Guyana Tourism

Iwokrama – Purpleheart Tour

Into the woods

 

          Highlights

  • Dense rainforests
  • Hike to Turtle Mountain
  • Canopy Walk to see birds

Day 1 – Arrive at Iwokrama & Night Tour

Leave early from Georgetown via your choice of transportation to the Iwokrama River Lodge. Choose from a 4X4 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 Bback-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.

 

The perfect base to explore the rainforests
The perfect base to explore the rainforests

Day 2 – Turtle Mountain hike and camp

A trip to Iwokrama is not complete without a hike to the summit of Turtle Mountain for a stunning view of the jungle vistas. After breakfast, the journey starts with a peaceful and scenic half hour boat ride to the base of the mountain. The trek to the 290m Turtle Mountain is mildly challenging and 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 – 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! You may also be rewarded with sightings of red howler monkey, black spider monkeys and a harpy eagle!

 

After your hike you can spend the rest of your day exploring the network of trails around the Turtle Mountain Camp with your experienced guide. The area offers excellent opportunities to view howler monkeys, peccaries, arapaima, and occasionally giant river otters.

You will spend the night at the Turtle Mountain Camp, a comprehensive facility for those who wish to stay in the heart of the rainforest. The camp is located at the foot of Turtle Mountain near Paddle Rock Creek.

Day 3 – Kurupukari Falls & Canopy Walkway

After breakfast at the Turtle Mountain Camp visit the Kurupukari Falls to see the petroglyphs. These stunning works of art are estimated to be over 6,000 years old and are best seen during low-water season. Later you can visit the small Indigenous community of Fair View.

Fair View Village is a small settlement which lies a few kilometers upriver from the Iwokrama field station and is the only community located within the Iwokrama Forest. The hospitable residents of Fairview will gladly share their traditional Makushi culture and history.

After a refreshing lunch in the Fred Allicock Building, depart for Iwokrama’s famous Canopy Walkway. 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 may make an appearance. Check out the epiphytes such orchids and bromeliads, and look for the amazing parasitic ficus plant as it engulfs another tree. The region also has Greenheart trees, the Waramadan trees (endemic in Guyana only to the Iwokrama Forest) and the poisonous Aromata trees.

On your way back to the River Lodge, you may catch a glimpse of the elusive jaguar, South America’s largest cat. Spend a relaxing evening enjoying dinner overlooking the scenic vistas of the Essequibo River. Overnight at the Iwokrama River Lodge. 

Day 4 – Indian House Island & Depart Iwokrama

At dawn you can take an early morning boat trip round 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 awallows, and many more birds.

After breakfast leave the River Lodge to head north for your journey back to Georgetown, or visit other interesting tourist sites in the Rupununi area.

 

 

For more information, please contact Iwokrama River Lodge or Wilderness Explorer.

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