Neblina Forest Birding Tours

Guyana

Classic Guyana

Overview

Northeastern South America

Information

  • Average expected number of birds seen during the trip: 320 to 350 species.
  • Guyana Vegetation Types: 7 out of 26.
  • Total habitats visited: 10+.
  • Altitude Range: 0 to 274 meters (3 to 900 feet).

Guyana is South America's little-known curiosity. It shares borders with Venezuela, Brazil, and Suriname, yet remains well-off South America's beaten tourist track. The English speaking locals and colonial past make for a culture that is decidedly more Caribbean than Latin.

There are 83,000 square miles but 90 percent of the sparse 750,000 inhabitants live along the coast, leaving Guyana's forested interior--80 percent of the landmass--relatively unpopulated outside of Amerindian villages.

Guyana is where the Guiana Shield (one of four pristine tropical rainforests left in the world) converges with the Amazon Basin. The unique geography creates a myriad of habitats for birds, ranging from coastal waters to mangroves, marshes, savannahs, mountains and tropical rainforests. Just over 800 species of birds have been recorded in Guyana, making it an ideal destination for birdwatchers the world over.

Having been there only a month ago, living in the Birding Capital of the World like I do, I have come to appreciate the easy access to the endemics of the region and colorful birds that are offered in Guyana and what is more, a wonderful promise to see mammals.

I am opening this opportunity to go with Lelis this coming December, 2008, to Guyana and enjoy this short 12 day trip. For the birds to be seen, prices and details contact Mercedes

A Top-Ten Bird List by Habitat follows:

Habitat

Location

Top Ten Highlight Birds

Coastal swamp forest and Dakama forest

Shanklands

Black curassow, Grey-winged trumpeter, Racket-tailed coquette, Black-necked araçari, Red-billed toucan, Cayenne Jay, Buff-cheeked greenlet

Coastal swamp forest and Open samps

Timberhead

Spot-tailed nightjar, White-fronted manakin, Little chachalaca, Green-tailed goldenthroat, Ferruginous-backed antbird, Finsch's euphonia

Dry grassland and Gallery forest (Lowlands grass/shrub savanna)

Rupunini Savanna

Sharp-tailed ibis, Río Branco spinetail, Rio Branco and White-bellied antbirds, Saffron crested tyrant-manakin, Smoky-fronted tody-flycatcher, Crested doradito, Black hooded thrush, Great-billed seed-finch.

Lowlands rain forest (Forest on steep hills)

Iwokrama Forest

Grey-bellied goshawk, Yellow-knobed curassow, Sun parakeet, Red-fan parrot, Todd's antwren, Capuchinbird, Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock

Coastal swamp forest, Open samps and Mangrove forest

Georgetown

Plain-bellied emerald, Blood-coloured woodpecker, White-bellied and Ferruginous-backed antbirds, Bearded tachuri, Yellow Oriole.

Itinerary

Itinerary 14 Days

Guyana - an unspoilt wilderness! Birding and Nature Tour itinerary

Guyana really does offer something special, a small South American country nestled on the Atlantic Coast east of Venezuela and west of Suriname, it is one of the last unexplored wild places on earth yet offers incredible access into a great variety of pristine habitats. It is also a land of great contrasts as you leave behind the coastal city of Georgetown travelling into the interior, over vast unspoilt forests and incredible isolated waterfalls. The lure of Guyana is its true wilderness and amazing wildlife with many sought after species easier to see here than any of the surrounding countries. We have worked hard to offer the most complete itinerary available which includes all the top sites visited by other companies but also includes the spectacular Kaieteur Falls, and highly sought after rarities such as Rufous-winged Ground Cuckoo and Crimson Fruitcrow. We only use the very best local guides and you can rest assured that your money will go to help Guianan owned lodges and local communities. If you want to see Cotingas, Parrots, Guianan Cock-of-the Rock, Harpy Eagle, the rarely seen Crested Doradito or Capuchinbird and an endless supply of mouth-watering species then this could be your best trip ever! We now offer the No1 trip to this fabulous country.

