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GUYANA: Birding the Land of Many Waters

Rufous Crab Hawk

Rufous Crab Hawk

Guyana means ‘Land of Many Waters’ from an Amerindian language. From the northern coastline along the Caribbean to the waterfalls tumbling from its high Tepuis in the south and west, Guyana is lush and pristine and loaded with winding rivers, the highways of the people of Guyana.

Most of Guyana’s 800,000 population live along the coast, and few roads lead to the interior, so nearly 80% of the country remains virgin. Thanks to this beautiful, unbroken forest, much of our travel within Guyana will be by boat or plane.

Kaieteur Falls drops an astonishing 822 feet, five times higher than Niagra and offers many endemic plants and an easily seen endemic Golden Frog. Rivers, forests and savannas offer great mammals like Giant Anteater and Giant River Otter.

Our incredible birding opportunities will offer many endemics and specialties like Rufous Crab Hawk, Blood-colored Woodpecker and the stunningly beautiful Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock.

  • Tour Cost
  • 2018 Cost
    $6900 from Georgetown, Guyana
    Prices per person, double occupancy -- includes all local flights (within Guyana) and transfers.



    A deposit of $1000 is required to reserve your space.


    Final Payment

    Final payment by check required 120 days prior to departure date.


    Single Room

    If a single room is preferred, a single supplement fee of $600 will be assessed.

  • Itinerary
  • Day 1 Arrive Georgetown, Guyana
    Arrivals through the day with transfer to our hotel.


    Day 2 Georgetown – Mahaica River/ Botanical Garden
    We will leave very early morning, with a snack, to bird the Atlantic coast of the Mahaica river, where we will seek the Hoatzin, Guyana’s national bird, and also look for the Black-Hawk Eagle, Silvery Antbird, Little and Striped Cuckoos, Green-tailed Jacamar, Golden Spangle Piculet, Black-capped Donocobius, White-winged Swallow, Yellow Orioles and more.


    After a great morning we will enjoy a full breakfast at a local house. Then we will drive a short distance to Abary Road, where we will search for the endemic Rufous-Crab Hawk, and Blood-colored Woodpecker.


    On our way back to Georgetown we will stop close to shore to look for the Scarlet Ibis, Whimbrel, Bicolored Conebill, Yellow-crowned Night Heron and Magnificent Frigatebird.


    After lunch we will visit the Botanical gardens to look for the White-bellied Piculet, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Yellow-chinned Spinetail.
    This park is great for parrot, Orange winged, Festive, Blue-headed, Yellow-crowned, and Mealy Parrot, Red-shouldered and Blue-and-Yellow Macaws, Wing-barred Seedeater and Straight-billed Woodpecker,


    Day 3 Kaieteur Falls / Iwokrama River Lodge
    Today, we will fly to the Kaieteur Falls, the world’s highest free-falling waterfall, nearly five times the height of Niagara Falls. In this pristine forest along the Potato River, we have our first chance to see the brilliantly colored Guinanan Cock-of-the-Rock! The rare Golden Frog lives in the giants bromeliad tree, found only on these Tepuis, will also be seen.


    After a great visit, we will re-board our plane and fly to close to Iwokrama River Lodge,


    In the afternoon we will hike a short distance from the lodge to see Capuchinbird bird at its lek and we will try to see the Spotted Antpitta, too.


    Day 4 Iwokrama River Lodge – Turtle Mountain
    We will have an early breakfast and then ride a short distance on The Essequibo River, looking for Capped Heron, Black-collared Swallow, Bat falcons, Black Caiman and more.


    We’ll dock our boat at the base of Turtled Mountain, where we will climb to see the Orange breasted Falcon, the trail offers a great opportunities to see Yellow-billed and Great Jacamar, Red-and-Black Grosbeak, Guianan Puffbird, Black-necked Aracari and more.


    The trail up the mountain is well designed and we will slowly bird along the way, looking for King Vulture, Swallow-tailed Kite, Short-tailed Hawk and Red-and-green Macaw as well as Red Howler Monkey and Black Spider Monkey, often seen jumping above the trail.


    Day 5 Iwokrama to Atta
    We will leave Iwokrama Lodge and bird along the road toward Atta Lodge. This road is very productive in the stunted sandy forest known as Mori Scrub to look for Black Manakin and Bronzy Jacamar.


    We also check the tree tops for Red-fan Parrot, Dusky Parrot and possibly Blue-cheeked Amazon.


    Day 6 Atta Rainforest Lodge
    After Breakfast, we will visit the canopy walkway where we will look for for Dusky Purpletuft, Paradise Tanager, Opal-rumped Tanager, Golden-sided Euphonia, Purple Honeycreeper, Black-faced Dacnis, Black Nunbird, Todd’s Antwren, Spot-tailed Antwren, Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrants, Screaming Piha, Black-headed Parrot, Painted Parakeet and more.


