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Discovering the hidden Guianas

Clothing and equipment

Clothing should be casual and comfortable - plenty of light cotton (or light-weight wicking fabric which controls perspiration and dries quickly). Light colours are beneficial against sun and bugs. Dark clothes attract mosquitoes.
For wildlife viewing, the best colours to wear are pastel tones, such as brown, beige and green, which don't highlight your silhouette in the landscape and camouflage you in foliage. Avoid strong colours like yellow, bright blue and red.
Shorts and short-sleeve shirts should be avoided in the evenings, especially away from cities. Air-conditioning in rooms and restaurants is the closest you’ll get to being cold, so a light sweater or "layers" will suffice.
For some excursions to the jungle and/or local flights you may be restricted to a maximum baggage allowance of 10kg (owing to limited space on light aircraft). In addition, some of the mini buses we use have limited baggage space.  
A backpack or soft holdall (ideally with some degree of waterproofing) is the most comfortable way to carry your belongings, along with a small day-use backpack (25-40l capacity). Don’t over-pack – no hotels have bellboys, and few have lifts – please ask us for advice if you’re unsure.

Transport

3 domestic light aircraft flights; 7 land journeys, 2 journeys by road and river. There are journeys most days, but some are short. .

Accommodation

Simple and mid-range hotels, small jungle and wildlife lodges basic lodges.

Meals

Breakfast daily; lunch days 4,5,6,7,9; full board days 2,3,11,12,13

Included excursions

• Village tour at Danpaati River Lodge.
• Rainforest walk and choice of activities, Danpaati.
• Paramaribo city tour.
• Kourou Space Station.
• Iles du Salut (Devil's Island).
• St Joseph's church, Iracoubo. 
• Georgetown: city tour with markets.
• Kaieteur Falls.
• Hike to Turtle Mountain. 
• Iwokrama Canopy Walkway.
• Visit Surama community.
• Climb Surama mountain.

Summary of nights

15 days, 14 nights: Paramaribo 1, Danpaati 2, Paramaribo 2, Kourou 1, Cayenne 1, Georgetown 3, Atta Rainforest Lodge 1, Surama Eco-lodge 2,  Georgetown 1.

 

Included in the journey price

• Services of Journey Latin America tour leader
• All land and domestic air transport
• Accommodation as specified
• Meals as specified
• Excursions as specified

Not included in the journey price

• Tips and insurance
• Meals other than specified
• Optional excursions

Currency

Take cash in US$ (and for French Guiana, euros) up to the total limit your insurance will allow. ATMs which give access to cash are available in cities, but it's worth having plastic for both Visa and Mastercard. We recommend a daily budget of $US35-40 per person per day to cover the cost of meals and daily expenses including tips and taxes. Euros are accepted in French Guiana. 

 

Insurance

Travel insurance is essential. Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance page.

Airport taxes

International airport tax should be included in the cost of your ticket.

 

Climate

The climate is tropical, so your holiday will be hot and humid throughout. Along the Caribbean coasts of Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, October is statistically one of the driest months in the year.

Cayenne's annual rainfall is over 3,600mm, but October's is 74mm - i.e. only 1/60 of the yearly total. But it's all tropical - it can rain anytime, often in short and very heavy bursts.

Vaccinations

Preventative jabs or tablets are recommended for: malaria, typhoid, polio, tuberculosis, tetanus and hepatitis A. Consult your local GP, or health clinic - he or she will probably refer you to the NHS fitfortravel website.

Take precautions against being bitten -by applying insect repellent, especially in the evenings out of cities. A valid yellow fever certificate or official doctor’s note stating why you cannot be vaccinated must be produced when crossing some borders, so it is essential that these are carried. There are several brands of gel or foam which can be used for washing your hands where no clean water is available.

Visas

British passport holders visiting Suriname as tourists and arriving at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport in Paramaribo are no longer required to obtain a visa before travel. You can now get a single entry tourist card on arrival. When paying for the tourist card you will need to pay the exact money in Euros, credit cards will not be accepted. If you are travelling to Suriname for other purposes, arriving at another port of entry, or need a multiple entry visa, you should apply for a visa before travel at a Surinamese Consulate. 

Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa for the other countries, although passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Clients with a different nationality enquire or check with the relevant consulate. APIS and ESTA - important flight information: ESTA - if flying to the US, or via the US you will need to fill in your application to ESTA online. This costs $14 per person. This must be applied for by you personally. Passports must also be e-passports with a digital chop.

Avoid locking suitcases if transiting the USA, as their customs authorities retain the right to break into them. APIS - Many countries now oblige airlines to provide additional information about passengers prior to the flight departure. This Advance Passenger Information (APIS) must be supplied to us promptly in order to issue tickets and avoid fare increases. We will provide the airlines with the relevant details if we are booking your international flights. If the information is not provided you may be denied boarding.

Language

Dutch is the official language of Suriname; 50% of the population speak Sranan, an English-based creole language a mixture of seven different languages. English is spoken in Guyana and French in French Guiana.

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