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.
Day 1: Today is planned as an arrival day. Flights to Georgetown, Guyana. International flights usually arrive after dark at the recently renovated Cheddi Jagan International Airport, located 25 miles south of the capital city, Georgetown. You’ll be met at the airport by a representative from our ground agent (who should be carrying a sign with your name/s and “Cultural Earth Tours” on it). From there you will be transferred by bus directly to our comfortable hotel. The journey will take about an hour (it may vary one way or the other, depending on your flight arrival time). If you cannot arrange a flight that arrives before dinner time, we strongly recommend that you plan to arrive for the tour a day early. Those arriving on late flights tonight are unlikely to arrive to the hotel well after midnight.
Day 2: Today we will take a chartered flight over unspoiled pristine forest to Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest free-falling waterfall. Though 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. Our flight will continue to Fairview Village airstrip in the heart of Guyana’s beautiful rainforest. You will be greeted by our indigenous Guides who will take you by motorized boat to our Fishing Lodge. The Lodge is situated on the eastern bank of the Essequibo River, surrounded by a pristine jungle full of wildlife. Coleman Weatherproof Tents and Sleeping Cots, set on the banks of this delightful river, under the tree canopy, are available for the Hard-Core Anglers who may want to fish off the riverbank during the night. There is WiFi available for those who may want to utilize this amenity. Additionally, a satellite phone is always available for use at a nominal cost. You have the chance to spend the rest of day fishing and ending it with a great dinner and a good nights rest, there will be 24 hrs electricity, powered by a photovoltaic (Solar) system.
Days 3 to day 8: On the third day we will enjoy six days of fishing, getting the chance to catch some of the most exotic fish in Guyana. We also have the chance to see endless diversity of flora and fauna around every corner, this river is a professional and amateur photographer’s dream. Otters, Peccaries, Tapirs, Agoutis, Monkeys, and many other mammals can be seen, with the elusive Jaguar sometimes along the riverbanks, feasting on River Turtles etc. Birds of every shape, color and size can be seen everywhere throughout these watersheds and many species of Parrots are heard all day long fighting over space and territory. Toucans call to each other from the treetops like yapping puppies and Herons, Egrets, Kingfishers, Terns, and Ospreys frequent the riverbanks in search of fish.
We will head back to Piraiba Lodge with an Option to Experience one of our Outdoor Camps further Upriver.
Overnight Piraiba Lodge
Today we will return to Iwokrama Airstrip for our flight to Ogle International Airport, where you will be met and taken to your Hotel in Georgetown: This evening, we’ll gather for a final group dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Cara Lodge
Depending on the timing of your international return flight, we’ll arrange for your airport transfer accordingly. Please remind us of your timelines. A group transfer will be easier but, but for participants leaving on different flights we will be able to arrange that transfer as well.
10 Days / 9 Nights
$1,900 USD per person based on single occupancy. up to 9 people per tour.
Discounted rates available for large or small groups – please inquire.
- 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
This tour can be operated on demand. We usually require 45 days advance notice to secure bookings and reservations.
MARISSA IRONS, FOUNDER
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.
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.
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.