'Land of Many Waters'


Baganara Resort--rainforest gateway; Essequibo River motorboat excursion; Flight-seeing over Kaieteur Waterfall; Kabalebo Nature Resort - pristine rainforest experience; Ariane Space Centre tour


Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Wed 09 Nov 2016Mon 21 Nov 2016 $4990 USD
Fri 24 Feb 2017Wed 08 Mar 2017 $4990 USD
Wed 01 Nov 2017Mon 13 Nov 2017 $4990 USD

Optional Single Supplement: $860 USD (number of singles limited).

Tour Overview

This thirteeen-day tour of Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana is an excellent experience for anyone who wants to discover this obscure corner of South America. Sandy beaches, tropical climate and friendly people all work their way into defining this area of the continent. When we venture to the only English-speaking country in South America, Guyana, and into its capital, Georgetown, we see the past clearly shine through the numerous colonial buildings and the gardens that surround them.

During this trip, we will have a chance to see an outstanding array of birds, from the 200-plus species in the vast rainforest of the Baganara Resort, or the hundreds of birds. While strolling down the Central Market of Paramaribo, Suriname, be sure to taste some of the delicious tropical fruits unique to the area. A major highlight is our remote wilderness experience at Kabalebo, located in a beautiful and pristine corner of Suriname.

Regions visited: South America
Countries visited: Guyana; Suriname and French Guiana


Adventures Abroad does a very good job of leading tours to off-the-beaten-track places, guaranteeing a reasonably comfortable hotel with nice amenities, good food, lots of the best sightseeing with great guides, flexible flight planning before and after the tour, and for a reasonable price. Countries you might not want to go to on your own, you can visit with Adventures Abroad in safety and comfort, sharing the cost with other tour members.

Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival into Georgetown
Today we arrive in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana and one of South America's lesser-known locations. Named after King George III, Guyana's capital city lies on the Atlantic coast, on the east bank of Demerara River estuary. Today the city is protected by a sea wall and an elaborate drainage system designed by the Dutch. Called the garden city due to its wide tree lined avenues, this city is a little piece of the colonial past in a modern world. Built mostly of wood, Georgetown is an architectural wonder with many of its buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Overnight in Georgetown.

Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2 Georgetown: City Tour
Today we will enjoy a city tour of Georgetown's principal sights. Here the architecture of centuries gone by will surely provide for some scenic views. We start at the Kingston Seawall and then drive to the historical center to view St George's Cathedral, one of the world's tallest free standing wooden buildings. We will also see the Parliament building, completed in 1833, as well as the simple but impressive St. Andrews Kirk.

We continue to the Botanical Gardens & Zoo, and then we move on to the Hibiscus Craft Market and the Post Office. We also see the Victorian Law Courts and Town Hall, as well as the historic Starbroek Market - one of the city's most prominent landmarks.

After a break for lunch we will tour the Guyana National Museum. The Castellani House is a gorgeous wooden building erected in 1877. Today this building is home to the National Art Gallery as well as rotating art exhibits by many local artists.

You will then have some free time this afternoon.

Overnight in Georgetown.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Georgetown - Kaieteur Falls - Baganara Resort
Today we depart Georgetown and travel to Kaieteur Falls by plane (approximately 1 to 1.5 hours).

We will witness Guyana's astonishing Kaieteur Falls, where the Potaro River drops drastically over a precipice into the depths of a gorge 224 m (741 feet) below. This is the widest 'single-drop' waterfall in the world, and one of the most impressive and beautiful sights in the country. Guyana's ‘trademark feature’ produces breathtaking rainbows across the gorge (hopefully the weather will be clear!). Our aircraft will circle the falls, giving views to those sitting on both sides of the plane, before landing nearby.

From here we will walk through a tropical gorge, stopping at a number of viewpoints along the way before reaching the very edge of the top of the falls. There are many legends of Kaieteur, but the most enduring tells of a great old chief of the Patamona tribe whose name was Kaie. To save his people from being destroyed by the savage Caribishi, Kaie sacrificed himself to the Makonaima, the Great Spirit, by canoeing himself over the falls.

After our time at the falls we then fly to the Baganara Resort. Pre-eminent among the three hundred and sixty-five islands in the mighty Essequibo is this wonderful little piece of paradise with one hundred and eighty-seven acres of lush green foliage and colourful tropical flowers. This is the gateway to the unspoilt rainforest of Guyana and the junction where the great Essequibo and Mazaruni rivers meet.

