Wild Guyana Trip
- 10 Marc to 23 Marc
- 11 Nov to 24 Nov
Day 1: Arrive Georgetown, Guyana
We will pick you up at the airport and then transfer to our nice hotel.
Day 2: Georgetown – Mahaica River/ Botanical Garden
This morning we will leave to the eastward along the Atlantic coast to the Mahaica River. Here we will see the Guyana’s national bird, the Hoatzin, and we will look for Rufous Crab Hawk, Black-collared Hawk, Black Hawk-Eagle, Barred Antshrike, Silvered Antbird, Striped Cuckoo, Little Cuckoo, Green-tailed Jacamars, Golden-spangled Piculet. We will have our breaskfast at the local House.
After a good breakfast , we will check the shoreline for birds such Scarlet Ibis, Least, Semipalmated , Western Sandpipers, Whimbrel, Black-belled and Semipalmated Plovers, Short-billed Dowitcher, Tricolored Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Little Blue Heron, Magnificent Frigatebird, Royal, Gull-billed and possibly Yellow-billed Tern or Brown Pelican.
In the afternoon we will visit the Georgetown Botanical Gardens, an area of parkland with open grass, scattered trees, bushes and several ponds and wet areas. Here we will target several special birds starting with Blood-colored Woodpecker, White-bellied Piculet, gorgeous Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Southern Beardless- and Yellow Tyrannulet, Lesser Kiskadee, Black-capped Donacobius, Yellow Oriole, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Wing-barred Seedeater, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Black-collared Hawk, and plenty of Snail Kites. In the tree tops, we’ll hope to see Red-shouldered Macaw, Orange-winged, Yellow-crowned and Mealy Amazons, and with luck the Festive Amazon, a species in serious decline due to the illegal pet trade. If the trees are flowering, we will search for hummingbirds such as Black-throated Mango and Glittering and White-bellied Emeralds. Night Georgetown.
Day 3: Kaieteur Falls – Iwokrama River Lodge
Today , we will take a chartered flight over unspoiled pristine forest to the Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest free-falling waterfall.
whereas Kaieteur is a single massive, thundering cascade 100 meters wide, created as the Potaro River makes a sheer drop of 228 meters, nearly five times the height of Niagara Falls. we’ll be lucky enough to have our first sighting of the astonishingly colorful Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock or see an Orange-breasted Falcon as it hunts for its favorite prey, the swifts. We should also be able to find the rare Golden Poison-dart Frog that lives in water held in the leaves of bromeliad plants.
Afte a great visit we continue to Iwokrama river Lodge , we will visit nearby Capuchinbird lek. To see and hear these The impressive surrounding forest protects a unique ecosystem in the heart of the Guianan shield where Amazonian and we will try to see the Spotted Antpitta. Night Iwokrama
Day 4: Iwokrama River Lodge – Turtle Mountain
We will have an early breasfast and then we will ride for a short distance on The Essequibo River, Around we will Capped heron, Black collared swallow, Bat falcons. Balck caiman and more.
We land in the turtled Mountain were we will climb to see the Orange breasted Falcon, bue the trail offeres a great opportunities to see the Yellow billed, Great Jacamar, Red and Black Grosbeak, Guianan Puffbird, Black necked Arazari and more.
The trail up the mountain is well designed to help you walk up, and We may see King Vulture, Swallow-tailed Kite, Short-tailed Hawk or Red-and-green Macaw, while mammals here include Red Howler Monkey and Black Spider Monkey.
Day 5: Attta
We will depart and bird along the road toward Atta Lodge. This road is very productive, In the stunted sandy forest known as Mori Scrub we will look for Black Manakin, Bronzy Jacamar.
We must have to check the tree tops for Red-fan Parrot, Dusky Parrot, Red-and-green Macaws and possibly Blue-cheeked Amazon Night in Atta lodge
Day 6: Atta Rainforest Lodge
After Breakfast we will go to the canopy walkway Time will be spent looking for Todd’s Antwren, Spot-tailed Antwren, Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrants, Guianan Toucanet, Green Aracari, Painted Parakeet, Screaming Piha, Black-headed Parrot, Guianan Puffbird, Dusky Purpletuft, Paradise Tanager, Opal-rumped Tanager, Golden-sided Euphonia, Purple and Green Honeycreeper, Black-faced Dacnis and Black Nunbird.
We will spend time looking for the Antswarm and we check some palce for the pretty Crimson Fruitcrow , Blue-backed Tanager, Swallow-wing, Black-chinned, Scale-backed and Gray Antbird, Guianan Streaked Antwren, Amazonian and Mouse-colored Antshrike, Reddish Hermit, Tiny Tyrant Manakin, Rose-breasted Chat, Black and Red-throated Caracara, Violaceous Trogon, Golden-winged Parrot and Yellow-green Grosbeaks.
The best chance for tapir and jaguar is the raod so we always keep an eyed. Hoping to seeeone . Nigh Atta.
Day 7: Atta Lodge – Surama Eco-Lodge
Today, we wil drive for about 30-minute drive to the lek of the Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock where we will have our second chance to see this beautiful bird. We will ook for the Long tailed Potoo roost and the enigmatic Rufous-winged Ground-Cuckoo or Rufous-throated Antbird.
