International Expeditions guests Bill and Pam Daws just returned from our February Guyana tour, and were kind enough to share their favorite experiences. Nature travel often brings with it the unexpected, and Mr. and Mrs. Daws share what it is like when tour plans don’t go 100% according to plan.
My wife, Pam and I have fallen in love with eco-tours. We have taken previous tours with IE, so that when the Trinidad and Guyana tour  became available we jumped on board. Although the trip started with a major disappointment when weather conditions required canceling the excursion to Kaieteur Falls. Did that ruin our trip? Absolutely not! We just flew directly to Iwokrama Reserve . The flight in small planes over the Guiana Shield  allowed us to see the magnitude of the rainforest.
Iwokrama Lodge  was everything we hoped for with rustic but very comfortable cabins, a delightful staff, great food, and of course, close views of a multitude of birds and wildlife. The guides were great and kept our days full. Ron Allicock our lead guide lived by his grandmother’s motto— “Don’t let the sun greet you before you greet it.” So we were up early and enjoying the forest.
Our Top 5 Guyana tour highlights included:
Trinidad was also delightful. The Asa Wright Center was much more developed but had plenty of wild areas to see. Our guide, Mukesh and his uncle Ramdass were terrific hosts answering all our wildlife and cultural questions. I learned a lot about the Hindu culture of the island.
Our Top 5 Trinidad tour highlights included:
I would recommend this trip to anyone who loves nature travel  and wants to see a really unspoiled place. My only caution is the obvious — it’s a rainforest. It rains. Be prepared to get wet and be flexible. As with all outdoor plans, the weather is a factor. Embrace it and you will have an experience of a lifetime.
Bill & Pam Daws
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