Guyana small group tour
Description of Guyana small group tour
Guyana may be a small country, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in natural splendour and fascinating Caribbean culture. Shrouded in thick rainforest where jaguars prowl and vast numbers of colourful birdlife flourish, it’s a destination simply made for the intrepid traveller, and this small group tour makes for a thrilling introduction.
Starting with an arrival into the capital, Georgetown, where you’ll stay at the renowned Cara Lodge, King Edward VII, Jimmy Carter and Mick Jagger among others, you’ll embark on an expedition through some of Guyana’s most spectacular landscapes. Begin with the breathtaking Kaieteur Falls, the world’s largest freefalling waterfall and five times the height of Niagara, before driving by 4x4 into the vast wilderness of the Iwokrama Rainforest for a few days of trekking. Notable among conservation organisations for the heavy involvement of local people, the rainforest is brimming with incredible wildlife including caimans, snakes, pumas, capybaras and countless birds.
Staying in a riverside lodge and exploring the rainforest’s trails and a canopy walkway with knowledgeable rangers, you may catch sight of the elusive jaguar – you will certainly be immersed in the beguiling sounds of the rainforest all day and night.
From Iwokrama it’s on to the Pakaraima Mountains for more trekking, staying at the renowned Karanambu, an ecotourism lodge founded by a conservationist, where you’ll have free time to take boat trips, hike forest trails in search of giant anteaters, or simply chill in your hammock.
Leaving the mountains behind, your group will next make for the Amerindian village of Yupukari, staying at a field conservation station and perhaps lending a hand with a study into the endangered black caiman, which are caught, measured and tagged before being released back into the river. After some time to explore the village, meet the locals and spot many more birds, you’ll fly back to Georgetown for a final day to roam its many historic sites.
For nature-living travellers, enthusiastic trekkers, and those who love nothing more than escaping the beaten tourist track, Guyana is little short of paradise.
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PlanetWe promise to promote ecologically sensitive tourism through a responsible and concerned attitude towards the environment.
Energy Saving: Electricity is used at a minimum in the Rupununi and more lodges are implementing the use of Solar Panels instead of diesel generators.
Waste Management: Disposal of waste in the very remote interior lodges is an issue which is taken very seriously. While there is no “recycling program”, from a very early age children are taught to sort garbage. The sorting is done, by Burnable (items which are safe to burn) which are disposed of in a red bin. Burnable (items which cannot safely be burned) which are disposed of in a blue bin. And Compost (fresh produce, which is compostable), which is disposed of in a green bin.
Saving water: Again due to the fact that in the remote areas of our interior Lodges we are careful to remind our guests that water is pumped up daily from the river or from our wells. We are very careful to use only what is needed. Refillable water bottles are encouraged and guests are reminded not to leave any litter behind.
Environmentally friendly products: In Georgetown we are very careful to use recycled products whenever they are available. In the interior, the use of natural and environmentally friendly products is not only the norm, but also what is most easily available.
Office practices: All electrical equipment, lights, computers, printers, are turned off when they are not being used. We conserve and recycle as much as is possible in the office, as it is a small office we are able to do so quite efficiently.
PeopleWe will provide the maximum benefit to the local communities by operating in an honest, thoughtful and concerned manner towards their customs and involving the communities so as to afford them the greatest financial benefit possible.
Local staff: Doing business in our corner of the world means you live and work like family. Our suppliers and our partners are people we’ve known for years, people we trust and count on to make sure visitors have the very best possible experience. Our staff and guides are all locally employed and continuous training is provided
Charity donations: We are an active member of the COMPETE Caribbean North Rupununi Cluster. During our participation in this project, 3 interior lodges became 100% solar, 3 interior lodges established internet, 60 individuals were trained in Wilderness First Aid, 12 individuals were selected to attend formal hospitality training in Georgetown. We also work closely with a number of individuals and charities who wish guidance on which communities require support.
Community projects: we are a member of CATS (Community and Tourism Services) which is a unique partnership formed between the Makushi community at Surama, Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development. The CATS partnership is a model of ecotourism that proves the tourism sector, a conservation NGO, and an indigenous community can find joint economic success while providing local opportunity and an excellent experience for visitors from around the world.We have also been very involved in the development of a new tourism product in the communities of Warapoka and Morakobai. We have actively assisted in developing and training the local villagers to welcome guests to their community. We have assited in getting funding from various sources including a well known UK operator who’s funding assisted greatly in procuring Solar panels and batteries for the Guesthouse so that Diesel Generator would not have to be used.
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