This afternoon, we will bird around the Lodge looking for Great Potoo and Mottled Owl roost, White-throated Toucan, Fork-tailed Palm Swift and at dusk, White-tailed Nightjar, Least Nighthawk, Lesser Nighthawk, Tropical Screech Owl, and Northern Tawny-bellied Screech Owl Night Surama Eco-Lodge.
Day 8: Surama Area
We leave early to Walk the harpy Trail . it will take about 45 min, the trail is flat a nd offer a good chance for The rufous winged ground –cuckoo, ferruginous backed antbird and many other.
Hoping to see the Harphy eagle in this Big Brazilian cider tree.
We will go to the Burro-Burro River for a quiet and skillfully-guided paddle, searching for Silvered Antbird, Black-chinned Antbird, White-browed Antbird, Coraya Wren, Buff-breasted Wren, White-banded Swallow, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Blue-throated Piping Guan, Guira Tanager, Crane Hawk, and Gray-headed Kite. Later on,
Day 9: Surama – Northern Rupununi
Today our journey takes us across the Northern Rupununi savannah. The road we follow skirts numerous gallery forests and wetlands areas offering great views of a variety of herons, ducks, Jabiru, possibly Pinnated Bittern, Great-billed Seed Finch, Bicolored Wren, Gray Seedeater, Grassland Yellow Finch, Yellowish Pipit, White-fringed Antwren, Crested Bobwhite, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Yellow-hooded Blackbird the colorful Orange-backed Troupial and the agile Aplomado Falcon. We may even encounter a Giant Anteater if we are lucky.
In the afternoon we will bird the local forest and some ponds where we hope to see Sunbittern, Azure Gallinule, White-faced Whistling-Duck, White-headed Marsh-Tyrant, White-browed Antbirds, Buff–breasted Wren, Pale-tipped Inezia, Blue-backed Manakin, Striped Woodcreeper and maybe Undulated Tinamou. An evening excursion to the open grasslands as the sun sets should see the end of a magical day with Nacunda, Least and Lesser Nighthawks. Night at Caiman Lodge.
Day 10: Northern Rupununi
This morning we will start with a cup of Brazilian style coffee before heading out into the Rupununi Savannah by 4×4. As we move across the savannah we will scan the vast wetland areas for the sought after Bearded Tachuri plus Sharp-tailed Ibis, Yellowish Pipit, Pinnated Bittern, Brazilian Teal, White-tailed Goldenthroat, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bicolored Wren, Double-striped Thick-knee, Burrowing Owl and Maguari Stork. We will also check an area where the rare and localized Crested Doradito was recently discovered. This is also our best chance to see the remarkable Giant Anteater in habitat that is perfect for it and Savanna Fox.
In the afternoon we have an opportunity to travel on the Rupununi River. This time we will head down river to Simony Lake where we are likely to find Green and Rufous Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Agami Heron, Capped Heron, Sungrebe, Sunbittern, Pied Lapwing, Boat-billed Heron, Common Potoo, Band-tailed Nightjar, Bare-necked Fruitcrow and Spot-breasted Woodpecker. With a lot of luck we may come across the secretive Crestless Curassow and we have even seen fresh Jaguar tracks before! In addition we may be lucky enough to see Black and Spectacled Caiman, Giant River Otter, Capybara and many species of monkeys and even the occasional Arapaima or River Stingray.
Our sunset boat expedition wraps up with a delicious and hearty dinner back at the Lodge. Night at Caiman Lodge.
Day 11: Karassabai / Sun Parakeet / Lethem
Before dawn, we hop aboard our 4X4’s for the early morning southerly departure for Karassabai Village, a distant border village located between the northern Rupununi savannahs and Pakaraima Mountains along the Brazilian border. Here is where we are delighted to have a rare opportunity to spot the highly endangered Sun Parakeet. In the early 1990’s, this species was on the brink of extinction due to extreme pressures from the pet trade until local villages took aggressive action to restore the population. A mere 7 individuals that remained at the time have struggled to regain their previous numbers, but signs are hopeful and current population counts suggest at least 300 birds are thriving in the area today. Karassabai is well off the standard tourist track and the Sun Parakeet is our main target here and once we’ve achieved our target there will be plenty of other species to see. Nigh in Manari Lodge
Day 12: Red Siskin
Today we have and early start to cross the savannah to search the some special edge habitats between savanna and forested mountains for the stunning little Red Siskin, a much sought after species. And we look for the Golden spangle Piculet, Bicolored Hawk, Pale bellied Tyrant Manakin, Burrowing Owl. And many more. Night Manari .
Day 13: Takatu and Iring river – Fly back to Georgetown
Today , we have access to the dry scrub and savanna alongside the Takatu and Iring Rivers. where two highly restricted and poorly known species occur, namely the Hoary-throated Spinetail and the Rio Branco Antbird. We also have a chance of variety of species such as Pinnated Bittern, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Cocoi and Capped Herons, Striated Heron, Wood Stork, Limpkin, Double-striped Thick-knee, Wattled Jacana, Marail Guan, Crested Bobwhite, Southern Lapwing, Pearl Kite, White-tailed Kite, Savanna Hawk late in morming we come back to the lodge to have our lunch and we will drive short distance to the airport and fly back to Georgetown . Nigh in Goergetown.
Day 14: Georgetown
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