Guyana really does offer something special a small South American country nestled on the Atlantic Coast east of Venezuela and west of Suriname, it is one of the last unexplored wild places on earth yet offers incredible access into a great variety of pristine habitats.
Constructing lowland birding itineraries for the Amazon basin and analyzing them is a dreamy activity. There are many extraordinary options and SE Amazonia at the cusp of the Andes is possibly the richest avian assemblage in the world, but the Guianan Shield lowlands stand out amongst all for the amazing quality possible in a relatively short trip. There are many options within the Guianan Shield too – Eastern Venezuelan lowlands, Suriname, Manaus (east of Rio Negro) and Guyana. Each offers species that are difficult elsewhere but the best in terms of diversity of habitats and species is Guyana. With a road (known as the “old cattle trail” highway) running from the coast to the Brazil border in Lethem and onto the remote South Rupununi, through endless rainforest and grasslands, birding in Guyana could be fast paced and full of sought-after specialties or cold be done at a slower paced where one can enjoy every moment and still able to see their target species.
Guyana really does offer something special — a small South American country nestled on the Atlantic Coast east of Venezuela and west of Suriname, it is one of the last unexplored wild places on earth yet offers incredible access into a great variety of pristine habitats. It is also a land of great contrasts as you leave behind the coastal city of Georgetown travelling into the interior, over vast unspoilt forests and incredible isolated waterfalls. The lure of Guyana is its pristine habitats and true wilderness where amazing wildlife with many sought-after species are easier to see here than in any of the surrounding countries. We have put together the most complete itinerary available, which includes visit to all the top eco dentations across the country and most importantly where highly favoured rarities are found, such as Blood-coloured Woodpecker, Rufous Crab Hawk, White-bellied Piculet, Grey-winged Trumpeter, Black Crassow, Cayanne Jay, Guianan Red Cotinga, Rufous-winged Ground-Cuckoo, Crimson Fruitcrow, Rufous Potoo, White-winged Potoo, Harpy Eagle, Crested Doradito, Bearded Tachuri, Amazonian Black Tyrant, Rusty-breasted Nunlet, Sun Parakeet, Red Siskin, , Rio Branco Antbird and the Hoary-throated Spinetail. We only use the very best local guides and you can rest assured that your money will go to help Guianan-owned lodges and local communities. If you want to see the Guianan Shield Endemics including the Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, cotingas, parrots, macaws and the bizarre Capuchinbird and an endless supply of mouth-watering species then this could be your best trip ever! We offer the No. 1 trip to this fabulous country.
The list of target species including Guianan Shield Endemics:
Organizing a complex birding trip in Guyana all by yourself is close to impossible. And although it is possible to reach some lodges by public bus, a 4×4 car is absolutely necessary to be able to see most targets, visit different habitats and trails as they are not always within walking distance of lodges, basically it needs to be an arranged expedition. Ron Allicock Travel & Tours runs the only hardcore birding company in Guyana, and they are the number one to plan and execute your itinerary.
After a final breakfast at Atta Rainforest Lodge, we’ll make the drive to Surama Village, home to the Makushi people and our-local-guide-with plenty of birding stops en-route some possibilities are Marail Guan, Green Aracari, Guianan Puffbird, Dusky Purpletuft, Black-spotted Barbet, Harpy Eagle, Crested Eagle, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Black Hawk-Eagle, Tiny Hawk, Black and White-Hawk Eagle, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Green Oropendola, and Crimson Fruitcrow. On this drive we also have good chances of spotting one or of our wild cats, (Jaguar, Puma or Ocelot) are all possibilities. Once we’ve had our fill of morning birding, we’ll continue on to the Surama Eco Lodge, which sits near rich rainforest punctuated by the rugged Pakaraima Mountains. The accommodations are rustic but comfortable, with a mix of traditional benab-style huts (all with en-suite bathrooms). Late in the afternoon we will bird along the Great Potoo trail where we hope to see a Great Potoo or two roosting in good light. Other species that are possible here includes, the Grassland Sparrow, Wedge-tailed Grass, Forest Elaenia, White-throated Toucan, Fork-tailed Palm-Swift, Finch’s Euphonia, Scarlet Macaw, Striped Woodcreeper, Spotted Puffbird, King Vulture and time permitting we will try for the Ocellated Crake. At dusk, White-tailed Nightjar, Least Nighthawk, Lesser Nighthawk, Tropical and Tawny-bellied Screech-Owls will be quite obvious by their call.
Night at Surama Eco Lodge (BLD)
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