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Embark on a captivating 13-day journey through Guyana, experience the awe-inspiring Kaieteur Falls from above, then delve into the rich biodiversity of the Iwokrama Rainforest and sail along the Essequibo River to admire ancient Amerindian petroglyphs. Enjoy wildlife encounters on the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, exploring rare bird species and elusive mammals. Trek through pristine rainforests and savannahs at Surama Eco-lodge, relax at Rock View Lodge amidst tropical gardens and witness traditional cashew roasting. Continue your adventure at Karanambu Lodge, renowned for its diverse wetlands and charming Giant River Otters. Support Black Caiman conservation efforts at Caiman House in Yupukari Village. Conclude with a guided tour of Georgetown's landmarks and a culinary feast at Backyard Café, savoring Guyanese and international flavors. Experience Guyana's beauty and adventure firsthand, where every moment promises a discovery in this South American gem.
Golden frog in bromeliad at Kaiteur fallsKaieteur Falls is at the end of this riverTidy and open-air rooms along the pathway at Atta LodgeWatching the sun rise and waiting for the anteater to appearA first glimpse of the falls!Take a guided hike in the rainforestIf you're lucky, you might find a manatee at the city park!CaimanSpot stunning wildlife in the tree canopyCabins at Karanambu Lodge
Highlights
  • Discover the breathtaking Kaieteur Falls, the world's highest free-falling waterfall
  • Spot diverse bird species and wildlife at the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway
  • Birdwatch at the iconic Iwokrama Canopy Walkway for rare species sightings.
  • Enjoy a sunrise stroll and hike up Surama Mountain for stunning views
Places Visited
  • Amazon
  • Guyana
  • South America
  • Atta Rainforest Lodge
  • Caiman House Field Station
  • Cara Lodge
  • Georgetown
  • Iwokrama Forest
  • Iwokrama River Lodge
  • Kaieteur Falls
  • Karanambu Ranch
  • Rock View Lodge
  • Rupununi Savannah
  • Surama Eco-Lodge
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Arrive in Georgetown

Begin your adventure with a pickup and transfer from Cheddi Jagan International Airport to Georgetown and your hotel.

Nestled in the heart of Georgetown, Cara Lodge awaits you with its storied past. Dating back to the 1840s, this charming wooden colonial home was once the residence of Georgetown's first Lord Mayor. It has welcomed esteemed guests, including King Edward VIll, President Jimmy Carter, HRH King Charles III, and Mick Jagger. Experience the tradition and nostalgia of a bygone era as you settle in for an overnight stay at Cara Lodge

Day 2: Kaieteur Falls

Embark on a scenic journey from Eugene F. Correia International Airport to the magnificent Kaieteur Falls, renowned as the world's highest free-falling waterfall. Enjoy a scheduled flight over the picturesque Demerara and Essequibo Rivers, passing through vast stretches of tropical rainforests.

Located in the heart of Guyana, Kaieteur Falls was first sighted by a European explorer on April 29, 1870, along the Potaro River, a tributary of the Essequibo. The cascading water plunges over a sandstone tableland, creating a spectacular 741-foot drop, towering five times higher than Niagara Falls.

Kaieteur's unparalleled vertical descent sets it apart from all other waterfalls worldwide. According to Patamona tribe folklore, the falls are named after Kai, a chief who bravely sacrificed himself by navigating a canoe over the falls to protect his people from the Caribishi threat.

Discover the unique ecosystem surrounding Kaieteur, where Tank Bromeliads, the world's largest, provide a habitat for the tiny Golden frog. Spot the elusive Guiana Cock-of-the-rock nesting in the vicinity and witness the mesmerizing flights of the Kaieteur Swifts, nesting beneath the ancient rock formation sculpted by the Potaro River.
 

Day 3: Iwokrama River Lodge

Begin your adventure with a seamless pickup and transfer to Eugene F. Correia International Airport, followed by a scenic flight over tropical rainforests to Fair View Airstrip. Nestled within the Iwokrama Rainforest, a sprawling wilderness spanning one million acres, this lodge offers a unique experience in the heart of the Guiana Shield in North-Eastern South America.

Established in 1996, the Iwokrama Rainforest is a haven for conservation and sustainable development. It serves as a living laboratory for tropical forest management, ensuring local communities benefit from its resources while preserving its natural beauty. The lodge, overlooking the Essequibo River, provides accommodation in spacious timber cabins with modern amenities and stunning river views.

Join an Iwokrama Ranger to explore the trails teeming with diverse bird species, including the Capuchin bird, Amazonian Antshrike, and Guianan Red Cotinga. The forest is also home to many mammals, offering the chance to spot Red-rumped Agouti, Red Howler monkeys, and more.

