The animal diversity at Iwokrama is estimated to be at least 200 mammals, 500 birds, 420 fish and 150 species of amphibians and reptiles. More than 30% of the animals are listed as endangered.The list of animals is pretty impressive. In Iwokrama you can find:World’s largest freshwater fish - Arapaima World’s largest otter - Giant Otter World's...more
This liana, called kufu, is the most expensive wood available in Guyana.Iwokrama have been doing research into sustainable forests, and for that reason looked at whether it was preferable to use lianas for timber rather than traditional hardwood. It being an epiphyte, it was speculated that it might not do so much damage to the overall conept of...more
At 630 miles, the Essequibo River is the longest river in Guyana and the largest river between the Amazon and the Orinoco. It's a tidal river with a difference of about 9 feet or more. There are said to be 365 islands in the river, and numerous waterfalls. White Water canoeing is available, although we did not partake.more
I loved the airy veranda on the upper floor when meals were served (also doubled as a conference centre). The food was always good and plentifull with a local flavour. Most of the vegetables were grown on the site. All the food is included in the package.
One of my favourite times was dinner, when the bats would fly through the room, missing our heads by a few inches. They were large and numerous and always caused such hilarity.
Favorite Dish: The meals we had included the following:
Hot chilli condiment
During our visit we were given a guided tour of the research lab, which was absolutely fascinating. I have never before actually stayed at a research centre, and the whole experience was very novel. It made me feel like an explorer rather than a tourist. In the lab were found many computers (of course), glass jars with various specimens (spiders...more
There are many trails leading out from the Field Station. You are advised not to venture out without being accompanied by a ranger. During the walk, you should stick to the trails, as well as the obvious: do not litter, do not damage nature, take only photographs etc. If you do need to use the toilet while you are out, walk at least 100 feet away...more
Be aware that Iwokrama is home to many bugs which seem to grow to gigantic proportions. Insects like you've never seen before, cockroaches like you never want to see again, snakes (we didn't see any), spiders the size of a small dinner plate and the irritating little mosquito.Sleep under a mosquito net.Apply insect repellantCover up after duskDon't...more
No, this web is not there to trap tourists, rather to catch birds! I became very concerned when I saw this web, judging by the size of the web, it must be an enormous spider! boohoo
Unique Suggestions: Fortunately, it was made by a whole colony of spiders, in fact is you look very closely, you can see hundreds of the little buggers as small brown dots towards the front of the web.
Fun Alternatives: If you are concerned by spiders and other creepy crawleys - don't go to Iwokrama! The place is full of insects!
Luggage and bags:
A soft bag is much more suitable for transporting in the Land Cruisers and boats, than a hard case. Bring a day sack for taking out on treks.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sturdy walking boots are a must. It could rain any time of year, but you might find a rain jacket too stifling in the heat and humidity here. An umbrella might be more useful.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take everything you need for your day to day. There is a small medics room here, and they do stock some pharmapseuticals. Towels are provided.
Photo Equipment: Lots of film. Photography is difficult in jungle settings as there isn't much light, and everything is really too close. Use flash. Bring enough batteries as it may be difficult to charge them.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: All bed linens are provided, as are hammocks if you wish to sleep at the satellite camp.
Miscellaneous: A torch is very useful as the electricity is switched off at 11pm every night. It gets VERY dark in the jungle!
One of the trekking possiblities at Iwokrama is to climb Turtle Mountain. After a boat trip of around half an hour, you make a rough landing before setting off on reasonable trails. The first part of the trail was rather precarious, as you needed to cross a small creek. You could either try and balance on a fallen log which was rather tangled in...more
The area in and around Iwokrama is full of beautiful colourful birds. Most are too shy for you to get near enough to photograph, but some of them occassionally stay still long enough to snap. This is a blue-grey tanager, often found on the water tanks by the main building.Other birds we spotted during our stay at Iwokrama included:Pied...more
On our only free afternoon on the entire two week trip, we spent the time sitting on the terrace of the Field Station, watching the world go by. Over lunch the heavens had opened, but by the time we had finished eating, the rain had stopped and the sun was trying to break through. As the afternoon approached and the shadows were getting longer, a...more