Guyana Rupununi Experience

This small group adventure takes in numerous of the highlights of Guyana: visit the Iwokrama Forest and view it from the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, and the chance to see the elusive jaguar. Stay in the Makushi village of Rewa before going into the savannahs in search of giant river otters, giant anteaters and black caiman at Karanambu Ranch.

Saturday: Arrive in Guyana.  Transfer to Georgetown.  Overnight at Cara Lodge. 

Sunday:  0630hrs pickup and transfer to Ogle Airstrip for a flight across the rainforest to Annai.  Breakfast at Rock View Lodge and then transfer by 4x4 vehicle or 4x4 Bedford Truck (converted with forward facing seats and canopy) along the trail that is one of the best places to see the elusive Jaguar. The Iwokrama forest is rapidly gaining an international reputation for its healthy jaguar populations that seem not to be troubled by the appearance of curious humans. No promises, but many have been lucky!  The Iwokrama Rainforest is a vast wilderness of one million acres.  This protected area was established in 1996 as the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development. The Iwokrama Forest is in the heart of one of four last untouched tropical forests of the world - The Guiana Shield of North-Eastern South America. Iwokrama was established as a living laboratory for tropical forest management because the unsustainable utilisation of these forests will result in the extinction of half the world's plant and animal species and unknown changes to global climate.  This is a protected area with a difference - the full involvement of people. Iwokrama is exceptional among conservation organizations because it joins with local people in every aspect of its work. From research to business, Iwokrama ensures local economic and social benefits from forest use and conservation.  The forest is in the homeland of the Makushi people, who have lived here and used the forest for thousands of years. People are a vertical part of the ecosystem. The success of Iwokrama relies on the ownership of local people and the combined skills of specialists and communities. Iwokrama does what so many International conventions have acknowledged as best practice. It has begun conservation locally and integrated conservation into national development.  Along the road, we will watch for the myriad of bird species that frequent the forest edge, including Crimson and Purple-necked Fruit-crow, Crimson Topaz, Green Oropendula, Spotted and Guianan Puffbird, Scarlet and Red-and-Green Macaw, Blue-cheeked and Orange-winged Parrot and Gray-winged Trumpeter.  This road is the only north – south access in Guyana and links the country to Brazil.  Even so traffic is only very occasional and wildlife is often seen along the road, such as Agouti, Tayra, Puma, Tapir and Black Curassow.  The journey concludes at the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway where we can bird watch from the vantage of 35 Metres up in the canopy.  Painted Parakeet, Rufous-throated Sapphire, Guianan Puffbird, Green Aracari, Waved Woodpecker, Pygmy Antwren, Guianan Streaked-Antwren, Dusky Purpletuft, Purple-breasted Cotinga, Guianan Toucanet, Pompadour Cotinga, Buff-cheeked Greenlet, Caica Parrots, and a host of crown specialists may come within our view.  From this tree top vantage you can sometimes see Red Howler Monkeys and Black Spider Monkeys.  The trails also have an interpretative walk with the trees named and you can learn about their varied uses in the Macushi culture.  Deer and agouti are also regular visitors to the lodge.  As dark falls on the Canopy Walkway, we will hope to see the White-winged Potoo.  Overnight at Atta Rainforest Lodge.  BLD

Monday:  Welcome the dawn chorus from the canopy walkway.  Short-tailed Nighthawks settle in for the day, Swifts take to the sky, White throated and Channel-billed Toucans yodel, and Barred Forest Falcons call.  The unusually timid Black Curassow can also be seen as at least one family party has become habituated and regularly feeds in the clearing of Atta Rainforest Lodge.  After breakfast travel by 4x4 vehicle or 4x4 Bedford Truck (convert with forward facing seats and canopy) to a trail in the Iwokrama Forest to hopefully see the amazingly brilliant Guianian Cock-of-the-rock.  This trail is through interesting forest and the guides can show the use of the plants.  Continue your trip onto Kwatamang Landing.  Then travel along the Rupununi River with opportunities to see wild Giant River Otters and Black Caiman.  You will pass locals fishing and bathing in the river until you reach the Rewa River and the Amerindian community of Rewa.  Journey is approximately 50 miles by river and can be as short as 2 hours and as long as 4 hours depending on the water level.  Rewa Village is located where the Rewa River runs into the Rupununi River in the North Rupununi.  The surrounding area is rainforest, mountains and oxbow lakes and teeming with wildlife birds and fish.  The community of approximately 220 persons is predominately Macushi with a few families of the Wapashani and Patamona tribes.  Villagers practice subsistence farming, fishing and hunting with little opportunity for cash employment.  In 2005 the community constructed the Rewa Eco-lodge so that they could establish a sustainable eco-tourism business.  The lodge itself is situated on the river bank overlooking the Rewa River with views down river to the Rupununi River.  Along the river bank tables and benches offer a relaxing location to enjoy the river.  The grassed clearing in the rainforest houses three benabs and three cabins.  The largest benab is the kitchen and dining area, with an outlook to the river.  Accommodation is in two benabs each with two bedrooms and a large patio with hammocks for relaxing and three individual rooms in the cabins for a total of 7 rooms.  Three bathrooms with flush toilet, shower and basin are just a few metres from the bedrooms in the benabs.  Cabins have ensuite bathrooms.  This afternoon take a boat up the Rewa River and then a 15 minute hike to Grass Pond.  This pond or lake is about 3 kms long and is a beautiful setting with Victoria Amazonica.  It has a good population of Arapaima, (reportedly the highest density in Guyana) the largest fresh water fish in the world and you can also fish for Peacock Bass.  During a late afternoon visit you may see Brown Capuchin monkey or Capybara.  Birds likely to be seen include Limpkin, Wattled Jacana, Black-collared Hawk, Green Kingfisher and Guianan Puffbird.  As dusk settles watch the flower of the Victoria Amazonica bloom. Overnight at Rewa Eco-lodge.  BLD

