Guyana | Wilderness Explorers | Birding Guyana

This birding tour is suitable for both experienced Neotropical birders and those wanting to visit one of the last true wildernesses in South America. For the more adventurous, there is an extension at the end of the tour to look for the spectacular Sun Parakeet and Red Siskin and the very poorly known Hoary-throated Spinetail and Rio Branco Antbird in a little explored area close to Brazil.

Some of the special and range-restricted birds we will look for include Rufous Crab-hawk, Harpy Eagle, Grey-winged Trumpeter, Painted Parakeet, Rufous-winged Ground-cuckoo, White-winged Potoo, Blood-coloured Woodpecker, White-bellied Piculet, Guianan Puffbird, Guianan Toucanet, Guianan Streaked-antwren, Guianan Warbling-antbird, Guianan Gnatcatcher, Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Guianan Red-cotinga, Crimson Fruitcrow, Capuchinbird and Finsch’s Euphonia.

Top Five Birds

  1. Harpy Eagle
  2. Guianan Cock-of-the-rock
  3. Blood-colored Woodpecker
  4. White-winged Potoo
  5. Crimson Fruitcrow


At Terra Incognita we support tours that do good in the world. They must help to conserve the environment, support local people, and educate their guests. Here’s what Tony Thorne from Wilderness Explorers said to us…

What conservation activities do you support through the tour, and your wider operations?

The tour visit the Iwokrama International Centre which manages the million-acre protected Iwokrama Forest, and tourism supports this work. The tour also visit the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway and Atta Rainforest Lodge which is operated by Community And Tourism Services which is a unique business model of an NGO, an indigenous community and two private sector companies. Additionally, visits stay at Surama Eco-lodge which is owned and operated by the indigenous Makushi people and all the money stays in the community.

How does the tour support local people?

Earnings from the tour are paid directly to the local communities. Tourism is one of the very few employment opportunities in these remote communities. Tourism also supports and encourages their grass-roots conservation.

What type of environmental education activities do you incorporate into your tour?

Visits to Iwokrama include educational talks about the conservation work being conducted within the protected area. There is the opportunity to learn about how the indigenous people live and protect their forest environment. The visit to Karanambu Lodge allows an understanding or their work in protecting the environment and the work in rehabilitating orphaned Giant River Otters back into the wild.


“Traveling on the Rupununi River with one of our best bird guides ever, sharing our own private visit to a bit of paradise was the best moment of the tour…! Wilderness made sure ahead of time that every detail of our birding trips were planned in accordance with our wishes–and supported us throughout our trip. We have traveled to Guyana three times now because of the wonderful birding and cultural experiences we have had” Catherine, June 2018.

• Experience of the tour = 5/5
• Tour’s contribution to conservation = 5/5
• Tour’s contribution to local communities = 5/5
• The education the tour = 5/5



Tour Operator | Wilderness Explorers
Contact Name | Tony Thorne
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