Guyana 2018

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Date(s) - 02/15/2018 - 03/02/2018
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Sun Parakeet Family at Karasabai

The country of Guyana is located on the northeast shoulder of South America. It is bordered by Venezuela, Brazil, Suriname and the Atlantic Ocean. The peoples of this English-speaking country are primarily a mix of East Indian (Indo-Guyanese), Afro-Guyanese and Amerindian/Indigenous Peoples.

The diversity of habitats within Guyana supports just over 800 species of birds from 72 different families. Georgetown, the capital, is located on the coast and supports 200 species of birds from 39 families alone.

In addition to its birdlife, Guyana is home to 225 species of mammals, 880 species of reptiles and amphibians and more than 6,500 species of plants.

Our 2018 Guyana Tour commences with a visit to a private property near Georgetown, our base during our stay on the coastal plain. This location on the coastal plain enables us to find and view several difficult to find species including Mouse-coloured Antshrike, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker and Crimson-hooded Manakin. We continue our birding of the coastal area by boating along the Mahaica River and walking the Abari River trail looking for Blood-coloured Woodpecker, Rufous Crab Hawk and Scarlet Ibis.

A highlight of our Mahaica River trip is the search for Guyana’s national bird, the Hoatzin, also known to the locals as the Canje Pheasant. Belonging to its own order, Opisthocomidae, Hoatzin are social birds, sedentary and vegetarian with a fermentation system similar to that of cows.

Our tour will then take us from the coast to the Surama Eco-Lodge by chartered flight with a stop on the way at the Kaieteur Falls. The view of Kaieteur Falls, the world’s largest single-drop waterfall is spectacular while the flight to the falls exposes views of the vast unbroken rainforests that make this country so desirable for birding and wildlife viewing. Surama Eco-Lodge is owned and operated by the Makushi Amerindians of Surama Village and this is where we have a chance of seeing the Harpy Eagle and a Lek of the Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock. We will also visit the Iwokrama River Lodge, located at the Iwokrama Field Station, a rainforest location and home to 500 species of birds and 200 species of mammals. Some of the birds of interest here are Capuchinbird, White-plumed Antbird and Waved Woodpecker.

Next our stay at the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway will take us 100 feet above the forest floor into the upper reaches of the forest canopy. Birds we will look for here include, Caica Parrot, Paradise Jacamar, Guianan Toucanet and Rufous-throated Antbird. Our next stop is Caiman House, home to the Black Caiman Research Center and located at Yupukari Village. Birding by boat along the Rupununi River will provide great looks at the many kingfishers, herons, egrets, storks, terns, shorebirds and raptors that are at home in this part of the country. While at Caiman House we will be treated to the interplay of seasonal wetlands and savannah, water birds and grassland birds. In addition there are good chances to see Giant River Otters, Tapir and Giant Anteaters.

While in the interior we will travel to Karasabai to see the highly endangered Sun Parakeet, to Dadanawa Ranch to see the also highly endangered Red Siskin and to the Takatu and Ireng Rivers to find the very range-restricted Hoary-throated Spinetail and Rio Branco Antbird, all of which are Guianan Shield Endemics.

Once again we will be in the very capable hands of Guyana’s premiere bird and nature guide, Ron Allicock. Ron, a Guyanan native, is a member of the Makushi tribe and lives in the village of Surama.

Guianan Cock of the Rock

Day 1. February 15th. ARRIVING IN GUYANAFollowing your arrival at Cheddi Jagan International Airport you will be transported to the Grand Coastal Inn, about a 60-minute ride. If you have arrived early in the day, you can visit the Georgetown Botanical Gardens later in the afternoon to watch a stunning array of tropical birds in this semi-urban oasis. (200 species have been recorded in this location) (Not a scheduled activity). The tour will begin this evening with an orientation meeting introducing our guide Ron Allicock followed by dinner with the group.

