Nestled on the North Eastern corner of the South American continent, Guyana stretches 270 miles along the Atlantic coastline into dense tropical forest and the broad savannahs of the Rupununi. A peaceful country that is off the common tourism radar, Guyana is rich in natural resources, biodiversity, and pristine forests that cover 80% of the country's exotic landscape. Although often considered part of the Caribbean region because of its strong cultural, historical, and political ties with other English Caribbean countries (English is the official language), it offers a vastly different experience to the intrepid traveler. With a strong indigenous culture in Guyana’'s inland and a distinctive Caribbean feel on its coastland, Guyana truly is a melting of cultures. Community-based tourism is at the heart of the travel experience and that combined with a stunning variety of bird and wildlife and a cuisine that reflects its cultural diversity makes for an unforgettable adventure.
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Not included: Travel to and from Georgetown, alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities, travel insurance, meals not noted on itinerary, optional activities not on the itinerary
This trip is appropriate for active women with good mobility. The one more challenging day (climbing Awarmie Mountain) is optional. With that exception, none of the days are strenuous; however, the days are full and some will involve early mornings. In addition the rain forest hikes, while flat, require navigating over roots. Please note, as in all international travel, flexibility is an absolute must and the ability to set aside our western expectations and enjoy the culture and country will make for a wonderfully enjoyable trip. Rating: 2 3 4 5
The focus of this trip is immersion in the natural history and rich human culture of Guyana. While it is not at all sedentary, there is more emphasis on observation and learning than on physical activity.
We will spend the first and last two nights at the Cara Lodge in Georgetown. In the interior we'll be staying at three different community-owned lodges (see itinerary for specifics). The lodges are rustic, clean, and comfortable with limited access to WiFi and no air conditioning. In all our lodging the rooms are double occupancy with ensuite bathrooms with showers.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
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