Guyana Rainforest & Beach
Baganara Island is one of Guyana’s private island, located south of Bartica, once a trading post during the gold mining era. Located at the confluence of Essequibo and Mazaruni Rivers, it is about 80km upstream from Georgetown. The Baganara Island Resort, with just 17 rooms overlooks the slow flowing Essequibo River, where watersports activities including kayaking is undertaken. Hiking nature trails are available into the rainforest around the resort. There is a nice beach near the resort.
Arrive in Georgetown and transfer to Baganara Island deep in the rainforest. There is a pristine white sand beach set against the backdrop of rainforest to unwind. Alternatively, go canoeing, fishing, kayaking or trekking in the rainforest. Journey into the rainforest to another resort, operated as an expression of Amerindian culture. Activities include cassava bread making, wabani expedition, canoeing, spear fishing and jungle hikes that reflect their traditional lifestyle.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 7-DAY GUYANA RAINFOREST ADVENTURE…
And, explore its wildlife; Howler monkeys, Scarlet macaws and Jaguars.
The water of Kaieteur, one of the worlds natural wonders, flows over a sandstone conglomerate tableland into a deep gorge – a drop of 822 feet or 5 times the height of Niagara Falls. See if you can spot the tiny Golden Frog which spends its entire life in the world’s largest bromeliads in this unique micro environment. You may also see the famous flights of the Kaieteur Swifts or Makonaima Birds which nest under the vast shelf of rock carved by the centuries of water, hidden behind the eternal curtain of falling water.
Baganara Island is located five miles south of Bartica, at the junction of where the Essequibo and Mazaruni Rivers meet. The island allows lots of space to relax and be alone at one with nature. Alternatively, there is the opportunity to undertake a variety of activities. These can range from water sports like canoeing, fishing, water skiing and kayaking to exploring one of the nature trails into the rainforest. However you decide to spend your time, the pristine white sand beach set against the backdrop of the rainforest provides the perfect environment to unwind.
Located within the Santa Mission and on the banks of the Kamuni Creek, this eco-friendly nature resort has plenty of activity options. The resort itself, with four self-contained cabins and one large central building, is designed and operated as an expression of Amerindian culture. While the mountain biking, surf biking and pedal boating may not be reflections of Amerindian culture, the cassava bread making, wabani expedition, canoeing, spear fishing and jungle hikes are more reflective of their traditional lifestyle. Close to Georgetown, it’s a good location for a day or one-night trip to enjoy a bit of nature without leaving many of the creature comforts behind.
There are no direct flights to Guyana from the UK; all flights from Europe are routed through the Caribbean, Suriname or the USA. There are daily direct (via Trinidad) and non-stop flights from Miami and New York City to Georgetown. It’s possible to fly from Europe to Guyana via Trinidad or Barbados, hence it is easier to combine a Caribbean stay with your trip to Guyana.
Travelling from South American countries to Guyana (except Suriname and northern Brazil) is difficult. As strange as it sounds, all flights entails transferring through Trinidad, Barbados or the USA.
Guyana Rainforest Adventure
Georgetown, Baganara Island, Santa Mission
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Georgetown Meet and greet in Guyana and transfer to Georgetown.
Overnight at Cara Lodge.
Day 2 – Flight over Kaieteur Falls
Baganara Island Transfer to the airport for your flight over endless rainforest before reaching the spectacular Kaieteur Falls. Continue to the Brazilian border and bathe in the natural jacuzzi formed when the Ireng River thunders over solid Jasper at Orinduik Falls.
Return flight to Baganara Island.
Baganara is pre-eminent among the three hundred and sixty-five islands in the mighty Essequibo River. This wonderful little island paradise has one hundred and eighty-seven acres of lush green foliage and colourful tropical flowers. Located five miles south of Bartica, it is the gateway to the unspoilt rainforest of Guyana and the junction where the great Essequibo and Mazaruni Rivers meet. You’ll have lots of space to relax, romance or just be alone, at one with nature. Enjoy the view from your balcony or take a long walk along the pristine white sand beach as the cool river waters gently lap at its shores.
Overnight at Baganara Island Resort (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Boat Trip to Marshall Falls
Baganara Island This morning enjoy a boat trip to Bartica, Kyk-over-al and Marshall Falls A boat trip on the Essequibo and Mazaruni Rivers leads to Marshall Falls, here you can bathe in a natural Jacuzzi. Hike through the forest to two smaller waterfalls, both perfect for a jungle swim. On your return visit Kyk-Over-Al, the ruins of a Dutch fort and Bartica, a mining township.
Afternoon you can answer the call of the wild along our jungle walk, where you'll find many different species of flora and fauna or you can try your hand at a variety of other outdoor activities including canoeing, fishing, water skiing, volleyball, table tennis, riding wave runners, or simply sunbathing and swimming.
Overnight at Baganara Island Resort (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Nature & Birdwatching
Arrowpoint Nature Resort Transfer by boat along the Essequibo River to Rod-en-Rust and then by vehicle along the coast and cross the Harbour Bridge. Then continue your journey to the Arrow Point Marina, aboard a boat for a river journey from the Demerara River, into the black waters of the meandering Kamuni Creek.