Overnight at Grand Coastal Inn. (D)

 

Day 2. February 16th. BOUNTY FARM / GEORGETOWN – This morning we will set off on a 40-minute drive to a privately owned farm property in the Timeri area. The farm contains gardens, trails and some wetlands, which will give us the opportunity for close views of many of the birds of the coastal region. Some of the birds we expect to find include Yellow-tufted, Blood-coloured (Guianan Shield Endemic), Chestnut and Cream-coloured Woodpeckers, 5 species of “typical antbirds” such as Mouse-coloured Antshrike and White-flanked Antwren plus Silvered, Black-throated and Spot-winged Antbirds. In addition 4 species of hummingbirds that are possible include Little, Rufous-breasted and Eastern Long-tailed Hermits plus Glittering-throated Emerald. We also have a chance of seeing the very beautiful Crimson-hooded Manakin.

After a lunch break we will visit the Georgetown Botanical Gardens, an avian stronghold in the center of the city where we expect to see Snail Kite, Limpkin, Wattled Jacana, White-bellied Piculet (Guianan Shield Endemic), Red-shouldered Macaws (Guianan Shield Endemic) and Blue and Yellow Macaws.

Overnight at Grand Coastal Inn. (B, L, D)

 

Day 3. February 17th. GEORGETOWN / MAHAICA RIVER / ABARI RIVER – This morning we will leave our hotel at 5:00 am and head eastward along the Atlantic coast to the Mahaica and Abari Rivers. A home-cooked breakfast will be enjoyed at the home of our river guide, Narish and his wife, a taste of East-Indian culture. The Mahaica River is where you will have your only chance on this tour of seeing Guyana’s national bird, the “Hoatzin”. This pre-historic bird is found in abundance along these river systems. Other birds we often see along these rivers include Black-collared Hawk, Black Hawk Eagle, Barred Antshrike, Silvered Antbird, Striped Cuckoo, Long-winged Harrier and many flycatchers and seedeaters. We have another chance to find the Blood-coloured Woodpecker while walking the trail beside the Abari River. This rare and elusive woodpecker is a species many birdwatchers visiting Guyana wish to see as it is restricted to the narrow coastal plains and is considered a Guianan Shield Endemic.

Additional birds we will be looking for today include Rufous Crab Hawk and Scarlet Ibis. This is also a chance to see “wintering” shorebirds and the many waders that feed along the coastal mudflats. We will return to Georgetown at the end of the day to rest up and enjoy dinner or perhaps enjoy a dip in the hotel pool located close to the bar.

Overnight at Grand Coastal Inn. (B, L, D)

Spotted Tody-Flycatcher

Day 4. February 18th. CHARTER FLIGHT TO KAITEUR FALLS AND SURAMA VILLAGEAfter breakfast this morning we transfer to Ogle International Airport for our flight to Kaiteur Falls and then on to the Surama Eco Lodge at Surama Village. Kaieteur Falls is the world’s highest free-falling waterfall. Though Venezuela’s Angel Falls are greater in total height, the filamentous drop occurs by stages whereas Kaieteur Falls is a single, massive, thundering cataract 100 meters wide created as the Potaro River makes a sheer drop of 228 meters / 742 feet, nearly five times the height of Niagara Falls. The spectacle is more impressive for its remoteness and it is altogether possible that we’ll be the only persons viewing it. During our visit here we hope to find Cliff Flycatcher and Rufous-crowned Elaenia, and we will visit a lek of the astonishingly colorful Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock (Guianan Shield Endemic).

After a two-hour stop at the falls our flight will continue to Surama Village where upon arrival at the airstrip we will be met and driven a short distance to the Surama Eco-Lodge.

Later this afternoon we will enjoy the comings and goings of the Yellow-rumped Cacique colony next to our rooms before birding along the forest edges and visiting a nearby Great Potoo roost. Other birds we will be looking for include Greater Yellow-headed Vulture, Scaled Pigeon, Plain-breasted Ground Dove, Golden-collared Woodpecker (Guianan Shield Endemic), Cayenne Jay and Giant Cowbird. As dusk approaches we will look for White-tailed Nightjar, Least Nighthawk, Lesser Nighthawk, Tropical Screech Owl, and Northern Tawny-bellied Screech Owl.

