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Jaguars Otters & Jungles

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9 Days
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US$ 4,395

Fancy leaving your friends both jealous and scrambling for the world map? Guyana boasts vast, unspoiled rainforests, healthy populations of jaguar, tapir and caiman, plus an English-speaking indigenous population.


This 9-day round trip from Georgetown takes you to see the exotic wildlife, natural beauty and authentic indigenous culture of one of Latin America’s least-explored countries.

Departing the capital, your journey begins at Kaieteur Falls. Five times the height of Niagara, they are named for a chief of the Patamona tribe, who is said to have sacrificed himself to the spirit Makonaima by canoeing over the falls to protect his tribe from destruction. Several rare birds and animals also congregate around this impressive wall of water. Nearby Orinduik Falls is another natural highlight. Cascading over solid jasper terraces, it offers numerous spots suitable for swimming.

Fly over the rainforest to Annai, home to the Macushi tribe, who still practice many of their forebear’s traditions today. Try your hand at making some local handicrafts, take a tour of the village, and through the forest to see the wildlife after dark. You’ll enjoy a morning climb of Surama Mountain, having breakfast at the summit. Then journey to the Burro Burro River, where Giant River Otters, Tapir, and Spider Monkeys await.

Follow the Cock-of-the-rock Trail for a chance to see this elusive bird, and perhaps even a Jaguar (your chances here are comparatively good, owing to a healthy, largely undisturbed population of the big cats). Transfer to Iwokrama River Lodge. Dedicated to the study of sustainable uses for the forest, Iwokrama is owned by local people and through combining the talents of specialists and communities, has made great strides in conservation. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the nearby trails with a Ranger guide, and enjoy a nocturnal river cruise to seek out caiman.

More incredible views greet you at the top of Turtle Mountain before your journey to Kurupukari Falls. Visit a small Amerindian village where you can try cassava and visit a Butterfly Farm. Your journey ends back in Georgetown, where an afternoon city tour takes you through the unique colonial architecture of the city, as well as to the Botanical Gardens and Stabroek Market.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,395

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Day 1

Arrive Georgetown

On arrival into Guyana you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Georgetown. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Cara Lodge

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    Cara Lodge


    Cara Lodge is the perfect hotel for those who want to soak up Guyanese heritage and culture. One of the oldest wooden buildings in Georgetown, it has in just a few years become the best known hotel in the country. Cara Lodge was built in ...

    Cara Lodge is the perfect hotel for those who want to soak up Guyanese heritage and culture. One of the oldest wooden buildings in Georgetown, it has in just a few years become the best known hotel in the country.

    Cara Lodge was built in the 1840s and originally consisted of two houses. It has a long and romantic history associated with it and was the home of the first Lord Mayor of Georgetown. Over the years it has hosted many dignitaries including Edward VII who stayed at the house in 1923 and planted the sapodilla tree in the front garden to mark the occasion. Other dignitaries have included President Jimmy Carter in 1996 and HRH Prince Charles in April 2000, HRH Prince Andrew in 2004 and Mick Jagger in 2005.

    All the rooms reflect the traditional building style of Guyana and all rooms have traditional Demerara Shutters and polished wooden floors.

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Day 2

Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls

Today, you will have an opportunity to take a day trip to Kaieteur and Orinduik.

Kaieteur Falls

The Kaieteur Falls 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, one of the world's natural wonders, flows over a sandstone conglomerate tableland into a deep gorge - a drop of 822 feet or 5 times the height of Niagara Falls.

There are no other falls in the world with the magnitude of the sheer drop existing at Kaieteur. Amerindian legend of the Patamona tribe has it that Kai, one of the tribe's chiefs (after who the falls is named), committed self sacrifice by canoeing himself over the falls. It was believed this would encourage the great spirit Makonaima to save the tribe from being destroyed by the savage Caribishi.

Kaieteur supports a unique micro environment with Tank Bromeliads, the largest in the world, in which the tiny Golden frog spends its entire life. The rarely seen Guianan Cock-of-the-rock nests 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.

Because of its remote location, most visitors to the falls won't see any other people during their stay.

