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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.
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Cynthia B wrote a review Oct 2021
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rooms were pretty rough. there are 4 'casitas' that had beds, windows that sometimes would stay open but.... The other rooms are in a divided up place that apparently were tiny and had no fans. The fans they gave us apparently made it so the entire town lost power during the night so we woke to no electricity. Wifi $2.50/30 minutes in the admin building, which was only open until about 5 pm or so. laundry expensive, apparently. So, not the most comfortable place to stay but location was nice and hosts were great. food very good. lots of bugs and frogs in the rooms (open windows, above walls, straw roof).
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Over_Land_And_Sea wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom482 contributions105 helpful votes
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OVERVIEW I stayed here for 2 nights as part of the Guyana Nature Experience tour with Wilderness Explorers. Lovely setting – open scenery of mountains, rainforest and savannah. Accommodation in basic wooden Benabs. Great river trips to see lots of wildlife. Experienced local guide. ROOM We stayed in a basic wooden Benab. There was a sink in the room and a very basic bathroom built on to the side of the Benab. It had wooden shuttered windows, but no mesh on them, but mosquito nets were provided. An electric fan was also provided. The rooms were rustic and not well maintained – there was paint splashed around on the floors and furniture and broken tiles in the bathroom. No toiletries and the towels were old and grubby, but we had our own so no issue. FACILITIES/CUSTOMER SERVICE Pleasant central building with open dining area at ground level and a lounge area upstairs with a small bar/shop, hammocks and books. Food was OK. There was payable Wi-Fi but it was only on when the staff were in the office. We didn’t feel very welcome when we first arrived, it was a weird atmosphere and it almost felt we were being ignored by the manager. We were introduced to our guide, who was an older gentleman who had lived in the local village all his life and he made us feel very welcome. He took us for a walk in the forest and around the village. He also took us for a night walk which was good if only to see the stars as there is no light pollution. We even saw the Milky Way and Venus quite clearly. He was very accommodating to changes in the itinerary. We teamed up with another couple and asked if we could go out on an all day trip on the river as we were prepared to stay out some time to try and spot a Harpy Eagle. He arranged a packed lunch and took us out. We saw lots of wildlife including a family of Capybara and a Harpy Eagle chick. He was very knowledgeable about the wildlife. WOULD I STAY HERE AGAIN? Yes. The accommodation is very basic, but it what you would expect in a remote location. It was my favourite lodge in Guyana, only because the scenery in surrounding area was quite varied and it was nice to have the freedom to walk independently, so there was not so much downtime with nothing to do. The guiding was good and we saw a lot of wildlife. I've given an average rating because of the overall service and level of accommodation. The lodge has a lot of potential and it wouldn't take too much to get a good rating rather than an average one. I can't say if it was good value or not, because I didn't pay for it individually, it was part of a tour.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Jak M wrote a review Mar 2020
Chelmsford, United Kingdom184 contributions96 helpful votes
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Stayed for two nights of 16/17 Feb. as part of tour of area with KE Adventure UK and local agent Wilderness Explorers. First impression was one of shock at the state of the grounds and dilapidated structures compared with Atta and Iwokrama lodges. The online reviews/photos are out-of-date. It seems there used to be eight round huts according to certain websites but now only four so the others must have been demolished to allow a monster, round building under construction with piles of timber, bricks, and sand creating a building site, and noise of a power saw at 8 a.m. on the second morning. Couples+ are put in the round huts, solos taken to a distant utilitarian building dubbed the cell block. This building has four single rooms each with a bed; mosquito net over; small table; and NOTHING else, no comforts at all. Of note: there was no emergency whistle on the hook in my Room 4; no coat hangers just four nails; no chair; no mirror or towel rail in bathroom, just a threadbare towel; shower head was covered in green and black mould causing much concern to me about bacteria on my skin so I did not shower; cold water only; no fan so room was like a sauna; no power points in room BUT wires through wall to corridor to charge items; no fine mesh over louvred windows and door so mozzies made themselves at home; floor looked as though cement had been mixed on it. Complained to manager to be told all agents knew the situation and a fan could not be provided as the power supply was not strong enough to run four fans in the cell block. A temporary structure houses the dining and food preparation area which was extremely basic with no means of keeping food hot on the serving table as there were no burners for the pots. After 7 p.m. dinner there was nowhere comfortable for people to meet and chat other than a picnic table and bench chairs. I did transfer to round hut for second night which did have a chair and all-important fan but was still without comforts. This Lodge should be deleted from ANY tour until the building work is completed (probably end 2020, if then) and the cell block rooms in particular made less stark.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: Two or more people share a larger, round hut