Overnight at Surama Eco Lodge. (B, L, D)

 

Day 5. February 19th. HARPY EAGLE TRAILToday we will spend time in a forested area known as the Harpy Eagle Trail. A sighting of a Harpy Eagle is never a sure thing but we will visit the nest site in the hope they will be in the vicinity. Other birds we are likely to see along the trail include, Painted-Tody Flycatcher, Capuchinbird, Blue-crowned Motmot, Cinnamon-rumped Foliage-gleaner, Rufous-winged Ground Cuckoo, Yellow-billed Jacamar, Short-billed Leaftosser, Guianian Red Cotinga (Guianan Shield Endemic), White Bellbird and White-plumed Antbird. Wedge-capped Capuchin Monkey is a possibility here also. After a morning in the forest with a picnic lunch we will return to the road for forest-edge birding, ending the day at the lodge. Birds we will be looking for include Mealy, Orange-winged and Blue-cheeked Parrots (Guianan Shield Endemic), Flame-crested Tanager; Slate-colored Grosbeak, Slender-footed Tyrannulet, Black-capped Becard, Ruddy Pigeon, Purple-breasted Cotinga, Golden-winged Parakeet, the recently split Guianan Puffbird (Guianan Shield Endemic) or even the rare Crimson Fruitcrow (Guianan Shield Endemic).

Overnight at Surama Eco-Lodge. (B, L, D)

 

Day 6. February 20th. BURRO BURRO RIVER. – Today at dawn we will drive through the forest to the Burro-Burro River for a quiet and skillfully guided paddle along the river, searching the banks for river-edge birds including Silvered Antbird, Black-chinned Antbird, White-browed Antbird, Coraya Wren, Buff-breasted Wren, White-banded Swallow, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Green and Rufous Kingfisher, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Blue-throated Piping Guan, Guira Tanager, Crane Hawk and Grey-headed Kite. Additional birds we hope to find include Agami Heron, Anhinga, Double-toothed Kite and Green Ibis. There is also a possibility of seeing the Bumble Bee Poison Arrow Dart Frog. We will enjoy a Picnic Lunch along the river today, enabling us to have more time exploring this seldom-birded part of the Surama territory.

The walk back to the lodge will give us a chance to find an Army Ant swarm and its attendant avian followers including, perhaps a Rufous-winged Ground Cuckoo. Other birds we have a chance of sighting include Black Currasow, Capuchinbird, Gray-fronted Dove, Blue-headed Parrot and Gray-breasted Sabrewing. On a recent tour we had wonderful looks at a Tiny Hawk and Laughing Falcon.

Overnight at Surama Eco-Lodge. (B, L, D)

Orange-winged Parrot

Day 7. February 21st. SURAMA ECO-LODGE TO IWOKRAMA RIVER LODGE

After an early breakfast at Surama we will drive through the forest to the Iwokrama River Lodge. Iwokrama River Lodge is located on the banks of the Essequibo River, the third largest river in South America. The lodge is a part of the Iwokrama Field Station, located within the Iwokrama Rainforest, a vast wilderness of one million acres.  This protected area was established in 1996 as the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development.

The road is one of the best areas for seeing Blue-cheeked Amazon and Blue-backed Tanager (Guianan Shield Endemic). We will dedicate the morning hours to birding along the road in search of the many species of cotingas that are present here. Cotingas we will be looking for include Spangled Cotinga, Purple-breasted Cotinga, Pompadour Cotinga, Guianan Red Cotinga and White Bellbird. Other birds that are possible along this road are Guianan Toucanet, Green Aracari, Crimson Topaz, Guianan Puffbird, Marail Guan, Gray-winged Trumpeter, Blue-cheeked Parrot and Caica Parrot (Guianan Shield Endemic). During our drive to Iwokrama there is a possibility for a sighting of Tapir and the very elusive Jaguar. This much sort after animal is sometimes seen walking along the road.

