Guyana Nature Tour

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Run by: Rainbow Tours

Reference number: ITN-GUY001

From: £5070.00

This two-week small group tour showcases Guayna's breathtaking natural wonders, as well as its cultural and wildlife highlights. See the Kaieteur Falls, visit the Iwokrama Conservation Centre and stay at Karanambu, home to Diane McTurk's Giant river otter sanctuary. This trip also enables you to interact with, and learn from, the indigenous communities that live in Guyana's forests.

The same trip can be done as a private tour.

Itinerary

Day 1 Daytime flight to Georgetown and transfer to Cara Lodge. Dating back to the 1840's, the hotel is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the city. Over the years it has hosted many dignitaries including George V who back in 1923 planted the sapodilla tree in the front garden. Rooms are in keeping with the traditional style of the property and ooze old world charm.

Day 2 Take the scheduled flight over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers to Kaieteur Falls. From the air marvel at the lush green tropical rainforest before landing at the local airstrip. At 228 metres, Kaieteur falls is almost five times the height of Niagara Falls and a truly wonderful sight.

Day 3 Early in the morning you will take a flight to Annai where you will enjoy breakfast at Rock View Lodge and then travel by 4x4 to Iwokrama River Lodge. The Iwokrama Rainforest stretches over one million acres and is a specially protected area located inside one of the last remaining untouched tropical forests. Inside the Iwokrama Rainforest, the Makushi people have lived for the last thousand years. You will spend the afternoon at leisure and are free to go on the trails around the lodge with a ranger where you may spot many bird species such as the Bronzy Jacamar and Capunchinbird.

Day 4 In the early morning you will travel on the Essequibo and to Indian House Island spotting birds along the way and then arrive back at the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast you will climb for just under two hours up to the peak of Turtle Mountain where you can enjoy amazing forest canopy views and en route possibly spot the red howler monkeys and maybe even a jaguar! After lunch at the lodge you will travel to Kurupukari Falls by boat to see the Amerindian petroglyphs and a little Amerindian Village to see how cassava is processed and used.

Day 5 After a dawn time wildlife walk, you will travel by 4x4 on a trail to try and spot a jaguar. Along the road there is the opportunity to spot many bird species and possibly even monkeys. Although the road is the main north-south access road linking the country to Brazil there is very little traffic increasing the chances of seeing wildlife such as agouti, tayra and tapir. You will spend the night at the Atta Rainforest Lodge.

Day 6 The area around Atta Rainforest Lodge is excellent for birding, however the main attraction is the 154 metre long canopy walkway. The four platforms, with the highest at 30m, allow great viewing of different species which would be difficult to spot from the forest floor. A clearing near the lodge is the perfect spot for one of Guyana's 'must see' birds the Crimson Fruitcrow, as they often feed in some of the trees. It is also a reliable site for the Black Curassow, with a family regularly passing through the clearing.

Day 7 After breakfast you will travel by 4x4 to a trail in the Iwokrama to try and spot the Guianian Cock-of-the-rock. Afterwards you will travel to another Amerindian village, Surama, which is located deep within the rainforest and surrounded by forest clad hills. At Surama, you will be welcomed by the people and taken to the simple accommodation and afterwards you will go on a tour of the village seeing the church and school. In the evening there will be a wildlife walk and you will have the opportunity to see the forest by night.

Day 8 Before dawn you will climb up the Surama Mountain and enjoy breakfast at look out point with incredible views across the village and savannah to the Pakaraima Mountaints. You will return to the village for lunch and then depart for a three mile walk to the Burro Burro River where you will paddle to spot the Giant River Otters and many other species.

Day 9 Today you will travel by 4x4 to Rock View Lodge at Annai. The road winds through the savannah and the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains and offers the perfect opportunity for savannah birding. Jabiru Stork are often spotted in this area. The Rupununi Savannah is an extensive area of grassland with termite mounds and scattered or riparian woodland. Rock View Lodge is located inside the Rupununi Savannah at the point of intersection with the Pakaraima Mountains and resembles an oasis which attracts many species of bird.

Day 10 In the early morning you will go on the Panorama Trail, at the foothills of the Palaraima Mountains, to hopefully spot a Reddish Hermit or Yellow-billed Jacamar. As the sun rises take in the spectacular views across the vast, wide savannah. You will visit another Amerindian village and see cashew nut roasting. In the evening you can enjoy drinks by the pool at Rock View Lodge.

Day 11 Today, during the drive you might catch sight of a Jabiru Stork or Toco Toucan. You will take a boat trip to Karanambu Ranch and may spot some Giant Otters on the way. You will reach the ranch and once settled take a boat to see the otters and as dusk falls to the ponds see the giant Victoria Regis waterlily bloom. On the way back to the lodge look out for Black Caiman and the birds and creatures of the night.

Day 12 Around the ranch there is a host of birds and wildlife such as the Spotted Puffbird or Striped Woodcreeper. when water levels are appropriate a wooded swamp nearby is the ideal spot for a large colony of Boat-billed Herons as well as Egrets, Anhingas and Wattled Jacarnas. This is truly a bird lover's paradise.

Day 13 Today you will journey in the savannah hoping to spot a giant anteater. After breakfast you will go on the Rupununi River hoping to spot otters and birds. You will go by boat to Yupukari and Caiman House where there are ongoing development projects such as, an internet-enabled public library. You will meet the crafts-people, builders and if you wish to you can help with a field study on the Black Caiman alligator in the evening.

Day 14 In the morning you can visit the village and learn about the local way of life. There is also the option of bird-watching in search of the many savannah, gallery forest and river-edge birds found in this area. After breakfast take the short flight to Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, where you will go on a city tour. Georgetown is situated on the Demerara River Estuary and was chosen as a site for a fort to guard the early Dutch settlements. Learn about the history of the city and take in the unique architecture whilst sampling the local exotic fruits.

Day 15 Transfer to Georgetown airport for your return overnight flight to the UK.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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