Overview

Day 1 - London / Georgetown
Day 2 - Georgetown
Day 3 - Rupununi
Day 4 - Rupununi
Day 5 -  Annai
Day 6 - Annai
Day 7 - Iwokrama Rainforest
Day 8 - Iwokrama Rainforest
Day 9 -  Iwokrama River Lodge
Day 10 -  Essequibo
Day 11 - Essequibo
Day 12 -  Paramaribo
Day 13 - Paramaribo 
Day 14 - Paramaribo / London

SOUTH AMERICA'S BEST KEPT SECRET

Discover a land filled with wonders on this exciting journey to Guyana and Suriname

Remote and protected with unique geography, rare, endangered species and premier bird watching it is a wonder that this secret has been kept so long.

There are few places in the world that feel so pristine and undiscovered as this corner of South America. The lack of development has allowed Guyana’s coastal waters, mangroves, marshes, savannahs, mountains and tropical rainforests to support a range of ecosystems that remain intact and are home to incredible and rare wildlife.

An intrepid travellers’ ideal; explore Kaieteur Falls, one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls, Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, an International Centre for Rainforest Conservation, South America’s third-largest river, the Essequibo and Savannahs of the Rupununi, accompanied by your indigenous hosts, who welcome you so warmly.

Key Features

Chauffeur Driven Transfers*
Savannah Drives
Forest Walks
Boat Safaris
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Accommodation
Panoramic Flight
Expert Local Guides
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Group Size: 6  12

Day 1 Fly to Paramaribo via Amsterdam, transit for the onward flight to Georgetown and two nights at the Cara Lodge. (D)

Day 2 Our host, Chef Delven Adams, will guide us around Bourda Market and the produce and wares unique to this part of the world, explore the city, visiting St. George’s Cathedral, City Hall, the Victoria Law Courts, St. Andrews Kirk and the National Museum. Head to the Backyard Café, where Chef Adams has prepared lunch with the riches of our market visit. Later visit the botanical gardens, the wildlife rehabilitation and rescue center, and the endangered West Indian Manatees. Enjoy a silver service Heritage Dinner in the colonial Ballet Room at Cara Lodge, hosted by a guest speaker introducing Guyanese culture. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Fly over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers and tropical rainforest to Lethem. Transfer across the savannah to the Karanambu Lodge for a two night stay. A former cattle ranch located in the North Rupununi. Former home of the late conservationist, Diane McTurk, world-renowned expert on giant otters. Karanambu encompasses savannah, marshy ponds, riparian forest, and a 30-mile stretch of the Rupununi River, boasting at least 600 species of bird, and over 200 species of mammals. At this fascinating biological hotspot, species such as the Giant Otter, Black Caiman, Jaguar, Giant Anteater, and Arapaima are found. Enjoy excursions on the river, across the savannahs and along the forest trails. Later travel by boat to look for wild Giant River Otters, as dusk falls cruise to the ponds to see the giant Victoria amazonica waterlily, bloom at dusk. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Morning visit to the rolling grasslands, home of giant anteaters. With luck we shall locate one of these six-foot long animals excavating its breakfast from one of the termite mounds that stud the savannah. This evening is a unique opportunity to support and participate in an ongoing field study of the endangered Black Caiman. Accompany the indigenous crew as they search for and tag Black Caiman on the river and assist in data collection. Later an evening walk along the airstrip which offers seven species of nightjar and in the grasslands, see the Double-striped Thick-knees. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Morning excursion before travelling by river to Ginep Landing, on the lookout for Giant Otters. Travel north by road to Pakaraima Mountain Inn in the Aranaputa Valley. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch, listening to the fascinating stories from host, Charlie De Freitas. Visit the local ladies cottage industry, co-operative manufacturing organic peanut butter. Continue to Rock View Lodge at Annai, in the foothills, for two nights. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Visit the Amerindian community of Surama and discover a little of their lifestyle. Explore the kitchen garden and try your hand at the local handicrafts. Later take a guided walk across the savannah and through the rainforest to the Burro Burro River. Guides will take you upriver to observe Giant River Otters, Tapir, Tyra, Spider Monkeys and other inhabitants of the riverbanks. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Join a daybreak bird-watching excursion on the Panorama Trail. The views across the savannah as the sun rises are spectacular. Transfer through rainforest to Corkwood in the Iwokrama Forest, take the short trail to see the amazingly brilliant Guianan Cock-of-the-rock. Continue to Atta Rainforest Lodge for two nights, home of the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. The walkway has four suspension bridges and three platforms, from where you can observe a range of canopy species and superb birdlife. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Enjoy the chance for early morning bird watching from the canopy walkway, also look out for Red Howler and Black Spider Monkeys. Enjoy wildlife walks on the local trails. Serious birders will want to search the undergrowth for the rarely seen Rufouswinged Ground-cuckoo. Drive through the forest in search of the elusive Jaguar. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Morning drive in search of Jaguar and a myriad of bird species .as well as Agouti, Tayra, Tapir and Black Curassow. Stop at Mori scrub, an unusual low, sandy forest which supports an unusual assemblage of birds and other mammals before we transfer to Iwokrama River Lodge for an overnight stay. Iwokrama Rainforest is a vast wilderness of a million acres, in the heart of one of only four untouched tropical forests in the world, now established as a living laboratory for tropical forest management. Explore the trails around the lodge, you may see Red-rumped Agouti and various species of monkey and birdlife. After dark we’ll set out on the river in search of Caiman and listen for night birds. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Early morning excursion on the Essequibo, circumnavigating nearby Indian House Island, later take a boat trip to Stanley Lake to search for Giant River Otters and Black Caiman. In the afternoon join a private flight over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers, over hundreds of miles of unbroken tropical rainforest to Kaieteur Falls. At 228 mts, it is the world’s highest free-fall and possibly most spectacular and unspoilt waterfall. Continue to Baganara Island Resort for two nights. The largest of three hundred and sixty-five islands at the confluence of the great Essequibo and Mazaruni Rivers, this island paradise has acres of lush green foliage and colourful tropical flowers. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Travel upriver to Bartica, often compared to a wild west town, a mining community where the pioneer atmosphere is still strong,. Travel on the Mazaruni River to Kyk-Over-Al, once the Dutch seat of government. Further upriver we reach the wild Marshall Falls, with its own natural Jacuzzi. From here a short hike brings us to two small falls, both spectacular in their natural state, and perfect for swimming. At dusk we take a boat trip to Parrot Island to view hundreds of parrots as the fly in to roost on this island. (B, L, D)

