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Guyanas Explorer Cayenne - Boa Vista

Trip Overview

This 21 day overland tour journeys from Cayenne to Boa Vista through Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname
21 DAYS THROUGH Brazil, French Guiana (+ 2 more countries)
RATING:
of 2 reviews
PRICE FROM:
$2,095 (USD) + 1,020 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
21 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Minibus, Boat
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
25%
75%
MEALS:
8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZCV
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Half day walking tour of Cayenne, capital of French Guiana

  Take an optional boat trip around Devil's Island

  Tour to the International Space Station

  Explore the intriguing St Laurent du Maroni

  Take a Sunset boat trip to spot dolphins on Suriname river

  Walk around fascinating Paramaribo

  Explore deep into Suriname jungle

  Overnight in jungle cabins

  Take some photos in bustling Georgetown

  Go deep into the rain forest for a canopy walk

  Sleep overnight in a hammock in eco village camp

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This trip is new to Dragoman for 2018, please be aware for this season we may be required to run some departures in private minibuses rather than our Overland trucks.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Cayenne ( 8th Sep 2019 )

Welcome to French Guiana!, today there is an important meeting at 18:00, please meet in the hotel reception.  The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Cayenne.

Border Information - If joining the trip at Cayenne, you will fly into Cayenne Félix Eboué International Airport (IATA code: CAY)

In Cayenne we stay in a comfortable hotel.

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a 2-hour kayaking trip to the Iles Dupont; sea islets positioned less than a half-mile off the beach of Cayenne’s Grand Hotel de Montabo. This site is perfect for the observation of sea turtles and dolphins.

EUR 29

Take an afternoon and evening trip in a pirogue (dugout canoe) up the Kaw River to view the lora and fauna of the marshes and in the evening go in search Caiman

EUR 55
Day 2 - Cayenne ( 9th Sep 2019 )

Today we will enjoy a half day walking tour around Cayenne.  The rest of the day is yours to enjoy, perhaps even take a Kayaking trip to the Ilets du pont. Depending on departure days we may choose to visit the Space station at Kourou ths morning.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take a 3hr walking tour of Cayenne; climb up Cépénou hill to enjoy a panoramic view of the city; the visit will take you through numerous key spots of historical, cultural or natural interest.

Included in Kitty
Day 3 - Kourou ( 10th Sep 2019 )

Today we will head out to the town of Kourou; the site of the European Space station and the starting point for boat trips around the former penal colony on Devil’s Island, one of the infamous Iles du Salut, off the coast of French Guiana. The ordeal of Frenchman Henri Charriere, who spent 12 years here, would later inspire the book Papillon.

We will camp this evening in the surrounding area.

100km / 2hrs

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the international Spaceport in Kourou

Included in Kitty
Day 4 - Kourou, Saint Laurent du Maroni, Plage les Hattes ( 11th Sep 2019 )

Today we will visit the European Space Centre near Kourou, en route to the town of Saint Laurent du Maroni.

During Turtle viewing season (March to August) we will spend tonight at Plage les Hattes, in the hope of spotting a Olive Ridley or Leatherback Turtle.

Approximate drive time - 3hrs / 190km 

We will stay in a local guesthouse or sleep in hammocks if we visit Plage Les Hattes

 

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a boat trip to the Iles du Salut, the Devils islands; explore the old church, school and hospital of Ilhe Royale, photograph the native wildlife and even take a dip in the convicts swimming pool!

EUR 50
Day 5 - Saint Laurent du Maroni ( 12th Sep 2019 )

Today we have a free day to explore the border town of Saint Laurent du Maroni, located on the Maroni river, with its interesting and dark history as an arrival point for prisoners during the 19th Century.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

This river tour will take you to the “Ile Portal” river island, the Amerindian village of Biguiston and its polishing stones and finally to the Wacapou creek.

EUR 40
Day 6 - Paramaribo ( 13th Sep 2019 )

We continue our journey west to the lively capital Paramaribo.

This evening we may choose to take an evening sunset boat trip in the hope of seeing some Dolphins playing in the Suriname River. 

Approximate Driving Time: 145km / 3hrs

In Paramaribo we stay in a locally owned hostel in dorms and twin rooms with shared bathrooms.  

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a sunset boat trip in search of dolphins, tour includes snacks and drinks.

EUR 27.50
Day 7 - Paramaribo ( 14th Sep 2019 )

Today we have a full day to explore Paramaribo's historic inner city and the Commewijne area.  You can easily explore the historic centre on foot, visiting Fort Zeelandia and the Suriname museum, and enjoying the fantastic architecture of Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral, one of the largest wooden buildings in the western hemisphere, or hire a bike and take a boat across the river to cycle the peaceful Commewijne Plantation Loop, visit the star shaped fort at Neiu Amsterdam.  There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a tour to explore the historical timeline of Suriname and its bitter-sweet sugar past.

 

EUR 65

A day filled with authentic Maroon culture, art, music and dance.