    We will spend time looking for ant swarms to get the often difficult to see Black-chinned, Scale-backed and Gray Antbirds. We’ll check some good places for Crimson Fruitcrow, Blue-backed Tanager, Swallow-wing, Guianan Streaked Antwren, Amazonian and Mouse-colored Antshrike, Reddish Hermit, Tiny Tyrant-manakin.


    In the afternoon we will bird along the Atta Road looking for Rose-breasted Chat, Black and Red-throated Caracaras, Violaceous Trogon, Golden-winged Parrokeets and Yellow-green Grosbeaks.


    The best chance for tapir and jaguar is along this road, so we always keep an eye out, hoping to see one.


    Day 7 Atta Lodge to Surama Eco-Lodge
    Today, we’ll drive for about 30-minutes to the lek of the Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock where we will have our second chance to see this beautiful bird. We will look for the Long-tailed Potoo roost and watch for Rufous-winged Ground-cuckoo and Rufous-throated Antbird.


    This afternoon, we’ll bird around the Lodge looking for roosting Great Potoo and Mottled Owl plus White-throated Toucan and Fork-tailed Palm Swift. At dusk we’ll watch for White-tailed Nightjar, Least Nighthawk, Lesser Nighthawk, Tropical Screech Owl, and Northern Tawny-bellied Screech Owl.


    Day 8 Surama Area
    Today we’ll leave early to walk the Harpy Eagle Trail in hopes of seeing the Harpyy Eagle at its nesting site in a huge Brazilian Cedar tree. About a 45 minute walk, the trail is flat and offers another good chance for the Rufous-winged Ground-cuckoo plus Ferruginous-backed Antbird and many others.


    After lunch We will go to the Burro-Burro River for a quiet and skillfully-guided paddle, looking for Great Antshrike, Pied Puffbird, Little Chachalaca, Blue-throated Piping-Guan, 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.


    Day 9 Surama to Northern Rupununi
    This morning, we leave Surama and head to Caiman House. On this drive we will check some gallery forest and wetlands, looking for Great-billed Seed-Finch, Jabiru, Bicolored Wren, Gray Seedeater, Grassland Yellow-finch, Crested Bobwhite, Orange-backed Troupial, White-naped Xenopsaris and more.


    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, Cream-colored Woodpecker, Striped Woodcreeper and with some luck, Undulated Tinamou.


    Day 10 Northern Rupununi
    Today, we leave early morning to explore the Rupununi savannah, where we’ll have a great chance to see the Nacunda plus Least and Lesser Nighthawks. This will also be our best chance for the Giant Anteater and the savanna Fox.


    We will scan the wetlands for the Bearded Tachuri, and we will the very localized Crested Doradito, plus many other birds, like Yellowish Pipit, Pinnated Bittern, Maguari Stork and White-tailed Goldenthroat.


    In the afternoon we ride down stream, on the Rupununi River, looking for Pied Lapwing, Green-and-Rufous Kingfisher, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Agami Heron, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Sungrebe, Sunbittern and Boat-billed Heron. In late afternoon we will try to find the Common Potoo and we will see Band-tailed Nightjar flying around us as they come out to feed at dusk.


    We may spy the elusive Crestless Curassow and with some luck we’ll find Spectacled Caiman, Capybara, Giant River Otter and River Stinray.


    Day 11 Karassabai / Sun Parakeet / Manari Lodge.
    We will start early to drive to Karassabai Village, located along the Brazilian border between the Rupununi Savannas and Pacaraima Mountains. Our main target will be the Sun Parakeet! The Village protects the forest here to preserve this endangered species where we will also look for White-tailed Kite, Double-striped Thick-knee, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Pale-legged Hornero, Black-crested Antshrkie and more.


    After lunch in the village, we will drive to Manari Lodge, on the way we will stop to check the rice fields for Maguari Stork, Crested Caracara, Savanna Hawk and Finsch’s Euphonia


    Day 12 Red Siskin
    Today we will have an early start to cross the savannah to search the some special edge habitats for the stunning little Red Siskin, a much sought after species. This species is endangered due to the popularity as a caged bird. The local communities now work together to protect this species and its numbers are slowly rebounding. We will also look for Golden-spangle Piculet, Bicolored Hawk and Pale-bellied Tyrant-manakin.


    Day 13 Iring River-Takatu-Georgetown.
    Today, our target birds will be the Hoary-throated Spinetail and the Rio Branco Antbird, found along the Iring River. We’ll also check some good places for Pinnated Bittern, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Cocoi Heron, Striated Heron, Wattled Jacana, Southern Lapwing and Pearl Kite.


    Late in morning we will come back to lodge for lunch and then we will drive short distance to the airport in Lethem to fly back to Georgetown.


    Day 14: Return Home
    Flights throughout the day.