We arrived without knowing exactly what to expect, and certainly without any wild ambitions of seeing wildlife but from the start we were blown away by the lodge and story behind it. The fact that an entire community with no experience of tourism can come together and produce an experience like this is nothing less than inspirational.
Be aware, rooms are basic but more than functional, food is excellent, wifi is free, (something I still can't find in many European Business hotels) and most importantly the beers are cold!
Gary, our extremely capable guide, walked with us from dusk until dawn pointing out wildlife and talking us through the community history. We felt privileged to learn so much. The one thing that impressed me was every time he explained why they'd made one change or another it was due to customer feedback, if only every proprietor could be so humble!
The real highlight was the river boat trip in the morning, make sure you experience this as well!
- 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