Tuesday:  Enjoy breakfast at dawn overlooking the Rewa River.  Then head out by boat along the Rupununi River, into an oxbow lake to begin a hike up Awarmie Mountain.  The climb is steep in a few sections but in general not too difficult.  Along the way you will lots of birds and perhaps good close up views of Black Spider Monkeys.  There is good birding along the trail with White Bellbirds calling both from the scrubby woodland at the beginning of the trail and again from the forests far below you when reach the summit. Other species you may see include Ornate Hawk-eagle, Black Curassow, Red-fan Parrot, Guianan Puffbird, Todd’s Antwren, Spotted Tanager and Bay-headed Tanager.  The area also has a high density of macaws including Scarlet, Blue-and-yellow and Red-and-Green Macaws. At the summit you will have absolutely stunning views across rainforest to the distant mountains.  There is a small plateau on the top of the mountain and in one direction, there are uninterrupted views back to the Rupununi River, some patches of savannah and across to the distant Kanuku Mountains. In the other direction, there is a near vertical drop of at least 200m and the view is across great swathes of undisturbed forest to the distant Iwokrama Mountain and much closer, Makarapan Mountain.  On the return you could also fish for peacock bass which are plentiful in the oxbow.  Return to the lodge for lunch, then take a walk through the community of Rewa to see how the locals live.  Visit villager’s houses where you can experience their everyday life and see activities such as grating cassava, weaving baskets and tending kitchen gardens.  Later this afternoon travel up the Rewa River to a location known as Seawall.  This rock formation is a great place to fish or take in the beauty of the location.  Visit sand banks where giant river turtles come to lay their eggs.  On the return trip spotlight for wildlife.  Along the river banks you may see red howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys and brown capuchin.  Overnight at Rewa Eco-lodge.  BLD

Wednesday:   This morning travel by boat back to Kwatamang Landing.  Transfer by 4x4 to Ginep Landing.  The road travels through the savannah and the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains with excellent opportunity for savannah birding.  Jabiru Stork and Toco Toucan are often seen along this stretch of road, as are Red Howler and Spider Monkey.  The Rupununi Savannah is to Guyana what the Gran Sabana is to Venezuela, an extensive area of grassland with termite mounds and scattered or riparian woodland.  It differs in that much of it is devoted to cattle raising, though the large ranches are not very productive.  Indeed, one can travel for hours without seeing a domestic animal of any sort. Needless to say, the birdlife here is markedly different from that of the rainforest. From Ginep Landing we take a boat trip on the Rupununi River to Karanambu Lodge. Depending on the river level, this trip offers an excellent opportunity to look for Giant Otters as there are several family groups which live along this stretch of the Rupununi River. The journey ends at Karanambu Lodge, the home of Diane McTurk, widely known for her work in rehabilitating orphaned, giant river otters. Diane and her otters have appeared on National Geographic, Jeff Corwin Experience, Really Wild Show (BBC) and the Calgary’s “Zoo World”.  Karanambu has a long history of visiting naturalists and Diane’s father, Tiny McTurk, has welcomed David Attenborough and Gerald Durrell (Three Singles to Adventure).  Late in the afternoon we will travel by boat to look for wild Giant River Otters and as dusk falls to the ponds to see the giant Victoria Regis waterlily, bloom at dusk.  On the return trip we will spotlight for Black Caiman and birds and creatures of the night.  Dinner with Diane will include stories on the history of the family and the Rupununi Savannahs.  Overnight at Karanambu Lodge. BLD

Thursday:  Today explore the Rupununi River in search of wild Giant River Otters, Black Caiman, Arapaima and bird watching along the way. If you are interested in birdwatching you can explore woodland patches or gallery forest along the river where we’ll hope to find such species as Spotted Puffbird, Striped Woodcreeper, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Golden-spangled Piculet, Bearded Tachuri and Capuchinbird.  A feature bird for the area is Agami Heron. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge. BLD

Friday:  This morning travel out onto the savannah to search for a Giant Anteater.  After breakfast take a flight back to Georgetown.  Enjoy an afternoon Georgetown City Tour (see description below) highlighting the architecture, markets and botanical Gardens (see full description below).   This evening you can take an optional tour to the Roy Geddes Musical Museum for a cultural evening and local dinner.  Roy is Guyana’s most famous steel pan player and maker.  He will demonstrate how steel pans are made and discuss their history and a rendition of pop, rock, soca, classical and jazz numbers of the pans.  Overnight at Cara Lodge.  B

