Reasons to Visit
Admire the British and Dutch architecture of Georgetown, the huge St George Cathedral and the Museum of Guyana, with excellent Guyanese painting and sculpture.
Explore the gold and diamond fields near Bartica, at the junction of the Essequibo and Mazaruni rivers. There are also a number of Amerindian settlements in the area, whose residents grow crops for the mining camps.
Revel in the spray of South America's most majestic waterfalls. Not many waterfalls match the height and volume of water of Kaieteur Falls, part of the Kaieteur National Park.
Visit Karanambu, home of Diane McTurk, widely known for her work in rehabilitating orphaned, giant river otters to the wild. The Karanambu Lodge eco-tourism resort preserves the delicate ecosystem of the Rupununi savannahs.
Take a wildlife-viewing excursion to a local ranch in the Rupununi Savannah, a vast area of grassland, termite mounds and forested hills. Look out for the elusive jaguar, harpy eagle and many bird varieties.
Iwokrama is the international centre for rainforest conservation and development. Encompassing 3,700 square kilometres of pristine tropical rainforest, visitors can view the rainforest canopy from observation decks and suspension bridges at nearby Iwokrama Canopy walkway.
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Kaieteur Falls is the world's largest single drop waterfall.
Covering an area of almost seven million square miles and featuring a level of biodiversity not seen anywhere else on the planet, it's no surprise that South America is home to around a third of the world's bird species. Find out more about birdwatching and wildlife holidays in South America.
Located 420km south of Georgetown, Rock View Lodge is the perfect base to explore the Rupununi. It is located in the village of Ruperti, in the North Rupununi savannahs, at the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains.
Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, provides numerous examples of the city's colonial past, with British and Dutch architecture evident everywhere along its tree lines streets.
Karanambu is the home of Diane McTurk, widely known for her work in rehabilitating orphaned, giant river otters to the wild.
The Iwokrama Forest is in the heart of one of the four last untouched tropical forests of the world. It is located 300km south of Georgetown and encompasses 3,700 square kilometres of lush, pristine tropical rainforest.
Guyana may be both small and the only English-speaking country on mainland South America, but it’s still one of the continent’s top destinations for the adventurous. With only 2,000 travellers visiting here per year, the wilderness is still genuinely untouched, from virgin rainforest to rolling savannah and crashing waterfalls. Our specialists love it, and would be delighted to help create a tailor-made trip there for you.
Cara Lodge is one of the oldest wooden buildings in Georgetown and one of the best known hotels. It was built in the 1840s and has a long and romantic history.
Iwokrama Field Station is located in the heart of the Iwokrama Forest, one of the four last untouched tropical forests in the world.
Located where the north savannah grassland, swamp and flood forest meet the Rupununi River, the Karanambu Ranch is a comfortable settlement with fantastic hosts.
13 3/4 hours (Georgetown, via Miami)
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