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The Black Water Experience

by Michael McCrystal

Guyana offers something special — a small South American country nestled on the Atlantic Coast east of Venezuela and west of Suriname, it is one of the last unexplored wild places on earth yet offers incredible access into a great variety of pristine habitats.

It is also a land of great contrasts. As you leave behind the coastal city of Georgetown, traveling into the interior, over vast unspoiled forests, and incredible isolated waterfalls. The lure of Guyana is its true wilderness. With amazing wildlife, and many sought-after species easier to see here than in any of the surrounding countries.

This moderately-paced six day/five night introduces you to Guyana’s coastal blackwater ecosystem, tanin-rich riverways feeding mangrove forests and hidden rainforest enclaves in the western plateaus of the Guyana Shield. You’ll also experience a stunning flight to Kaieteur Falls, hidden deep in the precambrian rock formations of western central Guyana.

Flights to Georgetown Guyana, usually arrive after dark, at Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Located 25 miles south of the capital city of Georgetown. You’ll be met at the airport by our local guide and driver, who will be carrying a sign that says (Culture Earth Tours) on it. After a brief welcome at the airport, you will be transferred directly to your hotel where your comfortable room will be ready for immediate occupancy for your first night’s rest. Overnight at Cara Lodge Hotel

Today you will have a full day planned with an early start. A tour around the city of Georgetown, where you will learn of the interesting and remarkable history of Guyana, and see some of our landmarks. With each land mark you visit, there will be a memory to take back with you. You will also learn how the Cooperative Republic of Guyana is the biggest, most Beautiful and Bountiful of the countries of the Anglophone Caribbean. Located on the continent of south America, Guyana is at the heart of the Guiana shield, one of the world’s last remaining pristine blocks of the tropical Rainforest characterized by high levels of endemic flora and fauna. Overnight at Cara Lodge Hotel (B, L, D)

After breakfast at our hotel, we will take a chartered flight over the unspoiled pristine forest to Kaieteur Falls and experience the hospitable service by the Guides of this wonderful Park for two hours. Kaieteur Falls is the world’s highest free-falling waterfalls. Athough Venezuela’s Angel Falls is greater in total height, its filamentous drop occurs by stages, whereas Kaieteur is a single massive, thundering cascade 100 meters wide, created as the Potaro River makes a sheer drop of 228 meters, nearly five times the height of Niagara Falls. The spectacle is even more impressive for its remoteness. After a well deserved view of this remarkable fall, we will then depart back to Georgetown. Overnight at Cara lodge (B,D)

This morning we will embark on a new adventure, and take a one hour boat ride to Arrow Point Resort. Established in 1993, Arrow Point takes its name from the abundance of arrow trees that grows in the area. Arrow Point Resort is one of Guyana’s tourism treasure. Nestled quietly on the left bank of the Kamuni creek it fits snugly and humbly into its jungle setting. The ride will take us along the Kamuni and Pokerero rivers, through dense forest with overhanging vegetation and open wetlands that leads to some Indegenous communities. After arriving at the resort, we will be greeted by the staff of Arrow Point and shown to our rooms and after we are all settled in, we will meet in the dining room for a well deserved lunch. This afternoon we will get familiar with our surroundings and get ready for the afternoon ride throught the forest, enjoying our surrounding and a few wildlife after our ride we will meet for drinks and dinner and retire for the night. Overnight at Arrow Point Resort (L,D)

This morning after a nightsurrounded by the sounds of the night, only to be awake to the sounds of birds singing in the cool morning brezze we will get ready for our day activities starting with a wondeful breakfast and fresh juice. We then will head down to the landing to go on a black water rafting adventure down stream, where we will have the chance to see monkies and other wildlife.

We will then return to have lunch and after having another tasty meal we will spend the afternoon relaxing on the sand bank, enjoying the sun and the cool black water. This evening we will have dinner and retired for the night. Overnight at Arrow Point Resort (B,L,D)

This morning after breakfast we will load up in our boat and head back to Georgetown to spend our last night at Cara Lodge. Tonight is our last dinner together, depending on the timing of your international flights, well arrange for your airport transfer accordingly. Please remind us of your timings. A group transfer will be easier, but for Participants leaving on different flight we will be able to arrange that transfer as well.

6 Days / 5 Nights
$5,400 USD per person based on single occupancy
Discounted rates available for large or small groups – please enquire.


