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Boa Vista to Cayenne
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This 21 day overland tour journeys from Cayenne to Boa Vista through Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname

  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Canoeing, Community Project, Trekking, Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ZCV2/213164
  • Starts: Boa Vista, Brazil
  • Finishes: Cayenne, Brazil
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Boa Vista
  • Rupununi
  • Iwokrama Forest
  • Georgetown
  • Bigi Pan
  • Paramaribo
  • Upper Suriname Area
  • Saint Laurent du Maroni
  • Plage les Hattes
  • Kourou
  • Cayenne

Itinerary

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Day 1: Boa Vista

Welcome to Boa Vista! today there is an important meeting at 18:00, please meet in the Hotel Reception. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Boa Vista.

Border Information - If joining the trip in Boa Vista, you will fly into Boa Vista-Atlas Brasil Cantanhede International Airport (BVB)

In Boa Vista we stay in a comfortable hotel.

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Day 2-3: Rupununi

Today we will start out early and head into Guyana, to the open Savannah region, where we will stay in a well equipped camp site and have an opportunity to take part in some optional activities, such as horse riding, hiking and canoeing.

Approximate drive time - 245km / 5hrs

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Day 4: Iwokrama Forest

We will have a short drive into the heart of the Iwokrama Forest, a protected area of pristine rainforest. Along the way we will visit a local village. Keep your eyes peeled for any wildlife you may see from the road side such as red howler monkeys and toucans. This evening we will have time to walk in the canopy of the forest.

Tonight we will camp with facilities.

Approximate drive time - 80km / 2hrs

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Day 5: Iwokrama Forest

We will spend the day enjoying the peace and tranquility of the rainforest, we have time to explore and search out the amazing wildlife that lives in this area.

Later in the day we will cross the Essequibo river, and move our camp further north.

Tonight we will camp with facilities

Drive Time: 1-2 hours

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Day 6: Georgetown

Today is a big drive along the wonderfully undeveloped main road from the forest to Georgetown! The journey is primarily on a bumpy dirt road, which we will share with commuter minibuses and trucks, all winding their way through the rainforest. From the town of Linden, the tarmac starts and it's smooth driving for the final 120km to Georgetown! Be sure to keep a look out for wildlife, Jaguars have been known to cross the road right in front of the buses!

Driving Distance - 400km / 12hours

In Georgetown we will stay in a centrally located, locally run hostel, with shared bathrooms in a combination of twin and dorm rooms.

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Day 7: Georgetown

Take a morning tour of the city, explore the old canals and great sea wall, visit incredible wooden cathedrals, the huge market and try to spot manatees swimming in the lake of the national park. Georgetown is a busy place and feels happily free from mass tourism. Be sure to take your camera!

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Day 8: Georgetown

Today we have a free day in the city.

Perhaps one of the greatest highlights of Guyana is the spectacularly remote and impressive Kaieteur Falls, one of the tallest single drop waterfalls in the world, and reachable only by light aircraft. Take a half day flight to the falls and then enjoy a walking tour to the Falls and search for the tiny golden rocket frogs, hiding in the tank bromeliads leaves, as well as an impressive variety of butterflies, you may also be lucky enough to spot the bright orange Guyana Cock of the Rocks.

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Day 9: Bigi Pan

Today we will leave the bright lights of Georgetown behind us and cross the border into Suriname. We will follow the coastal road and then cross the river on a ferry. On arrival in Suriname we will head to the Bigi Pan, designated an 'Important Bord Area' of Suriname and famous for it's spectacular shore birds and in particular the Red Ibis.

We will spend the night in comfortable accommodation in twin rooms and meals included.

Estimated Drive Time: 7hrs

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Day 10-11: Paramaribo

Today we will have some free time at the Pan in the morning and after lunch we will head to the lively capital of Suriname!

Estimated Drive Time: 4-5hrs

On Day 11 we have a full day to explore Paramaribo's historic inner city and the Commewijne area. You can explore the historic centre on foot, visit Fort Zeelandia and the Suriname museum, and enjoy the fantastic architecture of Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral, one of the largest wooden buildings in the western hemisphere, or hire a bike and take a boat across the river to cycle the peaceful Commewijne Plantation Loop and visit the star shaped fort at Neiu Amsterdam. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.

