Adventures for Alaskans

An exploration of Guyana's Highlights

15 Days / 14 Nights

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US$ 6570/person

for groups of 4

About this trip


This small-group scheduled departure explores many of the highlights of Guyana: Fly across endless rainforest into the heart of the country to visit Kaieteur Falls, the tallest single-drop waterfall in the world. Continue to Rewa Eco Lodge, the most remote of our jungle lodges with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, jungle hikes, boat trips. Visit the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway for a chance to see the elusive jaguar! If you're lucky. Stay in the Makushi village of Surama before going into the savannahs in search of giant river otters, giant anteaters and taking part in the black caiman research project at the indigenous community of Yupukari.

Meet your group leader Mr. Craig Doser

Craig is an Alaska based travel consultant with Adventures for Alaskans. He has worked or travelled extensively on all 7 continents, and has recently spent time in Guyana nature viewing. His specialities include adventure and nature travel in remote areas, and trips to the Spanish speaking world.

Contact information
Phone: (907) 518-0165 / Email:  cdoser@yahoo.com

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Kaieteur Falls

Indigenous Community Tourism

Iwokrama Canopy Walkway

Wildlife Spotting

Local culinary experience

Black Caiman Research

Itinerary


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Day 1 - Arrival in Guyana. Overnight Cara Lodge.

Pickup and transfer from Cheddi Jagan International Airport to Georgetown and your selected hotel.

Day 2 - Flight to Kaieteur Falls. Overnight Kaieteur Guest House.

Pickup and transfer to Eugene F. Correia International Airport where you will board the scheduled flight for the journey over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers and hundreds of miles of unbroken tropical rainforest to land at Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest free-falling waterfall. Kaieteur which was first seen by a European on April 29, 1870, is situated in the heart of Guyana on the Potaro River, a tributary of the Essequibo. The water of Kaieteur flows over a sandstone conglomerate tableland into a deep gorge - a drop of 741 feet or 5 times the height of Niagara Falls.

Day 3 - Charter flight to Rewa Eco Lodge, explore grass pond and Victoria Amazonica. Overnight at Rewa Eco Lodge

Enjoy your morning coffee as the early morning mist of Kaieteur gives way to a fantastic view of the falls. You will have some time to explore Kaieteur and its environs before heading to the airstrip for your departing flight. Re-boarding our flight after our experience at the fall we continue our journey onto the village of Apoteri. Then travel along the Rupununi River with opportunities to see wild Giant River Otters and Black Caiman. You will pass locals fishing and bathing in the river until you reach the Rewa River and the Amerindian community of Rewa. Rewa Village is located where the Rewa River runs into the Rupununi River in the North Rupununi. The surrounding area is rainforest, mountains and oxbow lakes and teeming with wildlife birds and fish. The community of approximately 220 persons is predominately Macushi with a few families of the Wapashani and Patamona tribes. Villagers practice subsistence farming, fishing and hunting with little opportunity for cash employment.

Day 4 - Rewa village tour, Golliath Bird-eating Spider and afternoon river tour. Overnight at Rewa Eco Lodge.

Enjoy breakfast at dawn overlooking the River before taking a boat up the Rewa River and then a 15-minute hike to Grass Pond. This pond or lake is about 3 km long and is a beautiful setting with the giant Victoria amazonica water lily. It has a good population of Arapaima, (reportedly the highest density in Guyana) the largest scaled freshwater fish in the world, and you can also fish for Peacock Bass. We will take a guided walk through the community of Rewa to see how the locals live. Visit villager’s houses where you can experience their everyday life and see activities such as grating cassava, weaving baskets and tending kitchen gardens. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon travel up the Rewa River to a location known as Seawall. This rock formation is a great place to fish or take in the beauty of the location. Visit sandbanks where river turtles come to lay their eggs. Along the river banks you may see red howlers, squirrel and brown capuchin monkeys.

Day 5 - Travel by river and road from Rewa to the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. Overnight Atta Rainforest Lodge.

After breakfast say goodbye to staff and newfound friends and board boat travelling along the Rupununi River to Kwatamang Landing. Transfer from Kwatamang Landing through the rainforest to Rock View Lodge to enjoy lunch. We then continue to Atta Rainforest Lodge, home of the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. The Iwokrama Canopy Walkway is situated near the southern boundary of the Iwokrama Reserve in central Guyana. The walkway has four suspension bridges leading to three platforms, the highest of which is over 30 metres above the ground, and these will allow great looks at a range of canopy species, many of which you would struggle to see well from the forest floor.

Day 6 - Bird watching from the canopy walkway, wildlife spotting, nature trail walks. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge.

Before dawn, we will return to the canopy where we can birdwatch easily and from this treetop vantage, you can sometimes see Red Howler and Black Spider Monkeys. Apart from the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway itself, you can enjoy wildlife and birdwatching walks on the trails around the area. For those interested in botany many of the trails have the key tree species marked. Many bird species, stunning insects, noisy amphibians, and playful primates make the surrounding forest their home. Deer, Tapir and agouti are also regular visitors to the lodge. Serious birders will want to search the undergrowth for the rarely seen Rufous-winged Ground-cuckoo.

Day 7 - Guianan Cock-of-the-rock lek and the indigenous community of Surama. Overnight at Surama Eco-Lodge.

Welcome the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway and then return to the lodge for breakfast before departure. Transfer from Atta Rainforest Lodge through the rainforest to Corkwood in the Iwokrama Forest. Here there is a comparatively short trail to hopefully see the amazingly brilliant Guianan Cock-of-the-rock. This trail is through interesting and pristine rainforest and the guides can explain how the plants are used for medicine and other purposes. Continue to the community of Surama. The Amerindian community of Surama is located in the heart of Guyana. The village is set in five square miles of savannah which is ringed by the forest-covered Pakaraima Mountains. Surama’s inhabitants are mainly from the Macushi tribe and still observe many of the traditional practises of their ancestors.

Day 8 - Burro Burro River boat trip and Harpy Eagle. Overnight at Surama Eco-Lodge.

Before dawn take a three-mile walk across the savannah and through the rainforest to the Burro Burro River. Your guides will then paddle you on the Burro Burro River for opportunities to observe Giant River Otters, Tapir, Tayra, Spider Monkeys and more species. The Harpy Eagle is the largest and most powerful raptor found in the rainforest, and among the largest extant species of eagles in the world. With luck, this bird may be seen in this area. Return to the lodge for sunset.

Day 9 - Surama Mountain Hike, birdwatching and cashew nut roasting. Overnight at Rock View Lodge.

Rise before dawn for a walk across the savannah and then climb up Surama Mountain for incredible views across the village and savannah to the Pakaraima Mountains. This is not a technical climb but can be arduous, especially after rain, and not for everyone. Your guides will happily offer alternative activities if you prefer not to do this climb. Transfer from Surama to Rock View Lodge at Annai. Rock View Lodge is located where the savannah meets the forest-covered foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains. With its tropical gardens and flowering trees, the lodge resembles an oasis in the savannah and attracts many species of birds, particularly nectar feeders and frugivores. Nearby patches of light forest are home to certain antbirds and flycatchers, and of course, the grasslands support an avifauna of their own.

Day 10 - Dawn mountain hike, Giant River Otters and Victoria Amazonica. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge

At dawn take a hike in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains on the Panorama Trail where you might see Cinereous Mourner, Finsch’s Euphonia, Reddish Hermit, Rufous-bellied Antwren, Green-tailed and Yellow-billed Jacamar. The views across the savannah and villages as the sun rises are spectacular. Return to the lodge for breakfast before departure. Transfer to visit the village of Aranaputa which is situated in a stunning valley basin. Aranaputa offers guests the best in warm Rupununi hospitality; you will have a tour of their Peanut Butter Factory. Enjoy lunch at Pakaraima Inn before continuing your journey to Genip Landing. From Ginep Landing we take a boat trip on the Rupununi River to Karanambu Lodge. Depending on the river level, this trip offers an excellent opportunity to look for Giant Otters as there are several family groups which live along this stretch of the Rupununi River.

Day 11 - Search for Giant Anteater, explore the savannah and river . Overnight at Karanambu Lodge.

This morning we make an early start to an area of rolling grasslands, home to a population of giant anteaters. With luck, we shall locate one of these six-foot long animals excavating its breakfast from one of the termite mounds that stud the savannah. Though giant anteaters live in overlapping home ranges they are mostly solitary except during mother-offspring relationships, aggressive interactions between males, and when mating. Mother anteaters carry their offspring on their backs until weaning them.

Day 12 - Black Caiman research project and Yupukari village. Overnight at Caiman House Field Station.

In the event you did not see a giant anteater the previous morning, there is time to travel out to search the savannah again. Or you can take a hike around the Honey Ponds. The Honey Pond trail is about three miles long and loops around three ponds or lakes. The third one is the largest and by far the most scenic. The pond is covered in giant Victoria amazonica water lilies, the largest in the world. Birds and other wildlife such as giant River Otters are often seen and caiman prowl in between the lily pads. Most of the trail is under Riparian forest which has a unique flora and fauna. Troops of monkeys are often seen in the trees especially inquisitive squirrel monkeys. There is also a Capuchin bird lek along the trail and their sound will remind you of a cow calling. The trail is also fairly flat and easy to walk. Return to the lodge for breakfast before departure. After breakfast, we say our goodbyes and transfer upriver by motorized boat to the nearby Amerindian village of Yupukari and Caiman House.

