Glorious Guyana Tour – a 9 day Small Group Tour.

The small South American country of Guyana rarely features on most people’s travel plans, but discerning travellers are coming to recognise it as one of the premier wildlife destinations on our planet.


Lying between Venezuela and Suriname, Guyana is South America’s only English-speaking state, independent from Britain since 1966. This tour offers an immersion in Guyana’s forest habitats, in Iwokrama discovering the flora and fauna of one of the world’s rare pristine primary rainforests. In one instance it’s even possible to join field researchers as they trap, and release, rare black caiman. Travelling by light aircraft, 4WD and by boat from lodge to lodge, travellers meet indigenous communities. There’s a chance to learn about relationships between man and the environment sometimes revealing old wisdom particularly prescient today.


Tour ratings.

  • Fitness
  • Off the beaten track 
  • Culture
  • History
  • Wildlife

Tour pace


Tour style


Relaxed Pace

Relaxed tours are easy paced with plenty of leisure time built in. The tour will in all probability still be off the beaten track, with the occasional early start and there may still be occasional long drives. In general on a relaxed pace tour you can enjoy easy-going activities and experiences with opportunities to absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings.

Moderate Pace

Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a tour experience that combines activities and experiences with some time to relax. Typically you will be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries. In general on a moderate paced tour there may be some long journeys involved but the tour is not an expedition or a road trip. On a moderate paced tour it will be necessary to have some early starts.

Busy Pace

A busy paced tour means that you can expect to be doing, seeing or experiencing something new almost every day, and moving on from place to place to pack in as much as possible. There may be early starts, long journeys and tiring days along the way, but you’ll return home feeling you’ve really experienced as much as you possibly could.

Pioneer Class Tours

On our Pioneer tours, you will be amongst an elite group of intrepid travellers and some of the first to explore a country that few have been privileged enough to discover. Of course, exploring such areas of the world will come with its challenges; it may mean several nights camping, long journeys by 4WD and the need to maintain a degree of flexibility for when carefully laid plans change. These are challenging tours in countries and areas that may have poor infrastructure, high levels of poverty and illiteracy. This can translate in to low standards in hotels, bad roads and poor driving standards among other issues. We try and smooth out as much of these issues as we can but you should be prepared to experience the bad with the good.

Traveller Class Tours

Our Traveller itineraries are at the core of our programme. These journeys are designed for travellers who still want to discover a land away from the tourist crowds but expect minimum standards. Accommodation will be primarily hotel based, although you could still find yourself camping, or the guest of a local family. Depending on the destination and itinerary, you’ll likely be travelling in a private vehicle, with occasional use of public transport. This is adventure travel with some of the rough edges smoothed out.


Arrive in Georgetown and transfer to hotel accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure, or, if time permits you can take an optional tour to the Mangrove Heritage Centre. Overnight at El Dorado Inn, or similar. No meals or guided activities are included today.

Early this morning visit Georgetown Botanical Gardens where one can get an initial feel for the wonderful birdlife and flora that Guyana is blessed with. Stroll along the trails and if you are lucky you may even spot a Blood coloured woodpecker!  After breakfast we return to the airport and board a flight over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers and hundreds of kilometres of unbroken rainforest to the remote airstrip at the top of Kaieteur Falls. The world’s largest single drop falls by volume see the entirety of the Potaro River plummet 226m into the gorge below. We have around two-hours to view the falls before returning to Georgetown. This evening enjoy a guided street food experience in Georgetown, giving an authentic insight into the vibrant local culture of the Guyanese. Overnight at El Dorado Inn, or similar. (BD)

Please note: On occasion the visit to Kaieteur Falls may need to be re-scheduled.