Depending upon our sightings at Kaieteur Falls we may also visit a Guianan Cock-of -the-Rock Lek in hopes of watching the displays of the outstanding Guianan Cock-of-the Rock. Later this afternoon we will take a boat trip out onto the Essequibo River in search of caiman and other night animals plus nocturnal birds such as Ladder-tailed Nightjar and Boat-billed Heron.

Overnight at Iwokrama River Lodge. (B, L, D)

 

Day 8. February 22nd. TURTLE MOUNTAIN – Early this morning we will take a short trail into the forest that leads to a Capuchinbird Lek. Other birds that are possible to see along this trail include Long-tailed Potoo, Black Nunbird, Spix’s Guan and Screaming Piha. After breakfast we will board our boats for an early morning excursion on the Essequibo River where Giant River Otters and Harpy Eagles are possible. Our destination is to Turtle Mountain where we will explore the trails, climbing to an elevation of about 900 feet for a spectacular view of the forest canopy below. The trail to Turtle Mountain winds its way through beautiful primary forest where we will look for Red and Black Grosbeak (Guianan Shield Endemic), Golden-sided Euphonia, Orange-breasted Falcon, Scarlet Macaw, Ornate Hawk Eagle, Cream-coloured Woodpecker and Ringed Woodpecker. The trail up the mountain is well designed with sturdy handrails to help you to walk up at your own pace. To get to the top of Turtle Mountain is a bit challenging but the view from the top is indeed breathtaking, a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to enjoy nature at its best. From the “lookout” we have a good chance to see a fly-by of King Vulture, Swallow-tailed Kite, Short-tailed Hawk and Red and Green Macaw. Mammals that can be seen here include Red Howler Monkey and Black Spider Monkey. Today we will take a packed lunch with us and will return to the lodge later in the afternoon.

Overnight at Iwokrama River Lodge.  (B, L, D

 

Day 9. February 23rd. IWOKRAMA RIVER LODGE TO ATTA RAINFOREST LODGE – This morning we will drive to Atta Rainforest Lodge and the Canopy Walkway along the Iwokrama Forest Road, once again looking for species such as White Bellbird, Pompadour Cotinga, Purple-breasted Cotinga, Blue-cheeked Amazon, Blue-backed Tanager and any other species we may have missed on our transfer from Surama to Iwokrama. Other sightings we hope for along this route include King Vulture, Plumbeous Kite, White Hawk, Gray Hawk, Bat Falcon, Gray-winged Trumpeter, Red and Green Macaw, both Painted and Golden-winged Parakeets, Fork-tailed Woodnymph and White-chinned Sapphire.

Following lunch and a rest at Atta Lodge we will bird from the Canopy Walkway. Birding from our vantage point in the canopy, 30 meters/100 feet above the forest floor, we will look for White Bellbird, Purple-breasted Cotinga, Spangled Cotinga, Dusky Purpletuft (Guianan Shield Endemic), Guianan Puffbird (Guianan Shield Endemic), and Red-necked Woodpecker (Guianan Shield Endemic). Other birds we will be looking for include Todd’s Antwren (Guianan Shield Endemic), Spot-tailed Antwren (Guianan Shield Endemic), Guianan Toucanet (Guianan Shield Endemic), Paradise Tanager, Opal-rumped Tanager, Golden-sided Euphonia, Green Honeycreeper and Black-faced Dacnis. Spix’s Guan and Black Currasow are often seen on the lodge grounds.

Overnight at Atta Lodge. (B, L, D).

 

Day 10. February 24th. ATTA RAINFOREST LODGE / CANOPY WALKWAY This morning we will walk the trails around the lodge and the Canopy Walkway searching for the many remarkable birds that make this area home, then in the afternoon after some rest we will drive to an area of Mori Scrub searching for Black Manakin and Rufous-crowned Eleania. Other species we have seen in the vicinity of Atta on past tours include Greater Yellow-headed Vulture, Green Oropendola, Channel-billed Toucan, Yellow-green Grosbeak, Green Honeycreeper, Purple Honeycreeper, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Flame-crested Tanager, Spotted Tanager, Black-tailed Tityra, Coraya Wren, MacConnell’s Flycatcher, Yellow-margined Flycatcher, White-crowned Manakin, Spot-tailed Antwren (Guianan Shield Endemic), Lineated Woodcreeper and Scale-backed Antbird.

