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Guyana - Land of Giants

Guyana is an emerging gem in the nature and adventure tourism market. Still little known, Guyana's lush interior, criss-crossed by a myriad of rivers and cascading waterfalls, enveloped by virgin rainforest, revealed in its far-stretching savannahs and teeming with tropical wild life rivals the best nature and adventure destinations anywhere else in the world.


With a small population of 750,000 people in land space the size of Great Britain, most of its interior is uninhabited except for a scattering of Indigenous Amerindian villages and a few small towns. Because of its British colonial past, the language is English and it has very strong links with the Caribbean. Located on the north eastern shoulder of South America and one hours flight away from Trinidad and Barbados, it is the gateway to both Amazonia and the Caribbean.


Located on the north eastern shoulder of South America and one hours flight away from Trinidad and Barbados, it is the gateway to both Amazonia and the Caribbean. Located on the north eastern shoulder of South America and one hours flight away from Trinidad and Barbados, it is the gateway to Amazonia


Guyana has preserved the vast majority of its rainforest in pristine form, replete with all the creatures, big and small, who call it home. This presents an opportunity for first-hand exploration found in few other places on Earth. No touts; no tour bus traffic jams; even postcards and souvenirs are in short supply. When you visit Guyana, you encounter something that’s hard to find these days: a magnificent, untamed natural paradise.


As South America’s only English-speaking country, Guyana it also offers opportunities to engage directly with the people. Interior Guyana’s small and dispersed Amerindian population is warm and welcoming, eager to share its traditional knowledge of the rainforest and its rich treasures.The spirit of community in Guyana is strong and unmistakably evident at every turn

Why Guyana?

For its unparalleled and remarkable biodiversity, come and meet some of the endangered giants of South America, many of which are still thriving in Guyana: jaguar, giant river otter, giant anteater, giant armadillo, capybara, harpy eagle, arapaima, a water lily big enough to support a child, black and spectacled caiman, giant river turtle, false vampire bat, the bushmaster pit viper, green anaconda, and bird-eating spiders the size of a dinner plate.


More than 800 species are found here, including the coy Guianan cock-of-the-rock, the elusive rufous-winged ground cuckoo, and the critically endangered red siskin and sun parakeet. You can also see manatee, bearded saki monkeys, Brazilian tapir, river stingrays, poison dart frogs, brilliantly-coloured beetles and butterflies, and the list goes on.


Expert indigenous guides will ensure that your encounters with these magnificent creatures are as close up — or as safely distant — as possible so you can experience the intense biodiversity pulsing through Guyana’s rainforests, mountains, mangroves, and savannahs

Guyana Nature Experience - Group Tour - Ten scheduled departures in 2012

This classic group adventure takes in many of the highlights of Guyana: visit Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls before travelling to Iwokrama for jungle hikes, boat trips, the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, and the chance to see the elusive jaguar. Stay in the Makushi village of Surama before going into the savannahs in search of giant river otters, giant anteaters and black caiman.

The Guiana Experience - Group Tour - May, August & November Departures in 2012!

The Guiana Shield is a 1.7 billion year old Precambrian geological formation in northeast South America and is one of the regions of highest biodiversity in the world. The Shield has 1400 vertebrate species and 1680 bird species. The Shield is overlain by the largest expanse of undisturbed tropical rain forest in the world.  Join us as we explore the Guianas: Guyana, Suriname and an optional extension to French Guiana.  Marvel at Kaieteur Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in the world and discover one of the greatest untouched rainforests left.  This region is home to endangered species such as jaguar, giant anteater, giant river otter, tapir and so much more.  Spend time learning about the cultures of the region with visits to Amerindian and Maroon communities.  This really is an untouched and totally unique part of South America.

WHEN TO TRAVEL

You're coming to the tropics, so plan on getting wet no matter what time of year you visit! You'll experience relatively fewer weather-related inconveniences between September and May, but the so-called wetter months have their own benefits: cooler temperatures, easier river transport, different birds, etc. None of the roads in Guyana's interior are paved, so muddy conditions can impact your ground travel plans.


VACCINATION INFO

Please consult your local travel clinic as well as the Centers for Disease Control website. These are the tropics, and insect bites are an inevitability. In addition to prophylactic measures, we always recommend long sleeves, various natural and man-made repellents, and good sense. British Airways Travel Clinics offer free health advice to anyone going abroad. Visit www.britishairways.com/travelclinics for your nearest clinic. For general advice for your trip, please visit www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk


INSURANCE

Please note that travel insurance (including adequate cancellation cover) is a condition of booking, we can help arrange this for you through one of our business partners or you must arrange cover independently and we require a signed declaration from you stating that you have adequate alternative insurance for your trip.


TRANSPORT

Transport into Guyana’s largely unpopulated interior regions is by small plane, river canoe, 4X4 pickup truck, and the occasional bullock cart. Indeed, getting around is truly part of the adventure!


Outside of Georgetown, there are few roads (none of which are paved) and the small number of vehicles that ply the rugged dirt and laterite roads are, frankly, miracles of endurance and roadside maintenance. Luxury aircon Land Rovers are unheard of, as are roadside petrol stations and convenience stores. That said, the vehicles and drivers we hire are a solid and reliable lot and you can be assured that you'll get where you're going. Usually on schedule!


Guyana's real highways are its rivers, and you are likely to spend at least a day or two meandering along the Burro Burro, Rupununi, Rewa, Demerara, or Essequibo Rivers during your visit. Boats are typically open to the elements and run by a small outboard motor. The best bird spotting and wildlife viewing comes from these sinuous waterways, so be sure to come with a hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and a good camera. All boats have both a captain and spotter (to avoid snags and sandbars) and are equipped with life vests, water, and tarpaulins.


Aircraft are small but well-maintained bush aircraft with 6-12 seats: Cessna Caravans, 206's, and Norman Islanders... you might even get to sit up front with the pilot! No need to remove your shoes and you surely won't get scatter-scanned out on a dirt airstrip miles from civilization.


PASSPORT / VISA INFO

All visitors require a valid passport. The following countries do not need a visa: Commonwealth countries, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. Keep in mind that all of Guyana's neighbors - Venezuela, Brazil, and Suriname - require visas for most visitors. Those arriving by plane are required to have an onward plane ticket or documented travel arrangements. Current visa requirements should be verified as requirements can change at any time.



UK GOVERNMENT ADVICE

For up to the minute travel advice and tips, we recommend that you visit www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo.


AIRLINES

Many travellers find the best connections are through New York's JFK where both Delta Airlines and Caribbean Airlines offer direct service into Georgetown. Some prefer to fly into Bridgetown, Barbados and connect to daily LIAT or service into Georgetown. RedJet is a new carrier beginning to offer service into Guyana.

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