The Amerindian community of Surama is set in five square miles of savannah which is ringed by the forest covered Pakaraima Mountains.
Surama’s inhabitants are mainly from the Macushi tribe and still observe many of the traditional practices of their forebears.
This isolated and idyllic location offers a serene and peaceful environment. Dawn hikes, led by Surama guides across the savannah and up Surama Mountain, reveal a multitude of birds and fantastic views. The guides have lived their entire lives in the rainforest, and have an extensive understanding of nature and how to utilise its resources.
Surama shares a common border with the Iwokrama International Centre for Conservation and Development along the Burro Burro River where you can canoe allowing opportunities to observe a diverse abundance of wildlife.
The Surama community have identified eco-tourism as a sustainable use of their land. It means employment at home, rather than the men leaving to mine or cut timber in other parts of Guyana. Ecotourism has been successfully developed in the region and all tours to Surama are managed and operated solely by the Macushi. Apart from the direct employment from eco-tourism, the community also benefits from the purchase of local produce and funds from tourism are fed back to a village fund which is used for community development projects.