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Wildlife Viewing Tour in Guyana

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 - 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Guyana  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3995 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3995 US Dollar (USD)

Guyana, South America Undiscovered, is known for its pristine rainforests, vast savannahs and wetlands, and is considered the most unfrequented area of the Amazon Region. Wild Guyana takes you to the remote corners of this nature paradise in search of South America’s Giants, namely the Giant River Otter, Black Caiman, Harpy Eagle, Giant Anteater, Arapaima, Capybara, Giant River Turtle, Anaconda and South & Central America’s largest cat- the elusive Jaguar.

Day 1: Arrival.

Airport transfer to Georgetown: Overnight Hotel Sleep Inn International Hotel or Equivalent.

Day 2: Historic Georgetown & Kaieteur Falls.

Experience Guyana’s Historic Landmarks, Colonial Architecture dating back to the Seventeenth Century, and its pluralistic, ethnically, racially and religiously diverse peoples, referred to as the “Melting Pot” of the Caribbean. The City tour is mostly by foot and takes between two to three hours: After lunch take a 1 hour flight across Guyana’s pristine rainforest to Kaieteur Falls (World’s Largest Single Drop Water Falls). Kaieteur is nearly five times the height of Niagara Falls. Here we hope to find White-chinned and White-tipped Swifts swirling over the gorge, and the astonishingly colorful Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock; Return to Ogle Airport by aircraft at 17.00 hrs and transfer to Georgetown: Overnight Sleep Inn International Hotel (B).

Day 3: Iwokrama Field Station & River Lodge.

Take mid- morning flight across Guyana’s Pristine Rainforest and the North Rupununi Savannahs, and by vehicle the Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve; The Iwokrama Rainforest is a vast wilderness of one million acres. This protected area was established in 1996 as the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development. Iwokrama is exceptional among conservation organizations because it joins with local people in every aspect of its work. From research to business, Iwokrama ensures local economic and social benefits from forest use and conservation. The Forest is in the homeland of the Makushi people, who have lived here and used the forest for thousands of years.

This afternoon, we would explore the trails around the river lodge with an Iwokrama Ranger. Iwokrama is home to many bird species and the elusive Jaguar. The Iwokrama forest is rapidly gaining an international reputation for its healthy jaguar populations that seem not to be troubled by the appearance of curious humans. This evening we take a drive along the dirt road linking Guyana and Brazil to some of the areas where previous sightings of Jaguars have occurred. No promises, but many have been lucky. Return to the Lodge for Dinner: Overnight Iwokrama River Lodge (BLD).

Day 4: Turtle Mt Hike & Adventure Guianas Piraiba Lodge.

After breakfast, you will leave the river lodge for the journey to Turtle Mountain, and an exhilarating climb up the mountain to its summit at 935ft (approx. 360m). It takes 1 3/4hrs to walk up the mountain, but the effort is more than worth it for the breathtaking views over the forest canopy when you get there and chances of Green Aracari, White Bellbird or a fly-by of one of five types of Eagles. This trail is also a great location for seeing Black Spider Monkey and Red Howler Monkey and if we are very lucky even a Jaguar. This pristine forest offers huge buttress trees and the endemic Greenheart, a highly sought after hardwood. Return to the River Lodge for lunch and continue by boat deep into the jungles of Guyana. The boat ride ends at Adventure Guianas Piraiba (Lau Lau) Lodge, which is situated on the Eastern Bank of the Essequibo River, deep into the Jungles of Guyana. This four-bedroom facility offer guests a mixture of comfort and rusticity, surrounded by pristine rainforest, full of wildlife.

Named after the largest freshwater cat fish specie of South America, the Piraiba or Lau Lau, because of its proximity to their habitats, the Lodge is constructed primarily from one of our finest and most durable of wood specie-the Green Heart. This evening we would do a bit of fishing whilst observing the several species of macaws, toucans etc returning to their habitats to sleep. After dark, we’ll set out on the river, in hopes of finding the Black Caiman or another of its four species, and listen for night birds such as Spectacled Owl, White-winged Potoo, Rufous Potoo, Long-tailed Potoo, Zigzag Heron or Blackish Night Jar and one or another of the four species of caiman -Overnight Piraiba Lodge (BLD).

Day 5: Adventure Guianas Piraiba Lodge.

This morning we would set out on a boat ride further up the mighty Essequibo River, amidst lots of birdlife, hoping to see the Capybara, Giant Otter, Tapir, Primates (common are the Red Howler, Spider, Capuchins & Squirrel Monkeys) and even the elusive Jaguar, maybe feasting on a Giant River Turtle or Arapaima or just swimming from one bank to the other. After lunch we will take a guided walk through one of our nature trails, hoping to see the Gray Brocket Deer and other wildlife. Before dark observe the Toucans, Ospreys, Muscovy Ducks, Anhinga’s etc making their way to their respective resting spots-Overnight Piraiba Lodge (BLD).

