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Guyana Nature Adventure

Day 1: Georgetown

Day 1: On arrival in Guyana's historic capital, you will be met and driven on to your traditional downtown heritage hotel.

Day 2: Georgetown - Kaieteur Falls

Day 2: Transferring to the city's local airport this morning you'll take a flight over the Demerara and Essequibo Rivers, crossing miles of unbroken tropical rainforest as you journey into the heart of the Kaieteur National Park. Your destination is Kaieteur Falls, which at nearly five times the height of Niagara Falls is the world's highest free-falling waterfall. These towering cascades are home to swooping flocks of white-chinned and white-tipped swifts, as well as the astonishingly colourful, Guianan Cock-of the-Rock. (B,L)

Days 3-4: Kaieteur Falls - Iwokrama Rainforest

Day 3: Flying on to the small village of Annai today, you head next towards the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains. Transferring to a 4x4 vehicle on arrival, the journey then continues into the vast wilderness of the Iwokrama Rainforest, a protected forested region that is home to the Makushi people. Here you will be able to explore the trails in the company of a local ranger, making the most of an evening's walk around the lodge in search of birds, caimans, snakes and tree frogs. (B,L,D)

Day 4: After an early dawn start in search of some rare birdlife, you'll then head towards Turtle Mountain, to enjoy an exhilarating hike to its summit. From up here the views across the forest canopy are simply breathtaking and the trail up provides an opportunity for spotting spider monkeys, howler monkeys, eagles and perhaps even the rare passing jaguar. The cool of the late afternoon then sees you heading out by boat, to visit the nearby Kurupukari Falls and its Amerindian petroglyphs. (B,L,D)

Days 5-6: Iwokrama Canopy

Day 5: Continuing by 4x4, the drive today provides another opportunity to watch out for elusive jaguars, pumas, tapirs, capybaras and the myriad of birds that inhabit this rich landscape. The journey ends at the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, lying at the southern edge of the reserve. From its vantage point, 30 metres above the forest floor, you can look out for some of the park's 500 species of birds, whilst a walk along the interpretative trail provides a fascinating insight into Iwokrama's connection with the local Makushi. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Another chance to enjoy the unique vantage point afforded by the long canopy walkway provides an opportunity to spot some of the birds not usually visible from the forest floor. Some of Guyana's 'must see' species include the purple-breasted cotinga, the crimson fruit crow and the black curassow. (B,L,D)

Days 7-8: Iwokrama Rainforest - Surama

Day 7: Departing the lodge you'll follow a trail deep into the Iwokrama Forest this morning, in search of the splendidly colourful Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock. Continuing on towards the Amerindian village of Surama, you'll then spend the next two nights amongst the Makushi people, the perfect opportunity to learn a little more about their lives and traditions. In the company of an indigenous guide, you'll also discover how the Makushi use medicinal plants in their cultural traditions, before taking an evening wildlife walk through the forest. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Rising before dawn, you'll begin the day with an exhilarating climb up to the summit of Surama Mountain. After enjoying breakfast overlooking some stunning views across the savannah and out towards the Pakaraima Mountains, you'll then return to the village in time for lunch. This afternoon provides a chance to enjoy a three mile walk across the savannah and through the rainforest towards the Burro Burro River, where your guides will then paddle you down river in search of giant river otters, tapirs and spider monkeys. (B,L,D)

Days 9-10: Surama - Annai

Day 9: The road back to Annai affords an excellent opportunity to indulge in some savannah birdwatching. The Rupununi Savannah is to Guyana what the Gran Sabana is to Venezuela, a rich and vast area of grassland that supports an incredible array of avifauna. Here you can find some 250 different species of birds, 18 of which are native only to the lowland forests of Guyana. (B,L,D)

Day 10: A dawn hike in the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains provides a chance to walk the Panorama Trail this morning. As the sun rises over the savannah and the villages, the views are almost magical and you may find yourself accompanied by any number of birds as you hike the trail. Today also presents an opportunity to visit a nearby Amerindian village, to enjoy a demonstration and an explanation of traditional cashew nut roasting, before finishing the day relaxing with drinks by the pool. (B,L,D)

Days 11-12: Annai - Karanambu

Day 11: Next stop on the journey is the former cattle ranch at Karanambu, home to world-renowned conservationist Diane McTurk. Set amidst a landscape that incorporates four distinct ecosystems, the area is home to a number of endangered species including giant otters, black caimans, jaguars and giant anteaters. Rich in human history too, the region has played host to famous explorers, naturalist and indigenous tribes, whilst the nearby Rupununi River can boast nearly 700 species of fish, more than anywhere else on earth. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Today is devoted to exploring more of Karanambu and its varied habitats. With the savannah and the river offering up such a wealth of possibilities, the day sees you travelling by both boat and 4x4, to explore the river and forest up and downstream. (B,L,D)

Days 13-14: Karanambu - Yupukari

Day 13: Leaving Karanambu after breakfast this morning, you'll head out along the Rupununi River towards Caiman House, a busy centre for a range of local development projects. Later, in the company of skilled and expert guides, you'll explore by boat, searching out such elusive nocturnal species as tree boas, iguanas, frogs and piranha, as well as various insect, harmless spiders, possums and sleeping monkeys. (B,L,D)

Day 14: Your final morning in the jungle provides an opportunity to visit the village, to learn more about their way of life. Alternatively, you may like to join a birdwatching excursion and search out more of the abundant species of savannah, forest and river birds that occupy the rich jungle around Caiman House. After breakfast you then take the flight back to Georgetown, to enjoy a tour of the city that was once christened the 'Garden City of the Caribbean'. (B)

Day 15: Georgetown

Day 15: Transfer to the airport today for the flight home. (B)

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