South American Safari
Day 1: Arrive in Guyana
Arrive in Guyana. Transfer to the capital Georgetown.

Day 2: Georgetown City Tour
After an early morning breakfast, transfer to Georgetown and check into your hotel. Afterwards, enjoy a city tour of Georgetown. Georgetown has many historical monuments and gracious colonial buildings. Wide tree lined avenues and beautiful Gothic and Elizabethan architecture are found scattered everywhere. Fine examples are the Elegant St. Georges Cathedral, picturesque city hall, amazing St. Andrew's Kirk, Victorian law courts, Stabroek Market and the Parliament building. On a visit you will come across the Umana Yana, Prime Minister's Residence, and State House, Walter Roth Museum, national museum, botanical and zoological Gardens. Return to your hotel.

Day 3: & 4: Karanambu Ranch
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Karanambu Ranch. This is the home of Diane McTurk, popular for her work in rehabilitating orphaned giant river otters to the wild. Diane has been filmed by National Geographic, Jeff Corwin Experience, Really Wild Show (BBC) and the Calgary's Zoo World. You will likely hear stories about Diane's family and life in the Rupununi.

Typically there are two guided excursions each day — one early in the morning and another late in the afternoon and into the evening. As well as being the coolest times to be out, these are usually the best times to see a wide variety of birds and animals. Trips may be on the river by boat, on the savannahs by Land Rover or along forest trails on foot to the different ponds in the area. Activities usually include:
  • Searching for wild otters along the river and among the ponds.
  • Tracking a giant anteater across the savannah.
  • Sipping rum punch while watching the giant Victoria Amazonica lily blossom before your eyes.
  • Boating through the flooded forest in the wet season.
  • Enjoying the flora and fauna along the walking trails among the forest ponds.
  • Spotting all sorts of amazing animals when they come out of hiding at night.
(Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 5: Boat to Ginep and drive to Surama Village

This morning transfer by boat along the Rupununi River to Ginep Landing and then by 4x4 to the Amerindian community of Surama. On arrival in Surama receive a welcome from a village counselor and settle into your accommodation. A local guide will escort you for a short walk on trails to observe the forest and bird life. As the afternoon cools your guide will take you on a tour of the village. Visit the local school, medical center and church along with some of the village houses. Tonight enjoy an educational walk to observe wildlife and experience the mystique of the forest after dark. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 6: Climb Surama Mountain, explore Burro Burro River
Rise before dawn for a walk across the savannah and then the gentle climb up Surama Mountain in the cool morning air. This is the best time to observe bird life along the trail. Breakfast will be served at a lookout point, which affords incredible views across the village and savannah to the Pakaraima Mountains. Return to village for lunch and then take a three-mile walk across the savannah and through the rain forest to the Burro Burro River. Your guides will then paddle you on the Burro Burro River for opportunities to observe Giant River Otters, Tapir, Tira, Spider Monkeys and many more species. Return to village for sunset and dinner. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 7: Fly to Georgetown/Transfer to Sloth Island
After breakfast transfer to Annai and fly to Georgetown. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to the town of Parika, driving over the harbor bridge — the longest floating bridge in the world. Continue your journey by boat along the Essequibo River, Guyana's largest River, which is 20 miles wide at its widest point. Upon arrival at Sloth Island you will be greeted by your hosts and shown your accommodation. Continue to Sloth Island and spend 1 nights/2 days. Sloth Island has recently recorded over 188 species including the puff bird, manikins, toucan, parakeets as well as sloths and monkeys. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 8: Mazaruni River Tour
Today you will enjoy a boat trip to the Mazaruni to visit the 400 year old Dutch Fort and Baracara Waterfall. Also visit the mining town of Bartica. Enjoy paddling and nature walks around Sloth Island.

Day 9: Kaieteur Falls
Depart for a flight to Kaieteur Falls which is situated in the heart of Guyana on the Potaro River, a tributary of the Essequibo. The water of Kaieteur, one of the world's natural wonders, flows over a sandstone conglomerate tableland into a deep gorge, a drop of 822 feet or 5 times the height of Niagara Falls. Kaieteur supports a unique micro environment with tank bromeliads, the largest in the world, in which the tiny Golden frog spends its entire life and the rarely seen Guiana Cock-of-the-rock nesting close by. The lucky visitor may also see the famous flights of the Kaieteur Swifts or Makonaima Birds, which nest under the vast shelf of rock carved by the centuries of water, hidden behind the eternal curtain of falling water. Fly to Georgetown and transfer to your hotel for overnight. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 10: Fly to Suriname
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Suriname. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel to check in. Afterwards enjoy a city tour of Paramaribo. Paramaribo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shaded, tree-lined avenues, seventeenth-century Dutch wooden structures with a synagogue and Mosque which coexist peacefully side by side. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 11: Drive to Albina, continue to French Guyana and drive to Kourou
Your bilingual driver/guide will transfer you to the Albina border (150 kilometers). Go thorugh immigration formalities then cross by ferry and arrive on the French Guiana side. Mini-city tour of St. Laurent du Maroni with a visit of the church in Iracoubo. Lunch at "Le Pakira" at Sinnamary. (Meals: Breakfast, lunch)

