Tour Duration –
4 Days / 3 Nights
Tour features –
• Guided tour to the mighty Kaieteur Falls. Embrace nature at its very best.
• 2 Nights – Our Island Resort – Baganara
• Marshall Falls
• Parrot Island
• Fort Island (Dutch History)
• Kyk-Over-Al (Dutch History)
– All inclusive meals, soft beverages.
– Alcoholic beverages not included.
– Road & Air Transportation included where indicated.
– Prices subject to change without notice.
– Tour Guide and Kaieteur National Park Fees included.
– Hotel Accommodation provided upon request
– Pick-up from The Cheddi International Airport provided on request.
Arrive at our Eugene F. Correia International Airport via Trans Guyana Airways on their schedule flight. You will depart Eugene. F. Correia International to board an aircraft at approximately 10:00 am. The first destination, the Kaieteur Falls, situated on the Potaro River, boasts the largest single drop in the world at 741 feet, five times the height of Niagara Falls.
After two hours hiking at Kaieteur, you will embark on a forty-five minutes flight to Baganara Island Resort. Your afternoon can be as relaxing or adventurous as you decide. After you have enjoyed our delicious buffet lunch, you will be invited to spend the afternoon just relaxing or choosing from a variety of activities such as canoeing, fishing, water-skiing, table tennis or volleyball to name a few.
OVERNIGHT AT BAGANARA ISLAND RESORT. B-L-D
On this morning around 6am, you will have a chance to explore the nature trail where a guide will walk you through the mildly challenging terrain as you look for birds and wild life discover nature at its best in unspoilt surroundings.
After breakfast, around 9am take a trip up to Marshall Falls where a nature’s lover paradise awaits you, walk through the rain forest to the waterfall, where you can swim and climb the falls.
Then in the afternoon around 3pm, take a peaceful boat ride up the mighty Essequibo River to Parrot Island. Located just a few miles (15 minutes by boat) from Baganara on the Eastern bank of the Essequibo River, Parrot Island is an uninhabited island with approximately 200ft of natural vegetation and a beautiful sand beach that stretches about 2 miles when the tide is low. It is known as a home for many birds, but predominantly the parrots that goes there at sunset to roost.
OVERNIGHT AT BAGANARA ISLAND RESORT. B.L.D
After breakfast, around 10am, enjoy a boat ride along the Mighty Essequibo River, learning a little about our Dutch History. We first make a stop at Bartica. Bartica is a small, busy town with an orderly street grid, a hospital, a school, and a nearby Benedictine monastery, all situated on a sort of promontory where the Essequibo, Guyana’s biggest river, is joined by its biggest tributary, the Mazaruni. Three miles up, the Mazaruni is in turn joined by its own most important tributary, the Cuyuni. At the confluence of these three great rivers, Bartica is sometimes called the gateway to the interior.
Kyk-over-Al, the ruined Dutch fort that is one of Guyana’s most storied historical sites, also known as See-Over-Al.
On a concrete wall above the stelling at Bartica, in bold black and red letters, someone had painted an appeal to public morals. But the final line had been worn away by the rain, and the message trailed off ambiguously. In 1666 the year of the Great Fire of London, English forces managed to capture Kyk-over-Al. A trio of French ships did the same in 1708. Both times the Dutch recaptured it. In 1716, Kyk-over-Al was bursting at its seams and a roomier site on the nearby river bank was developed. Eventually, as Guyana’s fertile low-lying seacoast was reclaimed by Dutch engineers, the focus shifted north, and in 1748 most of Kyk-over-Al was demolished, its bricks used to build a sugar mill at a plantation downstream.
After Visiting Kyk-Over-Al, we venture to another Dutch Historical site from the 1700s – Fort Island
Another notable landmark which continues to attract tourists to Guyana is the Dutch fort Zeelandia on Fort Island in the Essequibo River. This brick fort, which still retains its main features, was built in 1743. The man responsible for its construction was Laurens Storm van Gravesande. As it turned out, Gravesande played a major role in Guyana’s early development. He arrived first at Fort Kyk-over-al in 1738 to serve as Secretary to the Commander, Hermanus Gelskerke. Together, they decided to move the capital of Essequibo downriver to Fort Island in order to have ready access to more fertile land. Gravesande was appointed Commander (Governor) of Essequibo in 1743, following the death of Gelskerke.
Shortly after Fort Island became the capital, many Dutch planters relocated to the lower banks of the Essequibo River. They continued to cultivate cotton, annatto (a red dye which fetched a high price in Europe), citrus, coffee, ground provisions and sugar-cane. Gravesande encouraged planters of all nationalities to take up land under his jurisdiction with tax-free concessions and other generous benefits.
Have a scrumptious lunch at the Guyana Heritage Museum that depicts the Guyana History from a collection of one man. Proceed to your hotel.
OVERNIGHT AT CARA LODGE
After breakfast, around 9am proceed with road transportation to The Cheddi Jagan International Airport.