As night falls, embark on a river excursion to encounter the nocturnal wonders of the forest, from caimans to night birds like the Spectacled Owl and Blackish Nightjar. With the aid of flashlights, keep an eye out for snakes, tree frogs, and elusive mammals, immersing yourself in the captivating wilderness of Iwokrama. Spend the night at the lodge, surrounded by the sounds of the rainforest.

Day 4: Iwokrama River Lodge

Start your day with an early adventure as we board the Essequibo to sail around Indian House Island. After the exhilarating journey, we'll head back to River Lodge for a delicious breakfast.

Embark on a boat journey from the lodge, enjoying birdwatching en route to Turtle Mountain. Traverse a well-maintained trail through the dense forest, culminating in an exciting ascent to the peak at 935ft (approx. 360m). The 1 3/4-hour hike is a rewarding experience, offering breathtaking views of the forest canopy and the opportunity to spot Green Aracari, White Bellbird, or various eagle species in flight. Look out for Black Spider and Red Howler monkeys along the way. For a more relaxed option, consider a boat excursion to Stanley Lake to search for Giant River Otters and Black Caiman.

As the afternoon unfolds, set off on a boat trip to Kurupukari Falls to witness the Amerindian petroglyphs (depending on water levels). Retire for the night at Iwokrama River Lodge.

Day 5: Atta Rainforest Lodge

Experience a thrilling adventure with an Iwokrama Ranger as you explore the trails surrounding the lodge. Travel by 4x4 along a trail renowned for its Jaguar sightings. While on the road, spot various bird species frequenting the forest edge. This crucial north-south route in Guyana links the country to Brazil, with occasional traffic sightings and abundant wildlife like Agouti, Tayra, Tapir, and Black Curassow. Your journey ends at the Atta Rainforest Lodge, the base of the iconic Iwokrama Canopy Walkway.

Day 6: Birdwatching at Iwokrama Canopy Walkway

Start your day early with birdwatching at the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. Spot rare species like Rufous-throated Sapphire, Green Aracari, Pygmy Antwren, and Guianan Streaked-Antwren. If you're lucky, glimpse Guianan Toucanet, Pompadour Cotinga, Buff-cheeked Greenlet, and more from the treetop view.

Apart from the Canopy Walkway, take walks on nearby trails to discover diverse wildlife. Encounter birds, insects, amphibians, and primates in their natural habitat. Keep an eye out for Deer, Tapir, and agouti, who frequently visit the lodge. Bird enthusiasts can search for the elusive Rufous-winged Ground-cuckoo in the underbrush.

As darkness falls, spot the White-winged Potoo on the canopy walkway. Nighttime walks offer surprises, including sightings of different cat species near the lodge. Spend the night at Atta Rainforest Lodge for an immersive rainforest experience.

Day 7: Surama Eco-lodge

Explore the rainforest canopy at dawn, then return to the lodge for breakfast before departing.

Transfer from Atta Rainforest Lodge to Corkwood in the Iwokrama Forest. Walk a short trail to spot the vibrant Guianan Cock-of-the-rock. Learn about medicinal plants from guides in the pristine rainforest. Journey on to the indigenous community of Surama.

Surama, nestled in Guyana's heart, is a Macushi tribe village surrounded by the Pakaraima Mountains. Experience traditional practices and warm hospitality at Surama Eco Lodge, run by the community. Settle in and take a guided forest and bird-watching walk upon arrival.

In the afternoon, embark on a three-mile trek to the Burro Burro River through the savannah. Spot diverse bird and wildlife species with expert guides. Glide on the river to spot Giant River Otters, Tapir, and more. End the day with a nighttime forest walk to witness wildlife under the stars. Overnight at Surama Eco-lodge.

Day 8: Rock View Lodge

Begin your day early with a sunrise stroll through the savannah and a hike up Surama Mountain for breathtaking views of the village and the Pakaraima Mountains. While not a technical ascent, the climb can be challenging, especially after rainfall, and may not be suitable for everyone. Your guides can suggest alternative activities if you prefer to skip this hike.

After your adventures in Surama, journey to Rock View Lodge in Annai, nestled at the meeting point of the savannah and the forested foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains, the lodge offers a tranquil oasis with lush tropical gardens and diverse bird species, including nectar feeders and frugivores. Explore the nearby light forests to spot ant birds and flycatchers while the grasslands host a unique avian population.

