Day 1 Depart USA and Arrive in Georgetown
- 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 pre-dawn search for Jaguars in the Iwokrama Rain Forest
- Visiting the old Jewish community in Suriname
- A full day visit to Devil’s Islands in French Guiana
- An evening with Roy Geddes, Guyana’s most famous steel pan player and maker
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 Flightseeing at Kaietur and Orinduik Falls
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport where your plane awaits. Today you will fly into the heart of Guyana to visit two spectacular but different works of nature. The first stop will be Kaieteur Falls which flows over a sandstone tableland into a deep gorge, a drop of 822 feet or five times the height of Niagara Falls. Kaieteur supports a unique micro environment including the spectacular Guianan Cock-of-the Rock. After viewing the falls from the ground and the air, your next stop is the Ireng River which forms the border between Brazil and Guyana. The Orinduik Falls is where the Ireng River thunders over steps and terraces of solid Jasper, a semi-precious stone. In contrast to Kaieteur, Orinduik is ideally suited for swimming and you will find natural Jacuzzis as the falls tumble down the steps of Jasper. 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.
Day 3 Diane McTurk and the Giant River Otters
After breakfast your guide will meet you and escort you to the airport where your plane is waiting to take you to Karanambu Ranch located on the Rupununi Savannahs. Upon arrival you are met and taken to the Ranch which is home to Diane McTurk, widely known for her work in rehabilitating orphaned giant river otters to the wild. Karanambu has a long history of welcoming naturalists such as David Attenborough and Diane and her otters have appeared on National Geographic and the Jeff Corwin Experience among other shows. Diane sometimes has resident orphaned otters and, after lunch, you can help her as she tends to them. 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 stories on the history of the family and the Rupununi Savannahs.
Day 4 Exploring the Rupununi River
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 to nine feet long. In the evening you will visit crane pond to see hundreds of Ibis, Anhinga, Heron and Egret roosting for the evening before returning to the ranch for dinner.
Day 5 In Search of a Giant Anteater
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.
Day 6 A Day with the Machusi
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. As the afternoon cools your guide will take you on a tour of the village. You will visit the local school, medical centre and church along with some of the village houses. After saying goodbye to the villagers your return to the lodge where a dip in the pool might be a good precursor to dinner.
Day 7 Jaguars in the Rain Forest
You rise before dawn and 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. You return to the lodge for lunch and then fly back to Georgetown.
Day 8 Welcome to Suriname and Paramaribo
In the morning you will be taken to the airport for the flight to Suriname, formerly Dutch Guiana. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and taken to lunch. After lunch you will be taken on a tour of Paramaribo, the capital city of Suriname and one of the most attractive cities of South America. During this tour you will visit the Fort Zeelandia museum, the Palm Gardens, the waterfront and the Central Market. Naturally you will also see the many historical buildings like the recently renovated Presidential Palace, the Mosque and the Synagogue standing side by side and the magnificent Hindi Temple. Tonight you have dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 9 Exploring Suriname
After breakfast, your guide will meet you and take you to the dock where you board a boat for a ride on the Commewijne River past old Dutch colonial plantations, some of which are still active. Later you will visit the Nieuw Amsterdam museum, the oldest sugar cane plantation in Suriname and the fisheries where Tilapia are raised. You will also have an opportunity to see fishermen harvesting shrimp. Dinner at a local restaurant rounds out the day.
Day 10 Jordensavanne and Blakawatra
This morning you will travel about forty miles south of Paramaribo, where, on the right bank of the Suriname River, lies Jodensavanne. A former Jewish settlement, it is named after the Jewish people who settled in this savanne area around 1650. This former Jewish village is where the ruins of the most ancient synagogue of either North or South America lies; the graveyard still can be seen. You will then continue on to Blakawatra, a resort area where you have lunch. If you want you can take a dip in the refreshing waters of the creek which is rich in minerals.
Day 11 Journey to Cayenne and French Guiana
After breakfast your guide will be waiting to take you on a drive along the coast to the French Guiana border where you will pass through customs in St. Laurent. Although on the other side of the Atlantic this is politically part of France such that the nine hour flight between Paris and Cayenne is considered to be a domestic flight. Upon arrival in Cayenne you have lunch and take a tour of this charming town including the Place des Palmistes, place de Grenoble, Fort Ceperou and the Franconie museum. There will also be time for shopping. After checking in to your hotel to freshen up we take you to a local restaurant where the menu is what you would expect to find in Paris.
Day 12 A Visit to Devil’s Islands
Today you leave the hotel for a full day on Devil's Islands the former French penal colony made famous, or infamous, by the movie Papillon. You will travel in a more comfortable style however and you also get to leave at the end of the day. You will take a scheduled catamaran out to the islands. Although termed Devil's Island, the penal colony actually had more prisoners on the mainland than the islands but the remains of the prison are in better condition on the islands. You will visit Isle de St Joseph and isle de Royale where you have lunch in the Guest House before touring the museum, the main buildings, children's cemetery, convict building guards' house and many other sites. After the tour you board another catamaran but not to return to Cayenne but instead the town of Kourou which was actually part of the penal colony but is now the home to the European Space Agency.
Day 13 Europe’s “Cape Canaveral”
After breakfast you will be taken to the space center where the European space agency launches all its satellites. You will have a tour of the facility followed by lunch at the center. In the afternoon your car will be waiting to take you back across the border to Suriname and Paramaribo where you overnight.
Day 14 A Taste of Rum and an Evening with Roy Geddes
In the morning you are transferred to the airport for the return flight to Georgetown. Upon arrival you are met by your guide and taken to Demerara Distillers to learn how Rum is made. You will get to taste the finished product before embarking on a personal tour of Georgetown which will be a combination of on foot and in your vehicle. The City of Georgetown was largely designed by the Dutch and is laid out in a rectangular pattern with wide tree lined avenues and canals that criss cross the city. Most of the buildings in the city, like your hotel, are wooden with unique architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th Century. Late this afternoon you will visit the home of Roy Geddes dinner and a musical evening. Roy is Guyana's most famous steel pan player and maker. He will demonstrate how steel pans are created from oil drums and discuss their history through a rendition of pop, rock, soca, classical and jazz numbers. After your musical evening you return to your hotel for your final night in Guyana.
Day 15 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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Georgetown, Rupununi, Annai
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