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Guyana: Land of Giants Photo Tour

January 4 – 14, 2026 : $10,950pp

Come unlock the mysteries of Guyana! Relatively little is known about this South American country, which only opened itself freely to outsiders following its first democratic elections in the early Nineties. Fewer people visit Guyana in a year than visit Machu Picchu in a single day! Though small, Guyana is one of the least-densely populated countries on the planet… and is home to a stunning amount of biodiversity.

When it comes to its wild residents, Guyana can truly be considered the Land of Giants. Among the species we’ll be seeking out on this trip are some of the largest animals of their type:

  • Harpy Eagle (we’ll visit a nest-viewing site that has been active for over 30 years)
  • Giant Anteater
  • South American Tapir
  • Giant Otter
  • Black Caiman
  • Capybara
  • Goliath Bird-eating Spider
  • …and yes, there’s even a remote possibility of seeing a Jaguar.

Beyond the giants, we’ll be seeking out a variety of tropical wildlife in environments that range from savanna to traditional tropical rainforest.

  • Several monkey species, including Red Howler and Red-faced Spider Monkey
  • Colorful birds, including the brilliant Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock and Scarlet Ibis
  • Owls, including Tawny-bellied Screech Owl and Black-banded Owl
  • Reptiles, amphibians and other creepy crawlies

See photos from my Guyana scouting trip:

Guyana 2024 Birds
Guyana 2024 Wildlife & Scenery

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What to Expect

This trip offers a widely varied rainforest wildlife experience unlike my other offerings. We naturally will aim to see several different mammals, birds, and smaller critters. But the greatest attribute of this Guyana tour is the chance to immerse ourselves in some unique wilderness experiences.

We’ll explore largely by boat, but also on foot. We’ll have a chance to visit a rainforest canopy walkway. We’ll take night walks. That’s similar in some ways to other experiences I’ve offered on other jungle trips. But here we’ll stay at one of the most remote jungle camps I’ve ever visited (sleeping in hammocks… trust me, it’s really comfortable!). We’ll visit a Harpy Eagle nest site that’s been active for decades. We’ll observe the famed Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock in its lek. We’ll observe a Black Caiman research capture operation. And we’ll take advantage of a private charter flight to visit the world’s tallest free-falling waterfall.

Trip Itinerary

January 4, 2026: Participants arrive in Georgetown. Note that most flights from North America arrive late at night. Our next morning’s activity starts very early, so you may want to arrive a day early if you wish to be well-rested.

Cara Lodge, 2 Nights

January 5: An early morning pickup starts our adventure in Georgetown. We’ll head to the Mahaica River, where we’ll be searching for local birds. The enigmatic Hoatzin (a.k.a., the Stinkbird) will be a target, along with kingfishers, raptors, and other avian species. Monkeys are also possible!

After a midday rest and break at the Lodge, we will venture back out into Georgetown in the afternoon. This time, our boat excursion will take us along the coast, looking for large colonies of egrets, and more notably, the brilliant Scarlet Ibis. We’ll be able to photograph the birds as they return to their roosting spots near the shore at sunset.

Kaieteur Waterfall

Kaieteur is the world’s tallest single-drop waterfall at 741 feet (226 meters).

January 6: We catch a charter flight, which will take us to the remote Kaieteur waterfall. This is the world’s tallest single-drop waterfall, visible from a spectacular canyonside view. But there’s wildlife here too, with the endangered golden rocket frog present in cliffside bromeliads. Plus, this can be a good area for the Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, so we’ll try to get our first views of this dynamic character.

We’ll reboard our charter plane for the flight to Fair View airstrip, where we’ll be picked up and transported to Atta Rainforest Lodge. Atta is located on the southern edge of the Iwokrama Reserve. At Atta we’ll explore forest trails in search of various birds and jungle mammals, including the Capuchinbird, macaws, toucans, and more. We’ll take night walks looking for macro subjects, and nocturnal birds (including the Black-banded Owl). Our time at Atta includes a visit to the Iwokrama Forest Walkway, a connected series of platforms rising 30m above the forest floor. From there we may see Red-throated Caracara, woodpeckers, and other birds.

