offers good views of the savannah and a chance to see the striking black and yellow poison dart frog.

Transfer to Karanambu Ranch, located in the northern Rupununi region, a crossover area for wetlands, forests and savannahs. Karanambu is the home of Diane McTurk who is well known for her past work in rehabilitating orphaned giant otters back to the wild. Afternoon/evening excursion by boat to look for wild giant river otters and to ponds to see the Victoria Amazonica waterlily bloom at dusk. Spotlight on the journey back for nocturnal wildlife.

Staying at Karanambu Ranch. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Karanambu

In the morning, explore the savannah behind the lodge in search of giant anteaters. The large expanse of savannah here supports a high density of anteaters and the chances to find one are very high. Afternoon visit to a swamp for great bird watching with large roosts of ibis, herons and egrets: snakes and caiman can be seen on the return journey.

Staying at Karanambu Ranch. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Caiman House

Morning excursions into the local flooded and gallery forests where many wetland and forest species can be seen including capuchinbird and yellow oriole, common squirrel and brown capuchin monkeys.

Transfer by boat and then drive to Yupukari and Caiman House. During the afternoon take an excursion along the river to search for giant otters, primates, caiman and other wildlife. In the evening you will be invited to watch, and even participate in, the capture and study of black caiman along the Rupununi River. Researchers catch and collect data from caimans which are then released back into the river.

Staying at Caiman House. Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Georgetown

Morning excursion to the local village for an insight into the life of the Yupukari communities. Alternatively it is possible to have a guided exploration of the savannah and gallery forest in search of more wildlife. Afternoon transfer to the airstrip and fly back to Georgetown and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon city tour of Georgetown.

Staying at Cara Lodge. Includes Breakfast.

Day 14 - Georgetown

Transfer to the airport and fly to London via Trinidad, Antigua or Barbados (depending on airline)

Includes Breakfast.

Day 15 - Arrive London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
No

Flight Info:
Fly from London Gatwick to Antigua or Barbados on British Airways or Virgin and connect with Liat or Caribbean Airlines to Georgetown.

Area Specialist

Ian Loyd
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This tour can also be taken on a Tailor-Made basis or on a fully escorted basis with the same naturalist guide escorting you throughout. Please ask for details.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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We really enjoyed this trip – every location was thoroughly enjoyable for different reasons.

Ms H P - Kent

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Iwokrama River Lodge : 4.670600, -58.684759
Rock View Lodge: 3.962746, -59.130581
Karanambu Eco Lodge : 3.751893, -59.315186
Caiman House: 3.661194, -59.352903
Surama Village Eco-Lodge: 4.133333, -59.033333
Atta Rainforest Lodge : 4.244635, -58.904994