Orinduik Falls

Orinduik Falls is found where the Ireng River thunders over steps and terraces of solid jasper, a semi precious stone. With a backdrop of the rolling grass covered hills of the Pakaraima Mountains, this is truly one of the most beautiful locations in Guyana's hinterland.

It's name is derived from the Amerindian (Patamona) word, Orin, which is the name of an aquatic plant found in these falls. The Ireng River forms the border between Brazil and Guyana. In contrast to Kaieteur, Orinduik is ideally suited for swimming and you will find natural Jacuzzi's as the falls tumble down the steps of Jasper.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Georgetown to Annai

After breakfast you are transferred to Ogle Airstrip for a flight across the rainforest and savannah to Annai. Lunch at Rock View Lodge. Then by 4x4 to Amerindian village of Surama Eco Lodge. It was here that Charles Waterton passed through in 1812 in search of the secrets of the useful Wourali poison known as Curare.

Waterton was so stunned by this spot that he wrote in his memoirs, "the finest park that England boasts falls short of this delightful scene". Surama's inhabitants are mainly from the Macushi tribe and still observe many of the traditional practices of their forebears. On our arrival, you will receive a warm welcome from the local people and will be shown to your accommodation. Lunch at the home of Jean and Glenn Allicock to learn about their lifestyle. Jean will take you through her amazing 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. As the afternoon cools your guide will take you on a tour of the village. Visit the local school, medical centre and church along with some of the village houses. Tonight enjoy an educational walk to observe wildlife and experience the mystic of the forest after dark.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Surama Eco Lodge

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    Surama Eco Lodge


    The Eco Lodge at Surama is the visitor's gateway to the idyllic Pakaraima Mountains and Burro Burro River bordering the village. This part of Guyana features some of the most impressive examples of thriving rainforest ecology to be found anywhere on earth. The abundant flora ...

    The Eco Lodge at Surama is the visitor's gateway to the idyllic Pakaraima Mountains and Burro Burro River bordering the village. This part of Guyana features some of the most impressive examples of thriving rainforest ecology to be found anywhere on earth. The abundant flora and fauna is masterfully curated by local residents who convey a compellingly intimate fluency with nature through hikes, river canoe expeditions, and visits to community schools, centers, and traditional events.

    The lodge is operated cooperatively by villagers who take time out of their normal daily routines to provide services to guests. You will be treated to authentic Makushi hospitality, as if you were a guest in one of their homes. Lodging is provided in one of four traditional 'benab' buildings or the new cabin-lodge. All have attached bathrooms with running (cold) water and flush toilets. The buildings are simple, comfortable, and clean. Home cooked meals are served in the central benab.

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Day 4

Surama Mountain and Burro Burro River

Rise before dawn for a walk across the savannah and then climb up Surama Mountain in the cool morning air. This is the best time to observe bird life along the trail. Breakfast will be served at a lookout point which affords incredible views across the village and savannah to the Pakaraima Mountains. Return to village for lunch and then 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, Tira, Spider Monkeys and many more species. Return to the village in time for sunset.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Iwokrama Canopy Walk

Today you leave Surama after breakfast and transfer by 4x4 for the Cock-of-the-rock Trail, an easy 20 minute walk, to hopefully have our first view of the Guianan Cock-of-the-rock. Most trips see at least one male and often the female or even a juvenile on the nest. Continue your journey along the trail that is one of the best places to see the elusive Jaguar. The Iwokrama forest is rapidly gaining an international reputation for its healthy jaguar populations that seem not to be troubled by the appearance of curious humans. No promises, but many have been lucky! The journey ends at the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway.

The Canopy Walkway is a series of suspension bridges and observation decks of up to 30 meters (98ft) in height and 154 meters (505ft) in length. The state-of-the-art construction allows trees to grow normally by using adjustable cables and braces throughout the support structure. The four observation decks enable visitors to view the mid and upper-level forest canopy and allow wildlife to remain relatively free from human intrusion.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Iwokrama Atta Rainforest Camp

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    Iwokrama Atta Rainforest Camp


    At the base of the canopy walkway is Atta Rainforest Lodge, resting amidst towering trees and grassy lawns. The forest around the walkway contains some important flora and fauna. Among these are endangered and protected species such as the jaguar, the bullet wood tree, greenheart ...

