Hand-crafted itineraries that captivate the imagination
We love to customize itineraries and offer several Day Trips too!
Wilderness Explorers is Guyana’s premier tour operator. For more than 20 years, we’ve been working with local and national leaders to build the country’s tourism sector from the ground up. Not from the sidelines or behind a desk, but on the ground. In the jungle. On the boats. Getting our feet dirty and seeing everything first-hand. Tourism isn’t our business – it’s our life. Our handcrafted itineraries prove it.
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New for 2017 an exclusive adventure offered by no other tour company in Guyana. Jump behind the wheel of a Europcar four-wheel-drive vehicle and head into Guyana’s rugged interior along the famous north-south road connecting Georgetown to Brazil. Navigate deep into the rainforest and break out into the Rupununi Savannah with amazing wildlife sightings along the way. Follow our most popular tour – the Guyana Nature Experience – but at your own pace!
Learn MorePricing Varies by TourAdventure Motor TouringAmerindian Guyana
This 16-day journey introduces you to the rich culture and pristine environment of Guyana. Our itinerary focuses on small and out-of-the-way eco lodges owned and operated by Amerindian villages: Surama, situated at the base of the Pakaraima Mountains in the Iwokrama Rainforest; Rewa, at the remote confluence of the Rewa and Rupununi Rivers; Nappi in the Kanuku foothills not far from Brazil, and Yupukari on the Rupununi Savannah, where an important caiman conservation project is headquartered. These are English-speaking communities who host only a select handful of visitors each year.Learn More16 Days | Call for PricingModerately Rigorous TouringRupununi Experience
A wonderful – and fast paced – cross section of Guyana’s best nature experiences. Visit the Iwokrama Forest and view its upper-story inhabitants from the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, an area known for frequent jaguar sightings and a reliable and eye-popping Guianan cock-of-the-rock lek. Traverse the rain forest and savannahs by river canoe to the remote Makushi village of Rewa. This outpost of Guyanese hospitality boasts a remarkable array of creatures and a uniquely heartfelt sense of welcome. Then its on to the giant river otters, giant anteaters and black caiman at Karanambu.Learn More9 Days | Call for PricingModerately rigorous touringGuyana Nature Experience
This classic small group adventure takes in many of the highlights of Guyana: visit Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls before travelling to Iwokrama for jungle hikes, boat trips, the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, and the chance to see the elusive jaguar. Stay in the Makushi village of Surama before going into the savannahs in search of giant river otters, giant anteaters and black caiman. This is our most popular trip, and for good reason: you’d be hard-pressed to pack in so much nature into 14 days anywhere else in the world! Our best guaranteed/scheduled departure.Learn More14 Days | From $5370 USDModerately Rigorous TouringGuyana Coastal Birding
A short trip that puts you right in the middle of Guyana’s ultra-rich coastal avian populations. From Georgetown, we’ll explore the Georgetown Botaniacal Gardens, Abary Creek Trail, the Mahaica River, the east and west banks of the Demerrara River. We then move inland to the Arrowpoint Nature Resort from which we will explore the Kamuni River, Potaro Creek and the dense surrounding rainforests. Expert guides and careful attention to pacing make this an excellent tour for avid birding enthusiasts, and can easily added to the beginning or end of another tour. Learn More6 Days | Call For PricingRelatively Easy TouringGuianas Highlights
An adventure across the Wild Coast in 14 days. Explore the sparsely populated rainforests and savannahs of Guyana and meet traditional Amerindian communities working to preserve their way of life. Then in Suriname tour the culturally-eclectic UNESCO Heritage city of Paramaribo and learn about the legacy of the European slave trade from west African communities that have encamped in the jungle. Then its on to the South American outpost of the European Union, home to the European Space Agency launch centre and those fabled Îles du Salut, or “Devils Island”.Learn More14 Days | Call for PricingModerately Rigorous TouringGuyana Exploration
A short but rich tour into the nature and culture of Guyana’s interior. Travel inland to the Rupununi region of Guyana, stopping at a major caiman research project and help trap animals with a research team at Yupukari. Then its on to fabled Karanambu where hospitality, passion-fruit rum, giant river otters, and sundowners on the lilly pond are a way of life. Then a stop at Surama Village to learn about Amerindian heritage before returning to Georgetown for an in-depth city tour. And, of course, a few hours at the spectacularly remote Kaieteur Falls, an adventure that will stay with you for a lifetime.Learn More9 Days | Call for PricingModerately Rigorous TouringBirding Guyana