Saturday:   This morning depart for a flight to Kaieteur Falls  which is situated in the heart of Guyana on the Potaro River, a tributary of the Essequibo.  The water of Kaieteur, one of the worlds natural wonders, flows over a sandstone conglomerate tableland into a deep gorge – a drop of 822 feet or 5 times the height of Niagara Falls.  Kaieteur supports a unique micro environment with Tank Bromeliads, the largest in the world, in which the tiny Golden frog spends its entire life and the rarely seen Guiana Cock- of-the-rock nesting close by.  The lucky visitor may also see the famous flights of the Kaieteur Swifts or Makonaima Birds which nest under the vast shelf of rock carved by the centuries of water, hidden behind the eternal curtain of falling water.  The trip then continues onto Orinduik Falls where the Ireng River thunders over steps and terraces of solid jasper, a semi precious stone.  With a backdrop of the rolling grass covered hills of the Pakaraima Mountains, this is truly one of the most beautiful locations in Guyana’s hinterland.  The Ireng River forms the border between Brazil and Guyana.  In contrast to Kaieteur, Orinduik is ideally suited for swimming and you will find natural Jacuzzi’s as the falls tumble down the steps of Jasper.  Overnight at Cara Lodge.  BL

Sunday:  Transfer to the airport for your departing flight.  B

Please note all extension have flexibility and can be combined or modified to suit customers’ needs.

Scheduled departure dates 2014:        
15 – 23 March, 2014
2 – 10 August, 2014
6 – 14 December, 2014

 

Scheduled Departure Rack Rate 2014 : US$3,965.00 per person (minimum 2 persons to operate the trip, maximum of 10 persons).
Scheduled Departure Net Rate 2014 : US$3,250.00 per person (minimum 2 persons to operate the trip, maximum of 10 persons).
Single Supplement Rack Rate 2014 : US$838.00
Single Supplement Net Rate 2014 : US$750.00

Tour can also be sold on a Non scheduled departure basis.
Non Scheduled Departure Rack Rate 2014 : US$4,335.00 per person (minimum of two persons to operate the trip). Group discounts available.
Non Scheduled Departure Net Rate 2014 : US$3,545.00 per person (minimum of two persons to operate the trip).  Group discounts available.
Single Supplement Rack Rate 2014 : US$838.00
Single Supplement Net Rate 2014 : US$750.00

Rate Includes :        
-           airport transfers
-           double or twin accommodation
-           meals as listed
-           all road and river transfers
-           limited local bar at Karanambu
-           internal flights in Guyana
-           activities as described
-           local guides
-           VAT
-           Kaieteur National Park Fees
-           Canopy Walkway Fees
-           Forest User Fees

Not Included :
-           items of a personal nature
-           alcoholic drinks
-           international flights
-           visa

 

Rupununi Experience Extension to Caiman House

Friday:  This morning travel out onto the savannah to search for a Giant Anteater.  After breakfast look for wildlife along the Rupununi River whilst being transferred by boat to the Amerindian village of Yupukari and Caiman House.  Caiman House is the hub of several participatory development projects, including the introduction of classroom libraries in all three village schools and an internet-enabled public library. Visitors may have the opportunity to meet local craftspeople, including the furniture builders at Yupukari Crafters, a nonprofit venture to create village jobs and generate income to sustain educational development.  Tonight enjoy a foray on the Rupununi River from Caiman House Field Station.  As a guest you have the unique opportunity to support and participate in an ongoing field study of the Black Caiman (melanosuchus niger), the largest member of the alligator family and an endangered species. Guests will observe the capture from a separate boat, but will be offered the opportunity to assist in data collection. Caiman are weighed, measured, sexed and tagged before being released back into the river.  The research has already discovered interesting information on caimans’ nests that was previously unknown.  During periods of high water it is difficult to capture Caiman to you will have another chance to enter the nocturnal world of the Rupununi River and associated gallery forests which offer an experience, and world of wildlife entirely different than those viewed on a day trip.  Skilled guides will expertly escort visitors to meet elusive denizens of darkness by outboard powered boats, while interpreting the sights, and sounds of Guyana after dark.  Just after darkness settles on the River many creatures emerge such as black caiman (to over 12 feet), spectacled caiman, tree boas, iguanas, frogs, and many fish species( i.e arrawana, piranha). Sleeping birds (kingfishers, small perching birds) nightjars, potoos, Boat-billed Herons and other aquatic birds, bats, (harmless) spiders, insects, moths, and more can be closely approached in way not possible during the hours of light.  Less likely, but not rare inclusions for night viewing include possums, tree dwelling rodents, capybara and sleeping monkeys (esp. squirrel monkeys) amongst other mammals. Few nights pass without some unusual offering.   Overnight at Caiman House.  BLD

Saturday: This morning we will have some time to visit the village, to learn about their way of life.  Or go birdwatching in search of the many good savannah, gallery forest and river-edge birds found in the Caiman House area including Pinnated Bittern, Green-tailed Jacamar, Black-chinned Antbird and Capuchinbird.  After breakfast take a flight back to Georgetown.  Enjoy an afternoon Georgetown City Tour (see description below) highlighting the architecture, markets and botanical Gardens (see full description below).   This evening you can take an optional tour to the Roy Geddes Musical Museum for a cultural evening and local dinner.  Roy is Guyana’s most famous steel pan player and maker.  He will demonstrate how steel pans are made and discuss their history and a rendition of pop, rock, soca, classical and jazz numbers of the pans.  Overnight at Cara Lodge.  B