Day 12 You can choose to take a kayak at daybreak to experience the sights and sounds of the river and neighbouring creek, watching for birds, monkeys and sloth. In the afternoon travel by river passing Fort Island to Roed-en- Rust, then take the flight to Paramaribo, for two nights at the Royal Torarica. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Cross the Suriname River to explore former colonial plantations including Peperpot with its small nature park, then on to Fort New Amsterdam, originally built by the British. Continue to Leonsburg for a Sunset Dolphin cruise, enjoy the sunset from the plantation village overlooking Commewijne River. Suriname’s interesting cultural mix and Javanese population, inspire our final dinner at stylish Indonesian restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Paramaribo’s inner city, an UNESCO World Heritage site, is a veritable treasure trove of traditional colonial architecture. Explore the city by coach and on foot. Discover monochrome colonial Dutch buildings lining grassy squares, where aromas of spices from Indian roti shops mingle with the chaos of the city’s market and Maroon artists sell colourful paintings outside somber Dutch forts. One of the more surprising cities of South America, it has a staggering ethnic diversity where mosques, synagogues, churches and Hindu temples sit harmoniously alongside each other. Transfer to the airport for the early evening flight to London via Amsterdam.(B, L)

Day 15 Arrive London.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

2021

Prices per person in a twin room
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Date Price
October 31 £6995

2022

Prices per person in a twin room
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Date Price
March 13 £7595
October 2 £7995
November 6 £7595
Great Journeys

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Supplements per person

Flight Options

Business Class from £1595
Regional departures - nil

Extension Options

Amazon Rainforest Extension – Upper Suriname River
Danpaati River Lodge (3 nights)
Twin £1295
Single £1485

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, VIP return transfers*, 14 nights’ accommodation, full board, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
*On all of our Great Journeys, we provide a VIP chauffeur driven transfer for passengers living within a 70-mile radius of the point of departure. For those passengers that live outside of this 70-mile radius, we will provide the most competitive quotation for the additional mileage.

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