Guyana Tourism

North Rupununi

North Rupununi

north rupununi

Witness untamed wildlife in the rainforests

North Rupununi offers many travellers their first glimpse of the incredible untouched rainforests of Guyana. Hop between community-owned and operated eco-lodges located throughout the forested landscape, or find yourself in the middle of golden savannahs within just a few kilometres. Slow down and match rhythms to the beat of village life as you explore winding nature trails and enjoy the region’s pristine views and vibrant culture. At night, you can retreat to one of the naturally built accommodations, or get your hammock out and spend it below the Milky Way!

Eco-Lodges

The iconic eco-lodges of North Rupununi will make you irreversibly fall in love with Guyana. The varied scenery and wildlife attractions in each lodge gives you ample reason to experience several of them during a single trip. Karanambu Lodge offers a peek into life of Diane McTurk, the legendary river otter conservationist. Caiman House’s caiman tagging river trips in Yupukari are a real adrenaline rush and educational at the same time, while the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway found at Atta Lodge is a must-do for all birdwatchers.

A short distance down Atta Lodge is the Iwokrama River Lodge where you can experience hiking the breathtaking Turtle Mountain.  Surama and Rewa Eco-Lodges are based on community driven tourism, where the indigenous villagers manage and operate all tourism activities. More than anything else, both amateur nature lovers and seasoned wildlife enthusiasts will relish learning from the “PhD’s of the forest”.

Atta Lodge
Atta Lodge

Village life in the Rupununi

Ever tried eating crunchy farine made of cassava, caught a fish using a bow and arrow, or slept in a hammock? If not, then this is your chance to check these off your bucket list. Bring along your hammock and experience local life in the villages. Stay in breezy benabs (thatched huts), dig into steamy pepper pots or stroll around villages to experience the relaxed life of Rupununi. You can witness the locals engage in craft making, cassava bread making or even visit a village farm.  Of course, you can add a little action with nature trails, hikes or just a swim in a creek to cool off. 

It’s amazing how the simple villages of Rupununi offer such a spectacular and unforgettable experience. However, permission from the village should be sought before you enter.

Village Life in Rupununi
Village life in Rupununi
 

South And Central Rupununi

South And Central Rupununi

South And Central Rupununi

Endless rustic charm

How to make the most of your trip to Guyana? The easiest answer would be, ‘Visit Rupununi’. A dose of deep jungles and savannahs of North Rupununi offers only a glimpse of what’s to come. South and Central Rupununi offer travellers unending tracts of wilderness, unique animals and birds, along with an authentic taste of ranch life. Every hill and riverside throws up breathtaking scenery and the best way to take it all in is to travel slowly and to savour nature’s bounty.

Lethem and Around

Located at the border with Brazil, the town of Lethem is home to the annual Rupununi Rodeo that takes place on Easter weekend. The red laterite roads flanked with golden brown savannahs, massive termite hills and rainforests, make for a truly picturesque location. Use Lethem as the base to explore cattle-filled ranches, community led eco-lodges and indigenous villages. The wildlife here is equally unique, giant anteaters, red siskins, giant anacondas and a host of other animals and birds, makes this region an amazing place for wildlife enthusiasts.

Rupununi Rodeo

If you haven’t already, add this to your wish list right away! Watching a vaquero show off his skills of saddle bronc or bareback riding will take you back to memories of films about the American Wild West. The two-day event is a throbbing party of cowboy hats and boots, beer and rodeo events that will enthral you. The Rupununi Rodeo is followed by the lesser-known Saddle Creek Rodeo which takes place a day later. It’s a great way to extend an epic weekend and watch more barrel racing, tie down roping and, bull and horse riding.

Living The Ranch Life

Dust off your cowboy hat and boots, and saddle up! This is going to be a ride of a lifetime. Check-in at some of the oldest and most iconic working ranches in the South Rupununi to experience life in a typical cattle farm. Dadanawa used to be the largest ranch in the world at one point in time. The vast verdant landscape, vegetable gardens and cassava farmlands and the bounty of organic foods truly celebrate the fertile Rupununi landscape.  Riding into the sunset may be on your mind but if you are staying here, then plan to get dirty – herd the cows back, clean them and feed the pigs and poultry.  The ranch life is authentic as it gets on a trip to Guyana. 

