Explore the three Guianas in 18 days. A combination of rainforest, savannah, river systems and mountains, Amerindian villages, endless opportunities for spotting wildlife, canopy walks and a trip to the Kaieteur Falls. You will discover Dutch colonial influences in Suriname and the impressive Jaw Jaw rapids. In French Guiana visit the Space Centre, Devil’s Island and the capital, Cayenne.
Highlights: Georgetown – Surama – Iwokrama – Kaieteur Falls – Paramaribo – Nieuw Amsterdam – Maroon Villages – Cayenne – Devil’s Island – Space Centre.
You will be met when you arrive at the airport and driven to your hotel. Georgetown is served by two international airports; the main airport, Cheddi Jagan (airline code GEO) is 25 miles south of the city; Ogle airport (OGL) is 4 miles to the east.
Fly from Georgetown to North Rupunimi, a region of wetlands and savannah, river and forest and home to the Makushi people. Explore the forest, oxbow lakes and Rupunimi river. There are ponds with giant water lilies (Victoria Amazonica). Lake Amuku is said to be the location of the legendary Lake Parime where the golden city of El Dorado stood. Accommodation in a local lodge.
Travel to Surama and transfer to a local lodge, your base for two nights. In addition to visiting Amerindian communities there are trails to follow into the forest and for birdwatching. We recommend a dawn hike across the savannah to climb Surama mountain and a trip through the rainforest for a canoe trip on the Burro Burro River to spot giant river otters, spider monkeys and tapirs.
Transfer to Iwokrama. The Iwokrama Forest Reserve is a conservation area of 360,000 hectares of primary rainforest established by Guyana and the Commonwealth.
The Iwokrama Canopy Walkway has a series of suspension bridges and platforms. It is 154m in length and 33m off the ground, ideal for spotting birdlife and monkeys in the treetops.
Overnight at a local lodge.
Drive by 4-wheel vehicle along one of the best trails for sightings of jaguar, where the savannah meets the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains in North Rupununi.
Howler monkeys can be heard in the early morning and you may be able to see hummingbirds at your lodge.
North Rupununi - Georgetown
Take a dawn hike in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains with rewarding views across the savannah before flying back to Georgetown.
Arrival transfer to your hotel. Afternoon city tour included.
Day trip to the Kaieteur Falls, the world’s greatest single-drop waterfall. It is a 45 minute flight from Georgetown to reach the airstrip for the Kaieteur Falls and a 15 minute walk.
Return to Georgetown and overnight at your hotel.
Fly from Georgetown to Paramaribo and transfer to your hotel on arrival. Paramaribo airport is 30 miles south of the city.
As well as being able to explore the UNESCO heart of Paramaribo in your own time, we arrange an excursion to Commewijne in Nieuw Amsterdam (on the right bank of the Suriname River) to learn about colonial sugar plantations.
Travel by road and motorised dugout canoe into the Upper Suriname River area with Maroon villages and untouched Amazon Rainforest. The Maroons are descended from African slaves who escaped the coastal sugar plantations and who settled in the interior to form independent societies and states within the rainforest.
In addition to visiting Maroon communities to learn about their traditions and way of life, there are opportunities for birdwatching, jungle treks, alligator spotting, boat excursions and navigating rapids.
Accommodation at a local lodge.
Return to Paramaribo and transfer to your hotel. Free time to explore at leisure.
St Laurent du Moroni - Kourou
Travel along the coastal road from Paramaribo to the border with French Guiana. After completing customs formalities arrive at Saint Laurent du Moroni. Tour the town and visit the Camp de Transportation, where French convicts were processed before continuing to Kourou.
Overnight at a hotel in Kourou.
Excursion to the Iles du Salut (Salvation Islands)
Devil's Island (Ile du Diable) is the most famous of the three Iles du Salut (the others are Ile Saint-Joseph and Ile Royale) which were used as prison colonies from 1852 until 1953. The islands are 7km off shore and reached by catamaran. Devil's Island itself is the most inaccessible but the others can be visited. Today the prison buildings and cells are in ruins and are gradually being reclaimed by nature,
Kourou Space Centre - Cayenne
A visit to the Space Centre may be possible provided it is not a weekend, the day of a launch (nor the day beforehand or afterwards) after a launch. Guided tours start at 8.30 and at 13.30. Tours are only in French and last three hours.
After visiting the centre, transfer to Cayenne.
Free day to explore Cayenne in your own time. We will arrange a personal city tour if you prefer.
Transfer to the airport in time to check in for your flight home.
The above sample Guianas holiday can be adjusted to fit your own particular requirements. Please talk to our team of travel specialists to discuss your arrangements and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Guianas holiday.
From relatively sophisticated hotels in the capital cities to remote and rustic jungle lodges reached by small aircraft, river journeys or overland by 4 x 4 vehicle, we book all accommodation, transfers and excursions according to the logistics of your itinerary.
The above sample Guianas holiday can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to discuss what additional activities may be available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Guianas holiday.
If you like the broad sweep of the above sample Guianas holiday but have either fewer days to spend, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.
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