South America's Forgotten Corner - Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana

South America's Forgotten Corner - Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana 1780 , 9 Days

Explore 3 countries in South America in only one journey! On this tour to remote corners of the world you will have the chance to explore some of the best preserved rain forests, some of the least inhabited areas on this planet, wild nature boasting a wide variety of vegetation - the world as it was millions of years ago. In addition you will meet people of various ethnic background - in the former Dutch colony of Suriname there live Europeans, African Americans, Chinese, Indians, Native Americans, Jews, Indonesians. Almost all world religions coexist peacefully in this country and in the capital Paramaribo you will see standing close to each other a synagogue, a mosque and a Hindu temple. Guyana is the only English speaking country in South America and one of the few Carribean countries that is not an island. And entering French Guiana you are actually entering the European Union as this is a French territory, where among all things you will find a Space center for launching satellites.


Itinerary:   

Day 1. Guyana
Arrival in Guyana. Transfer to hotel in Georgetown center (about 1 hour) for overnight.

Day 2. Historic Georgetown
Georgetown City Tour (Heritage Buildings & Sites). Georgetown's unique wooden architecture dates from the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit botanical garden and taste the local Guyanese Cuisine.

Day 3. Kaieteur Falls trip
Free morning to enjoy Georgetown. Today we continue to Ogle Airport (30 min) where we take a small aircraft to Kaieteur Falls (one hour flight). Kaietur is world’s highest single drop water falls measuring 226 m. We spend about 1,5 hours at the falls before we fly back to Georgetown.

Day 4. Parаmaribo, Suriname
Early departure to Suriname. We cross the border at Molsen Creek/Nickeri by ferry. Arrive Paramaribo in the afternoon.

Day 5. Colonial Parаmaribo
City Tour of Parаmaribo- historic buildings & heritage sites. Overnight Parаmaribo

Day 6. Parаmaribo - New Amsterdam - Parаmaribo
1-day trip to Fort New Amsterdam at the confluence of the Suriname and Commewijne rivers. The fort was built in 1747, after the French under Cassard directly attacked the plantations instead of Fort Zeelandia and the city of Paramaribo. Lunch in a fishermans village. On the way back we will have the chance to observe Commewijne rivers pink river dolphins.

Day 7. Space Center-Kourou - Cayenne, French Guiana
Early start of the day and drive 150 km to Maroni river where we cross the border at Albina by pirogue to Saint Laurent in French Guiana. After another 2-hour drive we reach Kourou Space center - Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG), where we can join a grop tour around the site. There is also a museum on site which can be visited. Overnight in Cayenne/Kourou.

Day 8. Salvation Islands
After breakfast we catch the catamaran from the port at 08.30. Îles du Salut (in English: Islands of Health) are a group of small islands of volcanic origin and were called so because the missionaries went there to escape plague on the mainland. The islands were featured in the popular novel Papillon by Henri Charrière. We visit two of the islands - Île Royale and Île Saint-Joseph and sail back to Kourou in the afternoon. Overnight in Cayenne/Kourou.

Day 9. Departure
Free time in Cayenne/ departure on own arrangement.

Optional departure transfer to Paramaribo: 

If your departure flight is from Paramaribo, we can offer additional group transfer back to Paramaribo. Contact us for a quote.

* Please note that the drive back to Paramaribo might take up to 8-9 hours. You are advised to allow enough time in Paramaribo before your flight. It is recommended to add one more overnight in Paramaribo if you fly from there. 

Necessary equipment: hat; light clothes that can quickly get dried; sun protection cream; sun glasses; insects repellent; yellow fever vaccination; comfortable shoes and sandals; bathing suit; first aid kid and medicines like aspirin, against stomach problems etc.

Things to note: 

  • The flight to Kaieteur falls might be cancelled last-minute due to weather conditions.
  • The space centre in Kourou might be closed for tourist visits if there happens to be a launch during the week of your travel or due to any other operational reasons.

