Undiscovered by many, adventures in Guyana are accessible to everyone from travellers seeking soft adventure to those who prefer an adrenaline rush. From hikes, treks, and mountain biking and paddling excursions suited for all levels of fitness, to jungle survival trips into the heart of the Amazon, caiman tagging, mountain climbing, and 4×4 safaris though Guyana’s rainforest and mountains, Guyana is yours to explore.
Hikes & Treks
Guyana’s mountains, rainforests and golden savannahs make up the ideal landscape for some of the most amazing hikes and treks you will find in South America. If you are an experienced hiker, try the more challenging ones like Makarapan Mountain or the Kaieteur Overland Tour. For those who want similar experiences but with less grit, then Guyana has got you covered with more soft adventure hikes like the Iwokrama Forest Trail, Surama nature hike and Saddle Mountain trail.
If you love heading out where the asphalt ends and exploring double track trails, then a safari in Guyana is just want you need. Guyana’s many trails are ideal for an off-road adventure via 4×4 vehicles or dirt bikes. Don’t worry if you’re not into self-guided excursions. The country has five major safari events each year, where expert-led caravans explore different rugged regions over several days or weeks. Pit stops in Indigenous villages, riverside camps and eco-lodges are some of the major highlights that give you a glimpse into local life in the remote pockets of Guyana.
With a maze of rivers and creeks crisscrossing the country, there is no lack of river adventure in Guyana. Many of the waterways are perfect for canoeing, kayaking, island resort hopping and river trips. Most are used as trade and transportation routes as well. And some have only been explored by Indigenous peoples and a few of Guyana’s most adventurous outfitters.
The South Rupununi region of Guyana is the country’s answer to the Wild West. A historic area, it has been home to some of the world’s largest and oldest cattle ranches. The local vaquero (cowboy) culture and traditions still exist and, fortunately, you can be a part of it. Stay at one of the working ranches and saddle up to the help the vaqueros shepherd the cattle from horseback, clean and feed them, and work in the adjoining farms. It is the best way to temporarily detach yourself from city life and enjoy a different pace of life and the serenity of a working ranch, while improving your horse-riding skills.
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The moniker of ‘Land of Many Waters’ is especially relevant for anglers who travel in search of the world’s largest fish. Guyana has over 900 species of fish, including the largest scaled freshwater fish in the world – the arapaima – and scores of others like the payara, pacu, tarpon, bashu, chimara and lukanani. Fishing for most of these, especially protected species like the arapaima, is strictly catch and release in Guyana.