Guyana trekking holiday
Description of Guyana trekking holiday
Guyana is one of South America’s hidden gems and this 16 day trekking holiday goes some way to unlocking the secrets that are thought to have inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write The Lost World after reading the mysterious and fascinating accounts by early explorers.
Trekking through virgin rainforest is a real thrill for all the senses with an abundance of wildlife, including golden frogs and cock-of-the-rocks, ensuring eyes and ears are wide open with anticipation as to what can be found either side of jungle and mountain tracks.
As this is a supported trekking holiday you’ll be accompanied by a local guide at all times with rainforest campsites and jungle lodges providing accommodation as well as an opportunity to get to know more about local culture from a Guyanese perspective.
The first in a series of treks takes you to the world’s tallest single drop waterfall, Kaieteur Falls, as it flows over the Potaro River at a staggering height of 822ft – five times taller than Niagara Falls. Camping within earshot of Kaieteur is an unforgettable experience and allows access to early morning visits to watch swifts disappearing in and out of the mist.
A short domestic flight back to Georgetown prepares you for the second leg of this trekking tour as you head into the seventh largest national park on the planet, Canaima. Listen to your guide as he explains more about indigenous Pemon people as well as helping you cross streams and rolling savannah grasslands en-route to Paritepuy de Roraima where you'll meet your porters for the forthcoming ascent on Mount Roraima.
Your final trek takes you to the confluence of Guyana, Venezuela and Brazil where the cloud-cloaked plateau of Mt Roraima looms large as one of South America’s most sought after summits. Once thought of as inaccessible, and shrouded with as many myths and legends as clouds, Mount Roraima is an amazing prospect for trekkers and promises a variety of orchids, ferns and brightly flowering plants alongside rivers running over beds of crystal to form rock pools, caves and mist-covered waterfalls.
Please note: shorter versions of this trekking holiday are also available, please get in touch for more details.
PlanetWe operate ecologically sensitive tourism through responsible behaviour towards the environment. We provide the maximum benefit to the local communities by involving them in all activities. On our treks we use locally produced fresh produce, buying from villages where possible. In preference we choose local over imported goods.
We pack out all non-organic waste and minimize this by using products with minimum packaging, leaving no litter and keeping all water sources clean, leaving camp-sites cleaner than we find them. We bury organic waste at a suitable depth.
PeopleWhen out on tour we encourage learning about Guyana, the local culture of the teams we work with and the areas we pass through. Our guides hold informal talks with groups to inform about and discuss with them all aspects of local life. This helps understanding of the area and appreciation of the people who live there.
We are also now supporting the UK registered chairty Amantani. As this charity is very much in keeping with our ethos of small scale, targetted help which is educational & sustainabale. HuchuyYachaq is the other main Peruvian charity we support by paying a for a full time teacher. A % of all our income goes to support those projects.
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Trek through the jungle of Guyana to Kaieteur Falls