Tours & Destinations guyana
. . . . . 2013 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .
Birds and Mammals of Northeastern South America24 November 2013 - 3 December 2013, 10 days & 9 nights
Several years ago I was invited to Guyana on a familiarization trip. I spent ten days there and loved every minute of it. This small country on the northeastern hump of South America was formerly known as British Guyana. To this day it remains an English-speaking country. During my visit, we began on the coast at the Georgetown Botanic Garden, moved inland (south) to the Iwokrama Forest, the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, Mori Scrub, Atta Rainforest Lodge, and spectacular Kaieteur Falls. We will take you to these locations and several additional ones, into many of the prime areas of this mostly forested country. Flying above the forest gives the impression of being above a carpet of green. The rare break in the forest is usually a river, flowing toward the coast. If you have ever wanted to see a Jaguar, the Iwokrama Forest is rapidly gaining an international reputation for its healthy Jaguar populations that seem not to be troubled by the appearance of curious humans. No promises, but many visitors have been lucky! We came upon the scene of a fresh kill, expertly interpreted by one of our drivers. The prey was a Giant Armadillo. The Botanic Garden is home to a multitude of birds, among them the rare and elusive Blood-colored Woodpecker and Festive Parrot. Pinnated Bittern and Rufous Crab Hawk are always a good find, as are Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Musician Wren, and Screaming Piha. Harpy Eagle is possible near Turtle Mountain, as are Guianan Toucanet, Ringed Antpipit, Spectacled Owl, Long-tailed Potoo, Zigzag Heron, and Blackish Nightjar. And just a few more specialties include Guianan Red-Cotinga, Pompadour Cotinga, Rufous-winged Ground-cuckoo, Marail Guan, Painted Parakeets, Yellow-throated Woodpecker, White-plumed Antbird, Ferruginous-backed Antbird, and Ash-winged Antwren. This tour allows an ornithological reconnaissance of the country, visiting the coastal plain, the sandbelt forest, the seemingly limitless forests of the interior, and the Rupununi Savannah along the Brazilian border. It includes travel on a number of small water courses and two great rivers, the Demerara and the Essequibo, as well as a visit to Kaieteur Falls, surely among the world's most imposing scenic wonders. Bob Schutsky will co-lead the tour with a local, well-trained birding guide from Guyana. And, to continue your adventure . . .
to Surama for HARPY EAGLE!2 December 2013 - 6 December 2013, 5 days & 4 nights
The village of Surama is situated in a small savannah, deep in the rainforest and surrounded by forested hills. It was here that Charles Waterton passed through in 1812 in search of the secrets of the useful Wourali poison known as curare. Waterton was so stunned by this spot that he wrote in his memoirs, “The finest park that England boasts falls short of this delightful scene”. Day trips from Surama will offer incredible birding opportunities, including chances for Harpy Eagle, Rufous-winged Ground-cuckoo, Capuchinbird, and many additional species. Night birds may include the recently split Northern Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl, as well as Tropical Screech-Owl, Lesser Nighthawk, White-tailed Nightjar, and both Great and Common Potoos. All of our nights are at Surama Eco-Lodge until we return to Georgetown for our flights home.