Sunday:  This morning depart for a flight to Kaieteur Falls  which is situated in the heart of Guyana on the Potaro River, a tributary of the Essequibo.  The water of Kaieteur, one of the worlds natural wonders, flows over a sandstone conglomerate tableland into a deep gorge – a drop of 822 feet or 5 times the height of Niagara Falls.  Kaieteur supports a unique micro environment with Tank Bromeliads, the largest in the world, in which the tiny Golden frog spends its entire life and the rarely seen Guiana Cock- of-the-rock nesting close by.  The lucky visitor may also see the famous flights of the Kaieteur Swifts or Makonaima Birds which nest under the vast shelf of rock carved by the centuries of water, hidden behind the eternal curtain of falling water.  The trip then continues onto Orinduik Falls where the Ireng River thunders over steps and terraces of solid jasper, a semi precious stone.  With a backdrop of the rolling grass covered hills of the Pakaraima Mountains, this is truly one of the most beautiful locations in Guyana’s hinterland.  The Ireng River forms the border between Brazil and Guyana.  In contrast to Kaieteur, Orinduik is ideally suited for swimming and you will find natural Jacuzzi’s as the falls tumble down the steps of Jasper.  Overnight at Cara Lodge.  BL

Monday:  Transfer to the airport for your departing flight.  B


Rack Rate 2014: US$898.00 per person, minimum 2 persons
  US$790.00 per person, minimum 4 persons
Net Rate 2014: US$798.00 per person, minimum 2 persons
 

US$712.00 per person, minimum 4 persons

Rate Includes :        
-           airport transfers
-           double or twin accommodation
-           meals as listed
-           all road and river transfers
-           internal flights in Guyana
-           activities as described
-           local guides
-           VAT
-           Kaieteur National Park fees

Not Included :
-           items of a personal nature
-           alcoholic drinks
-           international flights
-           visa

Rupununi Experience Extension to Caiman House and Maipaima Eco Lodge

Friday:  This morning travel out onto the savannah to search for a Giant Anteater.  After breakfast look for wildlife along the Rupununi River whilst being transferred by boat to the Amerindian village of Yupukari and Caiman House.  Caiman House is the hub of several participatory development projects, including the introduction of classroom libraries in all three village schools and an internet-enabled public library. Visitors may have the opportunity to meet local craftspeople, including the furniture builders at Yupukari Crafters, a nonprofit venture to create village jobs and generate income to sustain educational development.  Tonight enjoy a foray on the Rupununi River from Caiman House Field Station.  As a guest you have the unique opportunity to support and participate in an ongoing field study of the Black Caiman (melanosuchus niger), the largest member of the alligator family and an endangered species. Guests will observe the capture from a separate boat, but will be offered the opportunity to assist in data collection. Caiman are weighed, measured, sexed and tagged before being released back into the river.  The research has already discovered interesting information on caimans’ nests that was previously unknown.  During periods of high water it is difficult to capture Caiman to you will have another chance to enter the nocturnal world of the Rupununi River and associated gallery forests which offer an experience, and world of wildlife entirely different than those viewed on a day trip.  Skilled guides will expertly escort visitors to meet elusive denizens of darkness by outboard powered boats, while interpreting the sights, and sounds of Guyana after dark.  Just after darkness settles on the River many creatures emerge such as black caiman (to over 12 feet), spectacled caiman, tree boas, iguanas, frogs, and many fish species( i.e arrawana, piranha). Sleeping birds (kingfishers, small perching birds) nightjars, potoos, Boat-billed Herons and other aquatic birds, bats, (harmless) spiders, insects, moths, and more can be closely approached in way not possible during the hours of light.  Less likely, but not rare inclusions for night viewing include possums, tree dwelling rodents, capybara and sleeping monkeys (esp. squirrel monkeys) amongst other mammals. Few nights pass without some unusual offering.   Overnight at Caiman House.  BLD

Saturday:  This morning we will have some time to visit the village, to learn about their way of life.  Or go birdwatching in search of the many good savannah, gallery forest and river-edge birds found in the Caiman House area including Pinnated Bittern, Green-tailed Jacamar, Black-chinned Antbird and Capuchinbird.  Pickup and transfer by 4x4 for journey across the savannah to the Amerindian village of Nappi. Upon arrival meet a member of the village council and a brief orientation of the village before continuing to the Maipaima Eco Lodge. Travel from the savannah into the rainforest to Maipaima Eco Lodge which is nestled in the rainforest covered Kanuku Mountains in the south central Rupununi district of Guyana.  Once at Maipaima Eco Lodge enjoy a cold drink and relax in a hammock.  Owned, operated and hand built by the Macushi Amerindians of the Nappi Village Eco Tourism group, the lodge itself was constructed through the dedicated efforts of former Guyana Parliamentarian Shirley Melville and funding by Foster Parrots. The lodge is named after the Maipaima Creek which runs past the property.  Simple wooden cabins with ensuite bathrooms are linked by a raised wooden walkway to the main dining and communal area.  Nappi is famous for its Balata figurines and this afternoon you can learn about how Balata is harvested, see how the figurines are made and even try and make your own.  At dusk the bush comes alive and in the clearing of the lodge you have the ability to see 360 degrees to view wildlife and birdlife.  Overnight at Maipaima Eco-Lodge.  BLD