Day 1: Arrive Georgetown, Guyana

Plan on arriving in Georgetown, Guyana today to meet the group and settle into our comfortable hotel. 

Day 2: Georgetown – Mahaica River/
Botanical Garden

This morning we will leave our hotel at 5 AM and head eastward along the Atlantic coast to the Mahaica River. This is where you will have a chance to see Guyana’s national bird, the Hoatzin, on this tour. This prehistoric bird is found in abundance on this river system along with many other species including the localized Rufous Crab Hawk, Black-collared Hawk, Black Hawk-Eagle, Long-winged Harrier, Barred Antshrike, Silvered Antbird, Striped Cuckoo, Little Cuckoo, Green-tailed Jacamars, Golden-spangled Piculet and a host of other interesting species.

Depending on the level of the river, we may be able to check the shoreline for birds such Scarlet Ibis, Least, Semipalmated and Western Sandpipers, Whimbrel, Black-belled and Semipalmated Plovers, Short-billed Dowitcher, Tricolored Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Little Blue Heron, Magnificent Frigatebird, Royal, Gull-billed and possibly Yellow-billed Tern or Brown Pelican.

We will return to Georgetown for lunch and in the afternoon we will visit the Georgetown Botanical Gardens, an area of parkland with open grass, scattered trees, bushes and several ponds and wet areas. Here we will target several special birds starting with Blood-colored Woodpecker, White-bellied Piculet, gorgeous Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Southern Beardless- and Yellow Tyrannulet, Lesser Kiskadee, Black-capped Donacobius, Yellow Oriole, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Wing-barred Seedeater, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Black-collared Hawk, and plenty of Snail Kites. In the tree tops, we'll hope to see Red-shouldered Macaw, Orange-winged, Yellow-crowned and Mealy Amazons, and with luck the Festive Amazon, a species in serious decline due to the illegal pet trade. If the trees are flowering, we will search for hummingbirds such as Black-throated Mango and Glittering and White-bellied Emeralds. Night Georgetown.

Day 3: Kaieteur Falls – Iwokrama River Lodge 

After breakfast at our hotel, we will take a chartered flight over unspoiled pristine forest to the Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest free-falling waterfall. Though Venezuela’s Angel Falls is greater in total height, its filamentous drop occurs by stages, whereas Kaieteur is a single massive, thundering cascade 100 meters wide, created as the Potaro River makes a sheer drop of 228 meters, nearly five times the height of Niagara Falls. The spectacle is even more impressive for its remoteness. It is altogether possible that we’ll be the only persons viewing it. Here, we will hope to find White-chinned and White-tipped Swifts swirling over the gorge, and perhaps we’ll be lucky enough to have our first sighting of the astonishingly colorful Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock or see an Orange-breasted Falcon as it hunts for its favorite prey, the swifts. We should also be able to find the rare Golden Poison-dart Frog that lives in water held in the leaves of bromeliad plants.

After a 3-hour stop at the falls, our flight will continue to Fairview Village where we will be 
transferred to Iwokrama River Lodge in the heart of Guyana’s beautiful rainforest. We will arrive in time for a late lunch and afterward we will bird the trails around the lodge and visit a nearby Capuchinbird lek. To see and hear these strange birds displaying is a truly unique experience and we have video of this phenomenon from our scouting trip in 2010 (Click for video>>). The impressive surrounding forest protects a unique ecosystem in the heart of the Guianan shield where Amazonian and Guianan flora and fauna form one of the highest species biodiversities in the world. Our comfortable lodge has modern cabins each with balconies that overlook the beautiful Essequibo River. There will be plenty to look at with Pied Lapwings, Black-collared and White-winged Swallows over the river as well as a host of species in the surrounding forest edges. With luck we may come across Spotted Antpitta, Rufous-capped Antthrush, Ringed and Waved Woodpeckers, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, Helmeted Pygmy-Tyrant, Black-necked and Green Aracaris, Guianan Toucanet and possibly Red-rumped Agouti or Weeping Capuchin Monkey. This will be followed by dinner and then an optional boat ride on the river to look for Ladder-tailed Nightjar, Great Potoo, Boat-billed Heron, Black Caiman, Tree Boa and other nocturnal creatures. Overnight at Iwokrama River Lodge.

