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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.

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Caribbean Airlines (BWI) is Guyana’s flagship carrier and operates flights to Georgetown (GEO) from Toronto (YYZ), New York (JFK), Miami (MIA) and London Heathrow (LHW) via Trinidad (POS).

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Surinam Airways (SLM) offers A340 service between Amsterdam (AMS) and Paramaribo (PBM), and also operates 737 flights to Aruba (AUA), Curaçao (CUR), Georgetown (GEO) and Miami (MIA).

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LIAT Airlines (LI) offers service to Georgetown from Barbados (BGI). Some LIAT flights now operate out of Ogle Airport (OGL) in the heart of Georgetown. This greatly reduces ground transfer times.

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COPA Airlines of Panama – a Star Alliance airline – will begin service to Georgetown from New York (JFK), Toronto (YYZ), Miami (MIA), and Panama City (PTY) beginning in July 2014.

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FlyJamaica (FJM) inaugurated service with its first – and only – 757 aircraft in 2013, serving Georgetown from Kingston, Jamaica (KIN) and New York (JFK).

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.

Aircraft

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.

Charter Flights

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.

Chedi Jagan International Airport is a small, low-hassle airport about 1 hour outside the capital
Chedi Jagan International Airport is a small, low-hassle airport about 1 hour outside the capital
Flights to the interior operate in small aircraft such as this 7-seat Norman Islander.
Flights to the interior operate in small aircraft such as this 7-seat Norman Islander.
Sometimes a trusty 4X4 vehicle is the only option when the savannahs flood or the laterite roads turn to mud
Sometimes a trusty 4X4 vehicle is the only option when the savannahs flood or the laterite roads turn to mud
Rivers are the highways of the rainforest, and most journeys include at least a few hours in an open-air, motorized canoe zooming deep into the jungle.
Rivers are the highways of the rainforest, and most journeys include at least a few hours in an open-air, motorized canoe zooming deep into the jungle.

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