Community-run lodge offering an authentic experience in the company of local residents who welcome guests into their unspoilt world in the wildlife-rich Guyanese interior.
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.
What our clients say
Most memorable experience: “We have lots. Thoroughly enjoyed the river trips, meeting local guides, Karanaumba and Rock View. We met very few tourists which helps to explain why the visits are expensive. The 3 eco lodges surpassed our expectation”NN, South Uist
Thoroughly enjoyed the river trips, meeting local guides, Karanaumba and Rock View. We met very few tourists which helps to explain why the visits are expensive. The 3 eco lodges surpassed our expectation.NN, South Uist
Thank you for arranging my holiday in Guyana. It was a real adventure and a wonderful experience including, meeting and staying with Diana McTurk. She is a legend, The trip to the Canopy Walkway was where I saw the Jaguar in the forest which was amazing, I cannot thank my guide enough. The breakfast following the Canopy Walk was excellent and there I saw a Crimson Fruitcrow which is one of the very rare birds in Guyana and which I have beautiful photos of.DT, Crowborough
Our expert's view
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
To really get the most out of Surama Eco Lodge I found a 2 night stay was best. The huts offer simple amenities and no internet but are comfortable and a great way to tune-out from the modern world. The old trails now serve as rainforest tracks for visitors in quest of wilder creatures; and the guides, born to the rainforest, are excellent.
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