Guyana’s hub for tourism, science, and rainforest conservation
Genuine Amerindian hospitality greets visitors who come to undertake research, explore area wildlife, or work at one of Iwokrama’s sustainable-use projects in this protected area
The Iwokrama International Centre For Rainforest Conservation and Development was established to promote the conservation, sustainable and equitable utilisation of tropical rainforest in a manner that leads to lasting ecological, economic and social benefits. The Centre is responsible for the conservation and management of 1,000,000 acres in the Iwokrama Forest for research and development purposes. Half the area is retained as a Wilderness Preserve. Some sections of the forest are being logged using sustainable logging practices.
At the heart of Iwokrama’s mission is a sustainable tourism program which hosts hundreds of visitors each year. Guests have an opportunity to learn about the research and conservation work at the Centre while experiencing the surrounding pristine rainforest first-hand. The most popular excursion is a climb to the top of nearby Turtle Mountain which offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the rainforest. This happens to be a great trek for birdspotting and wildlife observation, too. Boat trips up and down the Essequibo River – especially at dawn and sunset – never disappoint, nor do sundowners from a coconut at Michelle’s Island across the River. During the right season there is probably no better place on earth to see Jaguar in the wild with 1 in 3 visitors viewing the big cats at dusk or dawn.
Iwokrama is reached by road less in than two hours from the Annai airstrip, however charter flights will land at nearby Fairview Village. The Iwokrama Canopy Walkway is about an hour away, with Surama Village a bit farther. Traveling north from Iwokrama requires crossing the river at Kurupukari Falls where the barge operates daily from 6 am to 6pm.
Accommodation is offered in eight timber cabins with thatched or shingle roofs, on the banks of the Essequibo River. Each cabin has it’s own bathroom facilities and veranda overlooking the river. Running water and flush toilets are standard, however water is not heated (and rarely desired in the tropical heat). Hammock accommodation with shared bathrooms is also available.
Electricity is provided by a combination of solar and diesel generator systems, and wireless internet access is provided for free in the main building. Meals are served buffet-style in the Fred Allicock dining hall, where you can mingle with the rangers, administrative and scientific staff.