Eighty percent of Guyana is rainforest. Travelling here is not for the faint hearted. Journeys are long, accommodation simple but the rewards of pristine rainforest, a chance to see rare wildlife and contribute to the burgeoning community based tourism are well worth it. If you travel here you will be one of only a few thousand annual visitors to what is said by some to be one of the last wildernesses on the planet. Guyana combines well with nearby Suriname and French Guiana. English is the national language so communication with indigenous people is straightforward and rewarding. Highlights include:
- a chance to see the reason why Guyana is sometimes called the land of the giants. You can see giant river otter, giant anteaters and the giant water lily Victoria Amazonica which sometimes grows to 3 metres diameter.
- travelling to visit indigenous villages and stay in community run guesthouses established to help communities stop trapping and poaching wildlife
- take a day trip to see the thunderous Kaietur Falls, five times higher than Niagra Falls
- Stay at the Karanambo Lodge where giant river otters are rescued and rehabilitated. A great place to spot other wildlife and walk nature trails.
- view incredible birdlife including the famous Cock of the Rock and giant harpy eagles
Discovering the Guianas
from £6375 per person
Small group Guyana and Suriname Explorer
from £3399 per person excl flights
Group birdwatching tour
from £3395 per person incl flights
British nationals do not need visas to visit Guyana. For further advice visit the FCO travel pages