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Travel through the Rupununi , visit the Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve, Canopy Walkway and the Amerindian village of Surama and discover a natural wonder combined with a traditional Macushi Amerindian culture.
Travel through the Rupununi jungle, visit the Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve, Canopy Walkway and the Amerindian village of Surama and discover a natural wonder combined with a traditional Masushi Amerindian culture.
Arrive at CJIA met and transfer to your hotel in Georgetown and to your hotel. Overnight at El Dorado Inn
Kaieteur Falls and Iwokrama
Morning departure from your hotel to airport for chartered flight to Kaieteur Falls, a natural wonder with a sheer drop of 741 feet (225 meeters), 5 times the height of Niagara Falls. Kaieteur National Park is situated on the Guiana Shield, a plateau that is one of the world's oldest and remotest geological formations. The entire National Park is located within one of the largest and most biodiverse rainforests in the world and is home to the tiny golden frog which spends it entire life in the large tank bromeliads; white-chinned and white-collared swifts; red and green macaws Morpho hecuba, South America's largest butterfly, the Ocelot, and the Cock-of-the-rock. After an exciting tour of Kaieteur Falls, fly to Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve. Upon arrival, transfer to the River Lodge. Arrive just in time to relax before lunch and get settled into your room. After lunch explore one of the nearby wildlife trails near the River Lodge with an experienced Iwokrama Guide. You will see the mora, soft wallaba and wamara trees and may be able to view the Screaming Piha, the Grey Chinned Hermit, Gray Antbird, Chestnut Woodpecker, the Gray-winged Trumpeter, and the Black-necked Aracari. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Overnight at Iwokrama River Lodge
Turtle Mountain Tour
Turtle Mountain Tour After breakfast leave the River Lodge for a 30-minute boat ride to the foot of Turtle Mountain for a mildly challenging hike to its summit at 950 foot (290 meters). This hike takes about 1-1 1/2 hours but the breathtaking views are more than worth the effort. Turtle Mountain provides excellent views of the top of the rainforest canopy. Visitors will gaze upon several often hazy mountain ranges, the dense emerald jungle and the mighty Essequibo River. The summit also offers an opportunity to see several species of monkey including the Red Howler, the Black Spider and the Wedge Capuchin. After lunch at the River Lodge visit the Kurupucari Falls to see the Amerindian Petroglyphs. These stunning works of art are estimated to be over 6,000 years old and best seen during low water season. Then visit the small Amerindian community of Fair View. After a relaxing dinner, join us for a cruise on the Essequibo River through the black of night, maybe lit only by a pale moon. Your guide shines the spotlight and there it is ... the red eye glare of the black caiman! Frequently and closely seen lying on the river banks, the world's largest of the alligator family grows to 20 feet (6 meters) long. A boat ride at night may also introduce you to other nocturnal creatures such as tree boas, pacas, nightjars, and hula tree frogs. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Overnight at Iwokrama River Lodge
Indian House/Canopy Walkway/Surama Village
At dawn take an early morning boat trip round Indian House Island. Keep an eye out for butterflies, snakes and macaws as they come out to have "breakfast" on the edge of the island. This early morning trip also gives you a chance to hear the dawn songs of the five species of Tinamou, Marbled Wood Quail, Band-rumped Swift, White-banded and Black-collared Swallows and many more! After breakfast you will leave the River Lodge and continue south-west along the Iwokrama Road to the Atta Rainforest Lodge and Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the elusive jaguar, South America's largest cat. The 505 foot (154 meter) state-of-the-art Iwokrama Canopy Walkway offers a totally unique experience in the region and envelopes you in the jungle's mid-level canopy through a series of suspension bridges and decks from heights of up to 98 feet) (30 metres). You'll have the chance to see birds like the Green Aracari, Scarlet Macaw, Guiana Toucanette or Channel-bill Toucan. Red Howler Monkeys may also be observed. Check out the epiphytes such orchids and bromeliads, and look for the amazing parasitic Ficus plant as it engulfs another tree. There is also the greenheart tree, the waramadan (endemic in Guyana only to the Iwokrama Forest) and the poisonous aromata!
Continue to Surama located at the foothills at the Pakaraima mountains. The Amerindian village community of Surama in southwest Guyana is reached by 4-wheel drive. The community is in the heart of Guyana where eight square kilometres of savannah are surrounded by the forest-covered Pakaraima Mountains. Surama's inhabitants are mainly from the Makushi tribe and still observe many of the traditional practices of their forebears. Surama Eco Lodge is an isolated and idyllic community project in the Pakaraima Mountains. It has four simple cabins with ensuite bathrooms and a central dining, bar and lounge area offering fantastic views across the savannah, rainforest and mountains. Surama village has embarked on a community tourism project which offers employment opportunities to many of its inhabitants and benefits the village as a whole. On arrival in Surama receive a welcome from a village councillor and settle into your accommodation. A local guide will escort you for a short walk on trails to observe the forest and bird life. As the afternoon cools your guide will take you on a tour of the village. Visit the local school, medical center and church along with some village houses. Tonight enjoy an educational walk to observe wildlife and experience the mystique of the forest after dark. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Overnight at Surama Eco Lodge
The 1600 foot (487 meter) Clarence Mountain Nature Trail is a 6-hour round trip. After your climb to Clarence Mounatin, camp out with local guides on the mountain. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Fly to Georgetown. Pick up and transfer to your hotel.
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