Day 13 - Visit Waikin Ranch, return to Georgetown, Dinner at Aagmans Indian Restaurant. Overnight at Cara Lodge

In the afternoon we will drive across the savannah grasslands to a wetland area/ oxbow lake in search of Sharp-tailed Ibis, Brazilian Teal and Maguari Stork. Other birds we hope to find on this excursion include Least Grebe, Cocoi Heron, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Wood Stork, White-faced Whistling-Duck, Muscovy Duck, Glittering-throated Emerald, Green-tailed Jacamar, Brown-chested Martin and Red-breasted Blackbird. Vehicle transfer from Caiman House to Waikin Ranch. Lunch at Waikin Ranch. Located in the Rupununi Savannahs, only half an hour’s drive from Lethem is Waikin Ranch. Here you can experience life on a working ranch with activities including horseback riding, fishing, farm to table meals, bird watching etc. Transfer to the airstrip for our scheduled flight to Eugene F. Correia International Airport.

Day 14 - Georgetown Market & City Tour, Lunch at Backyard Cafe and Demerara River Cruise. Overnight at Cara Lodge

This morning we make an early start to have breakfast at one of the local stands with our host, guide and culinary master, Chef Delven Adams who will guide us around Bourda Market, the largest of the four markets in Georgetown. We will start our tour at the Guyana Shop which has all the local products produced and packaged in Guyana, before heading over to the market where we will meet some of the vendors who Chef buys from daily. We will visit the fish market, the meat section and the haberdashery section - where one can find anything you can think of from thread to bolts of all kinds of fabric. Dry goods like rice and of course demerara sugar are abundant. A stop at the bush medicine stalls is always educational. Heading outside you can see, touch and taste a variety of local fruits and vegetables unique in this part of the world. The chef will make his purchases with your suggestions of what you would like to try and will then head home to start preparing while we continue on a tour of the city of Georgetown with an experienced guide who will give you the history, rumour and facts on Georgetown and its citizens. During your visit to Georgetown, there are a number of interesting sights that should not be missed such as Stabroek Market - once described as a “bizarre bazaar, and St. George’s Cathedral which is one of the world’s tallest free-standing wooden buildings. Other historic buildings along this promenade are the Public Library, City Hall, the Victoria Law Courts and St. Andrews Kirk. Visit the National Museum, which contains a broad selection of our animal life portrayed in taxidermy in beautiful old glass cases, and the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology, which houses a wonderful collection of artefacts and explains the Amerindian history and lifestyle. After our city tour, we will go to the Backyard Café for lunch. This, as the name suggests, is a backyard that Chef has turned into an exclusive little hidden gem of a restaurant. You can sit under the arbour and sip unique blends of juice or enjoy a cold beer while taking in the sounds and smells of a delicious meal in the making. Once he is ready, we will start eating our way through the courses, remember to pace yourself as you will want to try it all.

Day 15 - Mahaica river birding tour, afternoon birding in the botanical gardens, dinner at the Bottle Restaurant, depart

Before dawn, we will depart your hotel and travel eastward from Georgetown along the Atlantic coast to the Mahaica River. Here you will be joined by your guide before we continue to the river landing. The narrow winding road to the landing runs parallel to the river and takes us through an area that has been mainly used for the cultivation of rice and other crops. Fortunately for us, the area along the river has been well preserved and provides an excellent riverfront ecosystem inhabited by flocks of egrets, herons, ibis, various marsh tyrants, and Guyana’s national bird, the Hoatzin. Howler also visit these riverside trees on a regular basis. Upon arrival at the river landing, you will have a bathroom break or enjoy a cup of coffee or tea before heading out onto the river. This is the lifeline of the community and is one of the main sources of transportation, food, recreation and fresh water to irrigate the fields. The river offers a rare chance to see the range-restricted Blood-colored Woodpecker which has been badly affected by habitat loss in the ‘Guianas' coastal region. This woodpecker is only known to live along a narrow coastal strip which runs eastward for just a few hundred miles from Guyana. Along the way, we will also look for the poorly-known White-bellied and White-barred Piculet as well as Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, Northern Scrub Flycatcher, and the threatened Great-Billed Seed-Finch. This river is one of the best places to spot Guyana's national bird, the Hoatzin (Opisthocomus Hoatzin), also known as the Stinkbird, or “Canje Pheasant". This odd bird is an unusual species of tropical bird found in swamps, riverine forest and mangrove between the Amazon and the Orinoco delta in South America. The Hoatzin is herbivorous; it eats leaves and fruit and has an unusual digestive system with an enlarged crop which functions as a rumen. It also produces a horrible smell to scare away potential predators, hence one of its local names.

