Guyana Wildlife and Adventure Journey

15 Days/ 14 Nights

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US$ 7745/person

About this trip


Explore Guyana starting in historic Georgetown before flying across hundreds of miles of tropical rainforest to visit Kaieteur Falls, the tallest single-drop waterfall in the world. Continue your journey to the Rupununi  where the flora and fauna are rich and diverse, starting at the one million acre Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve for jungle hikes, boat trips, the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, before heading to the community run Rewa Eco Lodge and finally into the savannahs in search of giant river otters, giant anteaters and even a Caiman capture experience at the indigenous community of Yupukari.

 

Harpy Eagle

Kaieteur Falls

Victoria amazonica Lily

Aerial view of Rewa Eco Lodge

Giant Otter

Red Howler Monkey

Itinerary


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Day 1 - Arrival in Guyana. Overnight at Cara Lodge

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

Day 2 - Early morning culinary market tour with Chef Delven Adams at Bourda Market

Friday - 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 locally packaged products, 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. 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. 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.

Day 3 - Pickup and transfer to Eugene F. Correia International Airport.

Saturday - From the Eugene F. Correia International Airport take a scheduled flight over hundreds of miles of unbroken tropical rainforest to land at Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest free-falling waterfall.

Day 4 - Pickup and transfer to Eugene F. Correia International Airport.

Sunday - Board schedule flight for journey over hundreds of miles of tropical rainforest to land at Fair View Airstrip. (Check in time 0730hrs, Departure 0900hrs)

Day 5 - Boat ride follwed by bird watching and hiking before visiting Kurupukari Falls to see the Amerindian petroglyphs

Monday - Making an early start, we’ll embark on the Essequibo and circumnavigate nearby Indian House Island, before returning to the River Lodge for breakfast.

Day 6 - Explore the trails around the lodge with an Iwokrama Ranger

Tuesday - Transfer by 4 x 4 along the trail that is one of the best places to see the elusive Jaguar. No promises, but many have been lucky!  Along the road, we will watch for the myriad of bird species that frequent the forest edge. 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.  The journey concludes at the Atta Rainforest Lodge, home of the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway.

Day 7 - Bird Watching at the Canopy Walkway

Wednesday -Before dawn we will return to the canopy where we can birdwatch easily and may see Rufous-throated Sapphire, Green Aracari, Pygmy Antwren and Guianan Streaked-Antwren.  With some luck Guianan Toucanet, Pompadour Cotinga, Buff-cheeked Greenlet and a host of crown specialists may come within our view.  From this tree top vantage you can sometimes see Red Howler and Black Spider Monkeys.

Day 8 - Welcome the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway and then return to the lodge for breakfast before departure.

Thursday - 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 Kwatamang Landing.

Day 9 - Enjoy breakfast at dawn overlooking the river.

Friday - Then head out by boat along the Rupununi River, into an oxbow lake to begin a hike up Awarmie Mountain.  The climb is steep in a few sections but in general not too difficult.  Along the way, you may see lots of birds and perhaps good close up views of Black Spider Monkeys. There is good birding along the trail with White Bellbirds calling both from the scrubby woodland at the beginning of the trail and again from the forests far below you when reach the summit. Other species you may see include Ornate Hawk-eagle, Black Curassow, Red-fan Parrot, Guianan Puffbird, Todd’s Antwren, Spotted Tanager and Bay-headed Tanager.  The area also has a high density of macaws including Scarlet, Blue-and-yellow and Red-and-Green Macaws.

Day 10 - Sightseeing at Rewa River

Saturday - 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 sand banks where river turtles come to lay their eggs.  Along the river banks you may see red howlers, squirrel and brown capuchin monkeys.

Day 11 -  Travel by boat along the Rupununi River to Kwatamang Landing

Sunday - Travel by boat along the Rupununi River to Kwatamang Landing. Transfer from Kwatamang Landing through the rainforest to Genip Landing, stopping enroute at Pakaraima Mountain Inn. Continue on to the Pakaraima Mountain Inn, which sits in the Aranaputa Valley, just outside the village of Yakarinta.  Enjoy a home-cooked lunch on the veranda along with fascinating stories from local character and host, Charlie De Freitas. 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 12 - Start the morning searching for Giant Anteaters and Bird watching in the evening

Monday - 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. Evening river excursion or if you are interested in bird watching you can explore woodland patches or gallery forest along the river where we’ll hope to find a variety of species. A feature bird for the area is the Agami Heron. An evening walk along the airstrip offers seven species of nightjar and among the grasslands the Double-striped Thick-knees.  Overnight at Karanambu Lodge. BLD