In the afternoon you may have some free time and then early this evening, as the sun starts to set, we make an excursion up the Essequibo River by motorboat to Parrot Island. As the warm tropical day ends, myriad stars of the equatorial zone appear and the Amazonian parrots arrive to roost for the night. We will approach the edges of this mangrove island listening to the sounds of these intelligent birds preparing for the night.

* For our time at Baganara (and later at Kabalebo in Suriname), please pack a smaller collapsible overnight bag due to the nature of light aircraft used to / from these lodges. Your larger baggage will be securely stored for you.

Overnight at Baganara Resort.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Baganara Resort: Bartica, Marshall Falls, and Parrot Island
We rise early this morning for a pre-breakfast nature walk. Our walk takes us through the humid swamp forests that cover much of Baganara Island. This is a perfect opportunity to identify some of the region's numerous tree species and watch for some of the more than 200 bird species recorded in the surrounding area.

After breakfast you can take a swim in the warm, clean waters of the river, or perhaps the soft sand beaches that surround the island. Kayaks are available for those wishing to explore the river on their own; alternatively, you may choose to curl up in a hammock and relax. Later today we board a motorboat and take an exciting journey to the town of Bartica. An Arawak word meaning "red clay", it is home to many people who work the mighty rivers. The Mazaruni has many granite quarries -- the stone is sent all over the Carribbean. The Cuyuni leads to Venezuela and has numerous gold, silver, diamond and bauxite mines. An isolated nearby island is still the site of Guyana's largest prison, continuously used since built by the Dutch several centuries ago.

*Cuyuni and Mazaruni river cruises may be replaced by other sightseeing if water levels are not high enough.

Overnight at Baganara Resort.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Baganara Resort - Georgetown, Guyana - Paramaribo, Suriname
Today we enjoy a free morning to take advantage of the resort's facilities. Your Tour Leader can help plan some morning activities (e.g. kayaking or swimming). After lunch we will use the resort boat to make our way back to the port at Parika to take our bus for the drive back to Georgetown.

After dinner, we will be taking a late evening flight to Paramaribo in Suriname.

Overnight in Paramaribo.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Paramaribo: City Tour
Paramaribo originated in the 17th century around an old trading post and Fort Willoughby, which was renamed Fort Zeelandia after the Dutch conquered it in 1667. The Dutch made the settlement near the fort the colony's capital, calling it Nieuw Middelburg. This name for the new capital has never been accepted. The popular name for the capital is still 'foto,' derived from 'fort.' Some months later, the British took over the fort again, but under the Peace of Breda, Suriname became a Dutch colony again. The name Paramaribo is derived from 'Paramurubo,' the name of an old Arrawak village, which means 'city of parwa blossoms.'

Sights in Paramaribo include: The Central Market where you can find tropical fruit and vegetables galore (we may have to visit one morning, when the market is in full swing); here one can meet a cross-section of Suriname's ethnically-diverse population. The Palm Garden, which is behind the Presidential Palace, is famous for its stately palm trees. Waterfront / Independence Square is the centre of activity during national holidays. There are also several food stands along the Waterfront. The historic Fort Zeelandia has been turned into a museum, which highlights Suriname's history and arts.

This afternoon you will have some free time to explore independently in this charming colonial atmosphere.

Overnight in Paramaribo.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Paramaribo - Kabalebo Jungle Resort
Today we fly (light aircraft, 10-16 seats) to the Kabalebo Nature Resort, a luxurious lodge lying in one of the most beautiful areas of Suriname, deep in the untouched (and malaria free) Amazon jungle.*

Within a range of hundreds of kilometers, you will see nothing except for the flora and fauna of the splendid Amazon rainforest. Where playful monkeys leap through the treetops, the colourful parrots glide above your head and unusual fish leap and quickly swim away down a secluded creek.

Besides the numerous unusual birds, colourful butterflies and many dazzling types of fish, you may also come across a member of the cat family, the jaguar. You may spend hours on exploratory trips together with your guide. But you may also see many animals even if you decide to remain in the vicinity of the lodge.

* Please pack a smaller collapsible overnight bag due to the nature of light aircraft used to / from remote lodges. Your larger baggage will be securely stored for you.

Overnight at Kabalebo Jungle Resort.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Kabalebo Jungle Resort
Nature Resort Kabalebo lies in one of the most beautiful pieces of jungle in Suriname. Because no people live in the wide surroundings, pure untouched nature is found here.

