The three Guiana recce tour

“Two week small group tour of three lesser-known South American countries: French Guiana, Guyana and Suriname. Hike, paddle and explore in the Amazon. Domestic flights increase time on the ground.”


Suriname: Paramaribo | Guyana: Georgetown | Iwokrama River Lodge | Turtle Mountain | Rainforest canopy walkway | Amerindian village of Surama | Kaieteur Falls | Danpaati | Albina Galibi | French Guiana: Devil's Island - former French penal colony | Kourou | Cayenne | Activities include: jungle hiking and dug out canoe rides

Description of The three Guiana recce tour

This two week tour of French Guiana, Guyana and Suriname allows travellers to become immersed in the traditional culture and beautiful natural world of South America.

There’s a real feeling of discovering unchartered territory on this tour with lesser-known locations supplying exciting and eye-opening insight to what is, essentially, way off the typical tourist trail.

If you’ve read the book Papillion then you might have a slight inkling as to what to expect however, for the uninitiated this is your chance to dive head first into an incredible variety of exotic landscapes and captivating cultural contrasts.

All three Guiana countries - French Guiana, Suriname and what was British Guiana – conjure up colonial architecture and amazing opportunities to explore in the Amazon. This is where caimans, jaguars and cock-of-the-rocks can appear from the rainforest foliage so stick close to your guide as you explore with your newfound friends.

From enchanting UNESCO sites and secret trails through the jungle to chances to meet South American tribal communities and watch sea turtles laying their eggs, every day of this two week tour promises some amazing memorable moments.

The Kaieteur Falls, Galibi, Devil’s Island – these names will all become familiar over the course of two weeks with a host of chances to spot wildlife in their natural rainforest habitat bound to resonate with animal lovers, bird watchers and jungle adventurers alike.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip and as tour operators, it is something we are careful to promote, for example making sure that any waste is disposed of properly, and minimizing any alterations or degradation to the surrounding outdoor area. It is for this reason that we limit our group size usually down to a maximum number of 12, in order to exercise greater control over these policies. Your guide on this trip will have been trained to uphold this etiquette and all clients are fully briefed on responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas, this is especially appropriate on this trip, as one travels into the heart of South America’s lesser known regions, from the Amazonian rainforest to the pristine jungle. It is our responsibility to preserve, protect and promote the well-being of wildlife as well as the vegetation and ecosystems that we come across, causing minimal impact,

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments and realise that taking clients through this region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive - after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring. We aim to ensure that the tourism we bring is beneficial, appropriate and fair to local communities and their infrastructures, achieved through working alongside local people to generate employment and business opportunities, stimulate investment and entrepreneurial activity and ensure maximum revenue remains within the host countries.

We can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit which once more is particularly relevant as this trip journeys through some well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as Amazonian landscapes and ancient colonial cities. For example, on day 10 of our trip when we make for the Ikwokrama Reserve home to the Macushi tribe, a particularly isolated indigenous community that still practices the traditions and customs of their forbearers. We also used locally sourced guides who are trained to uphold our policies, including briefing you on appropriate behaviour throughout your trip. In addition, a code of conduct is included in all departure information guides, outlining and preparing our clients on how to travel responsibly, adhere to cultural norms and have the best possible interaction with local communities.

On this trip we spend 2 nights (days 8 and 9) staying at Las Guacamayas Eco Lodge. This ecotourism project was established by local villagers and offers good insight into the natural wonders of Chiapas which is a project we are proud to support. Social conscience tourism is something we aim to put forward on each one of trips, through mutual respect and encouraging cross-cultural exchange, we as a result develop close relationships and key cross cultural exchange with local communities.


The Impacts of this Trip

Our tours promote our effort to fully integrate with the local communities as much as possible, to gain perspective, widen ones horizons and get an intimate insight into the lives of the of the local communities. This is especially true of our encounter with the Macushi tribe on Day 10 of the Tour. In another way, we always allow plenty of opportunities for our travellers to discover and buy local handicrafts, which not only keep such skilled ancient craftsmanship alive, but in addition this is also provides a livelihood for the local people. Protecting human rights and promoting livelihood is something of paramount importance to us therefore

Furthermore, on Day 12, we encounter the Galibi tribe, being one of the region’s first indigenous settlements, which holds both historical and cultural importance. This is continued on Day 14 where the group will see the Salvation Islands, which have played a pivotal role in French History since the 1700s. On site one will get a chance to explore ancient cell blocks and prison buildings.

In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can directly channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities. This is of course especially important on this Tour, with such a main focal point being the Amazonian rainforest.


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