Note: The information presented below has been extracted from our formal General Information for this tour. It covers topics we feel potential registrants may wish to consider before booking space. The complete General Information for this tour will be sent to all tour registrants and of course supplemental information, if needed, is available from the WINGS office.
ENTERING AND LEAVING GUYANA: Citizens of the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada do not need visas for visits up to 90 days but every visitor must, have a passport valid for at least six month after they depart Guyana. For current information concerning entry, tax and customs requirements for Guyana, U.S. citizens may contact the Guyanese Embassy at 2490 Tracy Pl. NW, Washington, DC 20008; (202) 265-6900; or online at www.guyana.org. Citizens of other countries should contact their nearest Guyanan Embassy or Consulate.
COUNTRY INFORMATION: You can review the U.S. Department of State Country Specific Travel Information at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1133.html, and the CIA World Factbook background notes on Guyana at https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gy.html.
HEALTH: Both malaria and yellow fever occur in Guyana. The most current information about travelers’ health recommendations can be found on the Centers for Disease Control’s website at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list. Specific vaccinations and proof thereof may be required to enter the country. For entry and exit information please visit the U.S. State Department’s website at http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html. You should consult with your physician or a physician specializing in travel medicine at least 4-6 weeks before you travel, and make sure that all routine vaccinations are up to date.
Biting insects are not numerous, although mosquitoes and black flies occur locally and chiggers can be especially troublesome.
Tap water is not safe to drink but bottled water is widely available and will be provided in the field.
SMOKING: Smoking is prohibited in the vehicles or when the group is gathered for meals, checklists, etc. If you are sharing a room with a non-smoker, please do not smoke in the room. If you smoke in the field, do so well away and downwind from the group. If any location where the group is gathered has a stricter policy than the WINGS policy, that stricter policy will prevail.
PACE OF TOUR: This tour has some long days and walks of a few miles or more on trails that may be uneven, muddy or hilly. Participants should be reasonable mobile and in reasonably good health.
We’ll make early starts most days so as to be in the field from dawn. In most areas we’ll be birding all day, usually returning to our lodging about an hour before dinner and checklist. At some lodges, we will be close enough for a lunchtime return and siesta during the slower (and warmer) mid-day hours. In some areas we’ll have pre-dawn breakfasts in our hotel or lodge, in others we’ll take a picnic breakfast with us. Lunches will vary – sometimes picnics and sometimes sit-down meals at our lodgings. All dinners will be at our hotel/lodge or in a restaurant nearby. The tour visits only lowlands, and we’ll remain below 2,000’ elevation for the duration of the tour.
LANGUAGE: English is the national language of Guyana and is widely spoken. Some of our hotels are run by indigenous groups, and local languages prevail.
CLIMATE: Guyana’s dry season lasts from October to April. Temperatures in the Guyanese lowlands can reach the 90’s (°F) at mid-day and humidity can be high. Rain can occur at any time.
ACCOMMODATION: Our hotel in Georgetown is modern and contains all of the usual amenities of a standard resort hotel. Rock View Lodge and the Iwokrama River Lodge are well appointed (electricity 24H, Wi-Fi, cell phone signal). The facilities at Surama, Karanambu and Atta are more rustic, with generator-based electricity and basic accommodations. Note that at the more remote lodges electricity is not available after the generators are turned off for the night. Wi-Fi internet access using satellite connections is available at most of the lodges. Hot showers are only available at our hotel in Georgetown. All the other accommodations used during the trip only have cold water (but it is warm enough not to need hot water!).
FOOD: Guyanese food is a wonderful mix of Caribbean, Indian and indigenous tastes, with excellently flavored sauces, vegetables and rice and meats. The constant supply of fresh tropical fruits and amply apportioned dinners are a bonus.
TRANSPORTATION: We’ll employ a variety of transportation methods during this tour, including modern passenger buses, high-speed and small watercraft, small aircraft, jeeps, pickup and even ex-British military trucks!
Updated: March 2015