DAY 1 - TUESDAY | LETHEM
This morning, we will undertake the arduous drive from Karanambu, towards Karasabi, over rough road, passing across the Rupununi Savannah that stretches across the central ranges of Guyana. Here, Aplomado Falcons hunt over the expansive plains and Grassland Yellow Finch mix with a variety of seedeaters including Grey, Plumbeous, Yellow-bellied, and Ruddy-breasted. Sightings of Savannah and White-tailed Hawks will see us through the Pakaraima Mountains and, finally, to the scattered village of Karasabi where the residents are exceptionally friendly. We will take time to visit with some of the locals. (We will secure final permission since there are very few visitors to this region and we want to secure future relations and conservation efforts. These people ultimately control the fate of the Sun Parakeet). This morning, we will embark on a journey between the scenic mountains that border Guyana, blanketed with deciduous hardwoods. This remote area is the only known site, and possibly the only place left on Earth, where the critically endangered Sun Parakeet still survives in the wild. This vivid species once ranged widely across Suriname into northern Brazil but, after years of feverish illegal trapping including rumors of entire planes jammed full with thousands of ill-fated birds. The world population now hangs in the balance, with less than two hundred birds thought to be remaining. We stand a very high likelihood of encountering these amazingly colorful parakeets as they fly through the valley and feed on the fruits of surrounding trees. The intense combination of yellow and red, combined with the sheer sensation of watching one of the rarest and most beautiful birds on earth, is an incredible experience that we will never forget. Other more widespread birds we might encounter here include Yellow-breasted and Streaked Flycatchers, Hooded Tanager, Small-billed Elaenia, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Hepatic Tanager and Green-rumped Parrotlet. We will then transfer to the hotel. Overnight at our hotel in Lethem. (B, L)
DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY | LETHEM
Today, we will be turning our attention to the Hoary-throated Spinetail and Rio Branco Antbird. Both are only found in the gallery forest, along the Rio Branco, and its main tributaries, all of which ultimately flow into the Amazon. Recent agricultural pressures have seriously reduced the amount of available habitat for both birds and, as a result, the spinetail is now classified as endangered with the antbird treated as near-threatened. Along our journey, we might come across Maguari Stork, Muscovy Duck and Capybara, before reaching our site along a comparatively short stretch of the river. We will specifically target the Hoary-throated Spinetail and Rio Branco Antbird in this area. We may encounter such interesting species including Fiery-shouldered Parakeet, Pale-legged Hornero, Velvet-browed Brilliant, Chestnut-vented Conebill, Roraiman Antwren and Great Elaenia. Very few birders have ever ventured to this remote area so a few avian surprises are certainly not out of the question. Overnight at our hotel in Lethem. (B,L)
DAY 3 - THURSDAY | LETHEM
Another extremely early start awaits us, as we will be traveling several hours south of Lethem to look for the highly endangered Red Siskin. There should also be time for some further birding in the area and species we may encounter include American Wood Stork, Buff-necked Ibis, White-tailed Hawk, Red-bellied Macaw, White-fringed Antwren, Yellow-bellied Elaenia and Red-breasted Blackbird. Overnight at our hotel in Lethem. (B,L)
DAY 4 - FRIDAY | GEORGETOWN
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for our flight to Georgetown (included in land package). This afternoon, we will visit to the Georgetown Botanical Gardens where a good range of species can be found including Snail Kite, Grey Hawk, Brown-throated Parakeet, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Black-crested Antshrike, Greyish Saltator, Buff-breasted Wren, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Golden-spangled Piculet, Spotted Tody-flycatcher, Wing-barred Seedeater, Blood-colored Woodpecker and Carib Grackle. We will walk on trails in the gardens and may see Boat-billed Flycatcher, Short-tailed Swift, Ruddy Ground Dove, Silver-beaked Tanager, Piratic Greenlet, White-bellied Piculet, Great Horned Owl and Pinnated Bittern. Overnight at our hotel in Georgetown. (B)
DAY 5 - SATURDAY | DEPARTURE
Transfer to the international airport for the flight home. (B)
(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
Land Package Prices Per Person
Note: Passenger/s traveling on internal flights in Guyana are allowed a free baggage allowance of 20lbs/9.1KG. Exceeding this weight, passengers will incur a cost of GY$150.00 (price subject to change) equivalent to US$ 77 cents per pound. Please note that additional baggage allowance is subject to availability and cannot be confirmed until day/time of check-in by the airline. We can book excess weight on your behalf but it is subject to being within the payload of the aircraft and at the discretion of the airline. We understand you may want more than 20lbs/9.1KG of baggage and wish to have guaranteed excess baggage/weight and so an alternative is to pre-book an extra seat on the flight which will afford you 175lbs/79.4KG for you to use individually or for your group.
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