In Paramaribo we will stay in a comfortable Hostel

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Day 12-13: Upper Suriname Area

This morning we leave the truck behind and set off for an unforgettable adventure into the interior of Suriname. We will travel by minibus for approximately 190km to the port at Atjoni, we then hop on a boat for a 1hr trip along the Suriname river, deep into the rainforest where we will stay for two nights on our own private island!

Be sure to pack light for this excursion, as we can only take a small bag each with us.

During our stay we can visit local villages, walk around the island in the hope of meeting some of its furry inhabitants and learn about the medicinal plants, try to spot Caiman on a night time canoe trip, take a dip in the river at the Ferullasi rapids - a natural jacuzzi, relax on the island by the pool, spot the kingfishers on the banks of the river and enjoy the tranquillity of the Amazon Rainforest.

We will stay in comfortable cabins and enjoy our own pool. All meals are provided during our visit, though you will need a small amount of money for drinks and tips for our local guide.

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Day 14-15: Paramaribo

This morning is free for you to enjoy how you wish, walk, swim or relax and after lunch we will transfer back to Paramaribo.

On Day 15, we have one more day for exploration. Today is yours to spend as you wish; take a boat trip to Jordensavanne, take part in a Moengo Cultural experience, go walking in the Peperpot Nature reserve or Brownsberg Nature Park, learn the art of Surinamese cookery, or take part in one of the many day tours available.

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Day 16: Saint Laurent du Maroni

Today we say goodbye to Suriname and drive to the border, we will take the ferry across the Maroni River to Saint Lauren du Maroni in French Guiana.

Border Information: Exit Suriname at Albina, Enter French Guiana at Saint Laurent du Maroni

Estimated Drive Time: 4hrs

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Day 17: Plage les Hattes

Today we have a free morning to explore the border town of Saint Laurent du Maroni, located on the Maroni River, with its interesting and dark history as an arrival point for prisoners during the 19th Century.

During Turtle Season (March to August) in the afternoon we will drive to the northern beach of Plage les Hattes, in the hope of spotting the Olive Ridley and Leaderback turtles. In the off season we can opt to spend an extra day in Saint Laurent du Maroni.

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Day 18: Kourou

Today we will head out to the town of Kourou; the site of the European Space station and the starting point for boat trips around the former penal colony on Devil s Island, one of the infamous Iles du Salut, off the coast of French Guiana. The ordeal of Frenchman Henri Charriere, who spent 12 years here, would later inspire the book Papillon

Approximate driving time - 190km / 3hrs

We will camp tonight with facilities

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Day 19: Cayenne

Today we will visit the European Space Centre near Kourou, en route to the capital city of Cayenne.

Approximate drive time - 1hrs/100km

We will stay in a local guesthouse

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Day 20: Cayenne

Today we have a half day city tour, followed by a free afternoon to enjoy the city, perhaps take a boat trip to the former penal colony on Devil s Island, one of the infamous Iles du Salut, off the coast of French Guiana. The ordeal of Frenchman Henri Charriere, who spent 12 years here, would later inspire the book Papillon.

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Day 21: Cayenne

Today is the final day of the trip and there is no accommodation provided this evening.

Border Information - If leaving the trip at Cayenne, you will fly from Cayenne F lix Ebou International Airport (CAY)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • We will spend two days in the Rupununi Savannah area of Guyana; here we can have a village tour, take a wildlife walk, experience the forest after dark.  We have the option of climbing a nearby mountain or taking a canoe trip
    • We will stay in the heart of the Iwokrama Forest at a jungle lodge where we have time to explore the rainforest and observe the wildlife and birdlife
    • Iwokrama Canopy Walkway offers a unique experience in the region and envelopes you in the jungle’s mid-level canopy through a series of suspension bridges and decks from heights of up to 30 metres (98 ft.)
    • Enjoy a city tour of historic Georgetown
    • Spend 2 nights / 3 days on an all inclusive island retreat in the Suriname River, surrounded by dense rainforest, birdlife and opportunities to visit local communities
    • Visit the international Spaceport in Kourou
    • Visit the international Spaceport in Kourou
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
    Accomodation
    • 25% Camping - 75% Hotels
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Tour Highlights:
  • Canoeing
  • Community Project
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Overland Journey
  • Walks & Rambles