The Guianas Experience 2016
The Guianas Experience 2016
Foreign Office Travel Warnings
We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At present there are no warnings against travel to Guyana or Suriname. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns or would like to know in detail what measures are being taken to ensure visits remain trouble free and without incident.
It should be noted that this information applies to British citizens. Other nationals are asked to check the current position of their respective government.
Accommodation and Meals
At Undiscovered Destinations we know our travellers prefer to stay in comfortable, mid-range accommodation. With a few exceptions you can expect rooms to be en-suite, with private bathroom and when necessary air-conditioning will be provided. In general you will find your hotel has a restaurant and/or bar.
We welcome solo travellers and single rooms will be allocated subject to the applicable tour supplement. Please note that on occasions you may not always be allocated a double or twin room, as some hotels have designated single rooms. These may be smaller in size. However, the supplement payable takes this into consideration.
Food & Drinks
The daily meal basis is shown in the tour itinerary; Breakfast (B), Lunch (L) and Dinner (D). Please note that lunch may be a picnic. Drinks are not included and will be payable locally in cash.
If you have any special dietary requirements you must notify us at the time of booking. While we will make every effort to cater for you, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.
Budgeting for your Tour
You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.
The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.
Lunch or Dinner £10
The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive.
Bottle of Beer (Imported) £1.10
Water (1.5L) £ 1
Tipping – Guide and Drivers
Tipping is common practise in Latin America. If your local guide has been helpful then you could think about tipping. This amount can obviously be left to you. When tipping a driver, a guide or hotel staff a few dollars will always be gratefully received.
Foreign Exchange - Guyana
ATM Availability: Available in Georgetown but not reliable.
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Credit and debit cards are not widely accepted for payments, even in larger towns and cities, and they are not accepted at the lodges
Local Currency: Guyana dollar
Recommended Currency for Exchange: US Dollars
Where to Exchange: The best place to exchange money is in Georgetown
Foreign Exchange - Suriname
ATM Availability: Available in Paramaribo
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Credit and debit cards are not widely accepted
Local Currency: Suriname dollar
Recommended Currency for Exchange: US Dollars
Where to Exchange: The best place to exchange money is in Paramaribo
Joining your Tour
Our advertised prices do not include the cost of international flights. Please contact us if you would like a quotation to book a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.
Joining Your Tour Abroad
Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a free airport transfer, both on arrival and departure. In order that the transfer can be arranged please ensure that you advise us of your flight information once available. Please advise the date, time and flight number for your arrival/departure. If we have not been advised of this information at least 2 weeks before travel, then you will be required to make your own way to the hotel on Day 1 of your tour.
It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip.
Visas for Guyana are not required by many nationalities, including UK and US citizens, and citizens of some European countries. However we recommend that you check with your nearest embassy for the most up to date details.
For Suriname we are usually able to arrange for you to obtain the visa once you arrive in Guyana; you need to bring US$55 in cash and two passport photos with you to enable us to do this. However as regulations can change, and it may not be possible for all nationalities, it is essential that you check with us if you intend to do this.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK.
We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.
For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Vaccinations & Protection
As with travel to most parts of Latin America, we strongly recommend that you contact your doctor’s surgery or a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information, advice and the necessary vaccinations. For a visit of less than one month, almost certainly you will be advised to have immunisations against the following: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Meningitis. The use of a DEET-containing insect repellent is highly recommended, and we recommend that you take professional advice about malaria prophylactics. You will need proof of Yellow Fever immunisation when entering Suriname from Guyana.
Preparing for your tour
As Guyana and Suriname are situated just above the equator, they enjoy year round warm temperatures with an average in the high twenties (Celsius), with high humidity. It is cooler at the coast than in the interior. The interior experiences two wet seasons – the main one from May to September and a shorter rainy period in December.
When it comes to clothing it is usually recommended that lighter clothes are worn through the day, and warmer ones at night. A hat is also advised to be worn through the day to protect from the sun, along with at least one piece of waterproof clothing for any days that the weather may be wet or windy. Guyana and Suriname are warm all year round and so there is no need to bring masses of heavy clothing, although a light fleece or something similar may be appreciated. It’s a good idea to bring some long trousers and long sleeved shirts to avoid being bitten by insects.
Suncream/sunblock is a must – please ensure you bring enough as it may not be available locally. Insect repellent, including a bite spray will also be useful to have. You should also bring binoculars if you have them – these will greatly enhance your wildlife viewing.
Footwear is a main priority on this tour. Comfortable walking shoes/boots are recommended and should be waterproof if possible as you will be climbing into and out of boats.
Luggage on tour
The hold luggage allowance on the internal flights in Guyana is 20lbs per person which is strictly enforced due to the size of the aircraft. In addition you will be asked to advise us of your weight in advance which is forwarded to the airline(s). All passengers are weighed on check in and the figures you provide will be compared. If you wish to travel with extra luggage you can consider purchasing an additional seat on the aircraft.
Electric Supply & Plugs
Plugs are generally of the three pin, American style plugs. However in Georgetown the plugs are of the two pronged, round European style. We recommend that you bring a multi-adapter.
Tour Itinerary Versions
Please ensure that you have an up-to-date copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tour notes.These tour notes were prepared on 13/06/2016