Day 12: Iles du Salut
After breakfast, journey by ferry to IIes Du Salut. Disembark at Ile Royale. You will see Devils Island from the Auberge. Devils Island was made famous by the Henri Charriere's book "Papillon". Visit the ruins of the penal settlement including museum, main buildings, children's cemetery, convict building, guard house, jails, and learn about the Dreyfus affair. Weather permitting, sail to Ile Joseph where most prisoners were kept. Return to your hotel in the afternoon. Return to Kourou by ferry at 1700. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 13: Visit Kourou Space Centre
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the Ariane space center. The tour takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Complete tour with bus shuttle to the main installations. Continue to Paramaribo, Suriname. Transfer to hotel for overnight (Meals: breakfast)

Day 14: Commewijne Plantation and Plantation Frederiksdorp Tours
Today's tour takes you along former colonial plantations of which most are now abandoned and no longer active. The first stop is made at the confluence of the Commewijne and Suriname river, at Nieuw Amsterdam, with a visit to the open air museum Nieuw Amsterdam. We will visit the old Cocoa Plantation of Frederiksdorp. After our visit of Frederiksdorp, we return to Paramaribo by bus. Overnight at Eco Resort Inn. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 15: Jodensavanne & Colakreek
This morning we will travel approximately 70 kilometers south of Paramaribo. At the right bank of the Suriname River, lies the former Jewish settlement, Jodensavanne. This historic place was named after the Jewish that fled from the inquisition in Europe around 1650 after which they settled in this savannah area. This former Jewish village still shows the remnants of the oldest synagogue in the Americas as well as the ruins of a graveyard. Nowadays, these remnants have been cleaned and a simple cottage has been set up as a museum. Here, visitors find information about this unique, historic graveyard in the forest of Suriname. Your visit to Jodensavanne, the peacefulness of nature and the many springs will leave you with a lasting memory. After Jodensavanne, the tour will continue to Colakreek, a recreation park in the savannah area. Colakreek is ideal for swimming, relaxing and walks through the savannah. The leaves falling in the water gives the creek its dark color which looks like that of the Coca Cola drink, hence the name Colakreek. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 16: Depart Suriname and Fly to Port of Spain Trinidad
This morning you will fly to Piarco airport Trinidad. Pick up from airport and transfer to Port of Spain and to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Port of Spain. The tour takes you through the old and new Port-of-Spain while traveling on roads of historical value. Abercromby Streets is where the Red House is situated. This famous landmark is also known as the house of Parliament and was built in 1906. We continue along, visiting sights such as the Hall of Justice, The trinity Cathedral, Woodford Square and Queen's Park Savannah which is a 230-acre park, surrounded by beautiful trees and old gingerbread mansions. Some of these mansions include the Stollmeyer Castle which was built in 1904, and was reminiscent of the German Romantic style. The architecture of the "White Hall" of the queen's Royal College, which now serves as a secondary school for over twelve hundred students, was inspired by the Venetian-style Palazzi. The Archbishop Palace was conceived by an Irishman with an affection for Indian Architecture. We then conclude this tour with a visit to an art gallery.

Day 17: Fly to Caracas, Venezuela
Fly to Caracas, Venezuela and a connecting flight to Cuidad Bolivar. Pick up and transfer to your hotel.

Day 18: Transfer to Airport
Flight at 7:00 a.m. to Caracas-Puerto Ordaz and transfer to a 10:15 a.m. flight to Puerto Ordaz–Canaima. Excursion to Sapo and Sapito Falls. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Overnight at Anatoliy Island

Day 19: Angel Falls
Boat trip to Angel Falls. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 20: Return to Caracas
Return to Canaima Lagoon and have lunch. Fly back to Ciudad Bolivar and transfer to Puerto Ordaz. Flight back to Caracas at 17:30. Transfer to Hotel near Airport. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 21: Depart Venezuela
Transfer to airport for your flight home.
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