Guyana is known for its rich bio-diversity and captivating sceneries, particularly bird species and shares the Guianan Shield, the world’s oldest geological formation with Venezuela to the west and Suriname (French Guiana) to the east. The inaccessibility of Guyana’s tropical rainforest is fundamental to the survival of some of the world’s most endangered species such as the Harpy Eagle, Cock of the Rock, Arapaima, Giant Otter, Giant Anteater, Jaguar and Black Caiman. The Rupununi is a vast are of dry grassland with sparse trees, termites mounds and wooded hills in the Southwest of the country, divided by the Kanuku Mt and scattered with occasional.
Amerindian villages and a few large cattle ranches 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 more than 250 species of mammals and 1,000 species of birds, spreading across 275 waterfalls, four mountain ranges, eighteen lakes and numerous waterways, any wildlife 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: Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve. We set out from Georgetown via four wheel drive Land Rovers, thru the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, entering the Guyana/Brazil Trail considered the gateway to Guyana’s Hinterland. After brief stops along the way, we approach the mighty Essequibo River crossing of Kurupukari. Crossing is by pontoon onto the Iwokrama Reserve. Iwokrama International Center for Rainforest Conservation and Development manages the nearly one million acre (371,000 hectares) Iwokrama.
Forest in central Guyana to show how tropical forests can be conserved and sustainably used to provide ecological, social and economic benefits to local, national and international communities. The Iwokrama Forest and the Rupununi Wetlands and savannahs offer visitors the opportunity for an exceptional natural and cultural experience set in a learning context. Overnight Eco lodges.
Day 3: Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. One hour drive from the Iwokrama Field River Lodge is the 154 meters (505 feet) sate-of-the art Canopy Walkway which envelopes you in the jungle’s mid-level canopy from heights of up to 30 meters (98 feet). Visits at dusk or dawn, offers the best chance to see birds like the Green Aracari, Scarlet Macaw, Guiana Toucanette or Channel-bill Toucan. Red Howler Monkeys may also be observed.
Day 4: Surama Amerindian Village. We continue to Surama, located in the North Rupununi District of Annai, 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, Amerindian way of life etc. before returning to rest in the locally built Eco lodges.
Day 5: Rewa Village. Located at the junction of the Rupununi and Rewa Rivers, accessible only by boat, Rewa is ideal for sports fishing, birding and other wildlife adventures. Their recently built eco lodges and benabs (Amerindian dialect for meeting place) gives meaning to the phrase; “nature’s paradise”.
Day 6: Rockview Lodge. Having spent most of the day at Rewa we return to Rockview Lodge, considered as “the oasis of the Rupununi”. After six intriguing days, a much deserved dip in Rupununi’s only swimming pool would recharge your batteries and set the stage for the continuation of “Wild Guyana”.
Day 7: Karanambu Ranch. We journey onto Karanambu, located further down the Rupununi River, where Diane MC Turk has a sanctuary for giant otters. River tours up the Rupununi River would provide the opportunity for interaction with giant otters and of course birding. Witnessing the early morning opening of the Giant Amazonica Lilly (Guyana’s National Flower) or searching for the Giant Anteater in the Savannahs are all part of the day’s activities. Overnight Eco lodges.
Day 8: Yupukari Village and Caiman House. A short drive from Karanambu, we arrive at Yupukari, an Amerindian Village nestled along the Rupununi River, where research on Black Caimans have earned them wide ranging recognition. Caiman spotting and other nocturnal wildlife activities showcases their potential as a leader in Community Base Tourism: Overnight Caiman House.
Day 9: Nappi Village and Maipaima Eco-lodge. Further south/east we head for Nappi Village, located at the foothills of the Kanukus. The Amerindians of Nappi are known for their agriculture and craft, particularly, made from balata (liquid bled from the balata tree and processed into all forms of animal and tree ornaments). With the nearby Kanuku Mts, birding is an obvious feature.
Day 10: Lethem (Guyana/Brazil Frontier), Having experienced, the tropical rainforest and the north Rupununi Savannahs, we depart for Lethem with the Kanukus in full view. A tour of Lethem and the Brazil Frontier (Takutu Bridge and the neighboring village of Bon Fim) would complete another intriguing day before relaxing/overnight at our Villa and Courtyard for a mix of Brazilian/Guyanese cuisine.
Day 11: 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 Guesthouse.
Day 12: Reflection. After a hearty lunch, we journey back to Lethem for an evening of reflection: Overnight our Villa and Courtyard.
Day 13: Transfer to Georgetown. Return to the Georgetown via aircraft for continuation of your stay/return to the International Airport.
Note: Tour could be customized to suit your itinerary, interest and budget or extended to allow for additional days at the destinations or include a day tour to Kaieteur Falls.
Price: USD 2995 per person.
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