 

EUR 75
Day 8 - Upper Suriname Area ( 15th Sep 2019 )

This morning we leave the truck behind and set off for an unforgettable adventure into the interior of Suriname. We will travel by minibus for approximately 190km to the port at Atjoni, we then hop on a boat for approx 1hr trip along the Suriname River, deep into the rainforest where we will stay for two nights on our own private island!

Be sure to pack light for this excursion, as we can only take a small bag each with us.

We will stay in comfortable cabins and enjoy our own pool.  All meals are provided during our visit, though you will need a small amount of money for drinks and tips for our local guide.

Day 9 - Upper Suriname Area ( 16th Sep 2019 )

During our stay we can visit local villages, walk around the island in the hope of meeting some of its furry inhabitants and learn about the medicinal plants, try to spot Caiman on a night time canoe trip, take a dip in the river at the Ferulassi rapids - a natural Jacuzzi, and relax on the island by our pool, spot the kingfishers on the banks of the river and enjoy the tranquillity of the Amazon Rainforest.

We will stay in comfortable cabins.

All meals are provided.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Spend 2 nights / 3 days on an all inclusive island retreat in the Suriname River, surrounded by dense rainforest, birdlife and opportunities to visit local communities.

Included in Kitty
Day 10 - Paramaribo ( 17th Sep 2019 )

This morning is free for you to enjoy how you wish, walk, swim or relax and after lunch we will transfer back to Paramaribo.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

An evening tour to visit the Sea Turtles in their natural habitat.

 

EUR 75
Day 11 - Paramaribo ( 18th Sep 2019 )

Paramaribo and its surroundings definitely deserve at least one more day for exploration.  Today is yours to spend as you wish; take a boat trip to Jordensavanne, take part in a Moengo Cultural experience, go walking in the Peperpot Nature reserve or Brownsberg Nature Park, learn the art of Surinamese cookery, or take part in one of the many day tours available.

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the partly renovated plantation Peperpot and take a walk in the nature park

EUR 39

Take a boat trip to the ruins of Jodensavanne with its influential history

EUR 85
Day 12 - Bigi Pan ( 19th Sep 2019 )

Today we will leave the bright lights of Parbo behind and head to the Bigi Pan,  designated an 'Important Bird Area' for its spectacular bird life, particularly the country's largest colony of Scarlet Ibis.

We will spend the night in comfortable rooms with all meals included.

Estimated Drive: 5hrs

Day 13 - Georgetown ( 20th Sep 2019 )

Today we head across the border by Ferryboat to the Guyana Capital, Georgetown.  

Border information: Exit Paramaribo, Enter Guyana

In Georgetown we stay in a central located, basic but cosy, locally run hostel, with shared bathrooms in a combination of twin and dorm rooms.

Estimated Drive: 5hrs

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Enjoy a city tour of historic Georgetown

USD 30
Day 14 - Georgetown ( 21st Sep 2019 )

Take a morning tour of the city, explore the old canals and great sea wall, visit incredible wooden cathedrals, the huge market and try to spot the manatees swimming in the National park's lake.  Georgetown is a busy place, and feels happily free from mass tourism. Be sure to take your camera!

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Enjoy a city tour of historic Georgetown

USD 30
Day 15 - Georgetown ( 22nd Sep 2019 )

Today we have a second free day in the city.

Perhaps one of the greatest highlights of Guyana is the spectacularly remote and impressive Kaieteur Falls, one of the tallest single drop waterfalls in the world, and reachable only by light aircraft.  Take a half day flight to the falls and then enjoy a walking tour to the Falls and search for the tiny golden rocket frogs, hiding in the tank bromeliads leaves, as well as an impressive variety of butterflies, you may also be lucky enough to spot the bright orange Guayanan Cock of the Rocks. 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a half day trip by light aircraft to the awesome Kaieteur Falls.

USD 195

Take a full day trip to the Arrowpoint Nature Resort

USD 110
Day 16 - Iwokrama Forest ( 23rd Sep 2019 )

Today the adventure really begins, as we travel south into the Guyanan Interior. We enjoy the comforts of a tarmac road for around 120km, as far as the town of Linden, and then the dirt road begins! it's the only road that connects Georgetown to Brazil, at some times of the year it becomes impassable due to the rains, but most of the time you'll find trucks and minibuses happily bumping along the road transporting people to and from Lethem. Many people choose to fly to the jungle resorts, but as overlanders we will get to enjoy the pristine rainforest - keep your eyes peeled in case of the illusive jaguar road crossing!

Please note we will likely set off very early today in order to make the most of the cooler parts of the day.

Driving Distance: 12 hours

Today we will camp just north of the Essequibo river, with basic facilities.

