Nestled on the North Eastern corner of the South American continent, Guyana stretches 270 miles along the Atlantic coastline into dense tropical forest and the broad savannahs of the Rupununi. A peaceful country that is off the common tourism radar, Guyana is rich in natural resources, biodiversity, and pristine forests that cover 80% of the country's exotic landscape. Although often considered part of the Caribbean region because of its strong cultural, historical, and political ties with other English Caribbean countries (English is the official language), it offers a vastly different experience to the intrepid traveler. With a strong indigenous culture in Guyana’'s inland and a distinctive Caribbean feel on its coastland, Guyana truly is a melting of cultures. Community-based tourism is at the heart of the travel experience and that combined with a stunning variety of bird and wildlife and a cuisine that reflects its cultural diversity makes for an unforgettable adventure.
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Not included: Travel to and from Georgetown, alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities, travel insurance, meals not noted on itinerary, optional activities not on the itinerary
This trip is appropriate for active women with good mobility. The one more challenging day (climbing Awarmie Mountain) is optional. With that exception, none of the days are strenuous; however, the days are full and some will involve early mornings. In addition the rain forest hikes, while flat, require navigating over roots. Please note, as in all international travel, flexibility is an absolute must and the ability to set aside our western expectations and enjoy the culture and country will make for a wonderfully enjoyable trip. Rating: 2 3 4 5
The focus of this trip is immersion in the natural history and rich human culture of Guyana. While it is not at all sedentary, there is more emphasis on observation and learning than on physical activity.
We will spend the first and last two nights at the Cara Lodge in Georgetown. In the interior we'll be staying at three different community-owned lodges (see itinerary for specifics). The lodges are rustic, clean, and comfortable with limited access to WiFi and no air conditioning. In all our lodging the rooms are double occupancy with ensuite bathrooms with showers.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
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Great group of ladies to travel with .. amazing country to visit people very friendly and hospitable . Natural beauty amazing birding opportunities
South America, jungle, great food, amazing wildlife, the best guide, contact with indigenous culture, a good mix of city, jungle, river and savanna, walking and hiking, small plane trips, overall great food, a good group. Well, that should cover just about the entire experience and trip, which was outstanding!
This really was a wonderful trip and AGC/Jen did a great job from the first introduction to the follow through. An adventure of a lifetime and one of my top two trips with AGC now (Tanzania was the other...but I really liked New Zealand also...and Belize...but these were the top two.). Also Jen and Brenda Porter are my top two guides!
This small country (and its 2 neighbors, Suriname and French Guiana) has been on my bucket list for quite some years. That’s why when I first saw it for 2020, I was the first person to sign up! Of course Covid postponed it, but so glad we finally went. It is a lovely unspoiled natural place that will undoubtedly change as it becomes “discovered”, so I feel very privileged to go here. I also found out how easy it is to get to the other two countries and I think you could develop an itinerary to visit them too! The local guides were awesome and they could arrange a trip to Suriname and French Guiana as well. Please continue to offer this trip and I would definitely sign up for a trip to visit the Suriname/French Guiana as well!