Iwokrama Mountains Travel Guide

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Iwokrama Mountains Things to Do

  • Animals

    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...

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  • Fairview Village

    A short boat ride away from the Field Station, is the Amerindian Village of Fairview, also known as Kurupukari. 127 people live here in the village.

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  • Lianas and trees

    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...

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  • Iguanas

    We were really excited to see this large iguana in the undergrowth between the Field Station grounds and the river. He was a good four feet long! Fortunately he did stay still long enough to be photographed!

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  • Kurukupari Falls

    Although not a spectacular waterfall, as waterfalls go, it is, well, waht can I say......, a small trickle. The local people seem to be very proud of them though, as they took us to see them three times!

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  • Petroglyphs at Kurukupari

    These petroglyphs are said to be 7000 years old, dating back to the Archaic period. They are found not far from the falls, and are only visible at low tide.

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  • Boat trips

    One of the activities that are arranged from the Field Station, is a boat trip accompanied by one or more rangers. Not only is the air cooler on the water, but you can spot many colourful birds from a boat.

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  • Butterflies

    Although we didn't see many mammals, we did see lots of beautiful butterflies, in many wonderful different colours, some very large indeed. One of my favourite butterflies is the Blue Morpho, but it never sat still long enough for me to take a photo! Shame!

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  • Essequibo River

    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.

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Iwokrama Mountains Restaurants

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    by grets Written Oct 26, 2004

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    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:

    Soup
    Beef stew
    Spicy chicken
    Rice
    Couscous
    Pasta
    Flaked fish
    Cassawa
    Okra
    Squash
    Salad
    Potato salad
    Stuffed cucumber
    Hot chilli condiment

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Hiking and Walking

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Iwokrama Mountains Nightlife

  • Sunset

    Ok, this is the last sunset picture - for this time. The colours of sunset pictures are often enhanced if you underexpose your shots by one or two stops. Try it and see.

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  • Sunset

    I make no appologies for including several sunset pictures as part of Nightlife tips here - I am an absolute sucker for sunrise and sunset photos and will take them whenever I can.

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  • Sunset

    Dusk is the time when the mosquitos come out in force, especially the malaria carrying ones, so make sure than you have applied plenty of mosquito repellent, and preferably wear long trousers and a long sleeved shirt.

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Iwokrama Mountains Transportation

  • The last journey is by boat

    From Kurupukari River crossing, the Field Station is accessed by boat. There must be an overland access road, as we did see an old Bedford truck at the Field Station, but the track was not obvious, and I should imagine it would be far easier to travel by boat.

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  • By road to Kurupukari River Crossing

    From Georgetown, or Surama as we did, the easiest way to reach Iwokrama, is to travel by road to Kurupukari River Crossing. The road is mostly a red logging road, and becomes (almost) unpassable during the wet period.

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Iwokrama Mountains Local Customs

  • The research lab

    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...

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  • Ecotourism

    Ecotourism generally defined as touring a natural area while conserving the environment and preserving the interest of local people.Iwokrama is focusing on ensuring that it becomes financially self-sufficient through Ecotourism.

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  • The Macushi Tribe

    Most of the people who live in Fairview Village are from the Amerindian tribe called Macushi. They have lived in this area for hundreds of years, and are now a thriving community. Once close to extinction, it is now the second largest indigenous group in Guyana.

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Iwokrama Mountains Warnings and Dangers

  • Stick to the trails

    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...

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  • BIG BUGS

    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...

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  • Obstacles

    As you trek along the trails through the forest, make sure you look where you are going, as the trails are often littered with fallen trees or roots growing across the path. A couple of our party tripped and fell when they were too busy looking at the scenery around them!

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Iwokrama Mountains Tourist Traps

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    Spiders Web

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    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!

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Eco-Tourism

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Iwokrama Mountains What to Pack

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    Us in the jungle

    by grets Written Oct 26, 2004

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    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!

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Iwokrama Mountains Off The Beaten Path

  • Petroglyphs at Sharples Island

    These petroglyphs are only accissible by boat at low tide (dry season). They are asaid to be 5000-6000 years old. Very little archaeologial work has been carried out in order to try and find out more about the people who libved in this area in the old days.

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  • View from the top

    From the top of Turtle Mountain, you can see far and wide - with the view consisting of trees, trees, and more trees. Actually, it makes you appreciate just how large the rainforest is in this area, and just how remote you are!

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  • Turtle Mountain

    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...

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Iwokrama Mountains Favorites

  • Frogs

    I am very partial to small frogs, and this one was no exception. Warning: do not pick up frogs you see on the way, as many are poisonous. I was absolutely amazed to hear the rangers say that they regularly discover new species when out researching. How exciting!

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  • Birds

    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...

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  • Watching the world go by

    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...

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