Guyana in Living Colour
Experience the vibrant colours and natural highlights of Guyana on this jungle adventure. Start in the capital Georgetown and venture to the mighty waterfall of Kaieteur Falls. Then fly south to Rupununi to go on jungle hikes, explore the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, and search for Toucans, Giant River Otters, and elusive Jaguars.
This 9-day Guyana vacation takes you from Georgetown through the rainforest to see the waterfalls, rivers, and colourful birdlife that define this South American nation. It features moderate accommodations, escorted small group tours, and is perfect for active travellers who want to head off the tourist trail.
Your journey begins in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, located on the Atlantic coastline. Georgetown is defined by its British colonial architecture and Caribbean culture, but it’s also close to the rainforest. After arriving in Georgetown, head on a trek along the Mangrove Heritage Centre and Trail to see sugar plantations and stop in Victoria Village, the first village built by emancipated slaves in the 19th century. You’ll also get a taste of Guyana’s abundant wildlife as you head through the mangrove reserve. The next day, fly to Kaieteur Falls, the country’s premier attraction and the world’s largest single-drop waterfall. Marvel at the free-falling sheet of water and hike through the nearby forest to spot birds in the jungle canopy. Then return to Georgetown to enjoy an evening along the seawall.
Leave Georgetown behind and fly into Rupununi, in the centre of the country. Here you’ll begin a trek through the jungle mainland. Start in the village of Surama, where you’ll get in touch with the rituals of the Macushi tribe. Stay in an eco-lodge and spend the day heading on guided hikes through the rainforest and stop by a local school and church. The next day, hike up Surama Mountain and board a boat to journey along the Burro Burro River. From the water, spot Spider Monkeys hanging from tree branches or Giant River Otters swimming through the water. You may also spot some Macaws and Toucans as well. Another day, head towards Corkwood to see the Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock before reaching the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, where you can journey along a series of suspension bridges and wooden platforms to observe life in the jungle canopy. This is your best spot to see the Crimson Fruitcrow and the Black Curassow. On your final day in Rupununi, rise at dawn to see birds in the first light of day. Spend the day exploring the jungle in search of tapir, Red Howler Monkeys, and the elusive jaguar.
At the end of your jungle adventure, fly back to Georgetown and connect to your onward destination.