Trip reference number: ITN-GUY003
Trip Operator: Rainbow Tours
Discover the secret of South America, visiting the untouched wilderness and the rich vibrant culture of Guyana before ending your holiday on the tiny idyllic Caribbean island of Tobago. Brimming with unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities, Guyana is a unique and authentic holiday far away from the well-trodden tourist paths of neighbouring countries. This itinerary takes you to astonishing wildlife havens and is ideal for wildlife and bird watching fans.
Your Guyana expedition will start in the capital Georgetown, a delightful melting pot of British and Dutch heritage with Caribbean influences. Explore the tree lined streets, the architecture of attractive colonial wooden buildings and the collection of restaurants and bars. From here you will fly south to Annai, a small traditional village on a hilltop in the North Rupununi district. Anticipate a warm welcome with your time here a fascinating insight into the indigenous people and their way of life.
Head over to the Iwokrama Rainforest and the canopy walkway to witness the jungle from a monkey's-eye view. As you walk across the aluminium walkway hanging 100 feet above the forest floor, you can expect to see an endless array of birds and wildlife. Come face to face with the red howler, black spider and squirrel monkeys and look down to see deers and tapirs on the forest floor. The bird watching is extraordinary with the exotic and extensive list of species you can expect to see including sapphire hummingbirds, toucans, macaws, parrots, harpy eagles and long-billed starthroat. Although no promises can be made, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the elusive jaguar. During your stay at the Atta Rainforest Lodge, you will be able to walk the forest canopy at the best times to see the intriguing day to night changes; sunrise, sunset and night time.
Leave behind the crowded dense, verdant and overgrown rainforest for the wide open land and endless vistas of the Rupununi savannah, travelling across to the Rupununi River. Your base for your riverside activities will be the Karanambu Lodge, one of Guyana's tourism highlights and home to Diane McTurk, famous for her work in rehabilitating orphaned otters.
Escape to the gorgeous, tranquil Baganara Island located on the east bank of the mighty Essequibo River. An exotic island paradise, this comfortable resort has the perfect relaxing ambience to appreciate after your Guyana adventures. Before leaving for Tobago, take a charter flight to Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls. Recognised as the crown jewels of Guyana's vast and varied ecosystem, the Kaieteur Falls is one of the world's largest single drop waterfalls displaying the elegance and power of nature. Fly over to the Brazilian border and the Orinduik Falls where you can throw yourself into the small waterfall, swimming underneath the tumbling waters.
For your last four nights you will fly to Tobago via Trinidad. While simply savouring the beautiful beach setting of Blue Waters Inn, tucked away in a secluded bay, you will also be able to delight in the Main Ridge Forest Reserve in the heart of the island. Declared a protected rainforest 200 years ago, the rainforest has remained untouched and untamed with the natural overgrown verdant environment home to a huge number of flora and fauna. The most outstanding of these is said to be the white-tailed sabrewing hummingbird, rare and endemic to Tobago.
Day 1 Arrive in Guyana where you will be met and transferred to Georgetown and your hotel for the next two nights, Cara Lodge. In the evening enjoy the delicious culinary delights of the hotel’s restaurant, The Bottle, known as one of the best in the capital.and famous for their aromatic Caribbean spices impeccably complementing the fresh seasonal produce.
Day 2 After breakfast take a tour around Georgetown, appreciating the unique wooden architecture, historic monuments, fabulous restaurants and vibrant market. The afternoon is for you to spend as you wish, either unwinding in the old world charm of the Cara Lodge or continuing your Georgetown exploration with the hotel in close proximity to many of the cities attractions.
Day 3 After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight south over the rainforest and savannah to the Annai village in North Rupununi. Upon arrival you will be taken for lunch at the Rock View Lodge. Nestled between the Amerindian villages of Annia and Rupertee, where the Pakaraima foothills collide with the tropical rainforest, the breathtaking views are the perfect introduction to this untouched part of the world. Your afternoon will be spent in the Amerindian community of Surama where you will take a walking tour of the village, meet the village counsellors, visit the school and learn about the Amazon Project. Welcoming you to the village way of life, your accommodation for the night is the Surama Eco Lodge the premiere community-based eco-lodge, providing you with simple basic yet clean comfortable lodging.
Day 4 In the cool morning air, walk across the savannah to climb Surama Mountain and observe the bird life. After lunch travel to the Iwokrama Forest to experience the flora and fauna from a different, slightly higher, perspective. Walk the canopy walkway, across the suspension bridges and viewing decks in both the late afternoon and evening. Staying at the Atta Rainforest Lodge means you have access to the walkway at all hours, observing the changes in jungle activity from day to night. Originally a hammock lodge, it has been converted to include eight comfortable rooms .
Day 5 Enjoy the canopy one last time at sunrise with the delightful dawn chorus of the birds and animals. You may be lucky enough to spot the secretive jaguar as the forest is gaining a reputation for its strong population. After breakfast depart for Rock View Lodge, a comfortable option which matches the picturesque location. Built with the aim of being both an environmentally friendly lodge and a working farm to benefit the local communities, swinging from the hammock on your veranda encircled by flourishing flowering garden this is a superb place to relax before the next part of your Guyana journey.
Day 6 At dawn take a hike in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains on the Panorama Trail for spectacular views across the savannah. After breakfast you will be taken by your four wheel vehicle across the savannah to the Ginep Landing on the Rupununi River. Take a boat across the serene river to Karanambu Lodge and your stay in one of Guyana’s true tourism highlights.
Day 7 Today explore the Rupununi River in search for the wild giant otter, black caiman and arapaima. In the evening visit Crane Pond, a bird watchers paradise, to see the hundreds of jabaru stork, ibis, anhinga, heron and egret roosting and settling in for the night.
Day 8 Make the most of the best inland fishing in Guyana with a morning trip to Simoni Pond. A large fresh water oasis, hopefully you will be successful in catching a peacock bass, the favourite catch of the area. Spend the afternoon exploring the flooded forest, journeying through the unique ecosystem including the spectacular Victoria Regina water lilies.
Day 9 Enjoy a leisurely morning to enjoy the facilities of Karanambu. After lunch you will fly back to Georgetown where you will be transferred to Baganara Island, one of three hundred and sixty-five islands in the mighty Essequibo. Baganara Island is five miles south of Bartica, gateway to the rain forest and the meeting point of the Essequibo and Mazaruni Rivers. The 187 acres of pristine garden full of tropical flowers will provide you with plenty of space to recline and relax. Sit on your balcony and enjoy the view or take a long walk along the golden sand beaches, lapped by the cool...
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