Overnight at Atta Lodge. (B, L, D)

 

Day 11. February 25th. ATTA LODGE/DRIVE TO CAIMAN HOUSE LODGE – This morning we will drive to Caiman House Lodge birding along the way. The road we follow skirts numerous gallery forests and wetland areas offering great views of a variety of water birds including Cocoi Heron, Maguari Stork, Jabiru and possibly Pinnated Bittern, Azure Gallinule, Double-striped Thick-knee, Bicoloured Wren, Gray Seedeater, Grassland Yellow Finch, Yellowish Pipit, Crested Bobwhite, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Yellow-hooded Blackbird and the agile Aplomado Falcon. Savanna Hawk, Great Black Hawk, White-tailed Hawk, Northern Caracara and Lesser Yellow-headed Vultures are also possible. With luck we will encounter Giant Anteater and Savannah Fox.

The open grasslands eventually take us to a small area of forest and to the indigenous peoples village of Yupukari that houses the Caiman Research Station. We will settle into our rooms before lunch and then in the afternoon we will take a leisurely boat trip on the Rupununi River. Here we are likely to find kingfishers including both Green-and-Rufous and American Pygmy, the superb Agami Heron, Capped Heron, Sungrebe, Sunbittern, Pied Lapwings, Boat-billed Herons, Large-billed Tern, Black Skimmer, Pale-legged Hornero and with luck, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Spot-breasted Woodpecker and with even more luck we may come across the secretive Crestless Curassow. In addition we may be fortunate enough to see Black and Spectacled Caiman, Giant River Otter, Capybara and many species of monkeys. As a relaxing finale to our day we will enjoy watching Band-tailed Nighthawks and possibly Nacunda Nighthawk and Common Potoo. Our sunset boat expedition wraps up with a delicious and hearty dinner back at the Lodge.

Overnight at Caiman House Lodge. (B, L, D)

 

Caiman House & Research Center

At the edge of Yupukari Village in the Central Rupununi is Caiman House Field Station; a combination guest-lodge and education center focused on research and conservation projects along the nearby Rupununi River. The Field Station is the hub of several participatory development projects, including the introduction of classroom libraries in all three village schools and an Internet-enabled public library.

The black caiman research project is a convergence of professional herpetology and local knowledge. Its immediate purpose is to develop a full understanding of black caiman natural history and ecology in Guyana, still a relatively neglected topic. This project is proving to be an excellent model and vehicle for indigenous capacity building, training and education: an immersion approach that transfers skills in wildlife study and monitoring.

Other ongoing projects include the identification of Important Bird Areas (IBA) in association with the Guyana Amazon Tropical Bird Society, training local residents in field research techniques and natural resource management strategies, and a tree identification inventory to merge taxonomic indexes with indigenous knowledge and experience.

Caiman House Field Station and the Guest House are powered 24hrs a day by a large solar array. Standard U.S. electrical outlets are located in all rooms so charging equipment is easy. The entire station is served by wireless Internet access.

 

Day 12. February 26th. CAIMAN HOUSE AREA, SEARCH FOR THE CRESTED DORADITO. – This morning after an early breakfast we will go on a quest in search of seldom seen birds namely the Crested Doradito (Guianan Shield Endemic) and Bearded Tachuri (Guianan Shield Endemic), both of which like to be concealed in short grasses close to water. The rare and localized Crested Doradito was only recently discovered here and we have, with the help of local guides from Yupukari Village, a very good chance of finding it. Other species on our morning hit list include Yellowish Pipit, Pinnated Bittern, White-tailed Goldenthroat, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bicoloured Wren, Double-striped Thick-knee, Long-winged Harrier, Savannah Hawk, Crested Bobwhite, Eared Dove, White-tailed Nightjar and Burrowing Owl. This is also another chance to see the remarkable Giant Anteater and Savanna Fox.

