A visit to Guyana is treasure packed– with adventure, nature and culture – all in equal and astounding measures. While the dense rainforest cover is always compared to that of the Amazon, and wildlife stalwarts are pegged against those who home in African grasslands, there are a few things that make Guyana stand above the rest. Here are some of the unique experiences of the country that will make one embrace the idea of travelling into the heart of adventure and culture.
Kaieteur Falls from a plane
The idea of visiting a waterfall may not have a high appeal amongst well-heeled travellers. But Kaieteur Falls changes that, even for the most seasoned ones. The 741 feet tall waterfall plunges down into a gorge, couched amongst cliff-sides. The magnificent curtain of water is one of the largest waterfalls of the world, even beating the Niagara on account of height and volume at its strongest. But viewing platforms are only one way to get this glorious view. What is unique about Kaieteur Falls is that you can get here by a small Cessna plane (4 to 12 seater) and get an exclusive view right in front of the falls. Most pilots swerve twice from both window sides, so everyone can get a good look and memorable photographs of this thundering sheet of water.
Guyana’s Unique Indigenous Villages
If the simple but enriching life has a high appeal for you, there is nothing better than spending a couple of days in the Indigenous villages of Guyana. Dig into crusty cassava with curry, cook-up rice and pepper pot at meal times. Then take your hammock and hang it in a breezy benab for an undisturbed sleep. While some villages are modernized, some are still hemmed in traditions. You can go hunting and fishing for your food and lend a hand in the fields to source the food. The unhurried and close to nature life is rejuvenating.
One of the most remote ranches of the world, Dadanawa, lies in South Rupununi. It was once the largest ranch of the world and still has over 5000 cattle heads. While Dadanawa might have put Guyana on the world map, the ranching lifestyle was never new to this region. The business flourished in the 1800s and continues to thrive in the savannahs. For a closer look, check into an active ranch and see the daily life of vaqueros. Over the years, casual rodeo championships made way to large events. Today the Rupununi Rodeo headlines the best of bronco sport and is shadowed by the lesser-known Saddle Creek Rodeo. A visit during the 2-day festival is an eye-opening journey into the life that is fully entrenched in ranches with action packed rodeo events.
Caiman tagging at night
One might have set eyes on many crocodiles and alligators around the world, but the caimans have a special appeal for wildlife enthusiasts. Caimans are found in the marshes, lakes and rivers of the country. Shy around humans, caimans are best spotted at night when their eyes can be seen blinking in the dark. Trained naturalists from different eco-lodges ensure that a boat safari in the waters is an exciting addition to your trip. Seeing caimans in the thick of the night is even more intriguing with their red eyes glinting above the water surface. Strong torch light and proximity can get you a good view. Of course, seeing them in the day offers a different sight. They can be seen at the banks of the rivers, still and silent – almost in comatose.
Abseiling in Mount Roraima
Roping down a vertical rock is never an easy feat. And when the height is a few thousand feet, the adventure is only greater. You can get a taste of this at Mount. Roraima where abseiling is organised by professional adventure outfits under the supervision of trained instructors. It is definitely not for the fainthearted. Ideal to satisfy the cravings of your inner adrenalin junkie, this is a one-of-a-kind experience that props the adventure reputation of Guyana amongst the highest.