Guyana is truly an amazing place to visit, there is so much adventure, nature and culture to explore here. I would highly recommend a trip, and I have some unique experiences to tell you about in this blog that just may make you want to visit.
There is a lot of conversation about where the best place to explore the Amazon is, but Guyana has a few things about it that make it extra special.
Here are some of the things I experienced that you can only find there…. And should persuade you to consider booking your Amazon adventure trip with Guyana in mind.
Abseiling in Mount Roraima
If you’ve never abseiled before, climbing down a vertical cliff face with only a rope to hold on to can be quite terrifying. The climb down is a few thousand feet, and it take a lot of courage as well as strength and technique!
The stunning and very special Mount Roraima in the western mountains of Guyana offers a chance for this once in a lifetime kind of adventure.
All the abseiling here is organised by total professionals, so you can relax knowing that you are in safe hands. It’s suitable for amateurs as well as experienced climbers. The trained instructors make sure they give you something that is suitable to your skill level.
Adrenaline junkies will love this, and it suits anyone who wants to push themselves a little bit further on their holiday to Guyana and tell people back home all about it.
Try a spot of caiman tagging at night
The caimans are a beautiful species to spot around the rivers and creeks of Guyana, and wildlife enthusiasts will love the chance encounters you get to have with them.
You can find caimans in the marshes, lakes and rivers of the country. They are pretty shy when they come across humans, and they are the easiest to spot at night when you can see their eyes shining in the dark.
When you’re taking a boat with trained naturalists from the different eco-lodges around the area, you can be reassured that a night boat safari into caiman waters is a thrilling way to liven up your travel adventure.
Your guides will even capture wild caiman in the river to do a health check on them, and measure their growth. It’s all part of their conservation.
Quite a new experience but definitely one to try! It is absolutely safe but still an exhilarating adventure, and not something many people experience. Maybe you could be one of the lucky ones.
View Kaieteur Falls from above
If you’re an experienced traveller you might have seen many waterfalls in your time. Still, Kaieteur Falls is something special, and it’s an outstanding experience that is well worth the trip.
This 741-foot waterfall plunges into a gorge, with luscious and mysterious rainforest all around. Kaieteur Falls is one of the largest waterfalls of the world. Niagra Falls is more popular, but this waterfall is greater in terms of sheer volume of water.
You can get to Kaieteur by a small Cessna plane (4 to 12 seats). You really do get the most incredible and special view from above.
Most of the pilots who make this trip do two flybys past the falls, so that all of their passengers can get a good look and take amazing photographs of this beautiful natural phenomenon.
You can still get more up close and personal with the waterfalls. The plane lands to give you an opportunity to jump out and explore several stellar viewpoints.
Visiting Guyana’s Unique Indigenous Villages
To get in touch with indigenous culture, you should spend a couple of days in the villages deep in the rainforest of Guyana. It really is an inspiring and deeply humbling experience.
Taste crusty cassava with curry, and cook-up rice and pepper pot at meal times. At night time you take your hammock to the tree line and hang it up in a breezy branch of your choosing for a night of peaceful sleep. Or, if you’d prefer to sleep inside you can choose one of several community-owned eco-lodges.
Some villages are becoming more modern, but others still retain their traditional way of life. You can go birding and wildlife spotting, you can experience fishing with the locals, or you can take part in the field cultivation to learn about traditional farming practices.
It doesn’t matter how you choose to spend your time with the indigenous people of Guyana, the relaxed and close-to-nature life is rewarding and invigorating.
Enjoy a slice of the ranch life
Dadanawa is one of the most remote ranches in the world, located in South Rupununi. Dadanawa was the largest ranch in the world at one point, and still has over 5,000 heads of cattle.
Dadanawa is one of the reasons Guyana was put on the map, and the ranching lifestyle has endured here to this day.
Ranching has flourished here since the early 1800s right across the grassland of the savannahs.
Book a few nights in an active ranch for a fascinating insight into ranch life, and watch the daily life of vaqueros as they herd and roam.
Why not book a Horse Riding experience in Guyana at Saddle Mountain Ranch?
There are now large scale rodeo championships which originated in casual contests amongst the vaqueros. Vaqueros come from across the country to participate, as well as from the neighbouring countries too.
The Rupununi Rodeo showcases the best of bronco sport, but there is also the smaller and more exciting Saddle Creek Rodeo.
A visit here is best done around the two day festival over Easter. It really is a journey into the ranch way of life, all but forgotten everywhere else.
Adventure travel is waiting for you in Guyana
Guyana constantly works to conserve its vibrant wildlife and ecosystems, and protect its culture and heritage. At the same time, this place is an emerging adventure destination and somewhere well worth your consideration for your next big trip.
If you are passionate about travel and curious about what you could find in a place that is relatively unexplored but doing its best to preserve the nature and resources, visit Guyana and be a part of travel that has a positive impact.
I hope this blog post helps you to plan your next adventure trip and consider Guyana!