Caiman House Field Station

Caiman House Field Station


Science and eco-tourism merge at Caiman House Field Station, an outpost of research and hospitality located in the remote Amerindian village of Yupukari on the savannah lands along the banks of the Rupununi River. Visitors also have the opportunity to interact with the locals including the furniture craftsmen at Wabbini, a nonprofit venture to create sustainable jobs and revenue for the village.

A popular night time excursion allows guests to observe, or become involved with the caiman research project which involves the capturing and assisting in data collection. This requires the caiman being weighed, measured and tagged before being released back into the wild. The lodge also supports the conservation and research of the Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle.

Accommodation is in simple but large, comfortable rooms with ensuite bathrooms. There is a lovely sitting room inside and open deck perfect for enjoying afternoon drinks at sunset and breezy veranda slung with hammocks. Profits from the lodge support a public library, computers and internet for the village school and community.

Caiman House is set in the remote Amerindian village of Yupukari on the savannah lands along the banks of the Rupununi River. Just 20km from the Karanambu airstrip, it provides an excellent opportunity to explore the biodiversity of the Rupununi River and savannahs.

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Over_Land_And_Sea10/21/2020
5 star rating

A great experience all round. Fantastic guides, well looked after by all staff. Great wildlife viewing. OVERVIEW I stayed here for 2 nights as part of the Guyana Nature Experience tour with Wilderness Explorers. Nice location near the river and a small village. Basic but comfortable rooms. Spacious central building for dining/relaxing. Nicely maintained gardens. All of the staff were professional and courteous. Good food. Guides were great and enabled us to see a lot of wildlife. ROOM Room was a bit basic, but was clean and comfortable. The rooms are located in a separate wooden building. We could hear guests in other rooms and it was a bit noisy when people were using the staircase as we were on the ground floor. No toiletries provided. The towels were new and very clean. FACILITIES/CUSTOMER SERVICE All of the staff were very customer focussed, they were the most professional and courteous of all the lodges we stayed in on this tour. They did not drink in front of the guests, even when we offered to buy them a drink when they ate meals with us. They were very chatty and told us a lot about the various local projects. The “Aunties” prepared great local dishes and there was plenty of food. The manager happily arranged some changes to the itinerary that we requested with another couple we teamed up with. The guides went over and above to give us the best chance of seeing the wildlife we were interested in, staying out as long as we could.... OVERVIEW

I stayed here for 2 nights as part of the Guyana Nature Experience tour with Wilderness Explorers. Nice location near the river and a small village. Basic but comfortable rooms. Spacious central building for dining/relaxing. Nicely maintained gardens. All of the staff were professional and courteous. Good food. Guides were great and enabled us to see a lot of wildlife.

ROOM

Room was a bit basic, but was clean and comfortable. The rooms are located in a separate wooden building. We could hear guests in other rooms and it was a bit noisy when people were using the staircase as we were on the ground floor. No toiletries provided. The towels were new and very clean.

FACILITIES/CUSTOMER SERVICE

All of the staff were very customer focussed, they were the most professional and courteous of all the lodges we stayed in on this tour. They did not drink in front of the guests, even when we offered to buy them a drink when they ate meals with us. They were very chatty and told us a lot about the various local projects.

The “Aunties” prepared great local dishes and there was plenty of food. The manager happily arranged some changes to the itinerary that we requested with another couple we teamed up with. The guides went over and above to give us the best chance of seeing the wildlife we were interested in, staying out as long as we could.

There was a nice open dining room/lounge with books and field guides. The internet was available from 11pm to 6am and was fairly fast. They ran out of beer, but offered the guests free rum punch instead.

The lodge is about 10-15 minutes’ walk to the landing where the boat trips started from and close to the village, so there is a bit of noise from cockerels and other animals.

They had good, reliable vehicles and looked after us well while we were waiting for our flight at Lethem.

The activity program they offered was the best on the tour and there was not too much downtime. We had a number of boat trips to spot wildlife and a tour of the village. We had an evening meal on the river bank and a night trip with a team researching Black Caiman, where they caught Caiman to weigh and measure them. The highlight was the Giant River Otters swimming under our boats and popping up just to the side of us.

WOULD I STAY HERE AGAIN?

Yes, without a doubt.

I can’t say if the lodge was value for money as I didn’t pay for it individually as it was part of a tour. More

Sue12/26/2018
5 star rating

Amazing and friendly This was a very special experience. You feel as though you are part of the community here from the moment you arrive. The accommodation is great and the food brilliant. To be part of the Caiman project is something that we will never forget. The passion of the staff was infectious, particularly Anthony who taught us more about Caiman that we ever thought we would know.

326DanielS32611/21/2018
5 star rating

A good visit A good place to come to, in a small Amerindian village. Saw the giant anteaters here, and also the otters. Also South American agoutis in a large group when we went out on a lake in a dug out canoe. Nice rooms and nice staff.

travellerX498/16/2018
5 star rating

Great stay shame about the water I have given this lodge 5 because the stay was great but unfortunately the pump from the bore had given up the week before our arrival and there was no running water. In fact we
managed well because the staff constantly filled tubs in the bathroom with water from the village pump. There is so much interesting research going on here including the caiman and the river turtles and it was extremely interesting to learn first hand from the researchers of their work.
The food was good and the staff extremely friendly. A trip into the village taught us so much not only about cassava preparation, cotton spinning and weaving but about the need to develop opportunities for the children without using contact with their culture.
Trips to the river and the lake were made more interesting because the distance was too far for me to walk and the village does not have any vehicles apart from motor cycles, so that was it we would ride pillion to very helpful villagers who volunteered to transport us.
It was all worth it because the trips on the river with excellent guides were fabulous. I am not sure our family will believe us!!!

Participating in Black Caiman research

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Giant anteater spotting

Giant river otter

Bird watching

Wildlife spotting

Nocturnal wildlife spotting

River excursions

Trekking

Fishing

Indigenous Amerindian culture

Expert indigenous guides

WiFi access

Communal tea and coffee facilities

Ensuite bathrooms

Toiletries

Wheelchair access

Solar electricity

Library

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