This afternoon after lunch at Caiman House we will drive across savannah grasslands to a wetland area/oxbow lake to search for Sharp-tailed Ibis, Brazilian Teal and Maguari Stork. Other birds we hope to find include Least Grebe, Cocoi Heron, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Wood Stork, White-faced Whistling-Duck, Muscovy Duck, Glittering-throated Emerald, Green-tailed Jacamar, Brown-chested Martin and Red-breasted Blackbird/Meadowlark.

Overnight at Caiman House (B, L, D)

White-bellied Piculet, male

Day 13. February 27th. CAIMAN HOUSE / KARASABAI Today we will drive to the village of Karasabai, located near the border with Brazil, in search of the highly endangered and spectacular Sun Parakeet (Guianan Shield Endemic). This morning will be an early departure with savannah birding along the way looking for Pinnated Bittern and Double-striped Thick-knee. Other species that can be found in this area include Jabiru, Maguari Stork, Muscovy Duck, Great Black-hawk, Aplomado Falcon, Plain-breasted Ground-dove and Black-crested Antshrike. We also have another very good chance of seeing the extraordinary Giant Anteater. Following lunch at Karasabai we will explore a reliable site for the Sun Parakeets and such birds as Orange-backed troupial, Plumbeous Seedeater, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant and Yellow-breasted Flycatcher after which we will continue on to our lodgings at Manari Ranch.

Manari Ranch was one of the first ranches established in the Rupununi and still has that pioneer feel to it. It is a good location for Orange-backed Troupial. Both Amazonian Pygmy Owl and Tropical Screech Owl reside in the Mango trees next to the lodge. Tropical Kingbirds, Vermillion Flycatchers and Burnished-buff Tanagers are often seen around the lodge in addition to Red-bellied Macaw and Brown-throated Parakeet.

Overnight at Manari Ranch. (B, L, D)

 

Day 14. February 28th. DRIVE TO DADANAWA RANCH FOR RED SISKIN – This morning we will leave very early, taking a packed breakfast with us, to search for the Red Siskin (Guianan Shield Endemic), a bird highly endangered by the cage-bird trade. Other sightings we hope for during our search include the many raptors of the Savannah such as White-tailed Hawk, Pearl Kite and Savannah Hawk plus White-naped Xenopsaris, Toco Toucan (Guianan Shield Endemic), South American Snipe and Golden-spangled Piculet (Guianan Shield Endemic).

After a lunch at Dadanawa Ranch we will return to Manari Ranch birding along the way. Other birds we have seen on past trips include Grassland Sparrow, Burnished-buff Tanager, Pale-breasted Thrush, Northern Scrub-Flycatcher (Guianan Shield Endemic), Pale-bellied Tyrant Manakin, Buff-throated Woodcreeper, Red-shouldered Macaw, Brown-throated parakeet and Yellow-crowned Parrot.

Overnight at Manari Ranch. (B, L, D)

 

Dadanawa has a long, rich history that has included stints as both the world’s largest cattle ranch and virtual home base for Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, one of television’s first wildlife shows. Today, visitors can combine some cattle rustling with their birding, although naturalists often find themselves too distracted by one of Guyana’s most diverse ecosystems to get around to helping the vaqueros. Located in the savannahs of southern Guyana, Dadanawa cradles the foothills of the Kanuku Mountains, a range that is home to 70 percent of Guyana’s known mammal species and more than 50 percent of Guyana’s avifauna; it has been declared by Conservation International to be one of the few remaining pristine Amazonian habitats. Exploring the ranch and vast surroundings by Land Rover, boat, and foot offers the possibility of seeing Jabiru Storks, roosting Yellow-crowned parrots and the rare Red Siskin, a population of which was recently found in the forested mountains nearby”. Guyana Naturally.

