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Guyana: Surama Eco-Lodge

Surama Eco-Lodge

The Eco-Lodge at Surama sits at the gateway to the Pakaraima Mountains and close to the Burro Burro River, bordering the small village. Some of the most impressive examples of thriving rainforest ecology to be found anywhere on Earth can be found in this part of Guyana. 

The abundant flora and fauna is well-managed and conserved by local residents who accompany guests on hikes, river canoe expeditions and visits to community schools and traditional events. Cooks, drivers, farmers, fishermen, construction and maintenance workers who work directly or indirectly with the lodge are all recruited locally, and all have great pride in their tourist-orientated community project. 

The village welcomes visitors who come for the day on a trip out from other lodges, but really to get a feel for the place it is best to stay here for a couple of days. A stay at Surama Ecolodge offers much more than just somewhere to sleep: children and local guides from the local Makushi Amerindian community are eager to show guests the village, as well as the wildlife and flora of the surrounding forest and savannah grasslands, from the nests of harpy eagles to local plants with medicinal properties. Simple but delicious meals are prepared with local ingredients such as cassava and manioc.

Guests spend the night in one of eight circular huts on low stilts, with private bathroom and beds protected by mosquito nets. There’s no hot water, but nor is there need of it in these hot and humid conditions. Similarly, don’t expect TV or internet: this is a place to get away from the trappings of modern civilisation.

Things to do nearby

Hike in the Iwokrama Rainforest

Hike in the Iwokrama Rainforest

Hike to a Harpy Eagle Nest

Hike to a harpy eagle nest

Bird Watching

Premier bird watching

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Guyana Wildlife: South America's wild frontier

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What our experts say

In the transition zone between grass plains and selva, Surama was once an important settlement on the old cattle trail, until the north-south laterite road bypassed it to the east. It’s still a vibrant community, its Macushi people steeped in Amerindian lore. The old trails now serve as rainforest tracks for visitors in quest of wilder creatures – and the guides, born to the rainforest, are excellent.
Chris Parrott

Chris Parrott


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