Wild Tales

To document and assess this national treasure, in October and November 2013 the World Wildlife Fund in Guyana mounted the most comprehensive biological expedition ever to the south Rupununi. A multinational biodiversity assessment team with more than fifty scientists, students, local coordinators, and field assistants spent over two weeks studying not only plants and animals, but also the quality of the water supply and the relevance of these natural resources to the community and ecosystem —

WineAlign editor Margaret Swaine sings the praises of this mid-range premium rum from Guyana. The eight-year product - one of our absolute favorites even though it can be hard to come by in North America - is a tad less firey than the 5 year rum many visitors come to know and love while visiting Guyana, but a bit less syrupy than the gold-standard ElDorado 15yr rum. In short, a bit of perfection!

Tom Shearman from Andean Trails recounts an eventful tour through Guyana's Rupununi earlier this year and says that Guyana was the most interactive and wildlife rich of his last four Amazonian adventures: We saw Harpy Eagles (and chick!), sloths, tapirs and stood next to the dirt track ‘bush’ while a hidden jaguar growled at us from within.

Lesley de Souza from Chicago's Shedd Aquarium has been researching the giant arapaima (with a befitting scientific name of Arapaima gigas) in and around Rewa for the past few years. South America’s largest freshwater fish, the arapaima (AIR-uh-PYE-muh), is in danger of disappearing before we know enough about it to save it.

Tony Hogg writes in from Brisbane to let us know about his exceptional experience travelling across Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. A true highlight for Tony was his time at Karanambu Lodge in Guyana's Rupununi where he and the local orphan-otter-in-residence, "Trib," formed an unexpected bond.

The Iwokrama rain forest is one of the continent's most intensely bio-diverse and geologically ancient regions, featuring hundreds of mammal, marine, and avian species packed into a relatively small area. The Atta Rainforest Lodge at the base of the walkway offers comfortable accommodation and home-cooked meals, a particularly convenient arrangement for those who wish to visit the Canopy Walkway at sunrise and sunset, the most active times for animals in the forest canopy.

In this most recent feature, Broadcast journalist and photojournalist, Anisha Shah explains that 2016 is all about emerging destinations. “Wilderness, wildlife and culture; these themes will illuminate the year’s travel itineraries. Escapism and authenticity are key and nowhere offers them quite like fledgling and far-flung nations,” she said.

Demerara Distillers, Ltd. (DDL), of Georgetown Guyana announced the opening of the world's first - and longest - trans-national tramway today in the remote jungle of South America. The remarkable engineering feat was financed by the Government of China and engineered by global transportation firm Skidmore Owens and Merrill (SOM). Georgetown tour operator Wilderness Explorers has been selected as the exclusive booking agent while DDL has partnered with the Iwokrama International Center for Rai

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