Sunday:  At dawn you can bird from the clearing or venture along well maintained trails.  Breakfast is served on the open veranda as Macaws fly by and the Red Howler Monkeys control the heights. From the lodge we set out on a trail observing wildlife as our guide takes us through the rainforest on our way to the Jordon Fall. After 1500 metres we divert off the main trail for a chance to look for the Guianian Cock-of-Rock.  Close by is Bat Cave, where you can observe hundreds of bats as they roost, clinging to the cave ceiling.  At about 2000M we encounter the steepest climb on the trek as we ascend the Kanuku Mountains.  Near the top there is a break in the trees for a lovely view across the rainforest to the savannah.  The trail then winds its way up and down small peaks.  The forest here is pristine with plenty of wildlife.  Hard to see species include Jaguar, Ocelot and Tapir.  There is a chance to see Harpy Eagle as they nest in this area.  More easily seen are Spider, Red Howler, Squirrel and Capuchin Monkeys.  We stop at a small creek where you‘ll have a chance to rest and take lunch before continuing the arduous walk to the fall. The hike is likely to take 4 to 6 hours depending on conditions, fitness and what is seen along the way.  Upon arrival to the falls the view is just reward for the tough trek.  The Wamacarro Creek tumbles about 120 metres down the stepped, rocky mountain side. The creek opens up fantastic views across the rainforest covered mountain tops and the rocks create lovely and inviting natural pools to swim in and recover from the hike.  The creek water gently massages as you bathe in the natural Jacuzzi.  Dinner is served al fresco on a rocky outcrop overlooking the falls and mountains. Overnight in hammock accommodation at Jordon Falls.  BLD

Monday:  Wake to the sound of rushing water and Bell Birds, which can sometimes been seen in the very tops of the trees on adjacent mountains.  For the more adventurous you can take a difficult path down beside the falls to view them from the bottom.  After a morning dip in the creek you leave by foot, trekking back through the rainforest to the lodge.  The trek back is easier at much of it is downhill.  Back at Maipaima Eco Lodge enjoy a cold drink before transferring to Lethem for an afternoon flight back to Georgetown.  Enjoy an afternoon Georgetown City Tour (see description below) highlighting the architecture, markets and botanical Gardens (see full description below).   This evening you can take an optional tour to the Roy Geddes Musical Museum for a cultural evening and local dinner.  Roy is Guyana’s most famous steel pan player and maker.  He will demonstrate how steel pans are made and discuss their history and a rendition of pop, rock, soca, classical and jazz numbers of the pans.  Overnight at Cara Lodge.  B

Tuesday:  This morning depart for a flight to Kaieteur Falls  which is situated in the heart of Guyana on the Potaro River, a tributary of the Essequibo.  The water of Kaieteur, one of the worlds natural wonders, flows over a sandstone conglomerate tableland into a deep gorge – a drop of 822 feet or 5 times the height of Niagara Falls.  Kaieteur supports a unique micro environment with Tank Bromeliads, the largest in the world, in which the tiny Golden frog spends its entire life and the rarely seen Guiana Cock- of-the-rock nesting close by.  The lucky visitor may also see the famous flights of the Kaieteur Swifts or Makonaima Birds which nest under the vast shelf of rock carved by the centuries of water, hidden behind the eternal curtain of falling water.  The trip then continues onto Orinduik Falls where the Ireng River thunders over steps and terraces of solid jasper, a semi precious stone.  With a backdrop of the rolling grass covered hills of the Pakaraima Mountains, this is truly one of the most beautiful locations in Guyana’s hinterland.  The Ireng River forms the border between Brazil and Guyana.  In contrast to Kaieteur, Orinduik is ideally suited for swimming and you will find natural Jacuzzi’s as the falls tumble down the steps of Jasper.  Overnight at Cara Lodge.  BL

Wednesday:   Transfer to the airport for your departing flight.  B


Rack Rate 2014: US$2,110.00 per person, minimum 2 persons
 

US$1,830.00 per person, minimum 4 persons

Single Supplement: US$500.00
Net Rate 2014:

US$1,765.00 per person, minimum 2 persons

 

US$1,545.00 per person, minimum 4 persons

Single Supplement:

US$480.00

Rate Includes :        
-           airport transfers
-           double or twin accommodation
-           meals as listed
-           all road and river transfers
-           internal flights in Guyana
-           activities as described
-           local guides
-           VAT

Not Included :
-           items of a personal nature
-           alcoholic drinks
-           international flights
-           visa

Rupununi Experience Extension to Tobago

Sunday:  Transfer to the airport for your departing flight to Trinidad and then connect for another flight to Tobago.  Pick up at airport and enjoy a scenic view of the east coast as we drive through tiny villages, past windswept beaches, and lush forest, as you make your way towards Speyside. 
Blue Waters Inn is a beachfront resort tucked away in its own secluded bay amongst 46 acres of lush tropical grounds. It is located in Batteaux Bay, Speyside. The hotel is far from the more touristy parts of Tobago, and surrounded by nature, and the hallmarks of true island life. Here you can truly immerse yourself in the magnificence of the Caribbean, and enjoy the serenity and relaxation that is found here.  All of the rooms face the ocean and provide a view of the water that changes color with the hours, from pale turquoise to electric cobalt to a silvery ultramarine.  Overnight at Blue Waters Inn. B 

