Natural Guyana Off The Beaten Track

17 Days from £5852 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
17 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Primate Watching
Birding
Off The Beaten Track

This varied itinerary includes some of Guyana’s premier wildlife lodges as well as some less-visited wilderness properties which offer a far more remote wildlife experience. These are complemented well by the spectacular waterfall and cloud forests of Kaieteur and the colonial architecture of Georgetown, affording a comprehensive overview of the country and all its manifold attractions.

Itinerary

Price from £5852 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart UK (Wednesday or Friday)

Depart the UK, connect via Barbados or Antigua to Georgetown, Guyana. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Cara Lodge. Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Iwokrama Canopy Walkway

Fly to Annai and transfer to Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. Explore the canopy walkway for some excellent birdwatching and experience the life of the canopy as the sun settles over the rainforest.

Staying at Atta Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Iwokrama Canopy Walkway

Guided excursion on the canopy walkway to experience the dawn chorus in the forest. This is the best time to see and hear the wealth of birds found in the surrounding rainforest including many canopy feeding specialists, raptors, toucans and parrots and occasionally primates. The rest of the day is at leisure for exploring the walkway and the other trails in search of wildlife. Many of the trees are marked with identification tags along the trails, adding extra botanical interest.

Staying at Atta Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Surama

A morning excursion to observe the lek (mating display) of the Guianan cock-of-the-rock in the nearby forest. Transfer to the Amerindian village of Surama. Upon arrival there will be a warm welcome from the community and tour of their village. Afternoon excursions along the river or through the forest with the local guides, followed by a night walk in the forest for nocturnal species.

Staying at Surama Eco-Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Surama

Today hike to the top of Surama Mountain to watch the sun rise and enjoy an al fresco breakfast. This is a great time to be birdwatching along this trail and for seeing primates at fruiting trees. After lunch back at the village, hike the rainforest trails looking for wildlife.

Staying at Surama Eco-Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Surama

Morning canoe trip along the Buro Buro River in search of wildlife. Possible sightings include black spider and red howler monkeys, scarlet macaws and toucans. There are several families of giant otters in the area that can be seen, with a little luck. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Staying at Surama Eco-Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Rewa

Drive to the Rupununi River then transfer upstream by boat to the Amerindian community of Rewa. Staying at the Rewa Eco-Lodge enables you to see how the community, which has had little exposure to the outside world, lives as well as enjoying the diverse wildlife in the area.

Staying at Rewa Eco-Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Rewa

Walk to the summit of Awarmie Mountain for a sensational view over the rainforest and, hopefully, sightings of several species of monkey and birds including the rare orange-breasted falcon. Afternoon guided excursions along the Rewa River to look for wildlife including eight species of monkeys, giant otters, black caiman, giant river turtles and macaws. A harpy eagle nest is sometimes occupied near the lodge – a rare treat if you are in luck.

Staying at Rewa Eco-Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Rewa

Another day of guided activities including a visit to the traditional farming land of the community. An afternoon visit to Grass Pond offers beauty and tranquillity and more opportunities to see wildlife including many species of heron and bird of prey. The pond has a high concentration of the arapaima, the largest freshwater fish in the world, and some very large black caiman.

Staying at Rewa Eco-Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Yupukari

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 and other wildlife. In the evening you will be invited to watch and even participate in the study of black caiman along the Rupununi River. Researchers catch and collect data about the caiman, which are then released back into the river.

Staying at Caiman House. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Kanuku Mountains

Transfer overland. The Maipaima Eco-Lodge is a community run operation located in remote rainforest at the foot of the Kanuku Mountains. Time to rest or explore the nearby trails on arrival.

Staying at Maipaima Eco-Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Kanuku Mountains

Today hike for a few hours through pristine rainforest to Jordon Falls, an area of exposed rock with tumbling water and numerous wild swimming spots. There are hammocks for resting and al fresco dining. The Maipaima team are on hand to prepare overnight camping for the guests.

Staying at Hammock Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Kanuku Mountains

Return to the lodge through the rainforest. Afternoon to explore trails from the lodge. A nearby cave is home to roosting bats; a Guianan cock-of-the-rock lek can be visited; try swimming in Maipaima Creek; and see demonstrations of traditional sculpture work from the local villagers.

Staying at Maipaima Eco-Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 14 - Georgetown

Drive to Lethem and fly back to Georgetown. Afternoon guided city tour of the principal sites including St Andrews Kirk, Stabroek Market and the Botanical Gardens.

Staying at Cara Lodge. Includes Breakfast.

Day 15 - Kaieteur Falls

Take scheduled flight to Kaieteur Falls and enjoy exploring 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 16 - Fly to the UK

Transfer to the airport, take flight to Port of Spain, Trinidad, and connect with onward flight to the UK.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 17 - Arrive back in the UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
British Airways fly from London Gatwick to Barbados or Antigua where a connection (unprotected) with Liat Airlines can be made to Georgetown, Guyana.

Area Specialist

Ian Loyd
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Rise early at Rewa Lodge to look for primates in the trees around the lodge just after first light. The rare golden-handed tamarin and shaggy brown (Guianan) saki monkey are often spotted here.

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

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

Ms H P - Kent

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Cara Lodge: 6.812775, -58.156061
Rewa Eco Lodge: 3.912806, -58.785052
Caiman House: 3.661194, -59.352903
Surama Village Eco-Lodge: 4.133333, -59.033333
Maipaima Eco Lodge : 3.416667, -59.566667
Atta Rainforest Lodge : 4.244635, -58.904994