    At the base of the canopy walkway is Atta Rainforest Lodge, resting amidst towering trees and grassy lawns. The forest around the walkway contains some important flora and fauna. Among these are endangered and protected species such as the jaguar, the bullet wood tree, greenheart and the waramadan (endemic in Guyana only to the Iwokrama Forest). The lodge provides comfortable accommodation with 8 private rooms, three home-cooked meals per day, and ample opportunities to explore the surrounding rainforest by foot, canoe, or 4X4.

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Day 6

Iwokrama River Lodge

Welcome the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway. After breakfast, transfer by 4x4 vehicle to Iwokrama River Lodge. 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 because the unsustainable utilisation of these forests will result in the extinction of half the world's plant and animal species and unknown changes to global climate. This is a protected area with a difference - the full involvement of people. Iwokrama is exceptional among conservation organizations because it joins with local people in every aspect of its work. From research to business, Iwokrama ensures local economic and social benefits from forest use and conservation. The Forest is in the homeland of the Makushi people, who have lived here and used the forest for thousands of years. People are a vertical part of the ecosystem.

The success of Iwokrama relies on the ownership of local people and the combined skills of specialists and communities. Iwokrama does what so many International conventions have acknowledged as best practice. It has begun conservation locally and integrated conservation into national development. Remaining of the afternoon free to explore the trails around the river lodge with an Iwokrama Ranger. After dinner, you will be taken out on to the river to spot caiman and other nocturnal wildlife.

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Day 7

Turtle Mountain and Kurupukari Falls

After breakfast, you will leave the River Lodge for the journey to Turtle Mountain, and an exhilarating climb up the mountain to its summit at 935ft (approx. 360m). It takes just under 2 hours 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.

Return to the River lodge for lunch. As the afternoon cools you then set out for a visit Kurupukari Falls to see the Amerindian petroglyphs (dependent on the water level). Then visit the small Amerindian village of Fair View where you can experience the process and use of cassava, the staple of the Amerindian diet. Conclude your touring with a visit the Butterfly Farm where butterflies are breed for export. Return to the river lodge for dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Annai to Georgetown

At dawn take a wildlife walk with an Iwokrama Ranger close to the river lodge. After breakfast, transfer by 4x4 vehicle to Annai at Rock View Lodge. Lunch at Rock View Lodge before joining schedule flight back to Ogle. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Enjoy an afternoon Georgetown city tour which highlights the unique architecture - excellent examples of old colonial homes and buildings constructed of tropical hardwoods. The famous Stabroek Market, once described as a "bizarre bazaar", contains every conceivable item from household goods to gold jewellery. The Botanical Gardens and zoo house one of the most extensive collections of tropical flora in the Caribbean and over 100 species of Guyanese wildlife including jaguar, river otter, birds, snakes and other reptiles.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Cara Lodge

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    Cara Lodge


    Cara Lodge is the perfect hotel for those who want to soak up Guyanese heritage and culture. One of the oldest wooden buildings in Georgetown, it has in just a few years become the best known hotel in the country. Cara Lodge was built in ...

    Cara Lodge is the perfect hotel for those who want to soak up Guyanese heritage and culture. One of the oldest wooden buildings in Georgetown, it has in just a few years become the best known hotel in the country.

    Cara Lodge was built in the 1840s and originally consisted of two houses. It has a long and romantic history associated with it and was the home of the first Lord Mayor of Georgetown. Over the years it has hosted many dignitaries including Edward VII who stayed at the house in 1923 and planted the sapodilla tree in the front garden to mark the occasion. Other dignitaries have included President Jimmy Carter in 1996 and HRH Prince Charles in April 2000, HRH Prince Andrew in 2004 and Mick Jagger in 2005.

    All the rooms reflect the traditional building style of Guyana and all rooms have traditional Demerara Shutters and polished wooden floors.

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Day 9

Depart Georgetown

Transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights' accommodation as indicated or similar
  • Meals as indicated
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic flights
  • Excursions as described in itinerary
  • Local guides
  • Kaieteur National Park fee
  • Iwokrama Forest User fee
  • Iwokrama Canopy Walk fee
  • VAT

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Airport departure taxes
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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