Monday :  Begin the day gliding over the coral gardens of Tyrrel’s Bay en route to Little Tobago and a morning amidst the scenic glories of this rugged isle. On this island, which has been a nature sanctuary since 1926, the Greater Bird of Paradise was introduced by Sir William Ingram who brought them from New Guinea in 1919 to save them from extinction by poaching. On Sir William's death the family gave the island to the country on condition that it remains a sanctuary for all time. In 1963 a devastating hurricane (Hurricane Flora) struck and all the Birds of Paradise were lost. The island has its own native birds (45 species) of beauty and interest including many mainland species - however the real attractions are the breeding seabird colonies such as the Boobies, Terns, Magnificent Frigate Birds and the wonderful Red-billed Tropicbirds  birds of unsurpassed gracefulness and beauty, just seeing them makes this tour worthwhile.  The tour includes a 20 minute boat ride from the main shore (departing from Speyside village).  After arrival at the sanctuary there is a walk across the island for about 500 metres through virgin seasonal deciduous forest - itself a fascinating experience.  The tour proceeds to the lookout point for viewing the seabird colonies and in particular the unbelievably graceful "tropicbirds" a sight never to be forgotten.  On the way back to the mainland, excellent snorkelling opportunities abound.  Overnight at Blue Waters Inn. B 

Tuesday:  Day to relax and enjoy the beach, go snorkeling or even scuba diving.  Or try some birdwatching in the rainforest, a game of tennis or another of the many activities available.  Overnight at Blue Waters Inn. B 

Wednesday:   Transfer back to Tobago Airport for the short flight to Trinidad for your connecting flight home.  B

December 2013 to April 2014

Rack Rate: US$1255.00 per person, minimum 2 persons
 

US$1170.00 per person, minimum 4 persons.

Single Supplement: US$870.00
Net Rate: US$1085.00 per person, minimum 2 persons.
 

US$1015.00 per person, minimum 4 persons.

Single Supplement: US$775.00

May 2014 to December 2014

Rack Rate: US$1075.00 per person, minimum 2 persons
 

US$990.00 per person, minimum 4 persons.

Single Supplement: US$690.00
Net Rate: US$940.00 per person, minimum 2 persons.
 

US$870.00 per person, minimum 4 persons.

Single Supplement: US$630.00

Tobago Express Ticket (POS/TAB/POS) US$ 96.00 per person – price and schedule subject to change by the Airline

Rate Includes :        
-           airport transfers in Tobago
-           double or twin accommodation
-           meals as listed
-           activities as described
-           local guides

Not Included :
-           items of a personal nature
-           alcoholic drinks
-           Tobago Express Ticket

 

Rupununi Experience Extension to Trinidad

Sunday:  Transfer to the airport for your departing flight to Trinidad.  This afternoon we will depart for the famous Caroni Marsh and its spectacular highlights.  Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, Osprey, Striated Heron, White-cheeked Pintail, Yellow-crowned Night Geron, Bicolored Conebill and Red-capped Cardinal could be among the new species seen here.  The Caroni Swamp is a specialised mangrove forest that contains several genera and species of mangroves, showing classic examples of plant adaptation in this unique brackish water environment.  Our day will end with the spectacular flight of Scarlet Ibises returning to their mangrove roosts at dusk, truly one of the world’s most dramatic natural moments.  Returning to the boat dock we will search the mangrove-lined channels for the mysterious sounding Common Potoo.  Transfer into the capital Port of Spain.  Overnight at the Kapok Hotel.  B

Monday:  This morning we begin with a drive around Port of Spain passing many main points of interest including the President’s House, Queen’s Park Savannah, Botanical Gardens and lots more. Your journey continues east into Santa Cruz Valley where you can stop at a flower nursery and/or Waterville Estate. From there we’ll take you over the “Saddle” of the islands Northern Range where spectacular views abound en route to Maracas Bay. Your return trip to Port of Spain will include a short drive through residential and shopping areas.  This afternoon if free to relax, shop or explore Port of Spain.  Overnight at the Kapok Hotel.  B

Tuesday:  Transfer to the airport for your departing flight.  B

Rack Rate 2014: US$1040.00 per person, minimum 2 persons
 

US$920.00 per person, minimum 4 persons

Single Supplement: US$.00
Net Rate 2014:

US$910.00 per person, minimum 2 persons

 

US$815.00 per person, minimum 4 persons

Single Supplement:

US$.00

Rate Includes :        
-           airport transfers in POS
-           double or twin accommodation
-           meals as listed
-           activities as described
-           local guides

Not Included :
-           items of a personal nature
-           alcoholic drinks

 

Rupununi Experience Extension to Trinidad and Tobago

Sunday:   Transfer to the airport for your departing flight to Trinidad and then connect for another flight to Tobago.  Pick up at airport and enjoy a scenic view of the east coast as we drive through tiny villages, past windswept beaches, and lush forest, as you make your way towards Speyside. 
Blue Waters Inn is a beachfront resort tucked away in its own secluded bay amongst 46 acres of lush tropical grounds. It is located in Batteaux Bay, Speyside. The hotel is far from the more touristy parts of Tobago, and surrounded by nature, and the hallmarks of true island life. Here you can truly immerse yourself in the magnificence of the Caribbean, and enjoy the serenity and relaxation that is found here.  All of the rooms face the ocean and provide a view of the water that changes color with the hours, from pale turquoise to electric cobalt to a silvery ultramarine.  Overnight at Blue Waters Inn. B 