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JandD681 wrote a review Feb 2020
Erpingham, United Kingdom123 contributions42 helpful votes
I understand Surama was the first place to set up a tourist lodge in the depths of the Guyana jungle and they have to be commended for the work they have done for visitors and their community. We were given a very interesting tour of the nearby village and they are doing great things here. The cabins are very simple and rustic but ours was clean and had all the basic necessities. We were already used to unheated showers and they are welcome after a hot and sweaty bird walk. The main lodge is still under construction and looks like ti will be excellent but i do agree with other reviews that it is very near the cabins and I cannot see why as there appears to be lots of space. The building work was never a problem as they started well after we were up in the morning and take a long lunch break when we were resting as well. The wi-fi is free from 11pm to 5am but the signal is poor - don't travel outside Georgetown if you need to be on-line! We took a hike up a mountainside one morning which in hindsight I thought was a mistake due to the heat and humidity and it is a real scramble. i was very glad of my walking pole. Because it is such an effort you get very little chance to watch any wildlife. The staff are very friendly and the food was good, especially considering the facilities they are using until the main building is ready. The guides are brilliant and find wildlife you would never see without their help. 2 or 3 nights is probably enough to see the different habitats in the area.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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keith h wrote a review Jan 2020
Chesham, United Kingdom855 contributions436 helpful votes
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We came here with our own guides for a 3 night stay. The resident guide came with us on our outings & was young & relatively inexperienced ( no fault with that on his part ). . The main Lodge building was in the process of a major rebuild at the time of our visit so, of necessity, things were in a state of flux.. . The accommodation sited next to it appear somewhat dwarfed & I cannot say if they will be moved away a little but personally I would feel a little overshadowed if staying in them. We stayed in a thatched construction some 50 metres away which was perfectly adequate but certainly basic. Double bed with mosquito net. Had to ask for a chair. Electric points in the passage where we charged our batteries on tables. . Attached shower with cold water ( same everywhere we stayed in Guyana ) & toilet. . Not particularly clean. . The food was good, tea, coffee, fruit juice supplied- decent home cooking. Cold beer available to buy. . Internet available for a charge during office hours ( not during lunch break ) in the big benab about 100 metres away from the accommodation. . The Lodge commands a lovely situation, well away from the main highway. We walked into the nearby forest on the path that leads to the Borro Borro River. It is difficult to see too much in there as it is mainly in the canopy but the edge of the forest & open scrubland between it & the Lodge are rewarding for bird spotting. . By far, the best place to see birds is along the main highway, especially at dawn & dusk when there are very few vehicles about. Also between the Lodge & the highway. . We did see, thanks to our local guide a Great Potoo & a Tyra in some forest near to the Lodge. . Much more can be done such as hiking, River trips & a visit to a Guianan Cock of the Rock lek which is in forest accessed by a walk off the highway- we visited this on the way to Surama Lodge. . So, good experience in respect of the birdlife & environment, a bit of tuning required for the facilities. This may well occur when the new centre has been completed. . Particularly charming is the gaggle of yellow rumped caciques that inhabit the Lodge grounds & are constantly chattering & bickering in the trees.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Sarah b wrote a review Oct 2019
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom1528 contributions848 helpful votes
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The Surama Lodge has excellent environmental ethos and community credentials and everyone here is extremely welcoming and friendly.  During our stay there was a lot of building work going on as they are constructing a new lodge building which will also house a night sky area on a flat roof which sounds as though it's going to be fabulous. It looks as though there's at least another 6 months work to do on it but the work isn't too intrusive and we were warned about it in advance so were fine. The bed was comfortable enough and I slept well. However in our room there were bats in the roof space which whilst great for us as naturalists did provide a cleanliness challenge. There is a shower and toilet in the cabin..obviously cold water as with other lodges in the area and sometimes you get a surge of warm water depending where in the pipe the sun has struck. However we got used to the cold showers and in the heat these were most welcome. The food at the lodge is very good home style cooking with good choices , either a chicken or sometimes minced beef with a vegetable dish and homebaked bread and jugs of squash /juice.  