  • One International Airport Transfer arrivals and departures by (Car or mini vans)
  • Ogle Airport transfers (this is local charter and schedule flight airport)
  • Double or twin accommodation, bed & breakfast (B&B)
  • Single room/cabin supplement, bed & Breakfast (B&B)
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary breakfast, lunch, dinner (B,L,D)
  • All meals from day one, as indicated
  • Bottled water, soda drinks, diet coke etc. daily
  •  Light snacks, cookies, crackers, nuts, sandwich
  • All road and river transfers
  • Internal flights in Guyana (charter and schedule flights)
  • Activities as described on our itinerary
  • 14%VAT – on all payments for tours
  • Tour Leader


  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • International flights
  • Tourist Visa if needed
  • Emergency evacuation insurance
  • Tipping/gratuity

This tour can be operated on demand. We usually require 45 days advance notice to secure bookings and reservations.

I was born in Georgetown the capital city of Guyana. My mother is from the Makushi and Arawak tribe, two of the nine Amerindian tribes native to Guyana. She was born in a small village called Tipuri it is located in the upper Takutu-upper Essequibo region of Guyana. It was from my early years on a ranch that was surrounded by mountains, forest, and wildlife that my love and appreciation for our culture, environment and wildlife began.

The purchase of trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. Cultural Earth Tours cannot accept liability for airline cancellations or delays, or penalties incurred by the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for this tour.

Travel Planning
You are responsible for arranging your flights to and from Georgetown. Plan to arrive in Georgetown in good time for a good rest before our early morning departure on day two.

Please be advised that all tour participants must complete our Guest Information Form upon confirming your booking.

It is necessary that all tour participants booked to travel on tour with us in Guyana provide the basic information to minimize any delays. Failure to provide us with this information or the incorrect information can cause delays to flights and inconvenience to other passengers and in some cases either passengers and/or luggage being taken off the flights. To ensure a tour that is enjoyable and hassle free, it is imperative that passengers provide us with this information. We appreciate some people are sensitive about providing their body weights, but all customers and their baggage are weighed at check-in. This is a procedure by the airline to ensure that the weight of the load is within the payload limit for the aircraft, and neither they nor Cultural Earth Tours will compromise on safety. All passengers are subject to removal of themselves or luggage from the flight if they are over the weight they provided and/or over the baggage allowance. Passengers are advised to provide a body weight with clothing similar to that which they would expect to travel in on the flight. Cultural Earth Tours cannot be held responsible for any passenger denied boarding or luggage not transported if they are over the weight provided. Weights supplied are provided to the airline in advance to ensure the flight is within the allowable payload.

Packing for travel
Internal Flights  On our flights tour participants are allowed 20lbs luggage, including a small carry-on day pack with personal stuff in it for example, items of personal use Passport, Money, medication, camera, binoculars, and telescope.
Main Luggage  The main luggage must be a compact medium size suitcase or travel bag with mainly your clothing, books, and other items that you may bring with you for your travel, this luggage will be sent by road on a minivan the evening before we depart Georgetown and will be delivered to our lodge before we arrive by plane.

Please treat immigration checks as international standards e.g., no liquid, bug spray, cream etc. etc.

Body Weight
Your body weight includes your camera, binoculars, and scope. You stand on the scale with that.

There is a problem with plastic bottles at the lodges, so we encourage you to please walk with your water bottle to be refilled at the lodges with clean filtered water. We try as much as possible to avoid taking too much plastic bottles with us. However, bottled water is provided on a daily basis along with some, diet coke, soda drinks and juice. Water will always be available for you on the tour.

100% humidity, a small umbrella and a poncho is recommended, and for your equipment, please bring protective gears for them. You will never be cold in Guyana, no need to bring cold clothing.

Clothing & footwear
Light material clothing that can dry quickly, long sleeve, shirt and trousers for trail walks and tour activities. No brightly colored clothing, you must bring clothing that blends with the forest. Ankle height hiking boots and sneakers, with socks. Bring your willies.

All our lodges are equipped with solar power, with the standard USA outlets, however, when not using please switch off your lights or unplug your equipment from the electrical outlet to save the batteries.

Please carefully review our Cancellation Policies and Terms & Conditions prior to booking. Please use our Contact Us page to ask any questions, or email us directly at hello@culturalearthtours.com