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Discovering the Hidden Guianas

Discovering the Hidden Guianas

Discovering the Hidden Guianas Overview

Explore one of the last untouched rainforests and immerse yourself into one of the most biodiverse wildernesses on the planet

There are only four great, pristine rainforests left on the planet and one of them, the Iwokrama, is explored on this unique journey with KE to the three least visited countries in South America. More than 80% of Suriname, French Guiana and Guyana is covered with dense jungle, much remaining uncharted. Along with the mangroves, savannahs and coastline, these natural habitats play host to some of the richest biodiversity ever recorded. This incredible itinerary showcases the breath-taking diversity of these three unique countries. There is a good chance we can observe giant river otters, capybaras and caiman in tannin-rich rivers, whilst in the shadows of the forest floor we may spot tapirs, giant anteaters and for the very fortunate, the elusive jaguar. We'll see monkeys, macaws and toucans above, whilst around our feet some of the world's rarest orchids flourish. This richness in flora and fauna is matched by the fascinating human story of these lands; a melting pot of ethnicities from all corners of the world. Sense the ghosts of history as you wander through atmospheric, abandoned plantation houses that once belonged to Dutch settlers in Suriname. Take a boat journey to visit the deserted penal colony at Devil’s Island in French Guiana and learn about some of its more infamous guests, banished far for home. Remote jungle airstrips hidden deep in Guyana provide the intrepid adventurer with access to isolated communities and eco-lodges, whilst other areas can only be reached with motorized canoe or rugged 4x4 vehicles. For many, the enduring memory will be an unforgettable flight over Kaieteur Falls, the highest single-drop waterfall in the world at over five times the height of Niagara Falls.
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