This morning we take a schedule flight to Lethem and then transfer to the community owned Surama Eco-Lodge. There will be a guided tour of the forest and the village, with an opportunity to visit houses, the community church, the medical centre and the local school. In the evening we head out to experience the forest at night searching for nocturnal creatures before returning to lodge. Overnight at Surama Eco Lodge. (BLD)

Rising before dawn, we walk across the savannah in the cool morning air to climb Surama Mountain. Though not a technical climb the ascent can be demanding, and for those who prefer, alternative activities are available with local guides. After lunch at the village, we walk the five kilometres to Burro Burro River for a canoe trip where we hope to see giant river otter, tapir and spider monkey and up above looking out for vibrant Macaw and Toucan. The tropical sounds and smells of the jungle provide for an assault of the senses. Overnight at Surama Eco Lodge. (BLD)

This morning we visit an area known for sightings of one of Guyana’s most intriguing birds, the cock-of-the-rock. Then continue to Atta Rainforest Lodge where you will check in and later this afternoon, explore the superb Iwokrama Canopy Walkway and the surrounding trails in search of flora and fauna, and whilst sightings cannot be guaranteed, this is an area where sightings of Jaguar are a possibility. Around the lodge, look out for the stunning Crimson Fruit crow. This is an area of pristine rainforest containing a breathtaking diversity of species. Overnight at Atta rainforest Lodge. (BLD)

Pre-dawn visit to the walkway before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Later, you can enjoy another walk on the trails around the area to observe the local wildlife and do birdwatching. You can take another visit to the Canopy Walkway and night walks are also possible. Overnight at Atta rainforest Lodge. (BLD)

Welcome the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway looking out for Red Howler and Black Spider Monkey before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Thereafter, fly back to Georgetown and transfer to the hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at El Dorado Inn, or similar. (BL)

This morning we have an early start to have breakfast at one of the local stands with our host and culinary master, Chef Delven Adams who will guide us around Bourda Market. The largest of the four markets in Georgetown, where chef will introduce you to some of the local vendors he sources produce from. Visit the fish and meat section followed by the haberdashery section, and then head outside to the tropical fruits and vegetable section. Chef will then leave you to prepare lunch while you visit the city itself including the fascinating national museum and St. George’s Cathedral. After the tour head to the Backyard Café where chef will serve a sumptuous lunch of Guyanese fusion cuisine in the shady secluded garden. Later this afternoon head out of a sunset river cruise on the lazy Demerara River, a fitting way to conclude this short but utterly compelling journey to a land where nature still holds sway. Overnight at El Dorado Inn, or similar. (BL)

Time at leisure until your transfer to the airport at the appropriate time for your flight home. (B)

Dates & Price.

Tour Notes

Return flights from London to Georgetown start from £890 return per person.

Tour single supplement from £310.

Extra night accommodation pre and/or post tour in Georgetown costs from £87 per person, per night sharing a twin/double room and £157 per person in a solo occupancy room.

Please note that the prices quoted above are for the category of accommodation and hotel used for this particular tour. Depending on the hotel eventually confirmed there may be some difference in the rate advertised by the hotel, and the prices available through Undiscovered Destinations. It should be noted we will not apply a surcharge should more expensive accommodation be used. At the same time in the event that a lower rate is available for the confirmed hotel we are unable to offer a refund.

Airport transfers are included if you are booking pre and/or post tour accommodation at the hotel mentioned in our tour dossier.

Please note that the rainy season is between May and September so if the rains have been heavy the water levels may be very high for the tours in August and September. Please contact us if you would like more information.

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Tour inclusions.

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Domestic flights
  • Transport throughout
  • All accommodation
  • Services of English-speaking local guides – please note that you will have a different guide in each place on the itinerary, rather than the same guide throughout the trip
  • Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary

Tour exclusions.

  • International flights
  • Any airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Drinks
  • Optional tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips (Discretionary)
  • Covid-19 test/s and related procedures, as required

My trip was amazing. The accommodation was basic but I was always made to feel welcome and looked after. Karanambu in particular – I almost felt like I was staying with a family! I may go back – all in all it was very special – a real adventure!

Thanks so much for arranging this. I had the time of my life!

Name withheld at clients’ request