 

Day 15. March 1st. IRENG RIVER Following an early breakfast we will travel by road to the Ireng River, a border with Brazil, in search of the very range-restricted Hoary-throated Spinetail (Guianan Shield Endemic) and the Rio Branco Antbird (Guianan Shield Endemic) Other birds that can be found along the river include, Capped Heron, Pale-legged Hornero, Guianan Warbling Antbird (Guianan Shield Endemic), Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Great Black Hawk, Red-throated Caracara, Sunbittern, Red-shouldered Macaw, Amazonian Motmot, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Flavescent Warbler and Yellow-tufted Woodpecker.

After a full mornings birding we will return to Manari Ranch for lunch and our departure to Lethem for an afternoon flight to Georgetown.

Overnight at Grand Coastal Inn, Georgetown. (B, L, D)

 

Day 16. March 2nd. RETURN TO HOME- You will be transferred to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri for your departing flight. (B)

Cost

Double Occupancy; $4,900.00
Single Occupancy;   $5,100.00

Tour Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Double or twin accommodation
  • Meals as listed
  • Snacks and water on extended day trip
  • Internal flights in Guyana
  • Transfers to and from Ogle Airport for internal flights
  • Luggage transfer by road to and from the interior
  • All road and river transfers
  • Activities as described in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • 16% VAT on all tour expenses
  • Iwokrama Forest User Fee
  • Iwokrama Canopy Walkway fee
  • Kaieteur National Park Fee
  • Surama Harpy Eagle conservation fee
  • Surama Village visitors fee
  • Yupukari Village visitors fee
  • Local birding guide, Ron Allicock
  • Local bird guides at the lodges

Not Included:

  • Breakfast and lunch on Day 1
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Departure tax (Approximately US$20)
  • International flights
  • Tourist visa
  • Emergency evacuation insurance
  • Tips
  • Excess weight on the internal scheduled flight.  In Guyana there is a 20LBS limit per passenger on internal flights plus an allowance for a small backpack containing personal items needed during the flight. You may also carry items on you such as binoculars and cameras. Weight in excess of the 20LBS limit is charged by the pound. We will transfer any additional luggage by overland carrier to our destination if necessary

Insurance

The purchase of trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.  Talon Tours cannot accept liability for airline cancellations or delays or penalties incurred by the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for this tour.

Travel Planning

You are responsible for arranging your flights to and from Georgetown.  Plan to arrive in Georgetown by evening on February 15th. Please plan departures for March 2nd or later.

Notice:

Please be advised all customers must provide us with body weights of passengers (plus binoculars and camera) booked to travel on tour in Guyana for all internal flights. Failure to provide us with this information or the incorrect information can cause delays to flights and inconvenience to other passengers and in some cases either passengers and/or luggage being taken off the flight.  To ensure a tour that is enjoyable and hassle free, it is imperative that passengers provide us with this information.  We appreciate some people are sensitive about providing their body weights, but all customers and their baggage are weighed at check-in.  This is a procedure by the airline to ensure that the weight of the load is within the payload limit for the aircraft, and neither they, Ron Allicock Birding Tours nor Talon Tours will compromise on safety.  All passengers are subject to removal of themselves or luggage from the flight if they are over the weight they provided and/or over the baggage allowance.  Passengers are advised to provide a body weight with clothing similar to that which they would expect to travel in on the flight.  Ron Allicock Birding Tours and Talon Tours cannot be held responsible for any passenger denied boarding or luggage not transported if they are over the weight provided.  Weights supplied are provided to the airline in advance to ensure the flight is within the allowable payload.



Ticket Type Price Spaces
Double Occupancy $4,900.00
Single Occupancy $5,100.00

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About Ken Wilson

Ken Wilson is the owner of Talon Tours. A native New Zealander, Ken has been leading nature and birdwatching tours worldwide since 1995. Ken has also led focused tours to many national and state parks in the western United States as well as key birding sites during migration. His passion for photography began in the early 1970’s and continues to grow. Ken is known for his easygoing manner and attention to organizational and logistical details.