Guyana Birding On A Budget Tour

Discover Guyana’s sought-after bird species on our affordable birding tour.

9 Days / 8 Nights

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US$ 2990/person

for groups of 5

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US$ 2495/person

for groups of 5

About this trip


Guyana is a small country on the north coast of South America but can be regarded as one of the best birding destinations in the region. Surrounded by Suriname, Venezuela, Brazil and the Atlantic Ocean to the north, it is the only English-speaking country on the continent and home to over 900 species of birds including many of the Guiana Shield endemics.

With its low coastal belt, hilly sand and clay region, vast savannahs, forested highlands and pristine rainforest and rivers, Guyana has become a hot spot for birders from around the world keen to see its easily accessible birdlife. Whether out looking for the bright and colourful Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, the prehistoric Hoatzin, the Guianas Shield endemic Blood-coloured woodpecker or the magnificent Harpy Eagle, Guyana should be your first choice.

Our expert local and indigenous guides have a wealth of knowledge of the birds of Guyana, their mating rituals, vocalization and habitats. They are eagerly waiting to take you on what is sure to be an exciting birding adventure on our Guyana Birding On A Budget Tour.

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Kaieteur Falls

Harpy Eagle

Blood-colored woodpecker

Ferruginous-backed Antbird

Guianan Cock-of-the-rock

Jaguar

Itinerary


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Day 1 - Arrival in Guyana. Overnight at El Dorado Inn.

Saturday - Pick up and transfer from the airport to El Dorado Inn.

Day 2 - Early morning on the Mahaica River. Mudflat birding. Sunset birding on the Demerera. Overnight at El Dorado Inn.

Sunday- Before dawn travel eastward from Georgetown along the Atlantic coast to the Mahaica River through an area that has been mainly used for the cultivation of rice and other crops. This excellent riverfront ecosystem is inhabited by flocks of egrets, herons, ibis, various marsh tyrants, and Guyana’s national bird, the Hoatzin. Guyana's national bird, the Hoatzin (Opisthocomus Hoatzin) is 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. 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. Howler monkeys also frequent these riverside trees. It is also possible to catch a glimpse of the Blood-coloured Woodpecker.

Day 3 - Bus through rainforest to Iwokrama. Overnight at Iwokrama River Lodge

Monday - Early morning departure by bus through the rainforest into the heart of Guyana. Cross the Essequibo River and continue to Iwokrama River Lodge. More info The Iwokrama Rainforest is a vast wilderness of one million acres.  This protected area was established in 1996 as the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development.  The Iwokrama Forest is in the heart of one of four last untouched tropical forests of the world - The Guiana Shield of North-Eastern South America. Iwokrama was established as a living laboratory for tropical forest management.

Day 4 - Boat trip. Climb Turtle Mountain. Trails. Overnight at Iwokrama River Lodge.

Tuesday - Making an early start, we’ll embark on the Essequibo River and circumnavigate nearby Indian House Island, before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Leave the lodge by boat, birdwatching along the way, for the hike to Turtle Mountain. More info A well-maintained trail winds through the forest before an exhilarating climb up the mountain to its summit at 935ft (approx. 360m). It takes 1 3/4hrs to walk up the mountain, but the effort is more than worth it for the breathtaking views over the forest canopy when you get there and chances of Green Aracari, White Bellbird or a fly-by of one of five types of eagles. There are many Antbirds and Manakins to be found here as well as the opportunity to see Black Spider and Red Howler Monkeys.

Day 5 - Travel through rainforest with opportunity for birding and jaguar. Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge

Wednesday - Early morning birding at on the sandy trails of Mori Scrub, home of the Rufous-winged Ground-Cuckoo, Rufous-crowned Elaenia, Black Manakins and Red-shouldered Tanager. Continue through Iwokrama Reserve, birding for the myriad bird species that frequent the forest edge, including Crimson and Purple-necked Fruit-crow, Crimson Topaz, Green Oropendula, Spotted and Guianan Puffbird, Scarlet and Red-and-Green Macaw, Blue-cheeked and Orange-winged Parrot and Gray-winged Trumpeter.  This road is the only north – south access in Guyana and links the country to Brazil.  Even so traffic is only very occasional and wildlife is often seen along the road, including the occasional sightings of the elusive jaguar. This afternoon we will head to the canopy walkway where we can birdwatch easily and from this treetop vantage, you can sometimes see Red Howler and Black Spider Monkeys. 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. Amongst the likely highlights are Painted, Brown-throated and Golden-winged Parakeets, Caica Parrot, Guianan Puffbird, Waved and Golden-collared Woodpeckers and Spot-tailed, Todd’s and Ash-winged Antwrens.

Day 6 - Birding around Atta Rainforest Lodge and Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge.

Thursday - Apart from the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway itself, you can enjoy wildlife and birdwatching walks on the trails around the area. Another area where we will want to spend some time is the clearing around the lodge, as this is one of the best places to see another of Guyana’s “must see” birds, the Crimson Fruitcrow.  The clearing is also a reliable site for Black Curassow as there is a large and growing family party which has become habituated to people and regularly passes through the clearing.  Deer, Tapir and Agouti are also regular visitors to the lodge. Hammocks and outdoor benches enhance the lovely gardens which include varieties of heliconias that attract hummingbirds, close enough for the perfect photo.  There are also a few feeders.

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

Friday - Welcome the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway or go on a birding trail before breakfast and departure. Transfer by vehicle through the Iwokrama rainforest to Corkwood where 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 the journey to the community of Surama. There are an excellent range of species at Surama including the Rufous-winged Ground-cuckoo. During our stay we will hope to encounter Red-legged Tinamou, Painted Parakeet, Dusky Parrot, Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, Guianan Puffbird and a variety of antshrikes, antbirds and antwrens.

Day 8 - Morning birding. Georgetown Botanical Gardens. Overnight at El Dorado Inn.

Saturday – Early morning birding and village tour before departure to Lethem for flight to Georgetown. Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 9 - Depart

Sunday - Pick up and transfer to airport. Breakfast included

Trip Information


Length of trip 9 days / 8 nights
Tour suitable for Persons of reasonable fitness level who are avid birders and enjoy wildlife, nature, culture and pristine environments.
Minimum # of persons 2
Maximum # of persons 12
Minimum age recommended 12 Years
Language of guides English
Transportation Transportation on this journey includes cars, minibus, light aircraft, 4x4 vehicles, and boats.
Accommodation Guests are accommodated in a mix of city hotel, rainforest and savannah lodges, and indigenous community lodges.
Meals included 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 7 dinners

Guyana


Climate

Current time

Timezone

Religions

    Languages

      Currency

      • Guyana dollars

      Transportation

      Transportation on this journey includes cars, minibus, light aircraft, 4x4 vehicles and boats.

      Accommodation

      Guests are accommodated in a mix of a heritage house hotel, rainforest and savannah lodges and indigenous community lodges.

      Meals

      The tour includes 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 13 dinners

      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 Alcoholic drinks
      Meals as listed Visas
      All road & river transfers Departure tax
      Internal flights
      Activities as described
      Local guides
      Value Added Tax
      Kaieteur National Park Fee
      Iwokrama Forest User fee
      Iwokrama Canopy Walkway 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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