Guyana - Guyana In Living Colour 2021
Guyana is an unknown treasure! Only few visitors have been there, but everybody fell in love with the pristine nature. Most parts of this South American country are covered with jungle and it is exactly there where you will discover amazing flora and fauna. You will explore the nature of this wild country and be blown away by its sheer beauty! The beautiful capital Georgetown serves as a basis for your exploration before you head south along the Essequibo River, which stretches from south to north for more than 1.000km.
Kaieteur Falls is the most famous spot of Guyana will leave you speechless as it is the highest free-falling waterfall on the globe, hidden in an endless pristine forest. Start your search for rare plants and wildlife, which are found in Guyana. Already the arrival with a small charter plane is an unparalleled adventure! Flying above the jungle with views of trees as far as you may see is just fantastic. During your fabulous journey you will travel with small airplanes, tiny river boats and strong 4x4 vehicles. Our network will guide you to the vast wilderness of Iwokrama Rainforest, the untouched area of the Macushi, living here for thousands of years. This is a birders paradise! Hundreds and hundreds of birds may be observed, but also mammals like giant river otters or jaguars, amphibians and insects. The great Iwokrama Canopy Walkway will give you the unique opportunity to discover the unparalleled diversity of the existing flora and fauna. Experience unforgettable moments between the tree tops of the virgin forest and take excellent shots with your camera from this special perspective. Our professional guides will help you spotting hundreds of plants and animals.
You will also pay a visit to the Amerindian community of Surama, which lives surrounded by the Pacaraima Mountains in the heart of Guyana. Their eco lodge will host you for two nights. In total you will spend 4 nights in the rainforest and 4 nights in the capital Georgetown. All accommodations are hand-picked.
Nature lovers will be thrilled each single day during this tour to some of the last untouched paradises on earth. Our sustainable tourism helps to protect the Guyanese rainforest and the indigenous people living there. MEET THE GLOBE will let your dream of natural holidays come true!
Pickup and transfer from Cheddi Jagan International Airport to your hotel El Dorado Inn in Georgetown.
El Dorado Inn offers nicely appointed self-contained, air-conditioned rooms with all modern conveniences. Overnight at El Dorado Inn with a possible check in from 01:00 pm.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Pickup and transfer to Eugene F. Correia International Airport at 11:30 am.
Take a small plane and fly over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers. Admire hundreds of miles of unbroken tropical rainforest to land at Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest free-falling waterfall.
Kaieteur was first spotted by a European on April 29th in 1870. This stunning nature spectacle lies in the heart of Guyana and is situated on the Potaro River, a tributary of the Essequibo. The water of Kaieteur flows over a sandstone conglomerate tableland into a deep gorge - a drop of 226 metres or 5 times the height of Niagara Falls.
There are no other falls in the world with the magnitude of the sheer drop than Kaieteur. The name derives from an Amerindian legend of the Patamoona tribe, which was endangered by another tribe, the Caribishie. Kaie was the chief of the Patamoona and already many tribe members were lost by the slaughter of the enemies. He asked his divinity Makonaima for advice of how to save his people. Kaie was told to sacrifice himself by canoeing over the falls. He followed this advice and his tribe survived.
Kaieteur supports a unique microenvironment giving you the opportunity to spot some special flora and fauna, like the tank bromeliads, the largest in the world. In this plant the tiny golden rocket frog spends its entire life. Experiencing this rare frog is a real highlight. And you may also have a chance to spot the rarely seen Guianan cock-of-the-rock nesting close by. The lucky visitor may also see the famous flights of the white-collared swifts (Kaieteur swifts) or Makonaima birds which nest under the vast shelf of rock carved over millions of years by the black water of the Potaro River.
After this massive nature experience, you re-board your charter plane for the return flight to Georgetown. Depending on the cloud layer, you may have some more fabulous views onto the mighty Kaieteur falls. On the way back, you pass again the endless rainforest where you might also discover some mining activity from a distance, giving you an idea what impact it may have on this beautiful ecosystem.
From Eugene F. Correia International Airport you will be transferred back to Georgetown to sleep another night at El Dorado Inn.
If you have any luggage you do not want to take with you into the jungle, you may store it for free in an office in Georgetown.
Pickup and transfer to Eugene F. Correia International Airport.
Board scheduled flight for a journey over hundreds of miles of tropical rainforest to land in the Rupununi.
Pick up from the airstrip and transfer to Surama Eco Lodge.
The Amerindian community of Surama is located in the heart of Guyana. The village is set in five square miles of savannah which is surrounded by the forest covered Pacaraima Mountains. Surama’s inhabitants are mainly from the Macushi tribe and still observe many of the traditional practises of their ancestors. The Surama Eco Lodge is owned and operated by the entire community. The village Council acts as the Board of Directors and decide how the profits are to be spent to benefit the entire community.
