Guyana and Suriname holiday

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12 Oct 2020
£4695
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22 Mar 2021
£4660
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04 Oct 2021
£4430
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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

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.

Environment
This trip predominantly takes place in Guyana and Suriname's interior, in the Guiana Shield. We spend time in protected rainforest reserves and national parks, which house an astonishing number of endemic species of bird, plantlife, insects and frogs among others - the biodiversity of this area is frequently studied by groups who visit the area on scientific research programs working alongside Guyanan experts. Our own trip uses local guides from the areas surrounding the parks, who are all well educated in the sustainable use of the parks' resources. They help to educate our groups on the problems faced by the national parks in terms of logging and mining, and also the small measures that we can take to manage waste and conserve water when staying in these areas.

The fact that most travellers to this area are going specifically for the pristine nature means that the hotels we use strive to operate sustainably and in keeping with this environment. For example, at the Eco Torarica hotel in Paramaribo, they use energy-saving lighting, limit plastic as much as possible (for example by using hessian bags to package the natural soaps found in the room), and recycling everything. They also have a water-saving policy and received, in June 2012, the Travel Life Gold Award for Sustainability.

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

During this trip, we use local guides throughout and recommend group meals in small, locally-owned restaurants as well as spending money on traditional handicrafts in markets or while visiting small communities en route. What's more, several of the hotels used, as well as our local supplier in Guyana, are part of the CATS Partnership, which stands for 'Community and Tourism Services'. This is an indigenous community tourism project, established in Guyana's interior, which links the Amerindian community of Surama, the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and several other lodges and tourism bodies together. It has created a model of ecotourism that has brought economic success to a very remote area of the country, providing local opportunities for indigenous communities and providing funding for conservation efforts.

We stay at the Surama Eco-Lodge and Atta Lodge, which are both part of CATS. All of our guides in this area are from the indigenous communities. These work opportunities encourage younger members to stay in the area rather than going to Georgetown to seek work, and means that their culture and traditions are kept alive.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

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