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Guyana is fast establishing itself as one of the premier wildlife watching destinations on the planet, a corner of South America that harbors a vast amount of fascinating creatures with superb opportunities for observing them in pristine natural environments. Our group tours and tailor made holidays to Guyana encompass some of the true highlights of this incredible country. Look for the enigmatic jaguar in the rain forests of Iwokrama, as brightly colored toucans and macaws fly overhead.
Travel on rivers through the jungle looking for giant river otters and caiman, and stay in an Amerindian community to learn more about how the original inhabitants of Guyana still live. Visit spectacular waterfalls, join the local vaqueros (cowboys) on horseback and search for monkeys, tapir and hundreds of different species of birds. Guyana is not yet established on the tourist trail but with such an array of attractions it may only be a matter of time. Travel now before everyone else catches on to the jewel in Latin America’s wildlife crown.
Day 1: Georgetown. Arrive in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital and transfer to your hotel. Overnight Cara Lodge.
Day 2: Kaiteur Falls – Orinduik Falls. Visit the famous Kaiteur Falls, where the Potaro River thunders 741 feet into the gorge below. Afterwards we visit Orinduik Falls, located on the border with Brazil, before returning to Georgetown for the evening. Overnight Cara Lodge or similar. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 3: Iwokrama. Fly over Guyana’s rain forest to Iwokrama, an incredible region of rain forest with a breathtaking diversity of species. Iwokrama is one of the best places to see jaguar in the wild. This afternoon is free to explore the trails with a ranger, and later we take a night boat trip to look for caiman and other nocturnal creatures. Overnight at Iwokrama Field Station. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Iwokrama. Take a morning boat ride to spot wildlife, followed by a boat journey to Turtle Mountain where we walk to the summit for spectacular views over the forest canopy. Afterward we visit Kurukupari Falls with their prehistoric Amerindian rock art, and then visit the Amerindian village of Fair View. Overnight at Iwokrama Field Station. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Iwokrama. Our day starts with a dawn wildlife walk, followed by a trip along one of the best trails for seeing jaguar. Sightings of course cannot be guaranteed but this is an excellent place for seeing one of Guyana’s most elusive creatures. We then head to the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, 35 meters up into the canopy, for a different perspective of the forest. Overnight Atta Rainforest Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Surama. Experience the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway, and visit an area renowned for sightings of one of Guyana’s most intriguing birds, the cock of the rock. We then continue to the Amerindian village of Surama, where a local guide will give us a tour of the forest and the village, with an opportunity to visit some of the houses. This evening we go out to experience the forest at night. Overnight at Surama Guesthouse. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Surama. Walk across the savanna and climb Surama Mountain for incredible views across the village to the Pakaraima Mountains. This afternoon we walk to the Burro Burro River to take a canoe trip, hoping to spot giant otters, tapir and spider monkeys amongst other wildlife. Overnight Surama Guesthouse. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Rock View Lodge. Travel by 4wd vehicle to Rock View Lodge, situated in a region where the savanna meets the forest covered foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains. With its tropical gardens and flowering trees, the lodge resembles an oasis in the savannah and attracts many species of birds. Overnight Rock View Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Rock View Lodge. At dawn take a hike in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains to search for birds. The rest of the day is free to join the vaqueros on horseback as they take cattle out to graze on the savanna or visit nearby Amerindian villages. Overnight Rock View Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Karanambu Ranch. Travel by 4wd vehicle and boat on the Rupununi River to Karanambu Ranch, home to Diane McTurk who is widely known for her work in rehabilitating orphaned giant river otters. In the late afternoon we take a boat out on the river to look for wild giant otters and other species. Overnight Karanambu Ranch. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Karanambu Ranch. Explore the area surrounding Karanambu Ranch. If there are any orphaned otters here you may be able to help Diane as she tends to them. You can also explore Simoni Pond, which offers some of the best fishing in Guyana, explore the flooded forest and savannah and look for Guyana’s rich bird life. Overnight Karanambu Ranch. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Karanambu Ranch – Caiman House. This morning travel out onto the savannah to search for a giant anteater. Explore the Rupununi River in search of wild giant river otters, black caiman and arapaima. After lunch transfer by boat, birdwatching along the way, to the Amerindian village of Yupukari and Caiman House.
Tonight enjoy a foray on the Rupununi River from Caiman House Field Station. As a guest you have the unique opportunity to support and participate in an ongoing field study of the black caiman, the largest member of the alligator family and an endangered species. You are invited to accompany the indigenous crew as they search for and capture these magnificent reptiles on the river. Overnight Caiman House. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 13: Caiman House - Georgetown. This morning we will have some time to visit the village, to learn about their way of life, or go birdwatching in search of the many good savanna, gallery forest and river-edge birds found in the Caiman House. After an early lunch take a flight back to Georgetown. On arrival we take a city tour of Guyana’s capital. Overnight at Cara Lodge. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 14: Georgetown. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Includes: (B).
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