Guyana and Suriname Revealed

Guyana and Suriname Revealed – a 14 day Small Group Tour from £4455 per person.


This tour combines Guyana, South America’s only English-speaking state, with the former Dutch colony of Suriname. There’s 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 Suriname colonial heritage is to the fore, from the UNESCO designated city of Paramaribo to coffee plantations established by English and Dutch settlers. Travelling by light aircraft, 4WD and by boat, travellers meet indigenous communities and those of descendants of Africans slave labour.

The tour offers unusual insights on man’s relationship with his fellow man, and that with some of the world’s most important and fragile environments.

 

 

Join us on this fascinating journey into the least known part of South America.

Our small group tour through Guyana and Suriname takes you in to the jungle to look for incredible wildlife such as Jaguar, Giant Anteater and Caiman and experience traditional Guyanese hospitality at Karanambu.

Meet the Makushi people of Surama and experience the rainforest from Iwokrama’s capoy walkway. A real highlight of our time in Suriname is when we look for freshwater dolphins, before we explore the country’s colonial history and experience the culture of the Maroon people.

This is a corner of the continent like no other.

Tour ratings.

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

Tour pace

Busy

Tour style

Traveller

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.

Itinerary.

Arrive in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital and transfer to hotel accommodation. Overnight Grand Coastal Hotel or similar.

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 in the evening. Overnight Grand Coastal Hotel or similar. (B)

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

A dawn hike in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains, following the Panorama Trail, offers remarkable views across the savannah. After breakfast we travel south to Ginep Landing and take a boat on the Rupunini River to Karanambu Lodge. The lodge was established by the late Diane McTurk, renowned for her research on giant river otters. Later, towards the evening, we return to the river searching for otters and other species. As dusk falls we cruise to riverine ponds where giant amazonia regis water lily blooms at this time of day. Returning to the lodge, we use a spotlight to search for black caiman and other nocturnal species. Overnight Karanambu Lodge. (BLD)

Please note: It is important to read the notes on luggage under ‘Preparing for your Tour’

This morning we travel to an area of rolling grassland, home to a population of giant anteaters, where there’s a good chance of seeing these strange-looking creatures. In the afternoon we explore the riverbanks and observe the rich avian life, in the evening walking to the airstrip in search of some of the seven species of nightjar known to inhabit the area. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge. (BLD)

This morning we take a leisurely boat journey along the Rupunini River back to Ginep Landing from where we drive to the Amerindian village of Surama. Here we take a tour through the village to learn about the local way of life, visiting the school, the medical centre, the church and some of the village houses. In the evening there’s a guided forest walk in search of nocturnal wildlife before retiring to the village’s basic lodge accommodation. Overnight 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. Overnight Surama Eco Lodge. (BLD)

Today we leave Surama, driving through the edge of the forest and taking a trail where there’s a chance to see the one of Guyana’s spectacular cock-of-the-rock. We continue to the 33m-high Iwokrama Canopy Walkway for a different perspective on the forest. On arrival at Atta Lodge we’ll explore the surrounding forest in search of crimson fruit crow and black curassow. Overnight Atta Rainforest Lodge. (BLD)

Our day starts listening to the sounds of dawn chorus from the canopy walkway, looking out for red howler and black spider monkey. Afterwards we drive along one of the area’s best trails for jaguar sightings. Though never guaranteed, if we’re lucky we’ll see Guyana’s most elusive carnivore. From the airstrip at Lethem we board a flight back to Georgetown, on arrival taking a city tour of the capital, visiting St George’s Cathedral, Stabroek Market, the Botanical Gardens and zoo. Overnight Grand Costal Inn or similar. (B)

This morning we board a flight to Paramaribo, capital of neighbouring Suriname, on arrival transferring to hotel accommodation. Later, we take a walking tour of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, admiring notable architecture and exploring busy markets. In the afternoon, towards sunset, we head to the pier and join a cruise in search of freshwater dolphins, which are often spotted in pods of up to twenty. Overnight Eco-Resort Inn or similar. (B)

Today we drive south from Paramaribo to Atjoni, boarding a motorised canoe to travel along the upper Suriname River and Danpaati River Lodge. We pass the villages of Maroons, people of African heritage, while traversing remarkable forest landscapes. The lodge is situated on an island in the middle of the rainforest. On arrival there’s time to swim in the pool or the river or just relax in the forest environment. In the evening we head out on the river again in search of caiman lying on the banks. Overnight Danpaati River Lodge or similar. (BLD)

Today we will visit one of the twelve villages affiliated with Danpaati to learn about the history and customs the Maroon people. In the afternoon we take a guided walk to discover the medicinal uses of forest plants. The rest of the day is free to relax, perhaps taking a dugout canoe around the island or even borrowing a rod for some fishing. Overnight Danpaati River Lodge. (BLD)

This morning is free to relax until lunchtime when we depart by motorised canoe for Atjoni, returning by road to Paramaribo. Overnight Eco-Resort Inn or similar. (BL)

After breakfast we drive east of Paramaribo across the Suriname River to the Commewijne district. The route passes through former colonial plantations, most of which are now abandoned. At Peperpot Plantation many of the old 19th century structures are preserved, including the coffee and cocoa factories, the deputy-director’s house and administrative office. The plantation is one of the oldest in Suriname, established by the English before Suriname was conquered by the Dutch in the mid-17th century. Afterwards we travel to Marienburg, a former sugar plantation, where we visit the museum before taking lunch in nearby Tamanredjo. Later we continue to the confluence of the Commewijne and Suriname Rivers at Nieuw Amsterdam. Here we visit the outdoor museum of Fort Nieuw Amsterdam, a large fortress built to defend the upper reaches of both rivers. Overnight at Eco-Resort Inn. (BL)

Today the tour ends after breakfast when airport transfers depart to meet onward flights. (B)

Dates & Price.

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  • Tour Code 20-03
    Start Saturday October 31, 2020
    End Friday November 13, 2020
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    Available Seats: 8

    Adult ( 2 - 8 Pax ) £4,455.00 /Person

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    Trip Extras:

    Guyana and Suriname Revealed (GGE) Single Supplement
    £ 255.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

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Tour Notes

Please note that the deposit requirement for this tour is £1215 per person.

Flights from London to Georgetown, returning from Paramaribo, start from around £1100 per person. Please contact us for a quotation.

Single supplement is from £255

This group tour operates subject to a minimum group size of 2 travellers.

Extra night accommodation pre and/or post tour in Suriname costs from £40 per person, per night sharing a twin/double room and £63 per person in a solo occupancy room. 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.

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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
  • Tips (discretionary)

A very enjoyable time. The trip was REALLY GREAT. All of the guides were excellent. Gary in Samara Village was exceptional.

 

Stephen Rubin, UK