Overhanging jungle vegetation eventually gives way to wide open savannahs. We will stop for a guided tour of the Amerindian village of Santa Mission, including a visit to their craft centre.
Afterwards we continue our river journey to the picturesque Arrowpoint Nature Resort. Here we’ll birdwatch in late afternoon, watching for flocks of Red-bellied Macaws crossing the sky en route to their roosts, and perhaps seeing an evening gathering of euphonias and other tanagers in low trees of the clearing. Sapphire-rumped Parrotlets occasionally roost in the area. Dinner is served under the stars with the delight of the sounds of the night creatures.
Overnight at Arrowpoint Nature Resort. (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Hike, Bike or Boat
Arrowpoint Nature Resort Today you can relax, swim, take a pedal boat out on the creek and find a good spot for fishing. Or journey through the rainforest by mountain bike or hike to Maburi Junction with an opportunity to observe wildlife, including a visit to the Bell Bird calling site. A birding activity by canoe is conducted in the late afternoon.
Overnight at Arrowpoint Nature Resort (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Culture Tour
Arrowpoint Nature Resort Explore the smaller jungle creeks by canoe with our experienced Amerindian guides. After lunch you will witness a demonstration for making “Cassava Bread”. Tonight will be a farewell dinner on the beach.
When the sun goes down, the beach is transformed into a festival of lights provided by traditional mounted flambé and a spectacular large bonfire. An indigenous atmosphere is created as a mouth watering three course dinner is served buffet style on the beach
Overnight at Arrowpoint Nature Resort (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Transfer
Georgetown Transfer by boat on Demerara River and then vehicle to Georgetown for a Georgetown City Tour
Overnight at Cara Lodge (B, L)
Day 8 – Depart
Georgetown Take a private transfer to the airport and connect with your onward flight.(B)
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Overview Guyana meaning ‘land of many waters’ is aptly named because of its profusion of navigable rivers, creeks, and other bodies of water. These mighty rivers provide essential highways into the rainforest and jungles of the interior that man has made little impact. Today Guyana remains one of the world's most exciting destinations for adventuresome travel and exploration.
Guyana is for the adventurer; it is an eco-tourist’s dream. It is a country where nature has placed its greatest riches. It is a part of the world where you feel the beauty of the nature whisper across your heart. Discover an experience never to be forgotten. Discover the extraordinary wilderness of Guyana.
Where to go The picturesque capital, Georgetown with the 19th-century colonial buildings and charming green boulevards laid out along the lines of the old Dutch canals is a reminiscent of Guyana’s centuries as a Dutch, and then a British colony. While the locals live in striking wooden houses supported on stilts, they have built an imposing St. George's Cathedral, the tallest wooden building in the world.
For many visitors to Guyana, trip highlights will revolve around the interior and its pristine nature, lack of crowds, welcoming locals, traditional villages and the overall sense of stumbling upon an undiscovered secret. The rainforest and savannas will be a highlight as a whole, but there are some gems that will stand out.
One of the most spectacular sights to be seen in the interior is the towering Kaieteur Falls along the Potaro River, five times the height of Niagara. You can also visit the striking beauty of the Orinduik Falls, the Marshall Falls, the Kaieteur Gorge and remote Mount Roraima - the inspiration for Conan Doyle's Lost World.
The Burro Burro River trip at Surama will offer fishing for piranha and paddling dugout canoe trip to Rewa and paddling alone on Grass Pond at sunset a breathtaking experience. And at Wowetta, take an easy hike through pristine primary forest to watch bright orange male Guianan cock-of-the-rocks compete for the females’ attention by dancing on the forest floor.
Many Amerindian villages throughout Guyana are looking to tourism as a way to generate much-needed income. This entails everything from a participatory black caiman research project and nature hikes to eco-lodges and community tours to locally made products. Relive the days of the Wild West on a cattle drive at Dadanawa. Join the Amerindian cowboys as they bring the cows home for branding and castration.
When to go Guyana, along with Surinam and French Guiana have coastlines on the Atlantic, which are open to the influence of the moist northeast trade winds bringing the heaviest rains in the months of May to June and November to January with an average rainfall of about 90 inches.
The best time to visit Guyana is during the dry season that occurs between February-April and July-November. The temperature variation along the coast is between 20 to 33.8 degrees centigrade. Late August is a good time to see Kaieteur Falls, as the discharge of water over the falls is greatest.
Inland in the higher plateaux areas there is less rainfall and generally there is a single rainy season from April to September, although all months get some rain. Daytime temperatures and humidity are lower than on the coast during the drier months, so the climate here is more comfortable.
Visa British nationals do not need visas to visit Guyana. Visitors are generally given 30 days to remain in Guyana, but extensions can usually be obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Georgetown.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Guyana.
Check entry requirements with the Guyana High Commission in London before you travel.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk