Guyana Nature Experience

4 nts Georgetown, 2 nts Atta, 2 nts Iwokrama Forest, 1nt Surama, 1nt Annai, 2 nts Rupununi, 1nt Yupukari Village, Rupununi, 1nt Georgetown

The Guyana Nature Experience showcases a wealth of wildlife and birdlife in Guyana and visits differing landscapes of thick rainforest and savannah to enable sightings of species such as the Giant Anteater, Black Caiman, Giant River Otter, Capybaras and more. Fascinating bird species include the Hoatzin with its prehistoric looks, the brightly coloured Guianan Cock of the Rock, an array of impressive toucans and macaws, beautiful scarlet ibis and stunning, diminutive hummingbirds.

The trip starts with a few days in Georgetown where you can combine nature activities such as early morning birdwatching with visiting the Georgetown market and the 7 Curry Tour. You are then whisked away by small plane to see the magnificent Kaieteur Falls, taller than both the Niagara and Victoria Falls yet little known and visited, this single drop waterfall falls over 251 metres and is one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world.

From here you will visit a series of rustically comfortable eco-lodges as you travel through the interior of Guyana, including staying at some indigenous community run lodges and experiencing the surrounding nature often by boat, including dugout canoe (often an easier way to explore vast areas of untouched rainforest). This holiday is a truly sustainable trip, the luxury is in the privilege of visiting these incredible protected landscapes, being part of this community led tourism initiatives and supporting the ongoing and vital research being carried out.

*Note. these prices are based on set departure dates, please contact us with your ideal dates as we can tailor this trip to suit your timings and give you bespoke pricing.

Price Guide

14 nights from £5,580 per person based on double occupancy

These prices are excluding international flights. Average flight prices vary depending on time of year and can be considerably more expensive at peak times (Christmas, Easter, Summer). Flight routes vary, please contact us for accurate flight pricing for your timings and place of departure.

Day to Day

Below is an example day by day itinerary

Day 1

Met on arrival and transferred to Cara Lodge which is centrally located in Georgetown.

Day 2

Tour around the largest of the Georgetown markets. Your guide will be a chef who will introduce you to his regular vendors at the fish and meat stalls. Afterwards you will have a city tour and end with lunch at the Backyard Cafe. After lunch visit the Botanical Gardens where you will see an array of birdlife and have a chance to feed the endangered West Indian Manatee (BL).

Day 3

Early morning bird tour of the Mahaica River and a chance to see the unusual Hoatzin which is the national bird of Guyana as well as an array of other birds (B).

Day 4

Take a small chartered flight across Demerara and Essequibo Rivers and swathes of tropical rainforest to the magnificent Kaieteur Falls. One of the most powerful waterfalls in the world but the least visited, you will get to experience an unrivalled view of the falls from several close vantage points. The trail to the falls is also a chance to see magnificent Tank Bromeliads, the largest in the world, golden tree frogs and the Guianan Cock of the Rock (BLD).

Day 5

Fly to the Iwokrama Rainforest, a vast reserve of 100 million acres. Overnight in the Iwokrama River Lodge set on the banks of the Essequibo River. The forest is home to the Makushi people who have lived and used the forest for over a thousand years. This protected area is in the heart of one of four last untouched tropical forests of the world. The trails onsite at the lodge can be explored and at night you will have a spotlight boat safari (BLD).

Day 6

Enjoy boat trips to spot wildlife and birdlife from the lodge. Hike up Turtle Mountain for spectacular views of the surrounding forest and your guide will help you spot species such as Red Howler Monkey, Black Spider Monkey, Green Aracari (toucan) and the White Bellbird (BLD).

Day 7

Take a 4x4 trip through the Iwokrama Forest on a trail with lots of wildlife spotting potential that your guide will point out. You may even spot the elusive jaguar! Your destination is the Atta Rainforest Lodge which is close to the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, a chance to walk at tree top level at dusk to see the birds and wildlife (BLD).

Day 8

A pre-dawn walk to the Canopy Walkway allows you to watch and hear the canopy come to life and a chance to see birdlife such as Green Aracari, Pygmy Antwren and the Rufous Throated Sapphire. Explore the trails around the lodge during the day or relax in the hammocks around the lodge (BLD).

Day 9

A final visit to the canopy walkway before breakfast and then you transfer through the rainforest to trail in the Iwokrama Forest to try and spot the fascinating Guianan Cock of the Rock. Then transfer on to Surama Eco-lodge set in Surama village set in the savannah and surrounded by the Pakaraima mountains. The indigenous community of Surama run the lodge and are responsible for how the profits are spent to benefit their community. This afternoon you will hike to the Burro Burro River where your guides will paddle you along the river with a chance of seeing Giant River Otter, Tapir, Spider Monkeys and other wildlife (BLD).

Day 10

Up early to hike across the savannah and up Surama Mountain. Then transfer to Rock View Lodge in Annai which is located where the savannah meets the foothills of the Pakaraima mountains. This small lodge of just 8 rooms has a beautiful setting amongst the mango and cashew trees. You can relax and enjoy the surroundings in your hammock or in the small pool onsite (BLD).

Day 11

Early morning guided hike into the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains, where your guide will point out birds such as the Green Tailed and Yellow Billed Jacamars and Reddish Hermit. Take in the sunrise spectacular views across the savannah and villages. After breakfast depart by road then river on the Rupununi River to Karanambu Lodge. The lodge is located on a former cattle ranch and encompasses savannah and a 30 mile stretch of the Rupununi River. A range of activities are on offer at the lodge to explore both the savannah and the river, where you can search for Black Caiman and Giant River Otters. A highlight of your stay will be to venture on the river at dusk to see the giant Victoria Amazonica waterlily which blooms at dusk.

Day 12

A very early start to head to an area of rolling grasslands that is home to the Giant Anteater, these animals are over six feet long and a solitary animals, although you may spot a mother carrying her baby on her back (BLD).

Day 13

After breakfast you head upstream by boat to the village of Yupukari and to Caiman House which is a combination of research centre focussing on research and conservation projects and a guest lodge. Take a trip along the river to assist in their Black Caiman research (BLD).

Day 14

Fly back to Georgetown and overnight at Cara Lodge. Day at leisure to enjoy the town and maybe do some souvenir shopping. In the evening enjoy dinner at the home of the Singing Chef (BLD).

Day 15

Transfer back to international airport for your flight home (B).

14 nights from
£5,580 excluding flights

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Highlights Include

  • Georgetown Market
  • Viewing the Hoatzin - national bird of Guyana
  • Kaieteur Falls
  • Spotting the Guianan Cock of the Rock
  • Boat trips on the Rupununi and Essequibo rivers
  • Iwokrama Canopy Walkway
  • Spectacular views from Turtle Mountain
  • Surama Eco-lodge owned and run by Macushi Tribe
  • Spotting Giant Anteaters on the savannahs
  • Searching for Giant River Otters

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