During your stay, witness the traditional roasting of cashews and the crafting of local handicrafts, and even try your hand at these activities. Experience the mesmerizing process of cracking open roasted nuts and savor the freshly roasted cashews.

Relax in one of the eight cozy rooms at Rock View Lodge, each equipped with a private bathroom, a patio, and a hammock. Enjoy meals made from fresh produce grown on-site in the dining room shaded by mango trees. Cool off in the pool set amidst the picturesque gardens, providing a refreshing escape from the heat. Spend the night at Rock View Lodge.

Day 9: Karanambu Lodge

Spot rare wildlife like Cinereous Mourner, Finsch’s Euphonia, and Giant Otters on a thrilling boat trip along the Rupununi River from Rock View Lodge to Karanambu Lodge. Explore the 110-square-mile former cattle ranch, Karanambu, known for its diverse wetlands and savannah. Discover over 600 bird species and 200 mammal species in this rich ecosystem. Engage in guided excursions to observe wildlife in the early morning and late afternoon. Experience the magic of the Giant River Otters and the blooming Victoria amazonica waterlily at dusk. Stay in cozy clay brick cabins with en suite facilities and hammocks at Karanambu Lodge.

Day 10: Karanambu Lodge

Start your day with an exciting journey to the grasslands where giant anteaters roam. Watch as these magnificent animals excavate their breakfast from termite mounds. Learn about their solitary nature, interrupted only by specific interactions such as mother-offspring care and mating rituals. Witness the nurturing bond as mother anteaters carry their young on their backs.

In the evening, opt for a river excursion or explore the woodland patches for bird watching. Keep an eye out for the Agami Heron, a prominent bird species in the area. Take a serene walk along the airstrip to spot seven species of nightjars and the Double-striped Thick-knees in the grasslands. Retire for the night at Karanambu Lodge for a peaceful stay.

Day 11: Caiman House

If you missed spotting a giant anteater yesterday, take the chance to explore the savannah or cruise the Rupununi River in search of exotic wildlife like Giant River Otters and Black Caiman. After a morning adventure, return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast before embarking on a motorized boat journey to Yupukari Village and Caiman House.

Nestled in the heart of Yupukari Village, Caiman House Field Station serves as a research and conservation center along the Rupununi River. Visitors can immerse themselves in local culture, participate in turtle conservation efforts, and enjoy comfortable accommodations with modern amenities powered by solar energy.

Guests have the unique opportunity to support ongoing research on the Black Caiman by joining indigenous crews on river expeditions. Learn about the conservation efforts, assist in data collection, and witness the tagging and release of these majestic creatures back into the river.

Day 12: Cara Lodge

Transfer from Caiman House to Lethem followed by a scheduled flight to Eugene F. Correia International Airport. Pickup and transfer from the airport to Georgetown.

Embark on a guided tour of Georgetown this afternoon, starting at the Georgetown Seawalls and exploring the city's key landmarks. Don't miss Stabroek Market, St. George's Cathedral, the Public Library, City Hall, the Victoria Law Courts, and St. Andrews Kirk. Visit the National Museum and Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology for a glimpse into Guyana's rich history and culture.

Explore the Botanical Gardens and have the opportunity to feed the endangered West Indian Manatees at a nearby pond. For birdwatching enthusiasts, a visit to the Botanical Gardens is a great alternative to the city tour.

Transfer to a local restaurant, Backyard Café, in West Ruimveldt. Meet Chef Delven Adams, the culinary master, and enjoy a unique dining experience with a fusion of Guyanese and international flavors. Join Chef Delven in meal preparation and savor his signature dishes, including the renowned garlic fish. Relax under the arbor with refreshing drinks and indulge in a multi-course meal prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Day 13: Return Home

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You can either take a day off to relax, go on an optional tour, or return home.

Accommodations

Cara Lodge

Cara Lodge in Guyana
Cara Lodge Guyana
Cara Lodge Guyana

Karanambu Ranch

Karanambu Ranch
Karanambu Ranch
Karanambu Ranch

Rock View Lodge

Iwokrama River Lodge

Iwokrama River Lodge
Iwokrama River Lodge
Iwokrama River Lodge

Surama Eco-Lodge

Atta Rainforest Lodge

The lodge offers complete immersion into the rainforest experience
Guests find comfortable and private accommodation in the guest quarters
Take time to savor the breeze during a stay at Atta Rainforest Lodge

Caiman House Field Station

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Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Local guide
  • All road and river transfers
  • Internal flights in Guyana
  • Kaieteur National Park fee
  • Iwokrama Forest User Fee
  • Iwokrama Canopy Walkway fee
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Visa
  • Departure taxes

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