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a short walk into the rainforest to search of the brightest bird of the jungle - the Guianan Cock of the Rocks

USD 38
Day 17 - Iwokrama Forest ( 24th Sep 2019 )

This morning we will cross the River on a small barge and head deep in the Guyanan rainforest, which gives us some unique wildlife spotting opportunities in one of the most pristine and untouched eco-systems in the world.  We have a variety of options for us including walking, bird watching, canoeing trips, nocturnal wildlife spotting and even a spot of swimming (if the watre is low enough).

Today we will have an opportunity to visit the Iwokrama Forest Canopy Walkway, set 30metres above the forest floor and providing a unique opportunity to experience the jungle's mid-level canopy through a series of suspension bridges and decks. Visits during dusk or dawn are best for bird spotting of Macaws and Tucans, you may even be lucky enough to see Red Howler Monkeys.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

We will stay in the heart of the Iwokrama Forest at a jungle lodge where we have time to explore the rainforest and observe the wildlife and birdlife.

Included in Kitty

Iwokrama Canopy Walkway offers a unique experience in the region and envelopes you in the jungle’s mid-level canopy through a series of suspension bridges and decks from heights of up to 30 metres (98 ft.).

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take an evening trip on the river to spot Caiman

USD 30

Go in search of wildlife and the illusive Jaguar on an evening drive along the Iwokrama Rainforest passage.

USD 65

Head out in a canoe on the river

USD 12

Take a nature trail with a local guide into the forest

USD 17

During low water season take a boat trip along the river to find the ancient Petroglyphs, estimated to be over 600 years old

USD 15-20
Day 18 - Rupununi ( 25th Sep 2019 )

Today we leave the dense rainforest behind and head towards a village settlement in an area of Savannah, where we will take a walk in the village and a short river trip in Canoes on the Burro Burro River. Afterwards we will head to our camp, which is a little further south further into the Savannah region.

Estimated Drive: 2-3hrs

We will camp with basica facilities, all meals are included.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

We will spend two days in the Rupununi Savannah area of Guyana; here we can have a village tour, take a wildlife walk, experience the forest after dark.  We have the option of climbing a nearby mountain or taking a canoe trip. 

Included in Kitty
Day 19 - Rupununi ( 26th Sep 2019 )

Today we have a free day for activities such a horse riding, hiking and further opportunities for spotting wildlife.

 

 

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Half day horse riding in the savannah

USD 20

Full day bicycle hire to explore the area

USD 20

Head out for a guided hike

USD 10
Day 20 - Boa Vista ( 27th Sep 2019 )

This is our final day in Guyana, we will head south past the town of Lethem and onto the city of Boa Vista in Brazil 

(Please note that it is possible to fly from Lethem to Georgetown for approximately 150USD, for outbound international flights).

Drive time - 245km / 5 hrs

Day 21 - Boa Vista ( 28th Sep 2019 )

Today is the final day for passengers finishing their trip in Boa Vista. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking an extra night of accommodation in order to fully explore the area.

Border Information: if you are finishing in Boa Vista, you will most likely exit Brazil at Boa Vista-Atlas Brasil Cantanhede International Airport (AITO code: BVB)

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Departing: 8 Sep 2019
Returning: 28 Sep 2019
Duration: 21 days
Route: Cayenne - Boa Vista
$2,095 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
DEPARTURE GUARANTEED
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 1 Oct 2019
Returning: 21 Oct 2019
Duration: 21 days
Route: Boa Vista - Cayenne
$2,095 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
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Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 2 Apr 2020
Returning: 22 Apr 2020
Duration: 21 days
Route: Cayenne - Boa Vista
$2,115 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
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Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 26 Apr 2020
Returning: 16 May 2020
Duration: 21 days
Route: Boa Vista - Cayenne
$2,115 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 6 Sep 2020
Returning: 26 Sep 2020
Duration: 21 days
Route: Cayenne - Boa Vista
$2,115 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 29 Sep 2020
Returning: 19 Oct 2020
Duration: 21 days
Route: Boa Vista - Cayenne
$2,115 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 25 Mar 2021
Returning: 14 Apr 2021
Duration: 21 days
Route: Cayenne - Boa Vista
$2,120 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 18 Apr 2021
Returning: 8 May 2021
Duration: 21 days
Route: Boa Vista - Cayenne
$2,120 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 5 Sep 2021
Returning: 25 Sep 2021
Duration: 21 days
Route: Cayenne - Boa Vista
$2,145 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 28 Sep 2021
Returning: 18 Oct 2021
Duration: 21 days
Route: Boa Vista - Cayenne
$2,145 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 7 Apr 2022
Returning: 27 Apr 2022
Duration: 21 days
Route: Cayenne - Boa Vista
$2,170 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 1 May 2022
Returning: 21 May 2022
Duration: 21 days
Route: Boa Vista - Cayenne
$2,170 USD + $1,020 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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REVIEWS FROM OUR PASSENGERS

Wonderful trip - enjoyed Guyana most.
Dean M
The whole Amazon/Brazil forest/river experience was really enjoyable. Especially the camps on rivers edges accessed by motorised dugout canoes
Peter C