Surama Eco-lodge

Surama Eco-lodge


Guyana’s award-winning community-owned lodge introduces you to the Amerindian way of life. Much like a home-stay, your needs will be looked after by villagers who treat every guest like a family member.

Surama Eco-Lodge is the gateway to the idyllic Pakaraima Mountains and Burro Burro River bordering the village and features some of the most impressive examples of pristine rainforest ecology to be found anywhere on earth. The abundant flora and fauna are masterfully curated by local, expert guides who convey a compellingly intimate fluency with nature through hikes, river canoe expeditions, and visits to community schools and traditional events.

Importantly the lodge — plus tours in and around Surama—are owned, managed and operated solely by the community. Surama’s residents, especially the children, are personally invested in the preservation of the biological diversity that surrounds the village, leading visitors on hikes to nearby active Harpy Eagle nests, enforcing a ban on wildlife trapping, protecting groves of endangered bullet, letter, greenheart and waramaden trees, and introducing tourists and researchers to vast arrays of rainforest flora with time-honoured medicinal properties.

The lodge is situated on the edge of the village, in savannah with views to the rainforest-covered mountains. A combination of thatched cabins and rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, encircle the main dining, bar and communal lounge. Naturally, the meals are prepared from village grown produce with an indigenous influence.

Surama Eco-Lodge is situated in the indigenous Makushi community of Surama, bordered by the Burro Burro River, Surama Mountain and the million-acre Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve. Its idyllic, isolated location offers the perfect opportunity for immersing yourself in the savannah and rainforest experience, all in one of the country’s most renowned community tourism villages.

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47JAKMAK3/01/2020
3 star rating

Community is friendly but existing accommodation needs attention Stayed for two nights of 16/17 Feb. as part of tour of area with KE Adventure UK and local agent Wilderness Explorers. First impression was one of shock at the state of the grounds and dilapidated structures compared with Atta and Iwokrama lodges. The online reviews/photos are out-of-date. It seems there used to be eight round huts according to certain websites but now only four so the others must have been demolished to allow a monster, round building under construction with piles of timber, bricks, and sand creating a building site, and noise of a power saw at 8 a.m. on the second morning. Couples+ are put in the round huts, solos taken to a distant utilitarian building dubbed the cell block. This building has four single rooms each with a bed; mosquito net over; small table; and NOTHING else, no comforts at all. Of note: there was no emergency whistle on the hook in my Room 4; no coat hangers just four nails; no chair; no mirror or towel rail in bathroom, just a threadbare towel; shower head was covered in green and black mould causing much concern to me about bacteria on my skin so I did not shower; cold water only; no fan so room was like a sauna; no power points in room BUT wires through wall to corridor to charge items; no fine mesh over louvred windows and door so mozzies made themselves at home;... Stayed for two nights of 16/17 Feb. as part of tour of area with KE Adventure UK and local agent Wilderness Explorers. First impression was one of shock at the state of the grounds and dilapidated structures compared with Atta and Iwokrama lodges. The online reviews/photos are out-of-date. It seems there used to be eight round huts according to certain websites but now only four so the others must have been demolished to allow a monster, round building under construction with piles of timber, bricks, and sand creating a building site, and noise of a power saw at 8 a.m. on the second morning. Couples+ are put in the round huts, solos taken to a distant utilitarian building dubbed the cell block. This building has four single rooms each with a bed; mosquito net over; small table; and NOTHING else, no comforts at all. Of note: there was no emergency whistle on the hook in my Room 4; no coat hangers just four nails; no chair; no mirror or towel rail in bathroom, just a threadbare towel; shower head was covered in green and black mould causing much concern to me about bacteria on my skin so I did not shower; cold water only; no fan so room was like a sauna; no power points in room BUT wires through wall to corridor to charge items; no fine mesh over louvred windows and door so mozzies made themselves at home; floor looked as though cement had been mixed on it. Complained to manager to be told all agents knew the situation and a fan could not be provided as the power supply was not strong enough to run four fans in the cell block. A temporary structure houses the dining and food preparation area which was extremely basic with no means of keeping food hot on the serving table as there were no burners for the pots. After 7 p.m. dinner there was nowhere comfortable for people to meet and chat other than a picnic table and bench chairs. I did transfer to round hut for second night which did have a chair and all-important fan but was still without comforts. This Lodge should be deleted from ANY tour until the building work is completed (probably end 2020, if then) and the cell block rooms in particular made less stark. More

Night trail walk spotlighting for wildlife

Trail walks

Bird watching including Guianan Shield endemics

River trips

Fishing

Harpy Eagle nests

Wilderness camp

Indigenous Amerindian culture

Mountain hikes

Wildlife spotting

Rainforest and savannah trails

Expert indigenous guides

WiFi access

Red Howler Bar

Communal tea and coffee facilities

Ensuite bathrooms

Toiletries

24-hour solar-powered electricity

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