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ENDLESS GUYANAS

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

Guyanas Endless Tour

Guyana, Surinam and French Guyana lie on the northern border of South America. They may 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
  • 14 day tour 
  • Starts in Guyana
  • Karanambu Ranch & Giant Otters
  • Former Dutch Colony of Paramibo
  • Joden Savanna- a former Jewish settlement
  • Commewijne River cruise
  • Visit Ile Royale
  • Arianne Space Centre

Endless Guyanas Overview

Day-1- Arrival in Guyana
Day-2 - Kaieteur Falls Excursion & City tour
Day-3- Karanambu Ranch & Giant Otters 
Day-4 - Karanambu Ranch 
Day-5 - Transfer to Sloth Island Reserve 
Day-6 -Sloth Island/Mazaruni River 
Day-7 - Return to Georgetown 
Day-8 - Guyana/Surinam 
Day-9 - Paramaribo/ French Guiana 
Day-10 -Boat trip to Ile Du Salut 
Day-11 - Arianne Space Centre 
Day-13 - Joden savanna an Maroon village tour 
Day-14 - Return flight 

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ENDLESS GUYANAS ITINERARY

Day-1- Arrival in Guyana:-                                             

Arrival in Guyana, Cheddi Jagan International Airport, South America's only English speaking country. Guyana is 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, mighty Harpy eagle, the Anaconda, Giant Otters and Jaguars. You are privately transferred to your hotel. Overnight.     

Day-2 - Kaieteur Falls Excursion & City tour:-

Morning departure  to airport for our chartered flight to Kaieteur Falls. Kaieteur National Park is situated on the Guiana Shield, a plateau that is one of the world's oldest and remotest geological formations. The entire National Park is located within one of the largest and most biodiverse rainforests in the world. The park is home to the tiny golden frog which spends it entire life in the large tank bromeliads; white-chinned and white-collared swifts; red and green macaws, Morpho hecuba, South America's largest butterfly, the Ocelot, the Cock-of-the Rock, tapirs, otters, agoutis, bush dogs, and many more. This natural wonder has a sheer drop of 741 feet and is 5 times the height of Niagara Falls . After a fascinating tour of Kaieteur falls, we return to Georgetown and enjoy a city tour of Georgetown 

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'. 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.              

Return for overnight. (BL)

Day-3- Karanambu Ranch & Giant Otters

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Karanambu. Karanambu is one of Guyana's leading eco tourism destinations, popular because of the well-publicized interest of its owner, Diane McTurk, in conserving the endangered giant river otter.  She has since passed away. Located in the Rupununi, Karanambu offers rustic but comfortable accommodations. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge. (BLD)                                             

 Remainder  of the day at leisure  

Day-4 - Karanambu Ranch

You will sample activities such as: bird watching, canoeing, caiman spotting and wildlife viewing. The possibilities are endless and the best part is that most options are included in this tour. Birdlife is rich and varied; both on the savannah and more along the rivers and ponds. On our guided tours we will most likely see the big birds- Jabiru stork, the Great Egret, the Agami Heron and the Great Blue Heron- as well as different species of Kingfishers. As we move into the ponds we see the Green Ibis, Snowy Egrets, Boatbill heron, the Purple Gallinule and the Wattled Jacana both stepping on the large Victoria Amazonian lilies. Overnight at Karanambu Lodge (BLD)      

Day-5 - Transfer to Sloth Island Reserve

Today, you head to the town of Parika, driving over the Demerara River, Guyana's second largest River. The harbor Bridge is the longest floating bridge in the world. You may be lucky to see scarlet ibis along the sand banks of the Demerara River. You'll continue your journey by boat along the Essequibo River- Guyan's largest River- being 21 miles wide at its widest point. Continue to Sloth Island and spend 2 nights/3 days. Sloth Island has recently recorded 188 (15 new species recorded in Feb) species including the puff bird, manikins, toucan, parakeets. Overnight at Sloth Island Reserve. (BLD)    

Day-6 -Sloth Island/Mazaruni River

Today, after breakfast, you will explore the trails of Sloth Island, search for howler monkeys, sloths, and some of the 188 birds which adorn the rainforest at Sloth Island. Afterwards, you can canoe to nearby Amerindian villages or enjoy fishing at night. A short visit to the Mazaruni River, will reveal the first Dutch Settlement in Guyana- Kyk-overal. Overnight at Sloth Island Nature reserve. (BLD)     

Day-7 - Return to Georgetown

Today, you will enjoy a relaxing morning before departing for Georgetown in the afternoon. Hotel in Georgetown. (BL)  

Day-8 - Guyana/Surinam

Morning departure for your flight to Paramaribo. Suriname is a former Dutch Colony with fascinating mix of cultures. Its European influences are evident in its architecture and the spoken language. On arrival you'll be transferred to Eco Resort Inn (B)      

Day-9 - Paramaribo/ French Guiana

Early Kourou overland and to your hotel for overnight. (B)                                            

Day-10 -Boat trip to Ile Du Salut

After breakfast, journey by ferry to Ile Royale- note you will not be able to go on Devils Island, but will be able to see it from the Auberge. Devils Island was made famous by Henri Charriere's book "Papillon".  You will visit the ruins of the  penal settlement at Ile Royale and  learn about the Dreyfus affair.  Weather permitting, you will sail to Ile Joseph where most prisoners were    kept. Return to your hotel in the  afternoon. (B)          

Day-11 - Arianne Space Centre

Transfer to Arianne space centre. The tour starts at 8:00 AM -11:00  am complete tour with bus shuttle to the main installations. Get to know more about the space program. Return to hotel and noon departure for                                      

Paramaribo, Suriname. Transfer to hotel for overnight. (B)

Day-12 - Paramaribo City tour and river tour

After you will find diverse races and cultures. See the shaded, tree-lined avenues , seventeenth-century Dutch wooden synagogues and Christian churches which coexist peacefully side by side.                                          

Afterwards you will enjoy the Commewijne River cruise. You will pass fishing villages and former colonial plantations of which most are no longer active. Visit the open-air museum at Niew Amsterdam and Marienburg, the oldest former sugar plantation in Suriname returning at about 5:00 pm. The visit would take approximately 3-4 hours.    Overnight. (BL)

Day-13 - Joden savanna an Maroon village tour

Depart at 8:00 am. You are transferred to Joden Savanna- a former Jewish settlement inhabited by Jews who fled the inquisition in Europe around 1650. Remnants of the oldest synagogue in the Americas as well as the ruins of a graveyard is still evident. Now cleaned and maintained by the Jewish community, this area now houses a simple cottage which is used as a museum. Here, visitors find information about this unique, historic graveyard in the forest in Suriname.                                            

Your trip continues with a visit to the Maroon village of Kalsscreek for a visit with the descendants of West African Slaves. Return to your hotel, Eco Resort Inn for overnight.

Day-14 - Return flight

Transfer to airport for your return flight from Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport.          

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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.