The rice and lentil dal dishes are lovely.  Beer is also available to buy. Guides at the lodge are very knowledgeable and friendly.  There are some great young guides learning the ropes to ensure a good future for the area and community and we enjoyed some good walks here.  There are trails to walk and plenty of birding along the road through the forest..be prepared for lorries and cars kicking up dust as they power on from the ferry from Iwokramer. Night walks were very interesting though short and our guide pointed out calls we could hear and nighthawks sitting around the clearing.  Saw some good birds here but we had to be patient. Once the building work has finished it will be possible to smarten up the other rooms a little and it's fair to say that the room lacked a bit of TLC and attention to detail,  however all the basics are there and it wouldn't take much spit and polish to bring everything up to standard.   There was a very good mosquito net over the bed which worked well and was easy to slide over. A good basic lodge. I'll be interested to come back again one day to see the improvements.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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DW61 wrote a review Aug 2019
Beaconsfield, England23 contributions10 helpful votes
Getting there and organisation - The easiest option is to use a tour organiser. We used Wilderness Explorers. Our tour ran like clockwork thanks to the excellent organisation. You could attempt to organise a trip independently. If you are not in Georgetown then this is likely to require time and many e-mails. If you have a few days in Georgetown before going to the interior then this would be more realistic (get a local SIM for your phone!). By air you can either get to Surama by flying from Georgetown (Ogle) to Fairview or Lethem (Fairview is closer). If there are 4 of you or more then Air Transport Services flights to Lethem will land at the Surama airstrip to drop you off on the way. If you fly to Fairview or Lethem you will need to arrange a transfer to Surama by 4x4. The trip to Surama is possible using one of the minibuses that do the journey from Georgetown to Lethem (you get off at Surama junction). This would be a long and 'interesting' option (although not necessarily quick or comfortable). The flights cost 30000 or 35000 Guyana dollars (one way) with Air Transport Services (Fairview and Lethem) or Trans Guyana Airways (Lethem). The minibus option is likely to cost about 12000 Guyana dollars (the trip to Lethem is 15000). Food and accommodation - Accommodation is either in a small benab (2 single beds and one double in each and on suite bathroom) or a double room (with a small on suite) in a bungalow that has 6 rooms. All of the accommodation is basic but clean and comfortable. Mosquito nets are provided. Wildlife in some of the the benabs/rooms (bats, frogs and geckos) adds an additional interesting dimension! There is a central benab for communal relaxation and meals. This is currently being rebuilt around the existing structure. The food is excellent. All of the meals consist good quality home cooked food and drink made from local ingredients. Activities - You really need the services of a guide. Our guide was excellent - knowledgeable of birds, wildlife, the forest and also good company. The walk up Surama Mountain is worth the effort. Trainers are not suitable - you will need boots. Although many people visit for birds and wildlife there is far more that you can get from a visit to Surama. The best part of our visit to Surama were the people. If there is anything you want to know about life in the village then there will always be someone available to answer your questions. Everyone that we came into contact with at Surama lodge and in the village were welcoming. Overall impression - Lives up to its aim of being community based tourism.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Jenny wrote a review May 2019
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My partner and I spent 5 amazing days at the Surama Eco-Lodge. Everyone there was very welcoming, the food was beyond excellent, and the whole set up was simple but perfect. Our first night was in one of the huts, which was surprisingly spacious, super clean and with our own little shower/toilet room. We then spent 2 nights in a hammock camp down by the river, which again was more than we were expecting, before returning to the main lodge and our hut. During our time at Surama, we were very well looked after and couldn't have asked for more from the staff there. A must if you're in Guyana.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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904agnesc wrote a review Jan 2019
Zoutleeuw, Belgium245 contributions125 helpful votes
If you go, try to stay in the cabins as the rooms are very small and pretty basic. Food is good. As they tend to get birders, very early breakfast is available. Staff is very friendly and nature is abundant.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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Sue V wrote a review Dec 2018
Rocester, United Kingdom13 contributions4 helpful votes
This is a very special experience. You are mad to feel part of what is a very proud community. The accommodation is so fitting to your surroundings and the food was great. Marvin and Ricky were amazing and great company. Surama Mountain gives you great views and the trip on the Burro Burro River makes you feel you are the only people on earth.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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