Day 6: Canopy Walkway & Atta Lodge.

After breakfast, we depart by boat and continue by 4 x 4 along the trail with another opportunity to see the elusive Jaguar. Even so traffic is only very occasional and wildlife is often seen along the road, such as Agouti, Tayra, Puma, Tapir and Black Curassow. The journey concludes at the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway where we can bird watch from the vantage of 30 Metres up in the canopy. From this tree top vantage you can sometimes see Red Howler Monkeys and Black Spider Monkeys. The trails also have an interpretative walk with the trees named and you can learn about their varied uses in the Macushi culture. Deer and agouti are also regular visitors to the lodge. As dark falls on the Canopy Walkway, we will hope to see the White-winged Potoo. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge (BLD).

Day 7: Canopy Walk & Surama Amerindian Village.

Although the forest around Atta Lodge is excellent for birds, the major attraction here is a 154 metre long canopy walkway which is only 750m from the lodge. The walkway has four platforms, the highest of which is over 30 metres above the ground, and these will allow us to get great looks at a range of canopy species, many of which we would struggle to see well from the forest floor. Another area where we will want to spend some time is the clearing around the lodge, as this is one of the best places to see another of Guyana’s “must see” birds, the Crimson Fruitcrow. The unusually timid Black Curassow can also be seen as at least one family party has become habituated and regularly feeds in the clearing of Atta Rainforest Lodge.

After breakfast travel by vehicle to a trail in the Iwokrama Forest to hopefully see the amazingly brilliant Guianian Cock-of-the-rock. This trail is through interesting forest and the guides can show the use of the plants. Continue your trip onto the Amerindian village of Surama. The village of Surama is situated in a small savannah, deep in the rainforest and surrounded by forest clad hills. It was here that Charles Waterton passed through in 1812 in search of the secrets of the useful Wourali poison known as Curare. Waterton was so stunned by this spot that he wrote in his memoirs “The finest park that England boasts falls short of this delightful scene”. Surama’s inhabitants are mainly from the Macushi tribe and still observe many of the traditional practices of their forebears. On our arrival, we will receive a warm welcome from the local people and will be shown to our basic accommodation. Your guide will take you on a tour of the village. Visit the local school, medical centre and church along with some of the village houses. As the afternoon cools a local guide will escort you for a short walk on trails to observe the forest and bird life. See the forest through the eyes of your indigenous guide and learn about the medicinal plants and their uses in the Amerindian culture. Tonight enjoy an educational walk to observe wildlife and experience the mystique of the forest after dark. Overnight at Surama Eco-Lodge (BLD).

Day 8: Surama Mountain Hike & Burro Burro River Tour.

Rise before dawn for a walk across the savannah and then the exhilarating climb up Surama Mountain in the cool morning air. This is the best time to observe bird life along the trail. Breakfast will be served at a lookout point which affords incredible views across the village and savannah to the Pakaraima Mountains. Return to village for lunch and then take a three mile walk across the savannah and through the rainforest to the Burro Burro River. Your guides will then paddle you on the Burro Burro River for opportunities to observe Giant River Otters, Tapir, Tira, Spider Monkeys and many more species. Return to village for sunset. Overnight at Surama Eco Lodge (BLD).

Day 9: Karanambu Lodge.

After breakfast transfer by vehicle along the road through the savannah and at the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains onto Gennip Landing . Jabiru Stork and Toco Toucan are often seen along this stretch of road, as are Red Howler and Spider Monkey. From Ginep Landing we take a boat trip on the Rupununi River to Karanambu Lodge. Depending on the river level, this trip offers an excellent opportunity to look for Giant Otters as there are several family groups which live along this stretch of the Rupununi River. The journey ends at Karanambu Lodge, the home of Diane McTurk, widely known for her work in rehabilitating orphaned, giant river otters. Diane and her otters have appeared on National Geographic, Jeff Corwin Experience, Really Wild Show (BBC) and the Calgary’s “Zoo World”. Karanambu has a long history of visiting naturalists and Diane’s father, Tiny McTurk, has welcomed David Attenborough and Gerald Durrell (Three Singles to Adventure). Late in the afternoon we will travel by boat to look for wild Giant River Otters and as dusk falls to the ponds to see the giant Victoria Regis waterlily, bloom at dusk. On the return trip we will spotlight for Black Caiman and birds and creatures of the night. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge (BLD).

