Guyana is a wild country where nature exists untamed and unrestricted. To reach its deep, uncharted secrets traditional methods of transport just won’t do, so on this tour we explore the country by air, by river and on foot. Beginning your tour on the border with Brazil, take a helicopter ride to the top of Mount Roraima, wind along the Rupununi river and hike in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains. Along your way you will become an expert bird spotter and will be awed by Guyana’s impressive waterfalls. After all that adventure, return to civilisation and tour Georgetown, the beautiful colonial city that is capital of Guyana. This is an ideal tour to combine with an extension to Manaus and the Brazilian Amazon region where you can extend your wildlife spotting opportunities and have access to a further diversity of species.
Price: From £4000 per person
Guyana is the land of adventure. This small corner of the
continent remains raw and undiscovered by tourists, and a visit here is a
chance to experience the real South America. The country is largely covered
with dense jungle and rainforest, home to a host of colourful wildlife; whilst
on its Atlantic shores sea turtles nest. Guyana’s people are a happy, friendly
bunch who are prioritising ecotourism as a sustainable means for developing
their country. English is the official language, meaning you can really immerse
yourself in the culture and get to know the local people - whether chatting to
handicraft makers at local markets or telling a local restaurant owner how much
you enjoyed the tasty Creole-inspired food. You may also wish to combine your trip
to Guyana with an extension into the neighbouring Brazilian Amazon, for more wildlife-spotting opportunities, or to Venezuela, a hotspot for
adventure enthusiasts and Caribbean dreamers.
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- Day 1: Arrive in Boa Vista.
Private transfer to Santa Elena. Overnight at Camp Yakoo
- Day 2: Mt Roraima
Helicopter ride to the top of Mt Roraima (alt. 2,700m). Spend the day exploring the mountain, one of the most acclaimed sights in South America.
- Day 3: Letham Guyana – Karanambu Lodge
Private transfer to the Brazilian border town of La Linea and on to Lethem Guyana, and Karanambu Lodge. Travel by boat to look for giant river otters and make your way to the ponds to see the giant Victoria Regis water lily bloom at dusk. On the return trip spot black caiman, birds and other creatures of the night.
- Day 4: Bird watching
Go bird watching or look for wildlife around the Lodge.
- Day 5: Rupununi River
Transfer by boat along the Rupununi River to Ginep Landing and then by 4x4 across the savannah to the Rupununi and Annai, its northernmost community.
- Day 6: Pakaraima Mountains – Iwokrama Canopy
Take a hike in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains on the Panorama Trail to spot more wildlife. Then transfer by vehicle across the savannah and into the Iwokrama Forest. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge.
- Day 7: Rainforest bird watching from the Canopy
Although the forest around Atta Lodge is excellent for bird watching, the major attraction here is a 154m-long canopy walkway, which is only 750m from the lodge. The walkway has four platforms, the highest of which is over 30m above the ground, with great views of canopy species.
- Day 8: Kaieteur Falls
Wake up to the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway. Transfer back to Annai to join a charter flight to Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest free-falling waterfall. Continue by flight to Ogle International Airport for pickup and transfer to Georgetown.
- Day 9: Georgetown
Enjoy the Georgetown City Tour which highlights the unique architecture of the city. Visit Demerara Distillery Limited to see how rum is processed and later visit the home of Roy Geddes for a cultural evening and local dinner. Roy is Guyana’s most famous steel pan player and maker.
- Day 10: Departure
Transfer to the airport for departing flight