Monday:   Begin the day gliding over the coral gardens of Tyrrel’s Bay en route to Little Tobago and a morning amidst the scenic glories of this rugged isle. On this island, which has been a nature sanctuary since 1926, the Greater Bird of Paradise was introduced by Sir William Ingram who brought them from New Guinea in 1919 to save them from extinction by poaching. On Sir William's death the family gave the island to the country on condition that it remains a sanctuary for all time. In 1963 a devastating hurricane (Hurricane Flora) struck and all the Birds of Paradise were lost. The island has its own native birds (45 species) of beauty and interest including many mainland species - however the real attractions are the breeding seabird colonies such as the Boobies, Terns, Magnificent Frigate Birds and the wonderful Red-billed Tropicbirds .... birds of unsurpassed gracefulness and beauty, just seeing them makes this tour worthwhile.  The tour includes a 20 minute boat ride from the main shore (departing from Speyside village).  After arrival at the sanctuary there is a walk across the island for about 500 metres through virgin seasonal deciduous forest - itself a fascinating experience.  The tour proceeds to the lookout point for viewing the seabird colonies and in particular the unbelievably graceful "tropicbirds" a sight never to be forgotten.  On the way back to the mainland, excellent snorkelling opportunities abound.  Overnight at Blue Waters Inn. B 

Tuesday:   Day to relax and enjoy the beach, go snorkeling or even scuba diving.  Or try some birdwatching in the rainforest, a game of tennis or another of the many activities available.  Overnight at Blue Waters Inn. B 

Wednesday:   Transfer back to Tobago Airport for the short flight to Trinidad.  This afternoon we will depart for the famous Caroni Marsh and its spectacular highlights.  Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, Osprey, Striated Heron, White-cheeked Pintail, Yellow-crowned Night Geron, Bicolored Conebill and Red-capped Cardinal could be among the new species seen here.  The Caroni Swamp is a specialised mangrove forest that contains several genera and species of mangroves, showing classic examples of plant adaptation in this unique brackish water environment.  Our day will end with the spectacular flight of Scarlet Ibises returning to their mangrove roosts at dusk, truly one of the world’s most dramatic natural moments.  Returning to the boat dock we will search the mangrove-lined channels for the mysterious sounding Common Potoo.  Transfer into the capital Port of Spain.  Overnight at the Kapok Hotel.  B

Thursday:  This morning we begin with a drive around Port of Spain passing many main points of interest including the President’s House, Queen’s Park Savannah, Botanical Gardens and lots more. Your journey continues east into Santa Cruz Valley where you can stop at a flower nursery and/or Waterville Estate. From there we’ll take you over the “Saddle” of the islands Northern Range where spectacular views abound en route to Maracas Bay. Your return trip to Port of Spain will include a short drive through residential and shopping areas.  This afternoon if free to relax, shop or explore Port of Spain.  Overnight at the Kapok Hotel.  B

Friday: Transfer to the airport for your departing flight.  B

December 2013 to April 2014

Rack Rate: US$1,500.00 per person, minimum 2 persons
 

US$1388.00 per person, minimum 4 persons.

Single Supplement: US$1125.00
Net Rate: US$1280.00 per person, minimum 2 persons.
 

US$1190.00 per person, minimum 4 persons.

Single Supplement: US$980.00

May 2014 to December 2014

Rack Rate: US$1200.00 per person, minimum 2 persons
 

US$1325.00 per person, minimum 4 persons.

Single Supplement: US$940.00
Net Rate: US$1040.00 per person, minimum 2 persons.
 

US$1140.00 per person, minimum 4 persons.

Single Supplement:

US$830.00

Tobago Express Ticket (POS/TAB/POS) US$ 96.00 per person – price and schedule subject to change by the Airline

Rate Includes :        
-           airport transfers in Tobago and POS
-           double or twin accommodation
-           meals as listed
-           activities as described
-           local guides

Not Included :
-           items of a personal nature
-           alcoholic drinks
-           Tobago Express Ticket

 

Note: Passenger/s traveling on internal flights in Guyana are allowed a free baggage allowance of 20lbs/9.1KG exceeding this weight passenger/s will incur a cost of GY$145.00 equivalent to US$ 0.74cents per pound.

Disclaimer:  Please be advised all tour operators and customers must provide us with body weights of passengers booked to travel on tour to Guyana for all internal flights. 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 flight.  To ensure a holiday 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 procedure by the airline so as to ensure that the weight of the load is within the payload limit for the aircraft, and neither they nor Wilderness Explorers will compromise on safety.  All passengers are subject to removal of themselves or luggage from the flight if 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.  Wilderness Explorers 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.

Georgetown City Tour

Georgetown the chief port, capital and largest city of Guyana is situated on the right Bank of the Demerara River Estuary.  It was chosen as a site for a fort to guard the early Dutch settlements of the Demerara River.  The city of Georgetown was designed largely by the Dutch and is laid out in a rectangular pattern with wide tree lined avenues and irrigation canals that criss cross the city. 

Most of the buildings in the city are wooden with unique architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.  For the most part the buildings have Demerara shutters and designed fretwork which trim eaves and windows.  Main Street Georgetown provides several excellent examples of old colonial homes, a prime example of which is the State House, built in 1852.  The State House is set in large gardens and is painted green and white and has hosted many visiting dignitaries.

During your visit to Georgetown there are a number of interesting sights that should not be missed: the most famous being St. George’s Cathedral.  The Cathedral is one of the world’s tallest free standing wooden buildings and was consecrated on 1892.  The foundation stone was laid on November 23, 1890 and the building was designed by Sir Arthur Bloomfield.  The story of the cathedral is told on the interior on tablets and memorials of a historical and sentimental nature: it is the tale of the history of Guyana in general and of the Diocese in particular.

