I cannot possibly say enough good things about Chris Sharpe; he did a spectacular job on this tour! His knowledge of the birds of the region is comprehensive, and he was very good about letting us know about their natural history in addition to field marks and ID. He was very enthusiastic and handled everything with unflagging good humor. Chris made sure we knew what to expect on each excursion and worked really hard to ensure that we all had the best possible chances to see those skulky and exciting forest birds. He would give us good guidance such as, “Strange as it may seem, right now you really want to be watching this piculet rather than that macaw,” and seemed remarkably good at keeping in mind who had seen what as we went along. He worked well with a group with varying levels of expertise, and was very patient with those of us struggling to get to grips with an outstanding number of new species. I don’t want to leave out our local guide on this tour … [who] was a great asset, very knowledgeable, personable, enthusiastic, and helpful.
Guyana, a small English-speaking South American country nestled on the Atlantic Coast between Venezuela and Suriname, has become recognized as one of South America’s top birding and wildlife destinations. Guyana boasts one of the world’s most intact environments and some of the last relatively unexplored wildernesses on Earth. The variety of pristine habitats, from untouched lowland rainforests that stretch to the horizon and the endless Rupununi savannas, to arguably the world’s most impressive waterfall, the mighty Kaieteur Falls, ensures a Guyana birding and wildlife tour that cannot be more highly recommended. Locations we visit on our Guyana birding tour include Iwokrama, Atta Canopy Walkway, Surama Village and Karanambu Ranch. Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Grey-winged Trumpeter, Scarlet Ibis, Guianan Red Cotinga, Crimson Fruitcrow, the aberrant Capuchinbird and Harpy Eagle are among many birds of Guyana that can be anticipated. Mammals also form a major emphasis of this tour and we can expect species ranging from the amazing Giant Anteater to Giant River Otter, plus an excellent chance for Jaguar. Our Sun Parakeet & Red Siskin Extension takes us to remote savannas and forests in search of endangered Guyana birds, including the stunning Sun Parakeet and Red Siskin, both decimated by the cage bird trade, as well as the highly localized Rio Branco Antbird and other little known species.