Untamed and undiscovered, adventures in Guyana are accessible to everyone from travellers seeking soft adventure to those who prefer a never-ending adrenaline rush. Abseiling down steep cliff-sides, survival trips into heart of the Amazon, canoeing down caiman and piranha-filled rivers, 4X4 self-drive safaris through rugged mountains, or simply hiking and mountain biking along forested trails, Guyana has it all.
Feel absolute solitude as you trek to the Kaieteur Falls through the deep forests of Guyana. This moderately challenging 5-day trek treads through jungle bridges, creeks and over steep cliffs. The amazing view of Kaieteur Falls at the end of the trip makes this journey worth the effort. While most people fly to see the Kaieteur Falls, this trip offers views that are only seen by a few who choose to walk this rugged but stunning landscape.
Iwokrama Mountain Trail Hikes
For those who like their adventures big and bold, welcome to some of the most stunning trails in Guyana. The Iwokrama region takes avid hikers to the middle of the jungle, along creeks, through gorges and to hidden waterfalls. The waterfalls on these trails are perfectly placed for you cool off in the pools after a day of invigorating trekking. The obstacles on these trails are not only steep climbs but also fallen trees and thick shrubbery that you will need to work your way through. The Turtle Mountain and the Iwokrama Gorge Trails are the most popular in the region and will leave you feeling like Indiana Jones.
Clarence Mountains Trail
Aranaputa, at the base of the Pakaraimas, has an amazing ecotourism offering for adventure lovers. It is the starting point of the Clarence Mountain Trail that rises to 1,600 ft and is a mix of steep cliff-sides and rocky paths strewn with boulders of all shapes and sizes. On the way, a local benab is a great place to rest. The climb to the peak is really worth the effort as the stunning views of the North Rupununi Savannahs will take your breath away. This is also a perfect place for that special Instagram shot!
Panorama Nature Trail
The Panorama Nature trail isn’t your classic Rupununi hike. Instead of the endless savannahs, you have a tree-shaded rocky trail, which needs some muscle to get you up to the peak. But it’s easy enough for both first-timers and seasoned hikers. Hire a guide from nearby Rockview Lodge so you don’t miss finding out about the splendid variety of birds and plants on this route.
Here’s a trail that will get your adrenaline flowing. The Awarmie Mountain tour starts at Rewa Eco-Lodge. Don’t let the gentle 40-minute boat ride at the start fool you. The hike is no cruise. It involves a steep climb and scramble over rocky terrain. The best parts of the trail are the Makushi villages on the way where you can stop for a chat with locals. The peak offers splendid views of the surrounding forests and rivers.
Imagine standing on the top of a 3000 feet tall peak for a sweeping view of everything that Guyana has to offer – the dense virgin forests, honey coloured savannahs and views of rivers snaking their way through dense jungles. The 2-day Makarapan Trek starts from Rewa Eco-Lodge and is filled with birdwatching, wildlife spotting and the thrill of negotiating the rocky route.
With a maze of rivers and tributaries crisscrossing the country, there is no lack of river adventures in Guyana. The Essequibo, Demerara, Berbice, Rupununi and a host of other creeks and streams are the perfect setting for spending the day, hopping between islands or cruising between narrow mangroves. The tan-coloured rivers near the ocean are much clearer upstream, so you can easily spot caimans and various species of fishes. Historical forts and monuments, beautiful birds and animals along the banks are the perfect rewards when you explore Guyana by boat.
Canoeing Guyana’s rivers is the easiest way to access the depths of the forest and its inhabitants. It brings you closer to the country’s unique terrain and into the rhythm of nature. You’re closer to giant river otters, closer to howler monkeys and to birdlife, and closer to ultimate adventure. While there are plenty of short and long duration options, the Rupununi River is the most preferred. Paddling with a view of exotic birds, intense greenery and animals around is at a whole new level when you are in a canoe. You can even fish and roast your catch over an open fire for your evening meal. There are very few adventures that are so raw and that completely immerse you in the local ecosystem.
Fishing in the Burro Burro River
The scenic Burro Burro River looks like something out of a TV show! It wends along the Surama Village in North Rupununi, which is the perfect base to start your fishing trip. The river narrows and broadens along the way, with trees and creepers drooping over its edges. The caimans, fabulous birds, small mammals and river otters all compete for your attention but keep focussing on your fishing rod because you never know when you might land the biggest fish of your life.
The moniker of ‘Land of Many Rivers’ is especially relevant for anglers who travel to Guyana. The country has over 1800 species of fish, including the largest freshwater fish, the arapaima, and scores of others like the payara, arowana, himara and lukanani. Cast your line during one of the two main fishing seasons – February to April and September to November – for a good catch. The Essequibo River, Kurupukari River, Abary River, Mahaica Creek, Simoni Pond, Luri Creek, Rewa, Apoteri, Rupununi and Burro Burro River are the most popular fishing locations.
If you love taking the wheel and heading out to where the asphalt ends, then a 4X4 safari in Guyana is just the adventure for you! The annual 4X4 Safari is an 8-day self-drive through the Pakaraimas, covering far-flung villages, passing waterfall-laden streams and through deep-set forests, but also vast emptiness. See life in isolated mountain-top villages and meet their friendly inhabitants.
Ditch the wheels for the last leg of the trip and hike to the beautiful Orinduik Falls on the Brazilian border. Hang your hammock in the trees and gaze at the star-filled skies at night. It’s your chance to meet like-minded adventure enthusiasts as everyone meanders from Georgetown to Lethem just in time for the annual Rupununi Rodeo.
The South Rupununi Safari is equally extraordinary for its savannah-skirting route. The remote terrain takes participants to Wapishana villages, Shea Mountain and the 6,000-year-old petroglyphs of Aishalton.
Looking for more adventure? Hop on a motorbike or ATV and join one of the Savannah Drives hosted by Super 7 Group Adventures. This more intimate safari experience carries you through and into many indigenous villages of Guyana where you can get to know how the locals live.
Enjoy action packed adventure and gorgeous views of the surroundings as you rappel down steep cliff-sides of the Kaieteur Falls. In the company of the stunning waterfall, it’s likely that you’ll forget all about your fears and just admire the views. Besides, you’ll have trained guides close at hand to train and help along the way. Strap up, get briefed and push aside your fear for an exhilarating adventure.
Don’t leave Guyana until you face your fear of spending the night in the Amazon. Surviving in one of the most remote and wildest jungles on earth requires special skills and true courage. Jungle survival camps in the Iwokrama and Rupununi forests of Guyana are one of the ultimate adventures. Get trained by the local survival expert and then, armed with nothing but a machete, pit yourself against everything that nature can throw at you. Join the league of survivors, including ones on international reality shows, that were shot in the same locations.
Living the Ranch Life
The Rupununi region in the belly of Guyana is the country’s answer to the American Wild West. A historic area, it has been home to some of the world’s largest and oldest cattle ranches. The tradition still exists and fortunately you can be a part of it. Stay at one of the working ranches and saddle up to help the vaqueros shepherd the cattle from horseback, clean, feed and milk them and work in the adjoining farms. It is the best way to fully remove yourself from city life and see the workings of a ranch while improving your horse-riding skills in the process.