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Have the opportunity to visit Kaieteur Falls before continuing our journey to Iwokrama for jungle hikes, the chance to spot the elusive jaguar, walking the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, and boat trips. We will be staying in the Makushi village of Surama with the hopes of seeing giant otters and black caiman before journeying into the savannah to find giant anteaters. A truly unique adventure.  

Guyana Nature Experience

Have the opportunity to visit Kaieteur Falls before continuing our journey to Iwokrama for jungle hikes, the chance to spot the elusive jaguar, walking the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, and boat trips. We will be staying in the Makushi village of Surama with the hopes of seeing giant otters and black caiman before journeying into the savannah to find giant anteaters. A truly unique adventure.  

Duration

14 days

Price

£4,195

Difficulty

Medium - Difficult

Day by Day

Highlights:

  • Visit Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls
  • Explore the trails around Iwokrama Forest
  • Boat trips in Iwokrama Forest
  • Visit the world’s tallest single-drop waterfall, Kaieteur Falls
  • See the elusive jaguar
  • Climb up Surama Mountain
  • Get the opportunity to support and participate in an ongoing field study of the Black Caiman

Day 1: Georgetown

We will be there to pick you up from the airport, and then transfer you to your selected hotel. 

Day 2: Kaieteur Falls

 Breakfast will be enjoyed at the hotel before transferring to the Eugene F. Correia International Airport to board a scheduled flight over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers and lush, tropical rainforest to then land at the world’s highest free-falling waterfall, Kaieteur Falls. The waterfall sits at almost five times the height of Niagra Falls, 228 meters to be precise. 

Day 3: The Iwokrama Rainforest

An Iwokrama Ranger will take you round to explore the lodge. Iwokrama is the home of many bird species including Capunchinbird, Black Nunbird, Chestnut-rumped Woodcreeper, Amazonian Antshrike, Brown-bellied Antwren, Spot-tailed Antwren, Todd’s Antwren, Spotted Puffbird, Green Aracari, Guianan Toucanet, Guianan Red Cotinga, Pompadour Cotinga, Rufous-crowned Elaenia, Bronzy Jacamar, Chestnut & Waved Woodpecker, Gray Antbird, and Strong-billed Woodcreeper.  

The rainforest also houses many mammals, and you may be lucky enough to see the Red-rumped Agouti and various species of monkeys such as Red Howler, Black Spider and Wedge-capped, and Brown Capuchins. 

Once the sun has set, we will adventure out onto the river, in hope of spotting one of its four species of caiman, and listen out for the night birds such as Spectacled Owl, White-winged Potoo, Rufous Potoo, Long-tailed Potoo, Zigzag Heron, or Blackish Nightjar. You may be lucky and see a number of species of caiman, and most likely the local snakes including Cox boa, Tree frogs, and maybe some mammals. Hopefully even a puma or capybara.  

The Iwokrama River Lodge is situated looking over the Essequibo River. The accommodation on offer is eight spacious timber cabins with roofs made out of shingles, bathroom facilities, and a veranda that overlooks the river. Running water and flush toilets are standard; however, the water is not heated (quite a blessing in the tropical heat).

A combination of solar and diesel generator systems provides us electricity, and Wi-Fi access is free in the main building. The meals are served buffet-style in the dining hall where you will get the opportunity to mingle with the rangers, administrative and scientific staff.

Day 4: Hike to Turtle Mountain

An early start today. We will embark on the Essequibo and circumnavigate Indian House Island before we return for breakfast at the River Lodge.  

We leave the lodge by boat, whilst looking out for local birds along the way, ready for our hike to Turtle Mountain. The well-maintained trail winds through the forest before an invigorating climb up the mountain to its summit at 935ft (approx. 360m). It takes around 1 ¾ hour to walk up the mountain, but once you get to the top, the spectacular views over the forest canopy make it all worth it. This trail is also perfect for seeing Black Spider Monkey and Red Howler Monkey, even better is the possibility of seeing a Jaguar. This beautiful forest offers huge buttress trees and the highly sought-after hardwood, endemic Greenheart. If you feel like this hike may be too strenuous you will be offered the chance to take an alternative boat trip to Stanley Lake where you can search for Giant River Otters and Black Caiman. 