Atta Rainforest Lodge, 2 Nights

January 7: We’ll enjoy a full day and night exploring Atta.

January 8: Following an early morning excursion at Atta, we’ll depart for our next destination. Along the way, we’ll stop at Corkwood, where a short trail will take us into the forest to a lek site for the Guianan Cock-of-the-rock. These rotund, bright orange birds are among South America’s most bizarre and charismatic species.

Black Caiman Research

We’ll join a research team as they study black caiman on the Rupununi River.

Following Corkwood, we’ll continue to transfer to Caiman House, a lodge run by the local Amerindian community. Caiman House specializes in conservation projects along the Rupununi River, including yellow-spotted Amazon river turtle repopulation and black caiman research. This evening we will venture out on the river to accompany a research group that will perform a caiman capture and study operation. We’ll be able to watch as they bring the massive black caiman ashore and take measurements for the long-running restoration of the species in this area.

Caiman House, 1 Night

January 9: First thing in the morning, we’ll head out into the neighboring savanna to search for one of Guyana’s largest mammals: the giant anteater. Along the way we may spy other wildlife, including Burrowing Owls and fox.

Following a late breakfast, we’ll pack up and jump into canoes for our day-long trek up the Rupununi. Our destination: Mapari Wilderness Camp. Mapari represents the culmination of the trip. It’s a truly wild camp, notable for its remoteness and beauty. Located alongside a tributary of the Rupununi, it even boasts its own swimming hole.

Mapari Wilderness Camp, 4 Nights

January 10 – 12: Mapari, of course, is the location for one of our major targets: the Harpy Eagle! Harpies have been nesting in this area for a couple decades. We won’t know the exact timing of our arrival (in terms of where a chick may be in the nesting/growth phase), but we have a good chance of seeing eagle action around this nest. Because adult eagles come and go when a chick is older, we’re allocating a full four days at Mapari in hopes of seeing the adult.

But in the meantime, we’ll be on the lookout for loads of other wildlife as well. We’ll conduct several floats down the river in canoes, which might produce sightings of giant or neotropical river otter, South American tapir, and numerous bird species. Various monkeys, including the red-faced spider monkey, frequent the area as well.

We’ll also spend time going out at night. Night floats on the river may yield sightings of ocelot, paca, tree boa, dwarf caiman, Oilbird, and owls. Night walks on forest trails will allow us to seek out macro subjects, including the famed Goliath bird-eating spider! We may even get a glimpse of electric eels, which come up to the surface of the river at night.

January 13: Following a possible short morning exploration, we’ll pack up and will return to the Rupununi, where we’ll land back at Caiman House.

Caiman House, 1 Night

January 14: Our final morning at Caiman House gives us one last opportunity to look for giant anteater on the savanna. Then we’ll head to Lethem, where we’ll catch a commercial flight back to Georgetown for flights home. Guests have the option of staying overnight in Georgetown if they wish to extend their trip.

What’s Included in the Price of Your Tour

  • All guiding and transportation from pick-up.
  • Optional photo instruction by Max.
  • All lodging during the tour (except for last night at the end of the trip, for those who choose not to catch an evening flight home).
  • Charter and Domestic flights to/from Georgetown.
  • All meals, except in Georgetown.
  • Park/Conservation Area entrance and permit fees.

What is NOT Included in the Price of Your Tour

  • International flights to/from Georgetown, Guyana
  • Extra baggage fees (most airlines limit passengers to 1 free checked bag)
  • Any COVID or other virus testing that may be required at the time of travel
  • Meals in Georgetown
  • Alcohol/bar tabs and laundry bills at our hotels/lodges during the week
  • Tips for guides/drivers/hotel staff
  • Single supplement lodging fee listed below

Cost

$10,950US per person, based on double occupancy
$500 single supplement

This tour is limited to six guests.

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