Day 4: Iwokrama River Lodge/Turtle Mountain

Don’t be surprised if you are awakened by the dawn calls of Spectacled Owl or Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon. We'll be up early anyway birding the trails and one morning taking a boat ride excursion on the Essequibo River. We will visit Turtle Mountain where we will explore the main trail, visiting Turtle Pond and climbing to an elevation of about 900 feet for a spectacular view of the forest canopy below. The trail to Turtle Mountain winds its way through beautiful primary forest where Red-and-black Grosbeak, Golden-sided Euphonia, Orange-breasted Falcon, Blue-and-yellow and Scarlet Macaws, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Cream-colored Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Jacamar, Tiny Tyrant-Manakin, Cinnamon Attila, Black-headed Antbird, Amazonian Antshrike, Ferruginous Antbird, Rufous-crowned Elaenia and possibly Brown-bearded Saki Monkey can all be found.

The trail up the mountain is well designed to help you walk up at your own pace and the view from the top is indeed breathtaking – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to enjoy nature at its best. We may see a fly-by King Vulture, Swallow-tailed Kite, Short-tailed Hawk or Red-and-green Macaw, while mammals here include Red Howler Monkey and Black Spider Monkey. We will return to River Lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, we will be birding the environs of the lodge and depending on how active the area is we can go for a walk on one of the nearby forest trails to pick up on some antbird species we may have missed, however the ideal thing would be to find a swarm of army ants where the Rufous-winged Ground Cuckoo, Spotted Antpitter and Red-billed Woodcreeper are possible in the area.

Night at Iwokrama River Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 5: Iwokrama River Lodge

This morning we will depart River Lodge after an early breakfast to do early morning birding on the raod along the way to Atta Lodge. Some forest birds are very elusive and hard to see Rufous-winged Ground-Cuckoo as well as a variety of other forest species such as Dusky-throated Antshrike, Chestnut-rumped and Plain-brown Woodcreepers, Brown-bellied, Grey and White-flanked Antwrens, Cinereous Antshrike, Channel-billed Toucan, Yellow-throated Woodpecker, with luck we may even find an Amazonian Pygmy-Owl. This is a very productive road as you will see and the birding simply spectacular. In the stunted White Sand forest known as Mori Scrub we will look for Black Manakin, Rufous-crowned Elaenia, Cinnamon Attila, and nearby we will search for Ladder-tailed and Blackish Nightjars. This is also a fantastic opportunity to spot the magnificent Jaguar, but obviously a lot of luck is also involved. From open areas we can check tree tops for the amazing Red-fan Parrot, Dusky Parrot, Red-and-green Macaws and possibly Blue-cheeked Amazon, Painted and Golden-winged Parakeets, while forest edges may reveal Lineated, Waved, Yellow-tufted, Golden-collared and Cream-coloured Woodpeckers, Green-tailed and Paradise Jacamar, Rufous-rumped Foliage-Gleaner, Thrush-like Shiffornis, Grey-winged Trumpeters, Black Curassow and with luck the stunning Guianan Red Cotinga or the even more stunning Crimson Topaz which comes out and fly catches in the early evening. As evening draws in we will arrive at Atta Lodge where an optional night walk into the forest will target the much sought after White-winged Potoo.

Night at Atta Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Atta Rainforest Lodge

To spend the night at Atta Rainforest Lodge is to spend the night surrounded by pure nature with no sounds but the noise of the forest. At dawn, we will visit the canopy walkway to look for passing flocks of canopy-dwelling species. Time will be spent looking for Todd’s Antwren, Spot-tailed Antwren, Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrants, Guianan Toucanet, Green Aracari, Painted Parakeet, Screaming Piha, Black-headed Parrot, Guianan Puffbird, Dusky Purpletuft, Paradise Tanager, Opal-rumped Tanager, Golden-sided Euphonia, Purple and Green Honeycreeper, Black-faced Dacnis and Black Nunbird.

