The Guianas Experience


The Guianas Experience

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 14 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Itinerary

Day 1 – Georgetown

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

Day 2 – Kaieteur Falls

Visit the famous Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest free-falling waterfall, where the Potaro River drops 741 feet into the gorge below. Afterwards we return to Georgetown for the evening. Overnight at Grand Coastal Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 3 – Karanambu

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Rupununi and transfer to Karanambu Lodge. In the late afternoon we take a boat out on the river to look for Giant River Otters and other species, and as dusk falls, we take the boat to the ponds to see the giant Amazonia Regis water lily which blooms at this time of day. On the boat ride back a spotlight will be used to search for Black Caiman and other night animals. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge (BLD)

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Day 4- Karanambu

This morning we travel out to an area of rolling grassland which is home to a population of Giant Anteaters There is a good chance of seeing some of these remarkable looking creatures. During the afternoon you can explore the area around the river to glimpse some of the many birds, and in the evening, walk along the airstrip to search for some of the seven species of Nightjar which live there. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge (BLD)

Day 5– Surama

Take a slow boat journey along the Rupunini River and on reaching Ginep Landing we transfer by vehicle to the Amerindian village of Surama. We take a tour through the village to learn about the local way of life, and accompanied by our local guides discover the surrounding forest. Overnight in the basic accommodation of Surama Eco-Lodge. (BLD)

Day 6 – Surama Mountain

Rise before dawn and walk across the savannah in the cool morning air to climb Surama Mountain. This is not a technical climb but can be arduous, and for those who prefer, the local guides can arrange alternative activities. After lunch back at the village we set off this afternoon to walk the three miles to the Burro Burro River for a canoe trip, hoping to spot Giant River Otters, Tapir and Spider Monkeys amongst other wildlife. Overnight in the basic accommodation at Surama Eco Lodge. (BLD)

Day 7 – Iwokrama

Travel through Guyana’s rainforest to Iwokrama, an incredible region of rainforest with a breathtaking diversity of species. Iwokrama is one of the best places to see jaguar in the wild. En route we take a walk into the forest to look for one of Guyana’s most spectacular birds, the Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock. We then head to the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, 30 metres up into the canopy, for a different perspective of the forest. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge. (BLD)

Day 8 – Georgetown

Our day starts with the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway, and afterwards we will transfer to a 4WD vehicle to travel along one of the best trails for seeing Jaguar. Sightings cannot be guaranteed but this is an excellent place to see one of Guyana’s most elusive creatures. We transfer to the airstrip at Lethum for the flight back to Georgetown and on arrival take a city tour of Guyana’s capital. Overnight at Grand Costal Inn or similar. (B)

Day 9 – Paramaribo

Transfer to the airport and fly to Paramaribo, the capital of neighbouring Suriname, and on arrival we take a walking tour of the capital. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with beautiful architecture, interesting markets and historical buildings. In the afternoon we take a boat on the Suriname River to look for freshwater dolphins, which can often be spotted in groups of up to twenty. Overnight at Eco-Resort Inn or similar. (BL)

Day 10 – Anaula

We head south from Paramaribo by road to Atjoni, and then travel by boat to Anaula Nature Resort situated at the foot of the Ferulassi falls, passing various Maroon villages through breath-taking scenery, and the tempestuous Jaw Jaw rapids. On arrival we will take a dugout boat to an island in the Ferullasi rapids which has a sandy beach where we can relax, swim and enjoy a natural jacuzzi. In the evening we head out on the river in search of Caiman. Overnight at Anaula Nature Resort or similar. (BLD)

Day 11- New Aurora

Travel by boat to the village of New Aurora to learn about the customs and culture of the local Maroon groups. We then head to Gunsi to take a forest walk and learn about the traditional medicinal uses of the plants here, and in the evening experience local culture in the form of Awasa and Bandamba dances. Overnight at Anaula Nature Resort. (BLD)

Day 12- Paramaribo

This morning is at leisure until lunch. In the afternoon we return to Paramaribo. Overnight at Eco Resort or similar. (BL)

Day 13- Commewijne Plantations

The tour takes us along the former colonial plantations, most of which are now abandoned. We make a stop at plantation Peperpot where the old coffee and cocoa factory, deputy-director’s house and the old office are located. This former plantation is one of the oldest in the history of Suriname. Peperpot was established by the English and already existed before Suriname was conquered by the natives from Zeeland under the command of Abraham Crijnssen in 1667. This is one of the last plantations still in its original condition. You can still see coffee and cocoa plants as well as an ancient shed and factory, the manager’s residence and a kampong (workers’ living area). Peperpot is renowned for the many birds which can be spotted. From here we make a stop at the mini-museum of Marienburg, a former sugar plantation, before enjoying a delicious lunch in a typical Javanese restaurant (warung) in Tamanredjo. We then continue to the confluence of the Commewijne and Suriname Rivers at Nieuw Amsterdam. Here we will a visit the outdoor museum of Fort Nieuw Amsterdam, and the large fortress, which was built as a defense for the crop fields that were situated along the upper parts of both rivers. Overnight at Eco-Resort. (BL)

Day 14 – Tour ends

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)


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