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GUYANAS TOUR

A travel experience like no other into these three incredible countries of Guyana, Surinam and French Guiana

Guyanas Tour

Guyana, Surinam and French Guyana lie on the northern border of South America. They me be of the smallest countries of South America but offer up a wealth of sights and some of the most incredible nature scenes on earth. They are a bird lovers paradise. Situated on the north-east corner of the South American continent, Guyana stretches 450 miles from its long Atlantic coastline into dense equatorial forest and the broad savannah of the Rupununi.

Guyana is dominated by many rivers, including the Demerara, the Berbice and the Essequibo, which provide essential highways into the rain forests and jungles of the interior.

Suriname is known for its pristine rainforest, exotic plants and animals, wild rapids, large rivers and stunning mountainous areas in the southern part of the country. Dark creeks run through the savannas where white sandy grounds contrast intensely with green trees while palms and huge forest giants in different sorts and colors decorate the magical panorama of the jungle.

With nearly 31,000 square miles (8 million hectares) of virgin forest, most classified as protected areas, and an exceptionally rich natural heritage consisting of some 1300 types of trees, 190 species of mammals, 720 species of birds, and 480 species of fish, French Guiana remains one of the last great wilderness areas to explore.

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AT A GLANCE
  • 9 day tour 
  • Georgetown city tour
  • Kaieteur Falls
  • Paramaribo city tour
  • Ile Royale Devil's island tour
  • Arianne space centre

Guyanas Overview

Friday: Arrival in Guyana. 
Saturday: Georgetown city tour (BL) 
Sunday: Kaieteur Falls (BL) Morning flight to Kaieteur Falls. 
Monday: Paramaribo, Suriname Paramaribo city tour: (B) 
Tuesday: To French Guiana (BL) 
Wednesday: Devil's Islands tour (BL) 
Thursday: Arianne Space Centre (BL) 
Friday: Paramaribo, Suriname (B) 
Saturday: Departure 

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GUYANAS ITINERARY

Friday: Arrival in Guyana. 

Arrive in Guyana, a nature lover's gem, waiting to be discovered. It is known as the land of many waters and the giants of the world; among them, the mighty Essequibo river, Giant Arapaima fish, Harpy eagle, the Anaconda, Giant Otters, Black Caiman, Jaguars and more. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight.            

Saturday: Georgetown city tour (BL)

Georgetown was called Longchamps by the French, and Stabroek by the Dutch. It is a city full of historical monuments, many of them gracious colonial buildings which are still used today. It is known as the 'Garden City of the Caribbean's. Wide tree lined avenues and beautiful architecture, ranging from Gothic to Elizabethan, are evident as you drive along Main Street , High Street and Brickdam. St Georges Cathedral is the tallest freestanding wooden building in the world and was consecrated on 1892. Picturesque City hall was completed in 1889. St Andrew's Kirk is the first church built in Guyana over 139 years ago ( completed in 1818). The Victorian Law courts built in 1887, Stabroek Market, Parliament building (built in 1834) are also many of the fine examples of colonial architecture. Our visit also includes the Umana Yana, Prime Minister's Residence, and State House built in 1845 as the governor's residence, the Walter Roth Museum with its display of Amerindian artifacts, the national museum, the Botanical and zoological gardens . The bustling and colourful markets of Bourda, Stabroek and Kitty are some of the city's prized landmarks. We will stop for a light snack at the breezy resort along the Atlantic ocean before continuing to the longest floating bridge in the world.    

Sunday: Kaieteur Falls (BL)

Morning flight to Kaieteur Falls. See the majestic 740 ft natural wonder from different vantage points. Spend 2 hours at the falls. Picnic lunch and afternoon return. Transfer to hotel.                                             

Monday: Paramaribo, Suriname Paramaribo city tour (B)

6:00 am transfer to airport for flight to Paramaribo Suriname. 8:00 am departure.10:00 am arrival in Paramaribo. Met by our representative and transfer to hotel for check in. Afternoon city tour of Paramaribo, including guided tour by bus along the most prominent historic locations in the city center with outstanding architecture. The  visit includes Fort Zeelandia, Palmentuin (Palm Garden, the Waterkant and the Central Market. Return to hotel. Rest of afternoon free to visit the Casino or shop for Souvenirs. Return to Torarica Hotel and Casino for overnight.  