This entire morning will involve birding on the canopy walkway and the trails around the lodge. This wonderful area is famed for its variety of colorful cotingas and if we can locate a few fruiting trees we will be in for an avian spectacle with possibilities of Pompadour, Brilliant, Purple-breasted and Guianan Red Cotinga, as well as White Bellbird and the outrageous Crimson Fruitcrow. Within the forest that surrounds the lodge we can look for Red-legged and Variegated Tinamous, Gray-winged Trumpeter, Cayenne Jay, Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper, Red-billed Woodcreeper, Helmeted Pygmy-Tyrant, Ferruginous- backed Antbird, Waved, Chestnut and Red-necked Woodpeckers as well as Black Spider Monkey and White-faced Saki Monkey.

After lunch, we will spend the afternoon birding on the main road through the Iwokrama Forest. We can try again for Black Manakin and Rufous-crowned Elaenia as well as Blue-backed Tanager, Swallow-wing, Black-chinned, Scale-backed and Gray Antbird, Guianan Streaked Antwren, Amazonian and Mouse-colored Antshrike, Reddish Hermit, Tiny Tyrant Manakin, Rose-breasted Chat, Black and Red-throated Caracara, Violaceous Trogon, Golden-winged Parrot and Yellow-green Grosbeaks. While birding along the road, we will also keep watch for the elusive Jaguar and Tapir which is often seen at dawn and dusk.

Late evening, on our way back to Atta Lodge, we will use a spotlight to do some night birding, mainly looking for owls and potoos, Beside a small wetland we could find Dwarf Caiman, Uniform, Ash-throated, and Russet-crowned Crakes as well as a Zigzag Heron all of which are difficult. This is a great place to look for potoos but it must be stressed these birds can be very hard to find. Nevertheless there are possibilities for White-winged Potoo, Rufous Potoo, Great Potoo, Common Potoo and Long-tailed Potoo, plus Spectacled and Crested Owl.

Night at Atta Rainforest Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Atta Lodge – Surama Eco-Lodge

Today, we will make an early start in 4x4 vehicles for a 30-minute drive to the lek of the Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock where we will have our second chance to see this beautiful bird. Hopefully having seen the bird well, we will continue to the Harpy Eagle trail. A 45-minute walk will bring us to the Harpy’s nesting site where the morning will be dedicated to observing Harpy Eagle activity and taking photos. If we are lucky, we may witness the male bringing in prey for the female.

Following a satisfying sighting, we will continue on to Surama Lodge for lunch and a well-deserved cold beer or cold drink of your choice. Birds in the forest on our return walk may include the shy Rufous-winged Ground-Cuckoo or Rufous-throated Antbird. This afternoon, we will bird along the forest edges and visit a nearby Great Potoo and Mottled Owl roost. We may find Grassland Sparrow, Wedge-tailed Grassfinch, Rufous-crowned Elaenia, White-throated Toucan, Fork-tailed Palm Swift and at dusk, White-tailed Nightjar, Least Nighthawk, Lesser Nighthawk, Tropical Screech Owl, and Northern Tawny-bellied Screech Owl could be quite likely.

Night Surama Eco-Lodge. (,B,L,D)

Day 8: Surama Area

At dawn, a walk through the forest will bring us to the Burro-Burro River for a quiet and skillfully-guided paddle, searching the banks for riverside birds including Silvered Antbird, Black-chinned Antbird, White-browed Antbird, Coraya Wren, Buff-breasted Wren, White-banded Swallow, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Blue-throated Piping Guan, Guira Tanager, Crane Hawk, and Gray-headed Kite. Later on, we will return to the lodge for lunch. 

