Guyana wildlife holiday, tailor made

“14 tailor made days taking in Guyana’s incredible wildlife, meeting Amerindian communities and staying in secluded back-country lodges.”

Highlights

Georgetown | Kaieteur Falls | Orinduik Falls | Iwokrama River Lodge | Hike up Turtle Mountain | Traditional Amerindian village at Fair View | Iwokrama Canopy Walkway | Atta Rainforest Lodge | Surama Village | Climb Surama Mountain | Rupununi Savannah | Karanambu Ranch | Caiman House Field Station

Description of Guyana wildlife holiday, tailor made

This 14 day tailor made Guyana wildlife holiday takes you to an English speaking nation the same size as Great Britain but with an incredibly diverse landscape and an amazing variety of wildlife. Despite the country’s undeniable assets, the secret isn’t out yet, so you won’t feel crowded out by hordes of other tourists and you’ll get a very warm welcome from the local people.

Guyana is fast becoming one of South America’s most important ecotourism destinations and it’s easy to see why. It has a stunning Caribbean coastline lined with mangroves and sugar cane plantations, but it’s inland where the country’s real magic lies - a jumble of rainforest, savannah, plateaus and waterfalls, where the wildlife, including black caiman, giant river otters, jaguars and a diverse collection of colourful birdlife, seem totally unphased by human observers.

Your journey begins in the capital, Georgetown, where you’ll stay in one of the oldest wooden buildings in the country. You’ll then head inland to the dramatic waterfalls of Kaieteur and Orinduik, before making your way deep into Iwokrama Forest, visit Amerindian communities and walking the lofty suspension bridges of the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. You’ll also visit the renowned Karanambu Lodge, a working cattle ranch famous for the late Diane McTurk’s work rehabilitating orphaned giant river otters.


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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Guyana wildlife holiday, tailor made

As leaders in travel to Latin America for over 35 years, our focus has always been on providing authentic experiences for our travellers, respecting local communities, conserving the environment and minimising any negative impact of long-haul travel. We are committed to fulfilling these aims and we ensure that all of our holidays reflect this ethos.

We believe that responsible travel should be the only form of travel. From our staff in our London office to our local partners on the ground in Latin America, the essence of responsible travel runs through each part of our operation. This shared commitment to sustainable development manifests itself in various ways: whether it’s our guides who endeavour to protect the environment by encouraging travellers to make responsible choices, the local businesses that are supported through tourism, or the communities that thrive thanks to interaction and cooperation with our local partners, we take great care to demonstrate and implement the values of responsible travel.

This tour travels deep into the wild heart of Guyana. Little-touched by tourism, Guyana is an incredible wildlife destination and during your holiday you’ll be immersed in its natural environments and witness the efforts being made to protect them. With vast areas covered by virgin forest, savannah and ancient tablelands, conservation is vital in Guyana and your accommodation throughout your holiday reflects this.

For example, some of the most impressive instances of thriving rainforest ecology can be found at the foot of the Pakaraima Mountains where the Surama Eco-Lodge is located. The lodge and its abundance of flora and fauna are well-managed and conserved by local Amerindian residents who accompany guests on hikes, river canoe expeditions and visits to community schools and traditional events. Cooks, drivers, farmers, fishermen, construction and maintenance workers who work directly or indirectly with the lodge are all recruited locally, and all have great pride in their tourist-orientated community project.

You’ll also stay at Karanambu Ranch, home of Diane McTurk who is widely known for her work rehabilitating orphaned giant river otters to the wild. Karanambu has a long history of welcoming visiting naturalists and television crews, and both David Attenborough and Gerald Durrell are amongst the ranch’s previous guests so you’ll be in good company here.

Our dedication to responsible travel does not end with our holidays: we offer all of our travellers the opportunity to offset the carbon emissions generated by their trip and we donate all of the funds raised into our chosen projects whose aims are to reduce carbon emission and to help alleviate poverty. From installing solar panels in Panama to planting maya nut trees in Guatemala, we are proud to support projects which benefit local communities across Latin America. Our current project, the Atitlán stove programme, supplies fuel-efficient stoves to communities around Lake Atitlán in Guatemala in an effort to protect the environment and improve living conditions in the region.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It is very difficult to identify as a highlight one single part of such an overall amazing experience. However, the time we spent at Surama Eco Lodge was
incredible. The natural beauty and the opportunity to meet a real community made this something we will remember forever.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take time to prepare and to travel light. If you are looking for an opportunity to be just another anonymous tourist - this is definitely NOT the holiday for
you. Be prepared to be welcomed as a friend, to meet open-hearted and authentic people, to be made to feel very special.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


A big yes to all these elements.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Guyana is more of an experience rather than a holiday. Guyana has the potential to change you, to help you see everything from a different perspective. This
was definitely the trip of a lifetime.

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