We did a too-short birding trip (10 days) to the Rupunini region of Guyana, flying from Georgetown to Annai and then overland to Iwokrama and Surama. We are used to fairly rugged travel, but that wasn't what we found at Surama. We had spotless, comfortable private rooms (individual cabins with private bathrooms) although they also have a dormitory-type building. The food was terrific and the company was the best. We really enjoyed just sitting and talking to the staff of the ecolodge and of Surama Village. Our guide, Gary Sway, is extremely knowledgeable about the birds and other wildlife and he's great fun to be with. Surama is an amazing place - they are proving that ecotourism can work and can get the money to the local people (instead of the tour operators). They are very dedicated to protecting the forest and they deserve to be supported. Be sure to tip your guides and be sure to buy some souvenirs (they don't make much effort to let you know that they have souvenirs but they do - some beautiful embroidery of local scenes and wildlife are especially lovely) and also consider making a donation beyond what you've paid for the accommodations. If you can, spend a night by the river, sleeping in hammocks under mosquito nets, and then canoe up the Burro-Burro river the next day. It is really special. You will be in unspoiled rainforest. Amazing. It is really hot there so be sure to take a hat and be sure you wear long sleeves, long pants to protect yourself against chiggers and other stuff that bites or scratches. Spend the heat of the day swaying in a hammock, watching the iguanas and birds.
I won't talk about the birds because birders know about the amazing bird species that can be found at Surama, but everyone - birder or not - should take binoculars and a bird book.
We felt privileged to have the wonderful people of Surama share their nature and homes and knowledge with us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surama Eco-Lodge is a community tourism project operated by the Amerindian community of Surama in Guyana's Rupununi district. Offering basic but clean and comfortable lodging, the Eco-Lodge is the perfect place to learn about Amerindian culture while exploring the pristine Guyana rain forest. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Surama Eco Hotel Surama Village
- Surama Eco-Lodge Guyana/Surama Village