After lunch the nearby forest trails around the eco-lodge offer excellent opportunities for birding and swarms of Army Ants may be encountered patrolling the forest floor in search of prey. Species that can be found here include Capuchinbird, Red-legged Tinamou, Black-spotted Barbet, Green Aracari, Black-necked Aracari, Guianan Toucanet, White-tailed Trogon, Murial Guan, Red-throated Fruitcrow, Golden-collared woodpecker, Spotted Puffbird, Yellow-throated Flycatcher, Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner, Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper, Black-banded Woodcreeper, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Chestnut-rumped Woodcreeper, Eastern Slaty Antshrike, Tiny Tyrant-Manakin, Golden-headed Manakin, Rufous-throated Antbird, White-plumed Antbird, Scaled-backed Antbird, Wing-banded Antbird, Spotted Antpitta, and even Crimson Fruitcrow and Rufous-winged Ground Cuckoo.

Night at Surama Eco-Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Surama – Northern Rupununi

This day we have set aside to revisit several areas in order to look for any key species we may have missed. There are several very tricky birds in the area and this added day will help us out enormously. Maybe we need to re-visit the Harpy Trail or go in search of Zigzag Heron, Slender-billed Kite or Ocellated Crake! The latter we seem to have now worked out how to see and our last tour had views of 4 birds!

Nights at Surama Eco-Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Surama – Northern Rupununi

Today our journey takes us across the Northern Rupununi savannah. The road we follow skirts numerous gallery forests and wetlands areas offering great views of a variety of herons, ducks, Jabiru, possibly Pinnated Bittern, Great-billed Seed Finch, Bicolored Wren, Gray Seedeater, Grassland Yellow Finch, Yellowish Pipit, White-fringed Antwren, Crested Bobwhite, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Yellow-hooded Blackbird the colorful Orange-backed Troupial and the agile Aplomado Falcon. We may even encounter a Giant Anteater if we are lucky.

In the afternoon we will bird the local forest and some ponds where we hope to see Sunbittern, Azure Gallinule, White-faced Whistling-Duck, White-headed Marsh-Tyrant, White-browed Antbirds, Buff–breasted Wren, Pale-tipped Inezia, Blue-backed Manakin, Striped Woodcreeper and maybe Undulated Tinamou. An evening excursion to the open grasslands as the sun sets should see the end of a magical day with Nacunda, Least and Lesser Nighthawks.

Night at Caiman Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Northern Rupununi

This morning we will start with a cup of Brazilian style coffee before heading out into the Rupununi Savannah by 4x4. As we move across the savannah we will scan the vast wetland areas for the sought after Bearded Tachuri plus Sharp-tailed Ibis, Yellowish Pipit, Pinnated Bittern, Brazilian Teal, White-tailed Goldenthroat, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bicolored Wren, Double-striped Thick-knee, Burrowing Owl and Maguari Stork. We will also check an area where the rare and localized Crested Doradito was recently discovered. This is also our best chance to see the remarkable Giant Anteater in habitat that is perfect for it and Savanna Fox.

In the afternoon we have an opportunity to travel on the Rupununi River. This time we will head down river to Simony Lake where we are likely to find Green and Rufous Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Agami Heron, Capped Heron, Sungrebe, Sunbittern, Pied Lapwing, Boat-billed Heron, Common Potoo, Band-tailed Nightjar, Bare-necked Fruitcrow and Spot-breasted Woodpecker. With a lot of luck we may come across the secretive Crestless Curassow and we have even seen fresh Jaguar tracks before! In addition we may be lucky enough to see Black and Spectacled Caiman, Giant River Otter, Capybara and many species of monkeys and even the occasional Arapaima or River Stingray. Our sunset boat expedition wraps up with a delicious and hearty dinner back at the Lodge.

