“[Guyana] is still so wild, and in the very best sense of the word.” — Patty Kusler Riexinger
Join Caligo Ventures and Naturalist Journeys on a spectacularly wild adventure to Trinidad and Guyana, South America’s hidden gem.
Trinidad's world-famous Asa Wright Nature Centre is a charming nature lodge located in a lush 2,000 acre tract of rainforest high in the Arima Valley of the island’s Northern Range. From the Centre’s famed verandah, surrounded by vibrant orchids and bromeliads, visitors often see up to 40 life birds before breakfast that include a colorful array of tanagers, hummingbirds, and honeycreepers. Spend time on the Centre's well-maintained trail system and explore the island on day trips to see plentiful wildlife highlights, including the roosting Scarlet Ibis of Caroni National Park and the Centre’s own Oilbird population.
Guyana's unspoiled wilderness, off the radar for many travelers, offers an amazing experience ... birds and mammals abound! The substrate here is the ancient granitic Guianan Shield, which, along with the Brazilian Shield to the south of the Amazon River, forms the primeval geologic heart of South America. Tropical rainforest has been growing here for millions of years, slowly adapting to changing conditions as nutrients leached from the soils. Today Guyana still holds endless forest, myriad rivers, and expansive savannah.
- Gain exclusive access to enigmatic Oilbirds in the grotto of Dunston Cave, on the Asa Wright Nature Centre’s grounds
- Witness skies turned crimson with thousands of Scarlet Ibis coming in to roost in Caroni National Park
- Visit Guyana, one of the last untamed places on the planet
- Spot members of the odd cotinga family: brilliant Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, wine-and-white Pompadour Cotinga, and elfin Dusky Purpletuft
- Stay in cozy casitas at Surama Village, where the Mucushi tribe are very proud of their ecotourism efforts
- Have a chance to see rare predators: six of South America’s elusive wild cats patrol the forest by-ways
- Find the stunning Crimson Topaz Hummingbird, Red Howler Monkey, and Amazonian Motmot
- Support conservation with your stays at both Surama Village and the Asa Wright Nature Centre
Photo credits: Banner: Juvenile Harpy Eagle by Pat Lueders; White-bearded Manakin by Peg Abbott; Surama Village by Narca Moore-Craig; Giant Anteater by Peg Abbott; Golden Tegu Lizard, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Scarlet Ibis and Egrets in Caroni Swamp by Rich Wagner | WildNaturePhotos; Group in Guyana, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Purple Honeycreepers at Asa Wright Nature Centre by Rich Wagner | WildNaturePhotos; Exploring Guyana, Naturalist Journeys Stock