Travels with Women in Guyana Tour

Explore Guyana, discovering many of its cultural, wildlife, scenic and community highlights in the company of a group of like-minded women travellers.

11 Days / 10 Nights

Price From

US$ 5520/person

for groups of 4

About this trip


This women-only group tour has been designed for like-minded women travellers and is escorted by our very own local female guide, Shebana Daniels. Our trip in Guyana visits many of its highlights and we meet some of Guyana’s strongest female personalities in conservation, tourism and indigenous community development.

We take a culinary journey in Georgetown with Chef Delven Adams, including a street-food breakfast and market tour to choose ingredients for a delicious lunch with him at his eclectic Backyard Café.  Our city tour also includes a visit to a local boutique jewellery store specialising in Guyanese collections inspired by local myths, wildlife and scenery, plus the chance to handfeed manatees in the National Park. We then enjoy a welcome dinner with local friends who will share insights into modern day Guyana.

Our journey continues with a cooking demonstration and farm-to-table lunch at Waikin Ranch, before continuing to Karanambu Lodge. This is the former home of the late Diane McTurk, one of the great female pioneers of tourism and conservation in Guyana and offers excellent opportunities to observe the Giant Anteater, Giant River Otter and experiencing the blooming of the Victoria Amazonica while sipping on a rum punch.

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, we journey by river and road to Surama village. Here you will experience Guyana through the eyes of a local, learning local cooking and handicraft skills and experiencing Macushi songs and dances before going out on the river in search of colourful wildlife.  Travel deeper into the rainforest, stopping to look for the bright orange Guianan Cock-of-the-rock bird, to Atta Rainforest Lodge. Set in a clearing, the lodge has charming accommodation and humming-bird gardens, with unrivalled views of the forest from the nearby Iwokrama Canopy Walkway.

The last rainforest stop on our women-only tour is Iwokrama River Lodge, where we will go on boat-trips, walk trails and hear about the important conservation work done here from local female guides and conservationists. We will then board a flight to Kaieteur Falls to enjoy the amazing views and scenery of this unknown waterfall, five times the height of Niagara.

Kaieteur Falls

Market & Culinary Experience

Indigenous Community Tourism

Giant Anteater

Guianan Cock-of-the-rock

Shebana Daniels, our guide

Itinerary


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Day 1 - Arrival in Guyana. Overnight at Cara Lodge.

Friday 4th March 2022 - Pick up and transfer from the airport to Cara Lodge Overnight at Cara Lodge.

Day 2 - Street food breakfast, market and city tour. Lunch at Backyard Café. Botanical gardens. Drinks and dinner with local speakers. Overnight at Cara Lodge.

Saturday 5th March 2022 -This morning you will meet Shebana Daniels, your local female tour escort who will accompany you throughout your women-only tour of Guyana. Shebana joined the Wilderness Explorers team in May of 2018 having worked as a tour guide and assistant manager at Kabalebo Nature Resort in Suriname for 5 years. An adventurer at heart, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience along with her infectious friendly personality and enthusiasm. She has a passion for hospitality and prides herself on going the extra mile to satisfy her clients’ requests. Her patience and humour make her a delightful guide. She enjoys sport fishing and mountain climbing, among other outdoor activities.

Day 3 - Fly to the savannahs. Cookery class and lunch at Waikin Ranch. Giant River Otters and Waterlilies. Dinner and talk about Diane McTurk. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge.

Sunday 6th March 2022 - Fly to Lethem. Transfer to Waikin Ranch for culinary demonstration and farm-to-table lunch and discussion with the owner of the ranch about life in the savannahs. Onward road journey to Karanambu Ranch.

Day 4 - Early morning search for Giant Anteater. Explore the savannahs and rivers. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge.

Monday 7th March 2022 - 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. The savannah offers a great opportunity to see savannah birds and seedeaters. The ones to look for are the rare Bearded Tachuri and the Pinnated Bittern near the edges of the ponds.

Day 5 - International Women’s Day. River trip. Lunch at Pakaraima Mountain Inn. Peanut butter co-operative. Village walk and evening nature trail. Discussion with a representative from Surama. Overnight at Surama Eco-lodge.

Tuesday 8th March - This morning, a chance to see giant anteater if you were not lucky the day before. After breakfast, river journey to Ginep Landing which offers an excellent opportunity to look for giant river otters as there are several family groups which live along this stretch of the Rupununi River. Travel north by road from Ginep Landing to 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, continue transfer to the village of Aranaputa and their community operated Peanut Butter Factory. The area is suited to peanut growing, but a long way to the markets of Georgetown, and so this cottage industry provides local farmers with a viable market for their produce. Operated by a co-operative of local ladies they manufacture organic peanut butter which along with cassava bread is supplied to local schools. Continue by road to Bina Hill which is the gathering place of the North Rupununi Amerindian communities and houses the North Rupununi Development Board and offers a vocational centre for secondary school Amerindian children. The Institute also has a radio station which we may visit to see how it operates and even be invited for an interview.

Day 6 - Village kitchen gardening and culinary tour. Crafts. Burro Burro River Trip. Cultural experience. Overnight at Surama Eco-lodge.