Day 10: Karanambu Lodge.

This morning we go out into the Savannahs in search of Giant Anteaters, which has been very successful over the years. Return to the Lodge for breakfast. If you are interested in bird watching you can explore woodland patches or gallery forest along the river where we’ll hope to find such species as Spotted Puffbird, Striped Woodcreeper, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Golden-spangled Piculet, Bearded Tachuri and Capuchinbird. A feature bird for the area is Agami Heron. In the evening we, would take another trip on the Rupununi River, to see the Giant Otters and other river creatures such as the Capybaras, before returning for dinner; Overnight Karanambu Lodge (BLD).

Day 11: Maipaima Lodge, Nappi Amerindian Village.

After breakfast, we travel Travel from the savannah into the rainforest to Maipaima Eco Lodge which is nestled in the rainforest covered Kanuku Mountains in the south central Rupununi district of Guyana. Once at Maipaima Eco Lodge enjoy a cool drink and relax in a hammock. Owned, operated and hand-built by the Macushi Amerindians of the Nappi Village Eco Tourism group, the lodge is named after the Maipaima Creek which runs past the property. Simple wooden cabins with en-suite bathrooms are linked by a raised wooden walkway to the main dining and communal area. Nappi is famous for its balata figurines and this afternoon you can learn about how the substance is harvested, see how the figurines are made and even try and make your own. At dusk the bush comes alive and in the clearing of the lodge you have the ability to see 360 degrees to view wildlife and birdlife. Overnight Maipaima Lodge (BLD).

Day 12: Maipaima Lodge.

At dawn you can bird from the clearing or venture along well maintained trails. Breakfast is served on the open veranda as macaws fly by and the red howler monkeys control the heights. From the lodge we set out on a trail observing wildlife as our guide takes us through the rainforest on our way to the Bat Cave. After 1500 metres we divert off the main trail for a chance to look for the Guianian cock-of-rock. Close by is Bat Cave, where you can observe hundreds of bats as they roost, clinging to the cave ceiling. The forest here is pristine with plenty of wildlife. Hard to see species include jaguar, ocelot and tapir. There is a chance to see harpy eagle as they nest in this area. More easily seen are spider, red howler, squirrel and capuchin monkeys. Return to the Lodge; Overnight Maipaima Lodge (BLD).

Day 13: Guyana & Brazil Frontier.

After breakfast, we set off to the Village in a Bull Drawn Cart and continue to by vehicle to the Guyana/Brazil Border Township of Lethem, located in the Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo Region of Guyana. Lethem is considered the capital of Region 9 and is a hub linking many of the surrounding Indigenous Villages with Georgetown and Boa Vista, the nearest town in Brazil. The recently commissioned Takutu River Bridge links the two countries and offers greater opportunities for trade and commerce. The town is approximately 280 feet above sea level and has a mixed population of approximately 3,500, with a heavy influence of Brazilian Culture. It is named after Sir Gordon James Lethem, who was the Governor of British Guiana from 1941 to 12 April 1947. The Rupununi Savannah is to Guyana what the Gran Sabana is to Venezuela, an extensive area of grassland with termite mounds and scattered or riparian woodland. It differs in that much of it is devoted to cattle raising, though the large ranches are not very productive. Indeed, one can travel for hours without seeing a domestic animal of any sort. Needless to say, the birdlife here is markedly different from that of the rainforest. We arrive Lethem for lunch, some rest and a drive across the Savannahs, onto the Amerindian Village of Kumu, nestled on the foothills of the Kanuku Mountains, take a short hike, before taking for a refreshing dip at Kumu Falls: return for dinner; Overnight Adventure Guianas Hotel & Courtyard (BLD).

Day 14: Lethem to Georgetown by Aircraft.

After an exhilarating two weeks, take a two hours flight to EF Correia Airport, where our vehicle will take you to Georgetown: Overnight Hotel (B).

Day 15: Depart Guyana.

Vehicle transfer to Airport for Onward International flight (B).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price: USD 3995 per person.

Price Includes:
- Transportation.
- Accommodation.
- Meals.
- Light refreshments.
- Local air fare and all entrance fees.

Note: Special rates apply to groups of 3 or more.

About This Supplier
Location: Guyana
Joined InfoHub: Feb 2010

We specialists in nature and adventure travel, and sport fishing. Our Piraiba Lodge, situated on the Upper Essequibo River, deep into the jungles of Guyana offers a complete nature, wildlife and sport fishing experience. Our Hotel Toucanna situated in Lethem, the heart of the Rupununi Savannahs offers guests the...

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