Tuesday: To French Guiana (BL)

Morning transfer to Albina by air conditioned car. This is a one and a half hour drive to Crossing to be made and then transfer to Kourou. Transfer to Mercure Atlantis for 2 nights.                     

Wednesday: Devil's Islands tour (BL)

Transfer to Ile Royale for your Devil's island tour. Fourteen kilometres north of Kourou, Devils Islands (formerly known as the Triangle Isles) comprise three islands: Royale (28 ha), Saint-Joseph (20 ha) and Devil's island (14 ha). Your English guide will escort you to Ile Royale for a spot presentation detailing the history of the islands that make up the penal settlements. See Devil's Island from the Auberge and learn about the legend behind "Papillon". Learn about Dreyfus and about the French Guiana colonial era. Visit the ruins of the penal settlement-cells dating back to 1847. Visit Joseph Island. Late afternoon return to hotel.         

Thursday: Arianne Space Centre  (BL)

Transfer to Arianne space centre. Bus shuttle to the main installations and get to know more about the space program. Return to hotel and departure by  noon for Paramaribo. Packed lunch will be provided. Transfer to Torarica Hotel and Casino for overnight.     

Friday: Paramaribo, Suriname - Georgetown, Guyana (B)

Fly to Guyana and transfer to Le Meridien Pegasus for overnight.            

Saturday: Departure

Transfer to airport for your flight.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time of year to go to Surinam?

Its equatorial location and low altitudes ensure that Suriname has a typically hot, sunny and moist tropical climate. The best time to visit Suriname is during the relatively dry months of February to March and August to November, and the worst time is during the wettest months of May to August, when the interior in particular is prone to flooding and the already limited road network becomes even more flooded

What is Surinam like in the more rural areas?

As soon as your head any distance from town and you’ll find yourself in pretty much wilderness. Bear in mind that more than 85% of Suriname’s surface area yet supports fewer than 60,000 people, not even 10% of the national population. The southern hinterland of rainforest and savannah is largely unspoiled, and 13% of the country is now under official environmental protection.

How do we get to Kaiteur falls?

Most people reach Kaieteur Falls for a day trip, by flying to Kaieteur International Airport. Kaieteur Falls tour operates on chartered flights which require a minimum of 9 persons. Weekends are the most popular days for this tour. However, if we are unable to fill the seats or find another operator to take you, we will reschedule the flight. We retain the right to reschedule the trip to another day during your stay even if it means doing it in combination with a waterfall or resort- any other option which is possible will be explored. In case any of the options are not possible, we will refund fully for the particular tour

What is the best time to go to the rainforest?

May and early June are the best time to visit the Amazon. During these months, the river levels are still high enough for exploration by boat

Do we need travel insurance?

Yes you do. We do not recommend travelling without it and require it for our tours. Accidents, medical emergencies, travel delays or other problems can occur in any country and the resulting costs can be significant. Here is  a link if you do not already have your own preferred provider. 


What plug converters do I need in Guyana?

In Guyana, the common voltage is 240V and frequency is 60Hz. The plugs and sockets are of the A/B/D/G type.

What is Devil's Island?

The penal colony of Cayenne (French: Bagne de Cayenne), commonly known as Devil's Island (Île du Diable), was a French penal colony that operated for more than 100 years, from 1852 to 1953, in the Salvation Islands of French Guiana. 

The only way to and from the islands was by boat, and that hasn't changed. In Kourou, about an hour drive from Cayenne on highway N1, you can catch one of the many boat companies to Île St. Joseph and Île Royale. Access to Devil's Island, where the political convicts were held, is strictly forbidden.