At the beginning of the Avenue of the Republic stands the Public Library housed in the Carnigie Building.  Other historic buildings along this promenade are the Town Hall, a splendid example of Gothic architecture, and further along are the Victoria Law Courts and St. Andrews Kirk.  St. Andrew’s is the oldest surviving structure of any church in Guyana.

The Famous Stabroek Market, once described as a “bizarre bazaar”, contains every conceivable item from house hold goods and gold jewellery to fresh meat and vegetables brought to town on the river daily.  The clock tower can be seen for miles around and is a famous landmark.

No trip to Georgetown would be complete without a visit to the Botanical Gardens and zoo.  The Botanical Gardens houses one of the most extensive collection of tropical flora in the Caribbean and are laid out with ponds, canals, kissing bridges and bandstand.  Over 100 species of Guyanese wildlife can be observed at the Zoo including a wide variety of tropical fishes and birds.

The National Museum which contains a broad selection of our animal life and heritage should not be missed, nor the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology, which explains Amerindian history and life style.  

The tour will include walking along the Avenues with an experienced guide who will give you the history, rumour and facts on Georgetown and its citizens.  The group will be accompanied at all times by a vehicle, which will be used for travel between areas of interest.  Along the way visitors will sample local exotic fruits, snacks and refreshments.  During the tour there is always the opportunity to purchase that unusual gift or unique Guyanese handicrafts, or for the daring the chance to delve into the gold and diamond market.

Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls

The Kaieteur Falls which was first seen by a European on April 29, 1870 is situated in the heart of Guyana on the Potaro River, a tributary of the Essequibo.  The water of Kaieteur, one of the world’s natural wonders, flows over a sandstone conglomerate tableland into a deep gorge - a drop of 822 feet or 5 times the height of Niagara Falls.

There are no other falls in the world with the magnitude of the sheer drop existing at Kaieteur.  Amerindian legend of the Patamona tribe has it that Kai, one of the tribe’s chiefs (after who the falls is named), committed self sacrifice by canoeing himself over the falls.  It was believed this would encourage the great spirit Makonaima to save the tribe from being destroyed by the savage Caribishi.

Kaieteur supports a unique micro environment with Tank Bromeliads, the largest in the world, in which the tiny Golden frog spends its entire life and the rarely seen Guiana Cock- of-the-rock nesting close by.  The lucky visitor may also see the famous flights of the Kaieteur Swifts or Makonaima Birds which nest under the vast shelf of rock carved by the centuries of water, hidden behind the eternal curtain of falling water.

The Orinduik Falls is where the Ireng River thunders over steps and terraces of solid jasper, a semi precious stone.  With a backdrop of the rolling grass covered hills of the Pakaraima Mountains, this is truly one of the most beautiful locations in Guyana’s hinterland.

It’s name is derived from the Amerindian (Patamona) word, Orin, which is the name of an aquatic plant found in theses falls.  The Ireng river forms the border between Brazil and Guyana.  In contrast to Kaieteur, Orinduik is ideally suited for swimming and you will find natural Jacuzzi’s as the falls tumble down the steps of Jasper. 

Guyana’s most popular day trip takes in both of these spectacular falls.  The trip departs from Ogle Airstrip and lasts 7 to 8 hours with two hours spent on the ground at each water fall.

Condition of Sale : 

  1. Flights to Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls are operated on chartered aircraft and all flights have a minimum passenger restriction.  Therefore, any booking to Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls is subject to a minimum of 5 passengers being available to travel.  In most cases we are able to fill flights, especially if scheduled for a weekend.  However, in the rare case that we cannot meet the required numbers we will reschedule the trip to another day during your stay, if this is possible.  Wilderness Explorers retains the right to reschedule a flight as a first option.  If we cannot reschedule the flight Wilderness Explorers will guarantee a flight, with a minimum of 2 passengers, to Kaieteur Falls only or a combination of Kaieteur Falls and Baganara Island Resort.  This means you see the major falls of Kaieteur, but miss Orinduik Falls. 
  2. If a flight is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, such as weather, we will endeavor to reschedule the flight during your itinerary.  If this is not possible then a full refund on the flight will be made.

Roy Geddes Tour

Located in the Roxanne Burnham Gardens area is the Roy Geddes Steel Pan Museum. This area is named after one of our late president’s daughter. Upon arrival at his home you are greeted by a beautiful array of flowering plants in full bloom. As you enter the narrow path leading to the museum one is struck by the history that encompasses this small but intimate area. As one enters the museum you are greeted by the many photographs and paintings that chronicles Mr. Geddes’ life as a pan master and the history and development of pan as art form both here in Guyana and neighbors Trinidad and Tobago. After the tour of the museum explaining the many pictures, quotes and awards that can be seen, you will be shown the various implements and tools that are used in the process of converting the tuneless oil drum into a tuned musical masterpiece of the steel pan.

Given the long and intricate process that is involved with the converting of the Steel drum into a steel pan Mr. Geddes gives a brief but concise synopsis of the process of steel pan making from the sinking process which can take up to five hours of pounding to get it into shape then the tempering process which prepares the steel for the rigors of the tuning and the grooving process. After this explanation you will be afforded the opportunity to see the master in action as he plays you a few tunes. After his demonstration Mr. Geddes will instruct you in the ways of steel pan playing, by the end of the session one should be able to play a few simple notes on the pans depending on your musical inclinations.

Duration: 2 hours

Rate:     US$65.00 per person, 2 to 4 persons.

Rate Includes: Transport, entrance fees, Dinner, drinks, VAT

RATES are subject to change without notice.


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