RESEARCH. EDUCATION. DEVELOPMENT. PRESERVATION.
Rupununi Learners is a social enterprise dedicated to a holistic approach to environmental conservation, encompassing wildlife research, education, economic development and cultural preservation.
There is a place in South America where, in high-water years, the Amazon, Essequibo, and certain of their tributaries overflow and mix, and many aquatic species meet, in the floodplain of the Rupununi River--That is where you will find us.
This geographic nexus has given rise to one the most diverse fish habitats on earth. Guyana is sometimes called a "land of giants:" the largest alligator, ant, anteater, armadillo, eagle, otter. rodent, constricting snake, and spider in the world all make the Rupununi their home.
Rupununi Learners Incorporated (RLI) is a Guyanese nonprofit corporation registered in 2007. Its Board and membership are entirely composed of Rupununi village residents.
Rupununi Learners Foundation (RLF) has been a United States nonprofit foundation since 2001. Its Board is entirely composed of United States residents.
We bring together the needs, interests and resources -- human and material -- of participants from both hemispheres. Our ideas, projects and products emerge through a process of continuous dialog and encounter.
The intellectual commitment to an adaptive, dialogic process brings with it a certain way of working with people. Unlike "best practices" and other wisdom aimed at generating replicable projects, this approach is based on the nurture of authentic relationships among unique individuals. Our values are also our conscious, applied ways of working: acceptance, support, trust, compassion, gratitude and love are sensitive instruments that can approach thorny, mutual challenges in development, which we understand as human development, above all.
Craft is where environment meets culture, with the potential to preserve both simultaneously.
That's our aim.
Yupukari Crafters was born in 2005 with the initial construction of Caiman House, and blossomed in 2007 when the Guest House was built.
Every brick began with fetching sand and Rupununi River mud; every piece of furniture with selecting the tree.
Our side tables and coffee tables are traditional baskets set on "moonwood" frames; our bedsteads are hammock-weaving by local women, our shutters are plaited reeds fetched from nearby marshes...
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Wabbani is a décor company with a social mission to connect remote artisans with customers.
Our products are handmade, culturally-authentic add-ons that fit the exact specifications of IKEA furnishings.
We make a more beautiful world inside and outside: preserving threatened cultures and habitats, supporting artisan livelihoods, and sharing revenue with the maker communities that share their arts with us.
Our goal is to serve as a global platform connecting remote/rural artisans with customers everywhere.
Georgetown, Guyana is less than 6 hours from New York and under 4 from Miami.
From Georgetown, the flight over the rainforest in a 12-seater is 1 hour 45 minutes to Lethem airstrip where we meet you and carry you across the savannahs (no extra charge for giant anteater and jaguar sightings) to Caiman House in the heart of Yupukari Village.
How does my stay support the village?
We are a US 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation and a Guyanese non-profit corporation. 100% of our revenue surplus goes to support the village public library, wildlife and environmental conservation and cultural preservation projects.
Is there a minimum stay required?
No. Visitors are welcome to stay for as little as one night or as long as you'd like. Sleep under the hand-thatched roof or hang a hammock. Please view our price list for further information.
What food services are available and are meals included?
Meals are included. We employ the best cooks in the village to prepare delicious Guyanese specialties like fresh, hot “bakes” at breakfast, and local delicacies like “pepper pot.” Remember, we are located in the one of the most diverse fish habitats in the world!
Whats the weather like?
Rainy season brings a waterfall-fed swimming hole, just steps from our Guest House, and dugout excursions straight over the deeply-flooded savannas into the flooded forests, where you are literally paddling your way over trails and around trees instead of hiking. There’s an explosion of extraordinary wildflowers and of aquatic wildlife, including 8+ species of frogs spawning and developing in puddles you can observe on nocturnal walks right in Yupukari.
Dry season brings dry, comfortable warmth, with the best fishing, and mangos falling off the trees. Travel by river and road with greater ease.
How much does it cost?
Click here for our price list.