 

Living The Ranch Life
Living The Ranch Life

Get Lost in the South

Come back with some tremendous memories from the South Rupununi. Your list could include the “999-steps” hike to the Mountain plateau at Moco Moco Village, to dipping your travel-weary feet in the cool waters of Kumu Falls. In the deep south, Konashen offers close encounters with wildlife and birds and if you are lucky, you may be able to spot the iconic jaguar. This was Guyana’s first community owned and protected region where visitors can enjoy primary evergreen forests and golden savannahs, and an astounding variety of wild creatures.  The rugged beauty and rustic charm of Rupununi is at full display here, so be sure to have time on your hands to take in all in.

 

View from the 1000-step Moco Moco Mountain
View from the 1000-step Moco Moco Mountain

Natural Wonders

Natural Wonders of Guyana

Natural Wonders

Welcome back to nature

The hinterland of Guyana with its expansive primary rainforest and rugged mountain ranges, is the main draw for visitors to the country. Incredible wildlife majestic jungles, remote forests, rugged terrain and faraway villages all add a sense of mysticism to the land. This region of the world is ideal for intrepid travellers longing to explore the jungle on foot, canoe down the seldom-travelled rivers or cross the vast golden savannahs on an epic 4X4 safari drive. With surprises around every bend, Guyana is where your next adventure lies.

Mountains

Guyana is blessed with four extraordinary mountains ranges. Rising 9,200 feet above sea level and shrouded in clouds, the flat top Mount Roraima makes you feel on top of the world. Geologically part of the Guiana Shield, the Pakaraima Mountains on the western edge of Guyana is the point of origin for many rivers, which form some of the most picturesque waterfalls. The Pakaraimas also offer the perfect setting for one of the most epic 4X4 expeditions in the world! Adventurers from across the globe visit the region to drive their 4X4 vehicles on week-long safaris across this diverse terrain. The adventurous days are perfectly complemented by the calm and tranquil nights, filled only by the sounds of nature around you and stories of some of the villages you meet along the way. 

The dense green rainforest of the Iwokrama Mountains make up the heart of Guyana’s highland region. When exploring, you never know what wildlife you will come face to face with – so remain alert! The 3000-foot tall Kanuku Mountains in the south is one of the best place to go wildlife spotting in Guyana’s Rupununi.  With more than 150 mammals and a bewildering number of birds, the Wapishana name of Kanuku, meaning ‘forest’, truly suits these mountains.

 

Kanuku Mountains
Kanuku Mountains

Waterfalls

The majestic Kaieteur Falls will leave you awestruck. For most people is the highlight of their trip to Guyana! Following the course of the Potaro River, the Falls tumbles down 741 feet. Almost five times as tall as Niagara and twice as tall as Victoria Falls, Kaieteur is considered to be one of the most powerful single drop waterfalls in the world.  That is why it has been rated #2 in the World’s Top 100 Highest Rated Waterfalls list. Your journey with Kaieteur Falls starts with an aerial view as your aircraft circles over the Falls and National Park before landing. The short nature trail with three vantage points affords you breathtaking views of the Falls, each better than the last and all a part of a one-in-a-lifetime experience. For these seeking a little more adventure, you can never go wrong with the 4-5-day overland trek to the Falls.

 

Orinduik Falls in the Pakaraimas is a wide, multi-tiered series of cascades. The Ireng River on the border with Brazil comes thundering over red jasper rock terraces making an impressive waterfall, one that is a highlight of any trip to the interior.

 

Located in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region and considered to be the sister waterfall to Kaieteur, Kumarau Falls has a spectacular sheer drop of 620 feet. Other spectacular falls include the 525-foot King George VI Falls and Amaila Falls, which drops over a series of cascades totaling around 1,200 feet.

 

 Orinduik Falls
Orinduik Falls
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