On arrival in Surama you will receive a warm welcome and settle into your accommodation at the lodge. A guide will escort you for a short walk on trails to observe the forest and bird life. As the afternoon cools, your guide will take you on a tour of the village. If available and depending on the day time, visit the local school, the medical centre and the church along with some of the village houses. Tonight, enjoy an educational walk to observe wildlife and experience the mystique of the forest during darkness. Make sure to bring your flashlights to look for the eyeshine of the creatures of the night. After this nocturnal experience you will sleep at Surama Eco Lodge.
You may leave the lodge before dawn for a walk across the savannah and then climb up Surama Mountain for incredible views across the village and savannah to the Pacaraima Mountains. This is not a technical climb but can be arduous, especially after rain. Therefore, it is not for everyone. But your guides will happily offer alternative activities if you prefer not to perform this climb.
You return to the lodge for lunch and then take a three-mile walk across the savannah and through the rainforest to the Burro-Burro River. Your experienced guide will take you on a tour on the river and while paddling you will have a lookout to observe giant river otters, tapirs, tayras, spider monkeys and other species. After a fantastic afternoon in pristine nature, you will return to the lodge for sunset, dinner, and a restful sleep.
Enjoy dawn breaking across the rainforest. You can choose from a forest walk to look for birds and other wildlife or take a more relaxed start of the day around the lodge before breakfast and departure.
Transfer from Surama through the rainforest to Corkwood in the Iwokrama Forest. At Corkwood there is a comparatively short trail to hopefully see the amazingly brilliant Guianan Cock-of-the-rock. This trail is through pristine rainforest and the guides can explain how the plants are used for medicines and other uses.
Then continue the journey to Atta Rainforest Lodge, home of the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway.
The Iwokrama Canopy Walkway is situated near the southern boundary of the Iwokrama Reserve in central Guyana. The walkway has four suspension bridges leading to three platforms, the highest of which is over 30 metres above the ground, and these will allow great looks at a range of canopy species, many of which you 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. This species is seen here on a reasonably regular basis, as it often comes to feed in some of the nearby trees. The clearing is also a reliable site for black curassow as there is a family which has become habituated to people and regularly passes through the clearing.
Atta Rainforest Lodge is 500 metres from the base of the canopy walkway, offering comfortable private-room accommodation with en suite bathrooms, delicious home-cooked meals, and traditional Amerindian hospitality. The main building is open sided with views across the gardens to the towering forest on all sides and houses the bar, dining area and kitchen. Hammocks and outdoor benches enhance the lovely gardens which include varieties of heliconias that attract hummingbirds, close enough for the perfect photo. There are also a few feeders.
You will spend the first of two nights in this wonderful lodge.
Before dawn we will return to the canopy where we can birdwatch easily and from this tree top vantage you can sometimes see red howler and black spider monkeys.
Apart from the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway itself you can enjoy wildlife and birdwatching walks on the trails around the area. For those interested in botany, many of the trails have the key tree species marked. Many bird species, stunning insects, noisy amphibians, and playful primates make the surrounding forest their home. Deer, tapir and agouti are also regular visitors to the lodge. Avid birders will want to search the undergrowth for the rarely seen rufous-winged ground-cuckoo.
As darkness falls on the canopy walkway, you may see the white-winged potoo. Night walks are also possible and something interesting or new always seems to pop on to the scene along the transnational road near the lodge.
You will spend another night in the middle of pure and untouched nature in the Atta Rainforest Lodge
Welcome the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway and adore all the wild animals from this special perspective for a last time as we will leave the wilderness and return to civilisation today. Before leaving the lodge there will be time for breakfast.
Pickup and transfer to Fair View airstrip.
Depart by scheduled flight to Mahdia. Here we have a stop for about 3 hours. Then we are airborne again and travel over hundreds of miles of tropical rainforest to reach the capital Georgetown.
From Eugene F. Correia International Airport you will be transferred to the hotel El Dorado Inn where you will spend the next two nights.
This morning we make an early start to have a special breakfast at one of the local stands with our host, guide and culinary master, Chef Delven Adams who will guide us around Bourda Market, the largest of the four markets in Georgetown. We will start our tour at the Guyana Shop which has all the local products produced and packaged in Guyana, before heading over to the market where we will meet some of the vendors from whom Mr. Adams buys products daily.
We will visit the fish market and learn about the different kinds of fish that are found in Guyana’s unique coastal waters. In season, you can find live crabs. Watch out for their pinchers or “tengalas” as we call them. We will then visit the meat section of the market.
Strolling through the haberdashery section is fun, as one can find anything you can think of from thread to bolts of all kinds of fabric. You will discover many kinds of rice and of course demerara sugar, from the golden crystals to the dark brown molasses-rich sugar that Guyanese like in their tea. There are also bush medicine stalls. If you have an ailment, ask the person selling about it and she will be glad to prescribe a “concoction” of different herbs. There are bottles of bush medicine for every kind of ailment.
We then go outside to the large open-air market. All the tropical fruits and vegetables are can be found here. You are encouraged to ask questions and learn the names and try the new and different tastes. There are many kinds of bananas from the tiny sweet fig to the very large red bananas. Try them all as well as the local pineapple which is long and white inside as opposed to the round yellow ones you may be used to. There are also many different seasonal small fruits which you should try such as seaside grapes, sapodillas, dunks, jamoon, and gineps. Do not try the small red ones as they may look like cherries but are actually very hot peppers. You will find things you have never seen before, but which are a part of the Guyanese culture
Delven will make his purchases with your input. You may suggest what you would like to try. He will then start preparing the fresh ingredients while we will head off on a tour of the city of Georgetown.
The city of Georgetown was designed largely by the Dutch and is laid out in a rectangular pattern with wide tree-lined avenues and irrigation canals that crisscross the city.
When exploring the capital of Guyana there are a number of interesting sights that should not be missed such as St. George’s Cathedral which is one of the world’s tallest free-standing wooden buildings. It was consecrated in 1892.
At the beginning of the Avenue of the Republic stands the National Library of Guyana which is housed in the Carnegie Building. Other historic buildings along this promenade are the town hall, a splendid example of gothic architecture. Further along you will find the Victoria Law Courts and St. Andrews Kirk, being the oldest building in Georgetown.
Visit the National Museum, which contains a broad selection of our animal life portrayed in taxidermy in beautiful old glass cases, and the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology, which houses a wonderful collection of artefacts and explains Amerindian history and life style.
The famous Stabroek Market, once described as a bizarre bazaar, is a famous landmark. The clock tower can be seen for miles around.
We will take a break from our tour and transfer to Backyard Café for lunch.
Backyard Café is located in the West Ruimveldt area where our host, guide and culinary master, Chef Delven Adams will greet you as you enter.
This as the name suggests, is a backyard that the chef has turned into an exclusive little hidden gem of a restaurant. His menu is whatever is in season at the time. It is a Guyanese fusion from all over the world.
Chef Delven makes his purchase based on clients’ suggestions and dietary requirements from the local market.
He has a smoker and small fireside right outside and sometimes will prepare the fish right there. If interested, you can certainly help him and learn his secrets. His garlic fish is out of this world! Or if you would prefer you can sit under the arbour and sip unique blends of juice or enjoy a cold Banks Beer, while taking in the sounds and smells of a delicious meal in the making in a secluded backyard in Georgetown. The chef works with you, he will ask what your interests are or what you would really like to try that you have not tasted before.
Once he is ready, we will start eating our way through the courses. We will begin with a starter, continue with an extensive main dish and end up with a dessert, which we may hardly fit in. But we will give it a try and remember that we want to try it all.
We will then continue our city tour. No trip to Georgetown would be complete without a visit to the Botanical Gardens and the zoo. The Botanical Gardens are laid out with ponds, canals, romantic kissing bridges, and a bandstand which was built in 1899. Their collection of palms, especially a unique branching one, is very special. The zoo has become a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre and over 100 species of Guyanese wildlife can be observed including a wide variety of birds.
During the tour, there is always the opportunity to purchase that unusual gift or unique Guyanese handicrafts.
The rest of the afternoon will be without further programme and we do not include dinner today. This way you can decide on your own how to spend the last evening and where you want to enjoy dinner. You will sleep at El Dorado Inn.
You will enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Of course, this is only possible if you do not have to leave beforehand, for example because of an early flight. You will be picked up and transferred to Cheddi Jagan International Airport for your departing flight.
You will enjoy breakfast at Cara Lodge. However, this is only available from 7 am. If you have to leave before, for example due to an early flight, there will be no full breakfast, but you may use your kettle in your room to prepare tea or coffee. You will be picked up and transferred to Cheddi Jagan International Airport for your departing flight.
- All domestic flights in Guyana
- All mentioned airport transfers
- All road and river transfers
- Programme according to the itinerary above
- Full board, unless stated otherwise (El Dorado Inn, Georgetown)
- Snack during trip to Kaieteur
- 1 Lunch at Backyard Café in Georgetown
- Non-alcoholic drinks (water, juice, coffee, and tee) accompanying the meals
- Local guides, English speaking
- Free luggage storage in Georgetown
- All taxes, but no airport taxes, if applicable
- Kaieteur National Park fee
- Iwokrama Forest user fee
- Iwokrama Canopy Walkway fee
- 4 nights El Dorado Inn, Georgetown
- 2 nights Surama Eco Lodge, Surama
- 2 nights Atta Rainforest Lodge, Iwokrama Forest
- International flights to and from Georgetown, Guyana (may be booked on request)
- Airport tax, if applicable
- Meals in Georgetown, if not described in the included services
- Additional beverages
- Private expenses during the tour
- Visa, if applicable
- Medical precautions and advices
- Travel insurances