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When to go and any trip ideas

by chipernba Online Now Mar 8, 2013 at 6:48 PM

My girlfiend and I are going to Guyana around October and November. We are planning on going with a tour operator and staying in the Rewa area for a week and hitting Kaiteur Falls before we leave. Does that sound like the best plan or would you reccomend other options.

Thank you for any help,
Matt

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    Re: When to go and any trip ideas

    by travelmad478 Online Now Mar 9, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    I spent about 10 days in Guyana last October, spread around a few eco-lodges and Georgetown. We zipped over the the falls on our last day, in and out--a few hours is all you need there. I'm not sure what your tour entails but it is probably a good idea to visit more than one eco-lodge to be able to see different kinds of countryside. I was on a birdwatching trip--we went to Iwokrama Lodge, Rock View Lodge, and Atta Rainforest Lodge.

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    by chipernba Online Now Mar 9, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Hi Travelmad,

    I will be in Rewa (and several places around this area) and Iwokrama and a Savannah tour; we will start in Georgetown. We plan on 12 days out altogether. I even think Rock View is on the list as well. Ours is not necceassarily a bird trip but I hope too see a lot of birds.
    Overall would you recommend going to Guyana and the trip you did?
    Also did you like going in October?

    Thank you so much!

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    by travelmad478 Online Now Mar 9, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Guyana is a neat place to go although you have to be ready for a country with very little tourism infrastructure, or infrastructure of any kind. The country is very poor, has extremely low population density, and gets very few tourists (I think the statistic I heard was that Guyana gets the same number of tourists in a year that Machu Picchu gets in a day!). It seems that most of the tourists there do a fairly standard circuit--I kept running into the same few people in Georgetown, Rock View, Kaietur, etc. Kind of funny. I think it helps a lot to go with a tour company because arranging the travel between one place and another would take a lot of time and effort if you did it yourself. It would be a lot cheaper, but you'd have to spend more time in country just organizing how to get from point A to point B.

    The bird life is phenomenal and it's definitely worth doing some birding-specific hikes with a guide if you care at all about wildlife. Sadly, we did not see any jaguars although I hear they are spotted with some regularity. We did see a capybara at Iwokrama River Lodge and also caimans there.

    I have some tips on my Georgetown page about the capital, but I haven't gotten around to doing the rest of them. Someday I will, but if you want to ask me any specific questions please feel free.

    I also went in late October/early November and that seemed like a very good time. It is really hot in Georgetown, so definitely stay in a place with AC. There is very little AC anywhere so it's hard to cool off. In the interior it's still hot, but at night you will be fine with a fan. I was surprised at how comfortable the temperature was at night. During the day, be prepared for a lot of sweating.

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