Wednesday 9th March - Visit the home of Jean and Glenn Allicock, and learn about their lifestyle. Jean will take you through her fascinating kitchen garden where you can select items to be used to prepare your lunch. You can help Jean in preparing a local lunch or relax in a hammock. After lunch Jean and Glenn will show you how they make local handi-crafts and you can try your hand at making something yourself.

Day 7 - Dawn walk. Cock-of-the-rock bird and medicinal plants trail. Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge.

Thursday 10th March - Enjoy a dawn walk and breakfast before driving through the rainforest to a short trail in search of the stunning bright orange Guianan Cock-of-the-rock. The trail to its rocky nest location is through pristine rainforest and your guides will explain how they use the rainforest as their natural pharmacy and supermarket. We continue to Atta Rainforest Lodge, home of the Iwokrama canopy Walkway which 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. The lodge is 500 metres from the base of the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, offering comfortable private-room accommodation with ensuite garden bathrooms, delicious home-cooked meals, and traditional Amerindian hospitality. The communal building houses the bar, dining area and kitchen and is open sided with views across the gardens to the towering forest, which completely surrounds the lodge. Hammocks and outdoor benches enhance the lovely gardens which include a variety of heliconias that attract hummingbirds, close enough for the perfect photo.

Day 8 - Day to explore and be immersed in the rainforest. Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge.

Friday, 11 March 2022 - Before dawn we will return to the canopy where we can birdwatch easily and from this tree top 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 9 - Jaguar drive through Iwokrama Rainforest. Wildlife trails. Overnight at Iwokrama Rainforest Lodge.

Saturday 12th March - Welcome the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway. After breakfast, drive along the only north-south road access in Guyana in search of the elusive jaguar. Traffic is only occasional and wildlife is often seen along the road, such as Agouti, Tayra, Tapir and Black Curassow. The journey ends at Iwokrama Rainforest Lodge. More – The Iwokrama River Lodge is set overlooking the Essequibo River. Accommodation is offered in eight spacious timber cabins with ensuite and verandas overlooking the river. Electricity is provided by a combination of solar and diesel generator systems, and wireless internet access is provided for free in the main building. Meals are served buffet-style in the Fred Allicock dining hall. The lodge is located to the north of the Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve which 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 10 - Hike Turtle Mountain. Fly to Kaieteur Falls. Fly to Georgetown. Overnight Cara Lodge.

Sunday, 13 March 2022 - Leave the lodge by boat, birdwatching along the way, for the hike to Turtle Mountain. 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. This trail is also a great location for seeing Black Spider and Red Howler monkeys. If you think this hike may be too strenuous you can take an alternative boat trip to Stanley Lake to search for Giant River Otters and Black Caiman. Fly to the breath-taking Kaieteur Falls, spending 2 hours on the ground. Kaieteur thunders over a precipice, plummeting 224 m (741 feet), making it the longest single drop waterfall in the world and five times the height of Niagara. This is Guyana's scenic jewel in the crown and one of the most impressive and beautiful sights in the country, with its perpendicular drop into cascading foam and spray over the great boulders at the foot of the cliff, producing breathtaking rainbows across the gorge if the weather is clear. Kaieteur supports a unique micro environment with Tank Bromeliads, the largest in the world, in which the tiny Golden frog spends its entire life and the rarely seen Guiana Cock- of-the-rock nesting close by. The lucky visitor may also see the famous flights of the Kaieteur Swifts or Makonaima Birds which nest under the vast shelf of rock carved by the centuries of water, hidden behind the eternal curtain of falling water. A tour around the Kaieteur Park will prove to be a truly fascinating experience. You will get the chance to view the Kaieteur Falls from several vantage points that offer excellent photo opportunities. The knowledgeable tour guide is a vault of information that is simply incredible. With stealth and a little patience, you can get a close- up view of the beautiful, but poisonous ‘golden frog’ and, if you’re lucky you’ll catch another glimpse of the brilliantly-coloured, orange ‘Cock-of-the-rock’. You will also make the acquaintance of several pretty carnivores’ plants, some of which feed on insects. There are lots of beautiful, wild flowers, including the decorative Heliconia.

Day 11 - Depart

Monday 14th March - Pick up and transfer to airport. Breakfast included

Trip Information


Length of trip 11 days / 10 nights
Tour suitable for Women of reasonable fitness level who enjoy wildlife, nature, culture, cuisine and pristine environments.
Minimum # of persons 4
Maximum # of persons 12
Minimum age recommended 12 Years recommended
Language of guides English with English speaking female guide throughout.
Transportation Transportation on this journey includes cars, minibus, light aircraft, 4x4 vehicles, and boats.
Accommodation Guests are accommodated in a mix of city heritage hotel, rainforest and savannah lodges, and indigenous community lodges.
Meals included 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 8 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 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 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
      English speaking female escort throughout. 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
      Airport transfers
      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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      Travels with Women in Guyana Tour


      Fri Mar 4, 2022 - Mon Mar 14, 2022

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      Price From

      US$ 5520/person

      for groups of 4