Night at Caiman House Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Caiman House Lodge/Karassabai, Sun Parakeet

Before dawn, we hop aboard our 4X4’s for the early morning southerly departure for Karassabai Village, a distant border village located between the northern Rupununi savannahs and Pakaraima Mountains along the Brazilian border. Here is where we are delighted to have a rare opportunity to spot the highly endangered Sun Parakeet. In the early 1990’s, this species was on the brink of extinction due to extreme pressures from the pet trade until local villages took aggressive action to restore the population. A mere 7 individuals that remained at the time have struggled to regain their previous numbers, but signs are hopeful and current population counts suggest at least 300 birds are thriving in the area today.  Karassabai is well off the standard tourist track and the Sun Parakeet is our main target here and once we've achieved our target there will be plenty of other species to see. Karassabai is well off the standard tourist track, offering a government guest house with adequate but sparse accommodations for our group. Nonetheless, local hospitality reigns and when not on the trail looking for the sun parakeet we’ll have a great opportunity to meet and interact with an Amerindian community that sees very few tourists and is eager to share their stories and learn about a world outside their own and maybe offer to show them birds through a scope. We will see plenty of other species during the day but our main focus will be on finding and seeing this gorgeous parakeet.

Night Karassabai Government Guest House (B,L,D)

Day 13: Lethem/Manari Ranch

We have the morning to look for the beautiful Sun Parakeet once again before heading out towards the rodeo town of Lethem. Small patches of forest again give way to open grassland savanna and the main road sees infrequent traffic and therefore serves as an excellent vantage point for birdwatching. We will keep a look out for species such as Orange-backed Troupial, White-headed Marsh-Tyrant, Pied Water-Tyrant, Red-breasted Blackbird, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Buff-necked Ibis, Southern Lapwing, Pearl Kite, Zone-tailed Hawk and also focus our attention on seedeaters, which may including Yellow-bellied Seedeater, Lesson’s Seedeater, Large-billed Seed-Finch, Ruddy-breasted Seedeater, Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch, Grey Seedeater and Plumbeous Seedeater. This stretch of Rupununi Savannah is also some of the best landscape to catch a glimpse of the Giant Anteater and Savannah Fox. We have more opportunities for Azure Gallinule and previously we have even found Giant Snipe in the area although we would have to be lucky to find this again.Later in the day we will arrive at our delightful accommodation just outside of the cowboy town of Lethem. Here we have a little time to relax and enjoy the local hospitality as we have an early start tomorrow. Night Lethem.

Day 14: Manari Ranch/ Iring River Excursion

Lethem is yet another cowboy town and from our base here we have access to the dry scrub and savanna alongside the Takatu and Iring Rivers. Depending on water levels we will either search by vehicle or boat to get us to areas where two highly restricted and poorly known species occur, namely the Hoary-throated Spinetail and the Rio Branco Antbird. We also have the chance of seeing the strikingly pink Amazon River Dolphin.

During the day we will search areas of wetlands as well as the dry desert and can expect a variety of species such as Pinnated Bittern, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Cocoi and Capped Herons, Striated Heron, Wood Stork, Limpkin, Double-striped Thick-knee, Wattled Jacana, Marail Guan, Crested Bobwhite, Southern Lapwing, Pearl Kite, White-tailed Kite, Savanna Hawk, Aplomado and Orange-breasted Falcons, Brown-throated Parakeet, Red-bellied Macaw, Caica and Blue-cheeked Parrot, Guianan Toucanet, Striped Cuckoo, Pale-legged Hornero, Cayenne Jay, Fork-tailed Palm Swift, Blue-tailed and Glittering-throated Emerald, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Golden-spangled Piculet, Guianan Puffbird, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Black-crested and Barred Antshrike, White-flanked Antwren, Guianan Warbling Antbird, Mouse-colored Tyrannulet, Yellow-olive, Yellow-breasted, Vermilion, Short-crested and Fork-tailed Flycatchers, Yellowish Pipit, Bicolored and Buff-breasted Wrens, Lemon-chested Greenlet, Flavescent Warbler, Hooded Tanager, Yellow-rumped Cacique and the beautiful Red-and-Black Grosbeak. Nights Lethem. 