During our time at the resort, we will have a jungle walk during which we will become acquainted with the extensive flora and fauna of the Amazon forest. Our guide will tell us about the animals making their home in this area, the medicinal qualities of the plants or acquaint you with the colourful beauty of the jungle flowers.

During the hike, you are introduced to the numerous inhabitants of the rainforest. From plants with medicinal qualities to the many brightly coloured birds found up in the tree tops.

Balance of the day for optional activities.

Kabalebo Jungle Resort.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Kabalebo Jungle Resort - Paramaribo, Suriname - Cayenne, French Guiana
After lunch we will depart by charter flight back to Paramaribo from where we take the short flight to Cayenne, French Guiana.

This overseas département of France is situated on the northeastern coast of South America, bounded by Brazil to the south and east, Suriname to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the northeast.

Spaniards explored this part of the coast in 1500 and settled the area around Cayenne in 1503. French merchants opened a trading center on the coast in 1624, followed by other merchants who founded Cayenne in 1643. The territory was awarded to France in 1667, and the Dutch, who had occupied Cayenne in 1664, were expelled in 1676. Inhabitants of the territory were made French citizens, with representation in the French Parliament after 1877. By 1852 the French had begun using the territory as a penal colony where deported convicts were imprisoned in dreadful conditions exemplified by the notorious islands just off the coast. More than 70,000 French convicts were deported to French Guiana between 1852 and 1939. French Guiana became a département of France in 1946 and was given regional status in 1974.

Overnight in Cayenne.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Cayenne, French Guiana / City Tour
Due to our late arrival the night prior we will allow for a late start this morning. After some time for a rest and a late breakfast we will start with our city tour of Cayenne.

Cayenne is French Guiana's atmospheric capital and the chief port. French Guiana’s cultural milieu reflects the diverse background of the resident ethnic communities. Indigenous and African crafts, customs, and arts predominate among their respective peoples. A distinctive mixed-Creole culture is dominant in the urban areas, highlighted by brilliantly coloured and distinctively patterned costumes.

Avenue Général de Gaulle is the main commercial street in the center. At the east end of the avenue near the coast is the Place des Palmistes and the Place de Grenoble. Most of the city’s official buildings are located in this area, including the Hôtel de Ville (the town hall) built by Jesuits in the 1890s, the Post Office, and the Préfecture. Other points of interest include the Canal Laussat and the Botanical Gardens. In the center of town we also find the Musee Departamental, featuring exhibits on indigenous peoples and the notorious penal settlements on Devil's Island. Lively cafes and market stalls are to be found in the Place des Palmistes.

At the end of our day of touring we will drive northwest to Kourou. Here the Kourou River empties into the Atlantic Ocean, and at the mouth of this river sits the town of Kourou, which is ringed by four hills. Not much is known of the pre-colonial era, but we do know that Kalina, or Galibi mostly populated the area before the arrival of the French in the late 17th century.

Overnight in Kourou.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Cayenne - Kourou: Iles du Salut
Today we enjoy a full-day excursion to the former penal colony on the Iles du Salut (Isles of Salvation). Commonly referred to as "Devil's Island", this is really a triangle of three islands situated seven miles off the coast of Kourou. This famous (or infamous) archipelago lies about an hour out into the Caribbean and consists of: Ile Royale, Ile St Joseph and Devil's Island (Ile du Diable - inaccessible for visitation).

The islands played a central role in French history as far back as 1792 when they were first employed as a transit point, first for explorers, then slaves and later for political prisoners. It was here that more than 30,000 French convicts died in horrendous prisons. Those who were sent to the islands were traitors or convicts who had proved unbreakable in the prison camps of the mainland colony.

Today the islands are attractive and lush, with their flights of stone-cut steps under the palms leading to superb views of the blue sea, and the church framed in scented frangipani trees. Turtles swim in the channel below Ile Royale where once sharks waited for prisoners' bodies to be thrown into the sea. The cells, guards' quarters and administration blocks on Ile Royale have been converted into a hotel and restaurant, and there's an excellent small museum that recounts the history of the place. There's a small church, the remains of a hospital, and a cemetery with memorials to the prison staff.

We later return by catamaran to Kourou.

Overnight in Kourou.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Kourou: Ariane Space Centre - Return to Paramaribo
This morning we travel a short distance to the Ariane Space Center where we enjoy a guided tour. Ariane rockets, whose path out over the Atlantic is tracked from Devil's Island, have put two-thirds of all Western satellites into space. This base is by far the biggest source of income for French Guiana, whose only other cash comes from fruit grown in jungle plantations by Mhong refugees from Indo-Chinese wars.