Day 13 - Explore the Rupununi River

Tuesday -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 explore the Rupununi River, making a boat journey along quiet stretches of river. Another option is the Honey Pond Trail that skirts around three ponds or lakes covered in giant water lilies. There is also a Capuchin Bird Lek along the trail. 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. At the edge of Yupukari Village in the Central Rupununi is Caiman House Field Station, a combination guest-lodge and education centre focused on research and conservation projects. The Field Station is the hub of several participatory development projects, including the introduction of classroom libraries in all three village schools and an Internet-enabled public library. Visitors may have the opportunity to meet various local craftspeople, including the furniture builders at Yupukari Crafters, a nonprofit venture to create village jobs and generate income to sustain educational development.

Day 14 - Bird and Wildlife spotting at Awariku Lake

Wednesday -Early this morning guests will be escorted with skilled guides who will go paddling or with an electric motor on the Awariku Lake for bird and wildlife spotting. Egrets and ibises are regular sightings and there is also the possibility of seeing Giant River Otters and Black Caiman. Paddle through a creek in some lowland forest and come out into the Rupununi River. Once on the river, you will drift down to the main landing and then return to Caiman House. In low water you will paddle back to the landing where you embarked. After breakfast vehicle transfer from Caiman House to Lethem on the Brazilian border.

Day 15 - Free day to relax or explore Georgetown or take an optional trip to the Mahaica River

Thursday - Pickup and transfer to Cheddi Jagan International Airport for your departing flight.

Trip Information


Length of trip 15 Days / 14 Nights
Tour suitable for Persons with a good fitness level who enjoy hiking, adventure, wildlife, nature and pristine environments.
Minimum # of passengers 1
Maximum # of passengers 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 a heritage house hotel and rainforest lodges
Meals The tour includes 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners

Guyana


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      • Guyana dollars
      Kaieteur Falls Bird watching
      Trail walks Indigenous Culture
      Riverboat trips Mountain hikes
      Wildlife spotting Victoria Amazonica
      Goliath Birdeating Spider Remote jungle lodge
      Iwokrama Canopy Walkway Harpy Eagle
      Guianan Cock-of-the-rock

      Transportation

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

      Accommodations

      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

      DISCLAIMERS
      FLIGHTS: Price and schedule of all domestic flights are subject to change by the airline.

      BODY WEIGHTS : Please be advised all tour operators and customers must provide us with body weights of passengers booked to travel on tour to Guyana for all internal flights. Failure to provide us with this information or the incorrect information can cause delays to flights and inconvenience to other passengers and in some cases either passengers and/or luggage being taken off the flight. To ensure a holiday that is enjoyable and hassle free, it is imperative that passengers provide us with this information. We appreciate some people are sensitive about providing their body weights, but all customers and their baggage are weighed at check-in. This is procedure by the airline so as to ensure that the weight of the load is within the payload limit for the aircraft, and neither they nor Wilderness Explorers will compromise on safety. All passengers are subject to removal of themselves or luggage from the flight if over the weight they provided and/or over the baggage allowance. Passengers are advised to provide a body weight with clothing similar to that which they would expect to travel in on the flight. Wilderness Explorers cannot be held responsible for any passenger denied boarding or luggage not transported if they are over the weight provided. Weights supplied are provided to the airline in advance to ensure the flight is within the allowable payload.

      A WORD ON VISAS : The requirement for a visa can change at any time and without notice. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary visa for each country. We recommend you check the visa requirements for each country included in your itinerary. We are happy to provide advice on current requirements and even assistance in obtaining a visa on arrival or tourist cards. If you are unsure of requirements please contact us for assistance.

      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 be changed 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.
      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, wellbeing 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's 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 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 be changed 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 to 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, as 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 rate is therefore subject to change. Every effort will be made to maintain quoted rate. A deposit of 20% is required to confirm any booking and balance of payment is due 30 days prior to commencement of 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 prior to arrival - Full refund.
      • Cancelled 60 to 90 days prior to arrival - 5% administration fee.
      • Cancelled 41 to 59 days prior to arrival – 20%
      • Cancelled 31 to 40 days prior to arrival - 50%.
      • Cancelled 2 to 30 days prior to 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 travellers, 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 form 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.

      Payment for a tour is taken as acknowledgement and acceptance of all of the above terms and conditions.

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