This tour is suitable for both experienced Neotropical birders and those wanting to visit one of the last true wildernesses in South America. Some of the special and range-restricted birds we will look for include harpy eagle, grey-winged trumpeter, rufous-winged ground-cuckoo, white-winged potoo, blood-coloured woodpecker, white-bellied piculet, Guianan puffbird, Guianan streaked-antwren, Guianan warbling-antbird, guianan gnatcatcher, Guianan cock-of-the-rock, Guianan red-cotinga, crimson fruitcrow, capuchinbird and finsch’s euphonia and many more.Learn More11 Days | Call for PricingModerately Rigorous TouringThe Guianas Experience
The Guiana Shield is a 1.7 billion year old Precambrian geological formation blanketed with one of the planet’s largest and most biodiverse expanses of undisturbed tropical rain forest. In Guyana, marvel at Kaieteur Falls, experience Amerindian hospitality, trek through untouched rainforests, and seek out endangered species such as the elusive jaguar. Then experience Suriname’s eclectic African, Asian, European, and South American cultural tapestry. The truly adventurous will continue to French Guiana’s modern spaceport and a crumbling offshore penal colony on Devils Island.
Learn More14 Days | From $4825 USDModerately rigorous touringKaieteur Overland
Amerindian legend has it the Patamona chief Kai committed self-sacrifice by canoeing himself over the falls to encourage the Great Spirit Makonaima to save the tribe from being destroyed by the savage Caribishi. Fortunately, your prospects on this journey are far more optimistic! You’ll be trekking and camping in the forest while soaking in amazing views of Kaieteur Gorge along the Potaro River. Expect to be rewarded with exquisite views of the Kaieteur Falls seen by only a handful of intrepid visitors, as well as a healthy sense of mental and physical achievement!Learn More8 Days | From $1805 USDRigorous Trekking and CampingHarpy Eagle & Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock
Venture into the wild, pristine and little known interior of Guyana for a birdwatchers dream. Our expedition targets two of Guyana’s best known specialties, the harpy eagle and Guianan cock-of-the-rock. The harpy – or “flying wolf” – is one of the largest eagles in the world and still has a refuge in Guyana. Several Cock-of-the-rock leks lie along on our travel route so our chances of spotting at least one are excellent. Especially lucky visitors may witness their noisy and exuberant mating rituals.Learn More7 Days | Call for PricingModerately Rigorous TouringThree Guianas on a Budget
Welcome to the “Wild Coast” of South America, the least-visited stretch of the continent that offers a highly distinct taste of the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and France. This tour is a unique combination of the three Guianas, combining the waterfalls, wildlife and lodges of the rainforest and savannahs of Guyana with Suriname’s charming World Heritage site of Paramaribo and its Saramaccan villages, descendants of the Maroons who were runaway slaves. Soak in a rare visit to European Space Agency’s launch center in Kourou, French Guiana, close to Devil’s Island, home of Papillon.Learn More13 Days | Call for PricingModerately Rigorous TouringWaterfall and Mountain Explorer
A challenging and rewarding adventure across the jungles and savannahs of Guyana and Venezuela. The journey starts with a once-in-a-lifetime trek through the jungle up the Potaro Gorge to Kaieteur Falls. Then, follow in the footsteps of Sir Walter Raleigh who first visited the Tepuis around Roraima, searching for a civilisation that would make England as rich as the Aztecs had made Spain. Now you can discover lush and rarely visited places that defy the imagination! Active travel at its best!Learn More16 Days | Call for PricingRigorous Trekking and TouringGuyana Nature Experience Pretour
This Pre-tour extension works well with the Caribbean Airlines flight from London Gatwick to Guyana.3 Days | From $359 USDModerately Rigorous TouringKaieteur Falls and Abary Birding Pre-Tour Extension
A perfect way to kick off our Birding Guyana itinerary, this extension takes you to Abary where you’ll look for Blood-coloured Woodpecker and Rufous Crab-Hawk, the first of the many range-restricted species we will be hoping to find on this tour. Then spend a full day flying to the interior to witness the ‘gobsmack’ Kaieteur Falls, an absolute can’t-miss feature of any Guyana tour.3 Days | From $580 USDSun Parakeet and Remote Specialties Post Tour Extension
