It’s true what they say – getting around Guyana is half the fun!
Happily getting to and from Guyana is relatively simple from the US or UK
Getting to Guyana is relatively simple from North America and Europe. Wilderness Explorers offers a full-service air booking facility with unmatched experience arranging long-and short- haul bookings. Let us know how we can help.
GUMAir offers service (in tandem with Trans Guyana Airways) between Georgetown’s Ogle Airport and Zorg en Hoop in the centre of Paramaribo, Suriname. Conviasa Airlines offers regional service between Guyana and Venezuela. The last few years has seen several promising low-cost carriers come and go with surprising speed (RedJet, EZJet, others) leaving hundreds or thousands of unhappy passengers in their wake. We strongly recommend booking only with well-established airlines.
Getting Around Guyana
Most overseas flights call at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (IATA: GEO, ICAO: SYCJ) located about 1 hour’s drive outside the capital of Georgetown.
Most regional and domestic flights operate out of Ogle International Airport (IATA: OGL, ICAO: SYGO) in the centre of town. Old-timers still call this facility “Ogle Aerodrome” harkening back to its days as a canefield airstrip. Daily service to Paramaribo, Suriname also operates out of Ogle. LIAT has begun operating some of their flights from Barbados through Ogle, greatly reducing ground transfer times to get to the airport.
Our flights into the jungle employ reliable and safe – but small – single- and twin-engine craft such as the Cessna C206 (5-passenger), Britten-Norman Islander BN2 (8 passenger) or Cessna Caravan C208 (12-passenger) aircraft. If you’re lucky, you might even get to sit up front with the pilot! There is no need to remove your shoes and you surely won’t get scatter-scanned out on a dirt airstrip miles from civilization. But pack light! In Guyana, the weight limit for all of your belongings is strictly limited to 20 pounds (9kg) on scheduled internal flights and you will be asked to stand on a scale with your bags and all accessories before being allowed to board the aircraft. There are no exceptions.
Don’t confuse this arrangement with a private luxury jet service! Those wishing for more flexibility in their travel may charter a small plane (with pilot, of course) for their journey into Guyana’s interior. In many circumstances, this turns out to be both economical and highly practical: A charter allows you to visit Kaieteur Falls enroute to or from the Rupununi, eliminating the need to make a dedicated trip to the Falls. Plus, you get to spend more time on the ground when the plane’s schedule is up to you.
Ground and River Transport
Transport into Guyana’s largely unpopulated interior regions is by small plane, river canoe, 4X4 pickup truck, and the occasional bullock cart. Indeed, getting around is truly part of the adventure!
Outside of Georgetown, there are few roads (none of which are paved) and the small number of vehicles that ply the rugged dirt and laterite roads are, frankly, miracles of endurance and roadside maintenance. Luxury aircon Land Rovers are unheard of, as are roadside petrol stations and convenience stores. That said, the vehicles and drivers we hire are a solid and reliable lot and you can be assured that you’ll get where you’re going. Usually on schedule!
Guyana’s real highways are its rivers, and you are likely to spend at least a day or two meandering along the Burro Burro, Rupununi, Rewa, Demerara, or Essequibo Rivers during your visit. Boats are typically open to the elements and run by a small outboard motor. The best bird spotting and wildlife viewing comes from these sinuous waterways, so be sure to come with a hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and a good camera. All boats have both a captain and spotter (to avoid snags and sandbars) and are equipped with life vests, water, and tarpaulins.