During the afternoon, once it has cooled down, you set out on a boat trip to visit Kurupukari Falls to discover the Amerindian petroglyphs (dependent on the water level). 

Day 5: Iwokrama Forest

An Iwokrama Ranger will explore the trails around the lodge with you.  

A 4×4 will transfer you along the trail, taking you to one of the best places to see the elusive jaguar. The forest is quickly growing an international reputation for its healthy jaguar numbers, which luckily don’t seem to be too disturbed by the appearance of humans. We can’t promise this, but many have been lucky! Whilst on the road, we will look out for the myriad of bird species that often frequent the forest edge, these include Crimson Topaz, Green Oropendola, Crimson, and Purple-necked Fruit crow, Scarlet, and Red and Green Macaw, Spotted and Guianan Puffbird, Grey-winged Trumpeter and Blue-cheeked and Orange-winged Parrot. This road is Guyana’s only North-South access and links the country to Brazil. Despite this, the traffic is only very occasional and you will often see wildlife such as Tayra, Tapir, Agouti, Puma, and Black Curassow along the road. Your journey will conclude at the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway.  

Situated at Mauisparu is the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, near the southern boundary of the Iwokrama Reserve located in central Guyana. There are four suspension bridges that lead to three platforms, the highest of which sits over 30 meters above ground level, and these provide great views of the canopy species, many of which you would ordinarily struggle to see well from the forest floor. You are likely to see Caica Parrot, Painted, Golden-Winged and Brown-throated Parakeets, Guianan Puffbird, Todd’s and Ash-winged Antwrens, Waved and Golden-collared Woodpeckers. The walkway is also the perfect place to search for various species of contiga, including the little-known Dusky Purpletuft and if there happen to be any suitable fruiting trees nearby, a good chance of seeing this bird, as well as the Purple-breasted cotinga.

Day 6: Enjoy wildlife and bird watching in Iwokrama Forest

We will return to the canopy before dawn where bird watching is easy, we may see Rufous-throated Sapphire, Green Aracari, Pygmy Antwren, and Guianan Streaked-Antwren. With a bit of luck maybe some Guianan Toucanet, Pompadour Cotinga, Buff-cheeked Greenlet, and a host of crown specialists may come within our view. When situated in this treetop vantage you may sometimes see Red Howler Monkeys and Black Spider Monkeys. 

As dark falls and the night closes in on the canopy walkway, you might be able to spot the White-winged Potoo. Night walks are also an option and you will find that something interesting or new always seems to appear including the occasional jaguar alongside the transnational road that is located near the lodge. 

Day 7: Surama 

Welcome the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway and bird watch from the mid and upper canopy as you see flocks traveling past and look out for Paradise Jacamar, White-necked Puffbird, Yellow-throated Woodpecker, Black-tailed and Black-crowned Tityras. If you prefer, you can bird watch along the jungle trails where there are flocks such as White-plumed Antbird, Spot-winged Antbird, Ferruginous-backed Antbird, Long-billed Antwren, McConnell’s Flycatcher, Gray-crowned Flycatcher, Plain Xenops, and Wedge-billed Woodcreeper. 

Day 8: Climb up Surama Mountain

Wake up before dawn for a scenic walk across the savannah followed by a climb up Surama Mountain for amazing views across the village and the savannah all the way to the Pakaraima Mountains. This climb is not technical however it can be arduous, especially if it’s rained, and not for everyone. Our guides will be happy to offer an alternative activity if you prefer.  

You will be returning to the village for lunch and then take a three-mile walk across the savannah, through the rainforest towards Burro Burro River. You will then be paddled along the river by your guides for the opportunity to spot Giant River Otters, Tapir, Tira, Spider Monkeys, and many more species.  Return to village for sunset.   

 Day 9: Rock View Lodge

 

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Booking Process

For many trips, especially tailormade and private trips, we will already be in contact, however if you are interested in joining a group trip, booking your place is simple:

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