This extension can be added to the end of any tour in Rupununi, and is ideally suited for guests who are already at Karanambu or Yupukari. Take some extra time to chase down a Guiana specialty, the sun parakeet (sun conjure) as well as the Hoary-throated Spinetail and Rio Branco Antbird, both of which are only found in gallery forest along the Rio Branco and its main tributaries, all of which ultimately flow into the Amazon.5 Days | From $1925 USDBirding in Trinidad Post-Tour Extension
Wrap up your Guyana visit with a stellar visit to Trinidad’s world-famous Asa Wright Center4 Days | From $945 USDFrench Guiana Extension (A)
Explore the curious intersection of Europe and South American on this brief jaunt into French Guiana. You’ll explore the Kourou Space Center where the European Space Administration launches its Ariane-5 rockets as well as the new Russian Soyuz launch platforms. Then spend a remakable day exploring the 18th century ruins of the prisons on Iles du Salut, sometimes known as “Devils Island.”4 Days | From $1997 USDFrench Guiana Extension (B)
Explore the curious intersection of Europe and South American on this extended jaunt into French Guiana. You’ll explore the Kourou Space Center where the European Space Administration launches its Ariane-5 rockets as well as the new Russian Soyuz launch platforms. Then spend a remarkable day exploring the 18th century ruins of the prisons on Iles du Salut, sometimes known as “Devils Island.” Unlike the shorter version of this extension, this programme includes a fascinating look at the remnants of the Caribbean slave trade at St. Laurent, a Cayenne City Tour and a visit to the Hmong village market at Cacao.6 Days | From $2620 USDTrinidad and Tobago Extension
A great way to cap off your Guyana experience, with a combination of nature immersion and the luxurious modern conveniences of Port of Spain, Trinidad!6 Days | From $800 USDTrinidad Extension
Spend a few nights on the exciting and lush island of Trinidad on your way home!3 Days | From $520 USDRupununi Experience Caiman House Extension
Stay longer in the Rupununi to visit Caiman House4 Days | From $390 USDRupununi Experience Extension – Caiman House & Maipaima Eco-Lodge
Extend your stay in the Rupununi by several days to explore the exciting caiman research project in Yupukari then spend a few nights at one of Guyana’s best-kept secrets, the lush and remote Maipaima Eco-Lodge, nestled in the Kanuku Mountains near the Brazilian border.6 Days | From $1430 USDTobago Extension
Your flight from Guyana will transfer through Trinidad, so why not stop over for a few days of sun, sand, and luxury?4 Days | From $590 USDGuianas Experience Pretour Extension
Start your journey a day early and experience a rare look at the deep Guyana rain forest as you join researchers capturing and measuring caimans on the Rupununi River. Its a night on the water you won’t soon forget.3 Days | From $399 USD
Why Travel with Wilderness Explorers?
For more than 20 years, we’ve been working at the crossroads of adventure travel and community tourism. Not from the sidelines or behind a desk, but on the ground. In the jungle. On the boats. Getting our feet dirty and seeing everything first-hand. Tourism isn’t our business – it’s our life. Our handcrafted itineraries prove it.
Our partners in the field aren’t just suppliers in the traditional sense: we are deeply involved with the development of the lodges, tours, training programs, and attractions that draw adventurous souls to this part of the world. Back in 1999 Wilderness Explorers was one of the first tour operators to embrace the now-fashionable idea of community tourism, partnering with the Amerindian Makushi village of Surama in Guyana to provide marketing and administrative support for that country’s first indigenously-operated ecolodge. These days we continue to work with lodges and regional consortiums with tourism development aspirations. Hand-in-hand we are building opportunities for economic growth that don’t rely on resource extraction or the mass-market.
We know that tour companies are increasingly looked upon as unnecessary middlemen in a world where the internet connects everyone with marvelous ease. And, no doubt, someone with ample time and patience could organize their journey independently. But we know that sometimes you want to spend less time researching and more time travelling. If that’s you, we can vastly simplify your trip planning, get you into the best (and often least-known) lodges, prioritize your activity list, and set you up for an unforgettable getaway. Having the time of your life once you get there? Well, that part is entirely up to you!Watch for the new Wilderness Explorers website coming this Summer!