Best of Nature In 3 Days
Day 1 - Arrive at Iwokrama
Leave early from Georgetown via your choice of transportation to the Iwokrama River Lodge. Choose from a 4×4 vehicle for an 8 hour adventurous drive or opt for a local Guyana airlines, which will provide unparalleled views of the rainforest on your hourlong flight to the Iwokrama Forest. Arrive just in time to relax before lunch and get settled in to your room.
After lunch explore one of the nearby wildlife trails with an experienced Iwokrama guide. You will see the Mora, Soft Wallaba and Wamara trees and may be able to spot the Screaming Piha, Gray Antbird, Chestnut Woodpecker, and the Black-necked Aracari.
After dinner, cruise on the Essequibo River to spot the red-eye glares of the Black Caimans! A boat ride at night may also introduce you to other nocturnal creatures such as Tree Boas, Pacas, Nightjars, and Hyla Tree Frogs. Overnight at the Iwokrama River Lodge.
Day 2 - Turtle Mountain, Amerindian Petroglyphs
After breakfast hop onto a 30 minute boat ride to the foot of Turtle Mountain for a mildly challenging hike to its summit at 290m. This hike takes about 1-2 hours but the breathtaking views are worth the effort.
Turtle Mountain provides a gorgeous view of the top of the rainforest canopy. Visitors can gaze upon several often hazy mountain ranges, the dense emerald jungle and the mighty Essequibo River. The trails may reveal little Chachalaca, Marail Guan, Black Currassow, Squirrel Cuckoo, Black-Bellied Cuckoo, and many more wild creatures! You may also be rewarded with sightings of Red Howler Monkey, Black Spider Monkeys and a Harpy Eagle. After lunch visit the Kurupukari Falls to see the Amerindian petroglyphs. These stunning works of art are estimated to be over 6,000 years old and best seen during low water season. You can also visit the small Amerindian community of Fair View.
Return late afternoon and spend a relaxing evening enjoying dinner in the Fred Allicock Building overlooking the scenic vistas of the Essequibo River. Overnight at the Iwokrama River Lodge.
Day 3 - Indian House Island, Canopy Walkway
At dawn you can take an early morning boat trip around the Indian House Island. Keep an eye out for the butterflies, snakes and macaws as they come out to have “breakfast” on the edge of the island. This early morning trip also gives you a chance to hear the dawn songs of the five species of tinamou, Marbled Wood-quail, Band-rumped Swift, White- banded and Black-collared Swallows, and many more birds.
After breakfast leave for the Atta Rainforest Lodge and Iwokrama Canopy Walkway.If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the elusive Jaguar, South America’s largest cat. The 154 metre state-of-the-art Iwokrama Canopy Walkway offers a totally unique experience in the region and envelopes you in the jungle’s mid-level canopy through a series of suspension bridges and decks from heights of up to 30 metres. Here you’ll have the chance to see birds like the Green Aracari, Scarlet Macaw, Guianan Toucanette or Channel-Bill Toucan. Red Howler Monkeys also make an appearance. Check out the epiphytes such orchids and bromeliads, and look for the amazing parasitic ficus plant as it engulfs another tree. You can also see the Greenheart tree, the Waramadan tree (endemic in Guyana only to the Iwokrama Forest) and the poisonous Aromata tree!
After leaving the walkway you have the option to either depart heading north for your journey back to Georgetown, or to visit other interesting tourist sites in the Rupununi area. There is also the opportunity to stay overnight at the Atta Rainforest Lodge, which is situated approximately 500 metres from the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. For more information, please contact Iwokrama River Lodge.