Price Includes:
8 overnights at standard hotels; rooms with private facilities and breakfast
flight to Kaieteur waterfalls incl. English-speaking guide
transport according to the program
English-speaking local guides in Paramaribo,Georgetown and New Amsterdam

Not Included:
flight tickets
guided tour in Kourou Space Center
tips and personal expenses
drinks and meals not mentioned in the program
ferry tickets at border crossings
entrance fees
visa


Gallery


South America's Forgotten Corner - Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana (Rated 4.69 / 5 Based on 383 Reviews.)
Price
1850 EUR
Duration
9 Days
Single Supplement
280 EUR
Status
Guaranteed departure
Price
1780 EUR
Duration
9 Days
Single Supplement
260 EUR
Status
Fully booked
Price
1850 EUR
Duration
9 Days
Single Supplement
260 EUR
Status
Fully booked

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Group Size
8-12
Reservation System Code
Surinam/Guiana
Iraq - A Journey to the Cradle of Civilization 1980 , 9 Days

Iraq - A Journey to the Cradle of Civilization

After years of political turmoil and military crisis, Iraq is slowly rising from the ashes. The...
Balkan Village Trek (8 days progressive ride in Teteven Balkan area) 820 , 8 Days

Balkan Village Trek (8 days progressive ride in Teteven Balkan area)

Many and varied are the mountains in Bulgaria, but Teteven Balkan combines the best of them all -...
Caucasus Explorer - Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan 1180 , 11 Days

Caucasus Explorer - Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan

The Caucasus - the region where Europe meets Asia, where dramatic nature landscapes meet...

View all» What people say about us

Excellent
Penguin Travel on Trust Pilot
Based on 66 reviews
Trust Pilot
Binky's Review Verified review Verified
Syria A must in your Bucket list
We have just returned from a weeklong tour with Penguin with a Local tour guide Wasim. He was witty knowlegeable...
Binky, 26 November
Daniel's review Verified review Verified
Just completed the Guyanas tour
Great experience, all activitties were done as per tour description....
Daniel, 25 November
Maribeth's review Verified review Verified
I'm still dreaming that I'm still in Syria
My Syria visit with Penguin Travel was an amazing one.
Maribeth, 17 November
View all»

Blog

12.02.2024 17:03

Makalu: Epic Adventure on the Himalayan Giant

Soaring to an awe-inspiring 8,485 meters (27,838 ft), the colossal Makalu guards the Himalayas with a presence as imposing as it is majestic. This towering giant, ranking as the world's fifth highest peak, calls out to those daring souls drawn to its majestic beauty and formidable challenges. While Everest and K2 may capture more headlines, Makalu carves its unique niche, offering an intoxicating...


05.02.2024 14:19

Back to Russia in 2024

Why not? Travel to Russia is safe, with normalcy in major cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg, Perm, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Vladivostok. The Trans-Siberian Railway is still connecting Moscow with Vladivostok and the Sea of Japan and all the interesting sights along the railway are open for visitors. Mount Elbrus is open for climbers and the salmons are jumping in the rivers on the Kola...


30.01.2024 15:25

Mikumi National Park: Tanzania's Wild Heart

Tanzania, an enchanting realm of unspoiled wilderness, cradles a mosaic of natural splendors, among which Mikumi National Park emerges as an unheralded yet mesmerizing jewel. Tucked away in Tanzania's verdant heart, this park unfurls a tapestry of experiences, weaving a narrative of adventure that beckons wildlife aficionados, avid photographers, and those who find solace in nature's...


18.01.2024 14:58

Discover Taiwan's Sun Moon Lake: A Serene Getaway

In the verdant heart of Taiwan, shrouded by undulating hills and a tapestry of greenery, a sanctuary of tranquility and cultural depth beckons. Here, where picturesque landscapes fuse seamlessly with a serene atmosphere, an invitation is extended to a realm where nature's artistry and cultural lineage merge in a sublime dance. This is not just any retreat; it is Taiwan's treasured natural marvel,...