The Rupununi is a vast area of dry grassland with sparse trees, termites mounds and wooded hills in the Southwest of the country, divided by the Kanuku Mountains and scattered with occasional Amerindian villages and a few large cattle ranches which date from the nineteen century. The Rupununi is rich in wildlife, particularly the forest galleries of the Kanuku Mts, home to more than 150 species of mammals and 800 species of birds, inclusive of the majestic Harpy Eagle. With 275 waterfalls, four mountain ranges, eighteen lakes and numerous waterways, any adventure is possible.
Day 1: Arrival and orientation. Having arrived at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Timehri, you will be taken to Mikel Plaza, situated in the Capital Georgetown. Following a briefing of the itinerary and what to expect over the next ten or so days, you will enjoy our local cuisine, Guyanese hospitality, a comfortable and secured night’s rest.
Day 2: Overland trek to Kaieteur. Having had an early breakfast, we depart Mikel Plaza at 06:00 via four wheel drive vehicles onto the Soesdyke Linden Highway then onto the Lethem/Brazil Trail through dense forest arriving at Mabura Police Check at around 10:00 before continuing to the Essequibo River crossing; crossing is by pontoon and continues through the trail arriving at the mining town of Mahdia around 13:00. At Mahdia a local meal would re-energize you for a rough ride to the Potaro River Landing where boats would take you up the winding Potaro River to Amatuk Falls (Rainforest Camp); dinner and some tails from the local guides would follow before falling asleep in hammocks slung in an outdoor camp.
Day 3: "Oh My God" Climb to the Kaieteur Plateau. After breakfast a short trek around the Amatuk Falls would take you to another boat up river to Waratuk Falls (lower boundary of Kaieteur National Park); having checked in with the Park Rangers, the boat trip continues to Tukeit (foot of the Kaieteur Mt, part of the Ayangana Mt Range). A pre-packed lunch/snack would prepare you for the trek up the “Oh my God trail, approximately 600 m or 1800 ft.
The climb would test your fitness before arriving at the Kaieteur Plateau where the reward of seeing the majestic Kaieteur Falls is quite satisfying; you are now considered an “Overlander”. The rest of the day could be spent touring the surrounding areas of the Falls viewing rare flora and fauna some of which are endemic the Kaieteur and the elusive Cock of the Rock; you will be fascinated by the sight of thousands of swifts signaling the end of the day, returning home (behind the falls) before a deserved rest at the Kaieteur Guest house.
Day 4: Return to Amatuk. After soaking up the majesty of Kaieteur, you reluctantly journey down the “Oh my God Trail” re-joining the boats down river to Waratuk onto Amatuk for the night. Reflections, a couple of rum punch and stiffness from the previous day’s activities would quickly put you to sleep.
Day 5: Iwokrama and Canopy Walkway. A good night’s rest and the prospect of visiting Iwokrama, the second legally protected area (Kaieteur National Park being the first) would set you off to the Potaro Landing to continue via land to Lethem/Brazil trail arriving at the Essequibo River crossing, Kurupukari with the Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve on the other side of the river. A short tour of the Iwokrama Field Station followed by another 45 minutes drive would take you to the Canopy Walkway and Atta (local dialect for hammock) Rainforest Lodges where you would overnight.
Day 6: Surama Amerindian Village. Following an early morning tour of the Canopy Walkway, your best chance of seeing some of the 500 species of avian fauna, we depart for Surama where community based tourism has ensured their worldwide recognition; at Surama the local guides will ensure your afternoon is filled with fascinating activities of wildlife adventure, canoeing, birding etc. before returning to rest in the locally built lodges.
Day 7: Rockview Lodge and Karanambu Ranch. A short drive from Surama would take you to Rockview Lodge for a snack, before continuing to Karanambu, a sanctuary for giant otters and a popular birding destination. River tours down the Rupununi River would provide the opportunity for interaction with giant otters, caiman spotting and of course birding. Sport fishing, depending on your interest is part of the attractions, given the rich fish life of the Rupununi River.
Day 8: Lethem (Guyana/Brazil Frontier). Having experienced, the tropical rainforest and the north Rupununi Savannahs, we depart for Lethem with stops at the Amerindian villages of Yupukari and Parishara before arriving at Lethem with the Kanukus in full view. A tour of Lethem and the Brazil Frontier (Takutu Bridge and the neighbouring village of Bon Fim) would complete another intriguing day before relaxing at our Villa and Courtyard.
Day 9: Dadanawa Ranch. We depart for Dadnawa Ranch, considered the oldest and largest cattle ranch in the region, passing through the Kanuku Mt (considered by the Amerindians as “Mountains of life”) and lush Savannahs of the South Rupununi. Apart from the rich birdlife and awe of "mother nature", you can experience horse back riding, cattle roping, before the Vaqueros (local cowboys) would complete what would have been a truly remarkable experience. Overnight Ranch-Styled Guest house.
Day 10: Reflection. After a hearty lunch, we journey back to Lethem for an evening of reflection: Overnight our Villa and Courtyard.
Day 11: Transfer to Georgetown. Return to the Georgetown via aircraft for continuation of your stay/return to International Airport.
Note: Tour could be customized to suit your itinerary, interest and budget or extended to allow for additional days at destinations of choice.
Price: USD 2495 per person.
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