Launch schedules at the Center Spatiale Guyanaise (Guyana Space Center) are a closely-held secret so our schedule today may be amended on short notice. The usual visit here includes a bus tour that criss-crosses the center's mammoth facility, including stops at various assembly buildings and control centers. The entire tour is offered in French, but our guide will supply translations along the way.

After our tour we will then travel back to Paramaribo.* Our route will take us via the village of Iracoubo, and we then arrive in St. Laurent du Maroni, a town of less than 40,000. In the past this was the arrival point for convicts being shipped from France to be processed at the now decaying Camp de la Transportation. We may have lunch in St. Laurent du Maroni before we complete French immigration procedures and then continue to the ferry to cross the Marowijne River. Depending on ferry schedules we may opt to make use of traditional long boats (pirogues) rather than wait for the infrequent ferry.

Once across the river we will continue our road journey to Paramaribo.

* Though it may seem logical to fly onward from Cayenne on this day, the lack of flights and the inconvenience of the available schedules results in this overland route. It is possible that this drive may be replaced by a flight at a later date.

Overnight in Paramaribo.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Departure
Departure from Paramaribo.


Meal plan: Breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

Hotel List

The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.

Cara Lodge

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Georgetown
Country: Guyana

The history aficionado will appreciate a stay at Cara Lodge, Guyana. It is one of the oldest and grandest structures
... Georgetown, and is the best known and most popular hotel in Guyana. Cara Lodge was built in the 1840s and originally consisted of two houses. It has a long and romantic history and was the home of the first Lord Mayor of Georgetown.

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Ramada Paramaribo Princess

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Paramaribo
Country: Suriname

Enjoy a refreshing tropical getaway at our Ramada Paramaribo Princess Hotel, a casino hotel! Choose ours over other Paramaribo hotels
... our fine dining and entertainment and our prime location near restaurants, casinos and shopping. Our affordable hotel rates account for free parking, free continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi Internet access.
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Baganara Resort

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Baganara
Country: Guyana

This family-founded lodge consists of 10 fully self-contained superior rooms withspectactular views of the Mighty Essequibo River. Pre-eminent among the
... hundred and sixty-five islands in the mighty Essequibo is this wonderful little paradise with 187 acres of lush green foliage and colourful tropical flowers.
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Kabalebo Resort

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Kabalebo Jungle Resort
Country: Suriname

Kabalebo Nature Resort is a luxurious lodge lying in one of the most beautiful areas of Suriname, Deep in the
... and malaria free Amazon jungle.
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Hotel Ker Alberte

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Cayenne
Country: French Guiana

A 6-minute walk from the Place des Palmistes main square, this modern hotel in a converted Creole house is also
... km from Plage De Montravel beach. Bright accents, original artwork and bespoke furniture give a stylish touch to the relaxed rooms.
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Hotel des Roches

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Kourou
Country: French Guiana

The Hotel des Roches terrific location by the sea shore right across the Devil Island makes it the perfect choice
... tourists and business travellers alike.
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Trip Information

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Breakfast and dinner daily (hotels and local restaurants). All transport (including internal flights) accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as "visited" in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.


Tour Leader gratuity, some lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, domestic and international air taxes (if applicable). Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Suriname visa (in advance, all passports US$100). Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, shopping, packing, advance reading, and locally paid departure taxes.

Seasonality and Weather

This tour occurs twice a year, outside hurricane season and during the drier / slightly cooler and less humid season (Nov-May). That said you must be prepared for sticky heat at this destination.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Local land transport provided by air-conditioned bus, minibus, and / or taxi. Kaieteur Falls and Kabalebo flights via light charter aircraft.

This tour is not strenuous per se, but our "2" level rating refers to the ambitious nature of the itinerary, the remote locations covered and the tropical heat, and several activities (ie jungle walks) that one must be prepared for in order to fully enjoy all elements of this trip.


Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range (3 & 4 star) hotels / resorts with en suite toilet and bath throughout (probably shower only - no bathtub). Single rooms are limited in number and likely smaller than doubles. Porter service is usually available though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports and ferries.

Maximum 3 single rooms available (additional singles may be available upon request)

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Staff and Support

Tour Leader, driver/s, and local step on guides.

Group Size

12-18 (plus Tour Leader)



TOUR STARTGeorgetown

TOUR ENDParamaribo