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“Wonderful lodge in the middle of the rainforest”

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Atta Rainforest Lodge
Reviewed February 24, 2013

We were very happy that we chose to visit The Canopy Walkway and Atta Lodge. Above the forest canopy we saw red howler monkeys, red-and-green macaws, and countless other birds. The sights, sounds and smells made us feel as if we were part of the rain forest canopy.

Our guide, Leon, was excellent. He is knowledgeable and dedicated to learning as much as he can about the rain forest and the birds and animals that live there. Not only did he guide us on the walkway, but he also led us on two ground-level hikes in the rain forest, and we learned a great deal from him.

The accommodations at Atta Lodge are very nice, and the meals were great.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We stayed here for 3 days and had the most amazing time. Our main guide was Leon who was absolutely brilliant and our secondary guide was Jerry and he had only been in place for a week but he had an amazing eye and spotted some fabulous birds and mammals. He could well be a special guide for the future if nurtured properly. The lodge had great accommodation including brilliant outside showers (well screened of course). We went on the Canopy Walkway but didn't see much. But then this is my experience of most Canopy Walkways, just a waste of every-one's time. However, the road walks and night drives were quite amazing with great views of nighthawks, numerous birds and insect life. Beware of the cost of wine though. Due to freezer problems there was no cold beer available so we had a bottle of Chilean Shiraz. It was fine but a $50 price tag seemed a bit much. Maybe we should just drink warm beer!! LOL. We plan to return later in the year for another 3 days and will just have to hope that we'll still be welcome after this review. I will never forget the sound of those howler monkeys from about 5 o'clock in the morning. Simply among the most amazing sounds one can hear in one's lifetime. :-)

Room Tip: Any of the rooms are great. We were on an end which could be great but all rooms are very much inter...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

This lodge has abundant rain forest wild life and many trails to explore. It also has an excellent canopy walk way with 3 towers. The local guides are good and helpful. The food is simple with an emphasis on rice and chicken. It does have good beer. And because it is hot and humid here you are going to want to drink a lot of it. There is only one temperature water in the shower--warm. If you happen to be of the less adventurist type, just sit on one of the benches in the yard and watch the Macaws, Fruit Crows, Aracaris, and Toucans fly over or land in the surrounding trees. We saw an Ornate Hawk Eagle land in one of the near by trees and gave us an outstanding view.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Okay...my vacations tend to be all about watching wildlife, above and below water, and experiencing nature, and less about truly relaxing (on beaches, etc.), though, to me, watching nature IS relaxing. That said...getting to the Lodge review.

Atta Rainforest Lodge is located in the giant Iwokrama Rainforest reserve, which I believe spans 1 million acres, or more. It's some of the FINEST rainforest I've ever seen, and I've been to other parts of the Amazon area, Borneo, Central America, etc...and numerous times. Iwokrama is awesome. So, if you are into tropical forests and wildlife, you will LOVE this place.

However, I will be honest...Atta is for the more intrepid. It is very very comfortable, no problem there. But, it is also very simple. There is a lovely room with a bed, mosquito net, outdoor shower and toilet (fully screened off of course) and sparse furniture. Everything you need really, but not fancy. The water, as in most of Guyana's lodges, is tepid, no hot showers here! Believe me, you won't mind it. The meals are served in an open air, but fully covered dining area and the food is GREAT! I was really surprised, because other lodges in Guyana served what I would say is only mediocre fare. The food at Atta is simple, but creative, tasty, and varied. There is always a meat, rice or potato dish, and lots of vegetables. The table is fully stocked with spicy sauces and seasonings. I felt satisfied about the food here.

The area is just one word...spectacular! Stepping a few feet from your sleeping area, you are fully immersed into the forest with big, old rainforest trees, and howlers, capuchins, spider monkeys, countless bird species, agouti, the usual large tropical ground birds, etc. etc. are all AROUND you. It's amazing. We took a night walk, and those are always fun, even if you don't see anything extreme. We didn't but we did see nighthawks, ants at work (several species), lots of interesting invertebrates doing their thing (including giant whip scorpions, and the like), and more. Lots of fun.

The canopy walkway...what it's famous for...well, those are never my favorite thing. I certainly have no fear of the height, or the wobbly feeling, or anything like that. But, I've been up MANY canopy walkways, and have seldom seen more than I see on the ground. Maybe I"m just unlucky up there! However, the views over the treetops are beautiful, and we went at sunset, and it was magical.

I would go back to Atta in a heartbeat. Apparently, the jaguars mate in Jan-Feb, and can sometimes (often?) be seen in pairs at that time, strolling the nearby dirt (yes, DIRT) main highway, which passes by Atta. Incredible. If you love nature, and the tropics, and are looking for a delightful place to see the same, go to Atta. Seriously. Have fun!

Room Tip: All the rooms are pretty much the same, I think
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

Atta is a simple and that’s what we loved. The rooms are basic (no hot water and limited electricity), but very comfortable and feature ensuite bathrooms with showers and flush toilets. All rooms are in a motel-style strip. The palapa-style dining area is a short walk away.
The grounds are wonderfully plain. Just a large, clear, mowed area that provides perfect views of the totally black (no city lights) night sky and of the Cara Cara birds that make rounds at dawn and dusk. Midday the place is aflutter with yellow butterflies.
Atta is located at the base of the stairs to the Canopy Walkway and has guides on hand at all times to lead you up there. The stairs are in dreadful condition. You need to be agile and well-balanced or at least very, very determined to make it up all 150 deteriorating steps to the top. The guides, however, will provide every possible assistance. They speak proudly of getting a very large birder all the way up – with one guide pushing and other pulling.
Food is OK and Anthony, the host, is most accommodating and engaging. We aren't birders, but other travelers we talked with said the birding here was very, very good.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2016
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  • Stayed: February 2016, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 1, 2014
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  • Stayed: October 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: | Mauisparu, Guyana
Location: Guyana > Iwokrama Forest
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Iwokrama Forest
Number of rooms: 8

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