Day 15: Lethem – Georgetown

Today, our Guyana adventure winds down and we will depart Lethem via Trans Guyana Airways on our scheduled flight for Georgetown Ogle International Airport. Overnight Georgetown. (B,L,D)

Day 16: Departures from Georgetown

Today you will depart Guyana. Depending on your flight schedule we will arrange to get you to the airport in good time for your check in time

End Of Tour:

USD$ 6,200 for 2 persons and USD$ 5,400 for 4persons

Targets

  • Sun Parakeet
  • Guianan Cock-of-the Rock
  • Crimson Fruitcrow
  • White-winged Potoo
  • Crested Doradito
  • Bearded Tachuri
  • Sharp-tailed Ibis
  • Green Aracari
  • Hoatzin
  • Hoary-throated Spinetail

  • Harpy Eagle
  • Capuchinbird
  • Blood-coloured W/pecker
  • Rufous Crab Hawk
  • Guianan Red Cotinga
  • Red-and-black Grosbeak
  • Pompadour Cotinga
  • White-naped Xenopsaris
  • Spotted Puffbird
  • Rufous-winged Ground-Cuckoo
  • Rio Branco Antbird

Include / Not include

Include/Not Include

Notes on Accommodation : In most cases we will have double or twin rooms with private facilities. However, depending on the size of the group, at the Iwokrama Field Station we may use dormitory accommodations with shared facilities. The new Surama Eco-lodge has 4 cabins with ensuite bathrooms.

The original guest house has only four rooms with a shared bathroom, so larger groups will also use the village office or local homes. Camping sections will be in hammock style camps. Single supplement provided where possible.

Include

  • airport transfers
  • double or twin accommodation (single room for odd sized group)
  • single room for escort
  • meals as listed
  • local bar at Rock View Lodge and Karanambu Ranch
  • activities as described
  • local guides
  • all road and river transport
  • internal flights
  • Kaieteur National Park fee
  • hotel room tax

Not Include

  • departure tax
  • items of a personal nature
  • alcoholic drinks except where mentioned above

Come with us and let us introduce you to the Guyana Birds!

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Country Facts

Information

  • Area: 214.970 sq km (about the size of the UK, a third the size of Texas and slightly smaller than Ecuador)
  • Capital: Georgetown
  • Country code: (592)
  • Electricity: 127V, 60Hz
  • Languages: English, Creole, Hindi, Urdu, Amerindian
  • Money: US$ 1 = 179 Guyanese dollars
  • Population: 698,200 (2002 estimate)
  • Time: GMT minus 4 hours
  • Tipping: 10% in restaurants and hotels if not included; none in taxis
  • Traveler's checks: Cashed at nationwide banks and cambios; commission varies
  • Visas: US$ 16 for three months; if not required, 30-day visas granted at borders.

Geography

Guyana border countries are as follows: Venezuela (North East and East), Brazil (East, South East and South), and Suriname (West). It presents a shore to the Atlantic Ocean.

Environment

From East to West, Guyana's main rivers and waterways are Demerara, Essequibo, and Berbice. All of them are flowing North. The narrow Coastal plain (4% of total land area) is home to 90% of the total population. Dutch polders reclaimed the marshy lands on the Coastal plain. It is there where most agriculture happens.

Tropical rain forest covers the interior, but in the southwestern territories. There, Guyana presents an extensive savanna between the Rupununi River and the Brazilian border.

Climate

This tropical country presents two main wet seasons. One starts in late April and finishes in early August. The other goes from November to January. Therefore, the best times for visiting the country are between January to February and August to September.

  • Families Represented: 77 out of the 92 South American Families
  • Number of Species Recorded: 825+
  • Endemic species: None
  • Spectacular species: Grey-bellied goshawk, Rufous crab-hawk, Yellow-knobbed curassow, Sunbittern, Racket-tailed coquette, Blood-coloured woodpecker, Rio Branco spinetail, Guianan red-cotinga, Dusky purpletuft, Purple-breasted and Pompadour cotingas, Crimson fruitcrow, Capuchinbird, Guianan cock-of-the-rock, Tepui manakin, Saffron-crested tyrant-manakin, Painted tody-flycatcher, Bearded tachuri, Guianan gnatcatcher, Finsch's euphonia and Great-billed seed-finch.