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Coq of the Rock Journey: Trail-blazing through the Guyanas

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Coq of the Rock Journey

Summary of nights: 19 days, 18 nights - Caracas 1, Ciudad Bolivar 1, Canaima 1, Angel Falls 1, Santa Elena 1, Boa Vista 1, Rock View 2, Atta rainforest 1, Georgetown 3, Paramaribo 3, Kourou 2, Cayenne 1.

  • Unsung jungles, cataracts and colonial gems of Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
  • Angel falls―the highest single drop falls in the world.
  • Canopy walkway in the protected forest of Atta, Guyana.
  • Colonial charm in Georgetown, Guyana and Paramaribo, Suriname.
  • Cellblocks of an old penal colony, now reclaimed by boisterous jungle, in the Iles du Salut, French Guiana.
  • Kaiteur Falls: mesmeric cataracts tumble into dense jungle―an optional excursion.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1 Fly to Caracas, Venezuela.
Day 2 Fly to Ciudad Bolivar on the Orinoco river.
Days 3,4 Fly to the Lost World and canoe to the foot of the Angel Falls.
Day 5 Fly to Santa Elena the Venezuelan frontier town.
Day 6 Cross the border to Boa Vista, Brazil.
Days 7,8 Cross into Guyana, continue by bus to Rock View Lodge.
Day 9 Overnight Atta Lodge                                                                                                  Day 10 Travel through the rainforest by bus to Georgetown.
Days 11,12 Optional flight to Kaieteur Falls, explore Georgetown.
Days 13-15 Ferry into Suriname and explore Paramaribo.
Day 16 Canoe into French Guyana and continue by road to Kourou.
Day 17 Ferry to the Îles du Salut ('Devil's Island'), explore derelict cell-blocks.
Day 18 Tour Europe's spaceport at Kourou. Drive to Cayenne.
Day 19 UK clients depart, arriving day 20.

Journey Profile

Transport: 3 flights (1hr each); 9 scenic land journeys (8hrs longest).
Accommodation: Simple hotels/lodges, mostly with private bathroom, 1 or 2 nights in hammocks.     Meals: Breakfast daily; lunch day 5; full board days 3,4,7,8,9.
Included excursions: Caracas city tour; Angel Falls by river; Excursions at Rock View and Atta; Georgetown and Paramaribo city tours; Kourou Space Station; îles du Salut.

Simon Calder, Travel Editor of The Independent, interviewed JLA Director (aka original tour leader) Chris Parrott on why he chose these destinations for this special one-off tour, read the interview here.

The Telegraph journalist Chris Moss travelled on this tour in 2010, read his article about the journey and the places visited.

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The Angel Falls plunge almost 1000m from the table-topped mountain
The Angel Falls plunge almost 1000m from the table-topped mountain

Spot the Guyanan cock-of-the-rock in Iwokrama forest
Spot the Guyanan cock-of-the-rock in Iwokrama forest

Kurupukari ferry across the Essequibo, Guyana
Kurupukari ferry across the Essequibo, Guyana

View more imagesThe uphill scramble to the viewpoint of the Angel Falls takes about an hourOverlooked by the Angel Falls, Churun river is discoloured by tannin, which inhibits mosquitoesUpstream towards Angel Falls - this is fun.Paramaribo's characteristic wooden architecture has led to its being classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site Ariane rocket at Europe's Space Port at Kourou, French GuianaThe rainforest has reclaimed the cell-blocks at the bagne on the Iles du Salut


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