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Caiman House Field Station

Main Road, Yupukari Region 9 Guyana
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Caiman House Field Station and Guest House, centrally located in the Macushi village of Yupukari, is a nonprofit community-owned and operated social enterprise. Revenues from visitors, including a US-accredited Study Abroad semester, support the internet-enabled Yupukari Public Library and two conservation/research investigations, into the Black Caiman (Melanosuchus niger) and the Yellow-Spotted Sidenecked River Turtle (Podocnemis uniphilis). Featuring 6 charming and comfortable, handcrafted rooms with en suite bathrooms (and three additional rooms with shared bathrooms) Caiman House hosts up to 14 and also offers hammock or camping options for larger groups. Guests are invited to explore the nocturnal life of the Rupununi River on our "Creatures of the Night" tour, with the chance to see boat-billed heron, Common Potoo, the Black Caiman, Amazon Tree Boas and other wildlife active at night on the river, or assist the local research team as they capture, mark and release black caiman. Early-morning experiences include the legendary El Dorado savannah and wetlands via 4*4 vehicle to spot giant anteater, or paddling a dugout canoe on our Awarikru Adventure, where one may meet giant river otters, capuchin monkeys and a wide range of local birds, including white-banded swallow and green ibis. Avid birders often visit us to see the Crested Doradito, Agami Heron and Finsch's Euphonia. Additional experiences include hikes in the savannah "bush islands" and gallery forests; sunset floats to watch unfolding giant waterlilies, Wattled Jacana and Purple Gallinule; fishing in the river, ponds and lakes - bring your own gear, or learn local hand-line methods. Guests often choose dry season (September to April) but visitors in rainy season are treated to spectacular flooded-forest excursions, shimmering savannah vistas and the range of seasonal avian visitors. Caiman House is equipped with 100% solar power and internet 24hrs a day, safe drinking water, and a local team of hosts and guides. Caiman House links easily with visits to Karanambu (40 minutes overland from airstrip), Surama, Rewa, Nappi, Dadanawa, or as a start or end to more adventurous tours with Rupununi Trails or Rupununi River Drifters.
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Main Road, Yupukari Region 9 Guyana
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This was a very special experience. You feel as though you are part of the community here from the moment you arrive. The accommodation is great and the food brilliant. To be part of the Caiman project is something that we will never forget. The passion of the staff was infectious, particularly Anthony who taught us more about Caiman that we ever thought we would know.
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A good place to come to, in a small Amerindian village. Saw the giant anteaters here, and also the otters. Also South American agoutis in a large group when we went out on a lake in a dug out canoe. Nice rooms and nice staff.
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I have given this lodge 5 because the stay was great but unfortunately the pump from the bore had given up the week before our arrival and there was no running water. In fact we managed well because the staff constantly filled tubs in the bathroom with water from the village pump. There is so much interesting research going on here including the caiman and the river turtles and it was extremely interesting to learn first hand from the researchers of their work. The food was good and the staff extremely friendly. A trip into the village taught us so much not only about cassava preparation, cotton spinning and weaving but about the need to develop opportunities for the children without using contact with their culture. Trips to the river and the lake were made more interesting because the distance was too far for me to walk and the village does not have any vehicles apart from motor cycles, so that was it we would ride pillion to very helpful villagers who volunteered to transport us. It was all worth it because the trips on the river with excellent guides were fabulous. I am not sure our family will believe us!!!
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A real treat to stay here. The staff, including the guides, were friendly and keen to share their community. The accommodation was basic but fine. The food was very good and served brilliantly. The manager always ate with us and was keen to share information and answer our questions.
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Rustic small lodge & gathering space. Great hammocks perfectly located under an eve, rocked by the warm breeze! Lovely staff & workers, working hard to improve a community gathering spot. Wonderful intro to Guyana!
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