Trip Information


Length of trip 15 Days / 14 Nights
Tour suitable for Persons with a good fitness level who enjoy culture, adventure, wildlife, nature and pristine environments.
Minimum # of passengers 4
Maximum # of passengers 12
Minimum age recommended 14 Years
Language of local guides English
Language of escort English
Transportation Transportation on this journey includes cars, mini bus, light aircraft, 4x4 vehicles and boats.
Accommodation Guests are accommodated in a mix of a heritage house hotel, rainforest and savannah lodges, indigenous community lodges and hammock accommodation
Meals The tour includes 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 13 dinners

Guyana


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      • Guyana dollars
      Kaieteur Falls City tours
      Trail walks Remote Jungle lodge
      River boat trips Giant River Otter conservation
      Wildlife spotting Community-owned and operated lodges
      Bird watching Culinary tour
      Culture Historical Georgetown city tour
      Mountain hikes Overnight in Guyana's only national park
      Black caiman research
      AIRLINES
      Caribbean Airlines
      American Airlines
      LIAT
      Copa Airlines
      Suriname Airways
      Aruba Airways
      Jet Blue

      VISA
      The following countries do not need a visa: Commonwealth countries, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. Visa requirements should be checked as requirements can change at any time.

      Wilderness Explorers can assist in obtaining permission for a visa on arrival at an additional fee. However, the granting of visas remains at the discretions of the Ministry of Citizenship.

      YOUR SAFETY
      Our number one priority is your safety and welfare. We always get the question is Guyana safe? Like any big city, Georgetown has areas that are to be avoided by visitors. But we only use hotels that have good standards and are safe. Most of the time in Georgetown you will be accompanied by our experienced guides and drivers who live in the city. During your free time if you want to visit a bar or restaurant in the evening we recommend a taxi, which is inexpensive. Your hotel will be happy to call one for you.

      Once out of Georgetown and into what we call the interior, it is a different scenario. You will be in areas with small villages where everyone greets you with a smile and you will be perfectly safe. Some lodges don’t even have locks on the doors as there is no need. There will always be an experienced guide close by to accompany you on your excursions and bring the rainforest and savannah to life and share their knowledge and experience.

      Generally, you will find the Guyanese people extremely friendly and only too willing to help you enjoy their country.

      VACCINATIONS
      Malaria - Many of the areas you visit in Guyana’s interior will have no malaria. However, it is recommended to take malaria Prophylactics as a precaution on some trips. Please consult your physician before your departure. All beds in the interior have mosquito nets, and on camping trips, hammocks with specially fitted mosquito nets are provided. It is advisable to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and long trousers at night. The mosquitoes are often more prevalent at dusk and dawn.

      Yellow Fever - A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers coming from or transiting from a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission. Vaccination must be undertaken at least 10 days before travel to, or through Suriname. Suriname recognizes the Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is valid for life starting 10 days after vaccination. Children over 1 year of age are required to have a vaccination certificate. Travellers should carry their vaccination card (Yellow Fever) with them at all times.

      CLOTHING
      In the interior wear casual, comfortable clothing. A shirt with a collar helps protect you from the sun, and a hat and sunglasses are vital. During the day shorts and shirt are fine. In the evening you would want long trousers and a shirt with long sleeves. There is no need to dress up in the interior. You can leave any travel or city clothes in your city hotel or with our office when you are travelling around the interior.

      Footwear - Comfortable walking shoes or boots and sandals.
      Included Not Included
      Airport transfers Items of personal nature
      Double or twin accommodation International flights
      Meals as listed Alcoholic drinks except where mentioned
      A limited bar at Karanambu Lodge Departure tax
      Water Visas
      All road & river transfers International flights
      Internal flights Tips
      Activities as described
      Expert local guides
      Value Added Tax
      Kaieteur National Park Fee
      AUTHORITY ON TOUR
      At all times the decision of the company or its representative will be final on all matters likely to endanger the safety, well being and enjoyment of the tour. Clients must at all times strictly comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited. Should the client fail to comply with the above or commit any illegal act when on tour or, if in the company’s opinion, the client behaviour causes or is likely to cause danger, distress or annoyance to others we may terminate that client’s travel arrangements without any liability on the company’s part.

      TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
      The client must be in possession of a valid passport (valid 6 months past the return date), visa (where necessary), permits and certificates including vaccinations certificates, insurance policies required for the journey – the client accepts the responsibility of obtaining these. Any information or advice given by the company on visas, vaccinations, clothing, special equipment, baggage, climate, etc. is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.

      CONDITION RESTRAINTS
      You have selected a tour that is, in part, in remote areas. This adds to the adventure and opportunity to enjoy a true nature experience. However, due to the nature of the terrain, weather, road conditions, and other elements beyond our control, some elements of tours may have to be altered. Times of some activities may need to change or even cancelled due to the conditions. If an activity is cancelled it will be replaced with an alternative activity that is more appropriate for the conditions. Advance notice will be given for any changes where possible, although at times changes may be made whilst the tour is in progress.

      WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS
      With any trip involving wildlife, it is impossible to guarantee a sighting, but each trip is designed around known habitats. Wilderness Explorers will make every effort to ensure a sighting, but cannot be held responsible if no sighting is made due to the wildlife itself, weather, or any other elements beyond our control.

      LOCAL CULTURE
      Many of the areas to be visited are remote and cultures of the people most likely different from what you are accustomed to. These communities welcome visitors under the conditions that their customs, habits and rituals are respected at all times. Wilderness Explorers will endeavour to provide appropriate guidance to visitors as to correct behaviour whilst in these communities. The company reserves the right to cancel a visitor’s tour, at any time, should their behaviour be inappropriate and offensive to the local communities.

      ACCEPTANCE OF RISK & RESPONSIBILITY
      Nature and adventure travel is by character, an activity that requires travelling in areas that are often remote and the terrain difficult. Whilst every precaution is taken to ensure the comfort and safety of our customers, these trips do have elements of risk. By taking part in this tour you acknowledge that there are inherent risks and that you are fully aware of the conditions of travel, accommodation and activities offered. You accept that Wilderness Explorers, its staff and sub-contractors cannot be held liable for any accident, illness or similar occurrence. You hereby accept all such risk and release the company from all claims and causes of action arising from any injuries or damages resulting from these inherent risks.

      FORCE MAJEURE
      The company will do its best to minimise the effects of matters outside its control but cannot accept liability of these matters which include political disputes, industrial action, refusal of visas, border closures, unforeseeable climatic events, epidemics and pandemics, delayed or cancelled flights etc. Wilderness Explorers may change, modify, rebook or cancel a trip for defined force majeure events

      TRAVEL INSURANCE
      It is the client’s responsibility to obtain adequate personal travel insurance. This insurance should, at a minimum, cover personal accident, medical expenses and repatriation expenses. It is recommended that the coverage extends to include loss of effects, curtailment, cancellation and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the client.

      PAYMENT
      All rates are quoted in US dollars unless otherwise stated. Rates are correct at the time of publishing, but are subject to change without notice. Due to fluctuating world fuel prices, internal airfares cannot be guaranteed and the rate is therefore subject to change. Every effort will be made to maintain the quoted rate. A deposit of 20% is required to confirm any booking and balance of payment is due 30 days before commencement of the trip.

      CANCELLATION BY THE CLIENT
      Any cancellation by the client must be in writing and acknowledged by Wilderness Explorers. The date on which the correspondence is received will determine the loss of any monies applicable.

      • Cancelled more than 90 days before arrival - full refund, less any money transfer fees.
      • Cancelled 60 to 90 days before arrival - 5% administration fee.
      • Cancelled 41 to 59 days before arrival – 20%
      • Cancelled 31 to 40 days before arrival - 50%.
      • Cancelled 2 to 30 days before arrival or no show - 100%.

      RESPONSIBILITY
      All services are organised by Wilderness Explorers. Notice is hereby given that all arrangements made on behalf of customers are made by the organisers on the sole condition that the organisers shall not be held responsible for any injury, death, accident, delay, loss, damage or irregularity which may be occasioned through acts of any company and /or persons engaged in carrying out the arrangements and Wilderness Explorers acts as an agent for transport companies, hotels and other contractors and shall not be liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may occur, including, but not limited to, any defect in a vehicle or any other form of conveying a traveller, acts of God, detention, delays or expenses arising from quarantine, strike, riots, theft, force majeure, civil disturbance, government restrictions or regulation, accident by aircraft, boat, bicycle, motor vehicle or any other form of transport or in any hotel, resort, ranch, guest house, camp or other forms of accommodation.

      SEVERABILITY
      In the event that any term or condition contained herein is unenforceable or void by operation of law or as being against public policy or for any other reason then such term or condition shall be deemed to be severed from this Agreement or amend accordingly only to such extent necessary to allow all remaining terms and conditions to survive and continue as binding.

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