Group - Discovery
Coq of the Rock: Trailblazing the Guianas
Overview & Highlights
This trail-blazing holiday follows a unique itinerary through the three Guianas. The remoteness and the nature of the wilderness terrain makes it a route difficult to negotiate independently, so travelling with a small escorted group is the ideal way to make progress across the borders and visit off the beaten track, extraordinary places.
- Rio de Janeiro: city tour including Sugarloaf and Corcovado Mountain
- Excursions at Rock View and Atta
- Georgetown: city tour
- Paramaribo: river cruise and visit to former plantation
- Kourou Space Station
- Iles du Salut
This is a trip which emphatically goes off the beaten track, taking in some of the rarely-visited highlights of Suriname and the Guianas. You won’t find a group tour like this offered by anyone else: the logistics of researching and organising such a trip are daunting but as South America experts we relished the challenge. You'll scramble through dense jungle; surround yourself with wildlife in a rainforest canopy and drive through sweeping savannah punctuated by ancient sandstone plateaux.
You’ll stay in sweltering frontier settlements; visit the French space station and an old penal colony; take boat rides down jungle-fringed rivers and lap up the atmosphere of colonial towns and brash, bold capital cities. You'll have to be prepared for delays, for things not going quite to plan, but you'll be rewarded by an unforgettable trip.
Fly to Rio de Janeiro on a daytime flight. Spend a day exploring this epic city.
Fly to northern Brazilian city of Boa Vista.
Drive to the Guyana border and continue to Atta.
Drive to Annai and the Rockview Lodge.
By light aircraft to Georgetown.
Optional flight over Kaieteur Falls; explore Georgetown.
By bus and ferry to Paramaribo, Suriname.
Excursion of Suriname and Crommewijne river.
Bus and boat to Kourou, in French Guiana.
Excursion to Iles du Salut, and the erstwhile penal colony.
Excursion to the Centre Spatial; drive to Cayenne.
Depart for international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Most memorable experience: “Many on this journey, however main ones include :- Both the optional visits / flights - over Angel Falls & day excursion /flight to Kaieteur Falls . Time at Rock View Lodge & seeing the Coq of the Roq in the forest on the journey to Atta Lodge. The catamaran visit to Iles du Salut. Also enjoyed the atmosphere while wandering around Paramaribo.”SN, Belper
Tailor made holiday
Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.
Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
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Real Latin America Experts
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Consultant
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.
Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.
Ben Line - Travel Consultant
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 Manager of the Tailor-made Department.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Consultant
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Jim Ashworth - Travel Consultant
Jim first caught the Latin American travel bug in 2001 when he decided at the last minute to join a friend travelling around Central America – he hasn't looked back since.