The Highlights of Guyana
Our popular small group tour offers the perfect introduction to Guyana, one of the most exciting, unique and least visited nations in South America.
English-speaking and little known, Guyana consists almost entirely of primary rainforest complemented by vast savannahs in the south, all home to a staggering array of fauna and flora. Guyana is known for its wildlife giants, the largest of their kind anywhere. These include giant river otter; giant anteater; capybara, the world’s largest rodent; the largest caiman, the black caiman; the largest freshwater fish, the arapaima; largest freshwater turtle, the giant river turtle; largest snake (anaconda) and pit viper (bushmaster), as well as two of South America’s most magnificent carnivores, jaguar and harpy eagle. However, many of these species are very rare and hard to see, especially in the dense forests.
Botanical giants include the Victoria amazonica ,the world’s largest water lily, and tank bromeliad, the world’s largest bromeliad. Geological highlights include Kaieteur Falls, five times the height of Niagara and the world’s highest single-drop waterfall. It’s a spectacular natural feature which creates a unique, localised cloud forest micro-climate.
The forests and savannahs of Guyana possess incredibly rich biodiversity. The rainforest fauna include spider and squirrel monkeys, five species of macaw, the bizarre Guianan cock-of-the rock, caiman, tree boa, colourful poison dart frogs and bizarre insects of all shapes and sizes: all regular encounters on this tour.
With a little more luck, giant anteaters and giant otters can also be seen and harpy eagles count among the 814 bird species to search for. This journey through Guyana is a real adventure with remote lodge stays, exotic wildlife and friendly Amerindian tribes still living naturally. The vast expanses of untouched rainforest, fascinating wildlife and cultures, and the impressive yet largely unknown Kaieteur Falls will ensure that Guyana will leave a lasting impression.
With a number of set departures throughout the year and a minimum group size of two, this tour is almost sure to run and perfect for those looking for flexibility in dates of travel combined with the camaraderie and cost savings of travelling in a group led by experienced, local naturalist guides.