You are invited to accompany our caiman research crew. Guests will observe capture from a separate boat, but will be offered the opportunity to assist in data collection. Caiman are weighed, measured, sexed, tagged and released. Depending on the season, caiman nests are also studied, and so are the hatchlings. Yes, that means baby caiman.
Just after darkness settles on the Rupununi River many creatures emerge, such as black caiman, spectacled caiman, tree boas, iguanas, frogs, and many fish species( i.e arawana, piranha). Sleeping birds (kingfishers, small perching birds) nightjars, potoos, boat-billed herons and other aquatic birds, bats, (harmless) spiders, insects, moths, and more can be closely approached in way not possible during the hours of light. Less likely, but not rare inclusions for night viewing include possums, tree dwelling rodents, capybara and sleeping monkeys (esp. squirrel monkeys) amongst other mammals. Few nights pass without some unusual offering.
An early morning search for giant anteater and burrowing owls, touring termite mounds via Land Rover. The lowlands and wetlands of this region are thought to be the ancient site of Lake Parime, Sir Walter Raleigh's El Dorado.
A guided paddle in a dugout canoe, through flooded forest in rainy season (May-September) or in dry season, through local lakes looking for wildlife.
There's plenty to explore right in the village, including visits to neighbors engaged in daily activities. Learn to make cassava bread, spin and weave cotton, fashion bricks from river clay, make rope from leaf fiber...
Villagers love to fish, and they live in one of the most diverse fish habitats on earth. We can teach you, with local methods.
We are a US 501(c)3 non-profit 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.
No. Visitors are welcome to stay for as little as one night or as long as you'd like. Sleep in a comfortable bed or tie a hammock, both under thatched roofs. Please view our price list for further information.
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!
There is a dry season (October - April) and rainy season (May - September, with the heaviest rains coming throughout July & August). Both seasons have their particular interest and beauties.
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.