- Flying over Kaieteur Falls in your private aircraft
- Spending time with Diane McTurk and her orphaned Giant River Otters
- Exploring the Rupununi River in search of Giant River Otters, Black Caiman and the exotic Arapaina
- A search for jaguars in the Iwokrama Rain Forest
- Learning to make and cook cassava bread at an Amerindian Village
- An evening in Georgetown with Roy Geddes, Guyana’s most famous steel pan player and maker
Day 1 Depart USA and Arrive in Georgetown
You board your flight for the daytime trip to Georgetown. You arrive in the evening and are met by your guide and taken to your hotel where you might have time for a nightcap before heading to your room to prepare for the adventure that begins tomorrow.
Day 2 Georgetown and Baganara Island
This morning enjoy a tour of the city of Georgetown with your private guide. Highlights include the unique architecture with excellent examples of old colonial homes and buildings constructed of tropical hardwoods. The famous Stabroek Market, once described as a "bizarre bazaar", contains every conceivable item from household goods to gold jewelry. The Botanical Gardens and zoo house one of the most extensive collections of tropical flora in the Caribbean and over 100 species of Guyanese wildlife including jaguar, river otter, birds, snakes and other reptiles (you'll see them in their natural habitat later on) After lunch you will be transferred to the Essequibo River and then by boat to Baganara Island, the gateway to the pristine rainforest of Guyana and the junction where the great Essequibo and Mazaruni Rivers meet.
Day 3 Enjoying Baganara Island Resort
Today you have the luxury of doing as much or as little as you want as you enjoy this 187 acre island. You can answer the call of the wild along the jungle walk, where you'll find many different species of flora and fauna or you can try your hand at a variety of other outdoor activities including canoeing, fishing, water skiing, volleyball, table tennis, riding wave runners, or simply sunbathing and swimming. You can also sit on your balcony watching the river flow by.
Day 4 Kaieteur Falls and Karanambu Ranch
After breakfast you transfer to the nearby airstrip for a private charter flight over endless rainforest to the majestic and breathtaking Kaieteur Falls, with its sheer drop of 822 feet (five times the height of Niagara Falls), unique ecosystems and where a rainbow arches eternally over the mist covered boulders of the gorge. There are no falls in the world with this magnitude of water and sheer drop. The falls were first seen by a European in 1870 and are situated in the heart of Guyana on the Potaro River, a tributary of the Essequibo. You will land on the table top summit of a nearby tepuis and explore this amazing ecosystem, including the unique micro environment of the giant Tank Bromeliads, the largest in the world, in which the tiny Golden Frog spends its entire life. After time at the falls, you continue your flight to Karanambu Airstrip. This is the home of Diane McTurk, widely known for her work in rehabilitating orphaned, giant river otters to the wild. Diane and her otters have appeared on National Geographic and the Jeff Corwin Experience. Karanambu has a long history of visiting naturalists and Diane's father, Tiny McTurk, has welcomed David Attenborough and Gerald Durrell. Dinner with Diane will include stories on the history of the family and the Rupununi Savannahs.
Day 5 A Day on the Rupununi Savannahs
Diane sometimes has resident orphaned otters and, after breakfast, you can help her as she tends to them. Later this morning you will board a boat with your guide to explore the Rupununi River and its exotic wildlife. You will be on the lookout for the Giant River Otters of course but also for the Black Caiman and the unusual Arapaima which is a golden colored catfish that grows to nine feet in length. In the evening you will visit the lake to see hundreds of Ibis, Anhinga, Heron and Egret roosting for the evening. As the day draws to an end you will take a boat on to the lake and with rum punch in hand watch as the Victoria Amazonica, the world's largest water lily, blooms. You then return to the ranch where, over dinner Diane will regale you with more stories of the Rupununi Savannahs.
Day 6 Giant Anteaters, Peanut Butter and a Savannah Oasis
This morning you will travel out on to the savannah to search for a Giant Anteater. You return to the ranch for breakfast before boarding a boat that will take to the village of Aranaputa where you have the chance to visit their Peanut Butter factory and get a short cultural presentation at the local school before being driven to your lodge which is located where the savannah meets the forest-covered foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains. With its tropical gardens and flowering trees, the lodge resembles an oasis in the savannah, and attracts many species of birds, particularly nectar feeders and frugivores.
Day 7 The Machusi and the Rain Forest
After breakfast you will visit the Machusi Amerindian village of Surama. When you arrive you will be met by a village counselor. Translation is not necessary since Guyana was once British Guiana so English is the official language. You will have a chance to have lunch at the village followed by a walk through nearby trails to observe the forest and the bird life. After lunch in the village, you are taken by 4wd vehicle along the trail that is one of the best places to see the elusive Jaguar, South America's big cat. 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 clients have been lucky! The journey ends at the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway which allows you to explore this rain forest 100 feet up in the canopy. After a special breakfast enjoy the trail as you search for the amazingly brilliant Guianan Cock-of-the-rock.
Day 8 Secrets of the Amerindian Kitchen
You will spend the morning learning of the cooking techniques of the native population including the making if cassava bread. You then return to the Lodge where you have a chance to relax before enjoying another type of meal.
Day 9 A Farewell to Remember with Roy Geddes
This morning you can relax by the pool or you have the morning at leisure. After lunch take a flight back to Georgetown. Late this afternoon visit the home of Roy Geddes 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.
Day 10 Return to the USA
Your guide is waiting to take you to the airport for your return flight to the US where you arrive later the same day.
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Georgetown, Baganara Island, Rupununi, Annai, Georgetown
Additional Pricing Information
- Transfers and sightseeing by private helicopter or aircraft as indicated on the itinerary
- Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
- Private Transfers to and from the airport at destination
- All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
- Entrance fees to all museums, attractions and other venues as indicated on the daily itinerary
- Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
- Baggage handling at all hotels and camps
- All applicable taxes and service fees
Services Not Included
- International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
- Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
- Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
- Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
- Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)
- Any passport or visa fees or government departure taxes (It is the traveler’s responsibility to secure the latest information regarding passports and visa requirements)
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