Maipaima Eco Lodge
The community-run Maipaima Eco-Lodge is situated within Napi village in the remote, forested Kanuku foothills of central Guyana.
The lodge receives very few visitors each year mainly because of its difficult access, but those that do make the effort are treated to a very special experience. Staying at Maipama enables guests to discover the way of life of the community first hand, experience the extraordinarily diverse rainforest and maybe visit the beautiful Jordon Falls.
Accommodation is in 2 separate traditional benab huts, each containing 2 private simple bedrooms and there are separate bathrooms attached to each.
There is a large communal benab containing a dining room where the chef serves very good traditional food. There is no phone, internet or radio access and a generator provides electricity for only a few hours a day. Maipaima Eco-Lodge is suitable for those looking for an off the beaten track location and remote jungle adventure.
Excursions include a trek through pristine primary rainforest to the beautiful Jordon Waterfalls. Overnight camping can be arranged there in hammocks. Other activities include birdwatching along trails, a visit to a lek of the Guianan cock-of-the-rock, visits to a cave with a large bat roost and wild swimming in the local river. The villagers are also keen to showcase their sculptures using a rubber-like substance called balata which is harvested from trees.
Private bathrooms (cold water showers) and electricity for a limited amount of hours per day.
A lek (display site) of the spectacular Guianan cock-of the rock is found close to the lodge and, with luck, should provide superb views of the male bird’s impressive mating display. A maternity roost of several species of bats occurs in a large cave nearby. The rainforest is home to a staggering diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies and monkeys and macaws are frequently seen.
Excursions include a trek through pristine primary rainforest to the beautiful Jordon Waterfalls. Overnight camping can be arranged here in hammocks and other activities include birdwatching along trails, a visit to a lek site of the Guianan cock-of-the-rock, visiting a cave with a large bat roost and swimming in the local river. The villagers are also keen to showcase their sculptures using a rubber-like substance called (balata) harvested from trees.
If you have any questions regarding our Guyana tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965
WILDLIFE: EXCELLENT Giant anteater swimming across the river. Number of bird species in Trinidad and the tarantula! The otters of course! And a baby anteater which unfortunately died. At least 4 species of monkey. Amazonian water lilies. Bat hanging from shower head! Golden frog in bromeliad. Cane toad, boa constrictor, jaguar tracks in sand.
GENERAL COMMENTS: We saw an extremely varied range of landscapes, plants, animals. We met a lot of very friendly and very interesting people. We have travelled extensively and this was one of the best trips we have ever had. Guyana was special as it is one of the most unspoilt wildernesses we ever visited. We never reached the stage where we felt ready to return home and have found it very difficult to adjust to our normal lives. Apart from in the hotels, the food was excellent – a good range, well cooked using local ingredients imaginatively! We appreciated Delice’s visits to the hotel at both ends of the Guyana visit. The Asa Wright Lodge was extremely well run, with outstanding attention to detail. Keep finding people like the McTurks for us to visit!