Guyana

Dramatic rainforest, jaw dropping tropical scenery and fascinating wildlife

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
  • Flying time: 17.5hours with one stop
  • Time difference: -4 hours
  • Currency: Guyanese Dollar
  • Best time of year to travel: February to April and August to November

Ideas for a trip to Guyana

Here are some ideas for trips toGuyana all of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch

Discovering the Guianas

from £6375 per person
Discover the highlights of Suriname, French Guiana & Guyana. Visit multicultural Paramaribo, remote Maroon rainforest villages and former sugar plantations in Suriname. In French Guiana, see the Space Centre at Kourou, the Iles de Salut prison islands and sleepy Cayenne. In Guyana, explore colonial Georgetown and take a flight over the mighty Kaieteur Falls. Then discover the abundant wildlife of the interior rainforest and savannahs, meet local Amerindian communities and stay at remote ecolodges.

Small group Guyana and Suriname Explorer

from £3399 per person excl flights
This trip to the lost corner of South America is a fascinating exploration of pristine rainforest, staying in riverside eco lodges with indigenous communities, spotting caiman by torchlight along moonlit rivers and eating delicious Guyanese food at a small local 'backyard cafe'. You will visit Iwokrama Rainforest to search for wildlife from canopy walkways; Burro Burro River for a canoe trip led by a team of indigenous guides, searching for wildlife and get an idea of plantation life in in the surroundings of Suriname's fascinating old Dutch capital.

Group birdwatching tour

from £3395 per person incl flights
Visit Guyana on a birdwatching tour, visiting four key destinations. Birdwatching in Guyana is suitable for experienced Neotropical birders and those looking to broaden their knowledge in a pristine wilderness environment. Discover the protected Iwokrama Rainforest with fantastic birding opportunities from the 35 metre high Iwokrama Canopy Walkway and Atta Rainforest for the Crismon Fruitcrow, Black Cruassow and Guianan Cock-of-the-rock. The Amerindian community of Surama is home to a diverse range of species, with the potential to see the tough to find, Rufous-winged Ground-cuckoo. Karanambu offers a host of different habitats for birding in woodland patches by Land Rover or by boat, discovering the forest birds along the river.

Frequently Asked Questions

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British nationals do not need visas to visit Guyana.  For further advice visit the FCO travel pages

Ensure all your usual immunisations are up to date and consider Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Rabies; Typhoid.  For further information visit the NHS Fit for Travel pages.  

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