Back
Cayenne to Boa Vista
SAVE UP TO 20% on this tour

Whether you’re an avid wildlife or bird photographer, a nature and cultural enthusiast or most likely just an adventurer looking for a journey into pristine Amazon rain forest, this is something special for you.

The trio of tiny countries on the North coast of Brazil include Suriname, French Guiana, and Guyana are largely unspoilt and packed with natural wonders. A combination of beach, jungle, wildlife and relative lack of tourists make this a great region to explore for the adventurous.

The laid back and friendly cities of Georgetown and Paramaribo are both easily explored by bike or on foot. From the space station in French Guiana and a boat trip around the islands of Papillion to trips into the Amazon, river cruises to spot pink dolphins or special flight out to Kaiteur falls, there is much to discover on this tour.

Latin America
  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Active/Adrenaline, Boating, Trekking, Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ZCV1/201174
  • Starts: Cayenne, Germany
  • Finishes: Boa Vista, Germany
You will Visit
  • Cayenne
  • Kourou
  • Saint Laurent du Maroni
  • Albina
  • Paramaribo
  • Upper Suriname Area
  • Georgetown
  • Iwokrama Forest
  • Rupununi
  • Boa Vista

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Cayenne

Welcome to French Guiana!, today there is an important meeting at 18:00, please meet in the hotel reception.  The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Cayenne.

Border Information - If joining the trip at Cayenne, you will fly into Cayenne Félix Eboué International Airport (IATA code: CAY)

In Cayenne we stay in a comfortable hotel.

 

02

Day 2: Cayenne

Today we will enjoy a half day walking tour around Cayenne.  The rest of the day is yours to enjoy, perhaps even take a Kayaking trip to the Ilets du pont. Depending on departure days we may choose to visit the Space station at Kourou ths morning.

03

Day 3: Kourou

Today we will head out to the town of Kourou; the site of the European Space station and the starting point for boat trips around the former penal colony on Devil’s Island, one of the infamous Iles du Salut, off the coast of French Guiana. The ordeal of Frenchman Henri Charriere, who spent 12 years here, would later inspire the book Papillon.

We will camp this evening in the surrounding area.

100km / 2hrs

04

Day 4: Saint Laurent du Maroni

Today we will visit the European Space Centre near Kourou, en route to the town of Saint Laurent du Maroni.

Approximate drive time - 3hrs / 190km 

We will stay in a local guesthouse

 

 

05

Day 5: Saint Laurent du Maroni

Today we have a free day to explore the border town of Saint Laurent du Maroni, located on the Maroni river, with its interesting and dark history as an arrival point for prisoners during the 19th Century.

06

Day 6: Albina

Today we travel by ferry across the Maroni River to Albina in Suriname.

At certain times of the year, it may be possible to arrange a local boat to take us to the turtle nesting site of Galibi further north.  Please note that if this is not available due to local circumstances or the timing, we may choose to head directly to Paramaribo.

Border Information: Exit French Guiana at Saint Laurent du Maroni, Enter Suriname at Albina

07

Day 7: Paramaribo

We continue our journey west to the lively capital Paramaribo.

This evening we may choose to take an evening sunset boat trip in the hope of seeing some Dolphins playing in the Suriname River. 

Approximate Driving Time: 145km / 3hrs

In Paramaribo we stay in a locally owned hostel in dorms and twin rooms with shared bathrooms.  

08

Day 8: Paramaribo

Today we have a full day to explore Paramaribo's historic inner city and the Commewijne area.  You can easily explore the historic centre on foot, visiting Fort Zeelandia and the Suriname museum, and enjoying the fantastic architecture of Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral, one of the largest wooden buildings in the western hemisphere, or hire a bike and take a boat across the river to cycle the peaceful Commewijne Plantation Loop, visit the star shaped fort at Neiu Amsterdam.  There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.

09

Day 9: Upper Suriname Area

This morning we leave the truck behind and set off for an unforgettable adventure into the interior of Suriname. We will travel by minibus for approximately 190km to the port at Atjoni, we then hop on a boat for approx 1hr trip along the Suriname River, deep into the rainforest where we will stay for two nights on our own private island!

Be sure to pack light for this excursion, as we can only take a small bag each with us.

We will stay in comfortable cabins and enjoy our own pool.  All meals are provided during our visit, though you will need a small amount of money for drinks and tips for our local guide.

10

Day 10: Upper Suriname Area

During our stay we can visit local villages, walk around the island in the hope of meeting some of its furry inhabitants and learn about the medicinal plants, try to spot Caiman on a night time canoe trip, take a dip in the river at the Ferulassi rapids - a natural Jacuzzi, and relax on the island by our pool, spot the kingfishers on the banks of the river and enjoy the tranquillity of the Amazon Rainforest.

We will stay in comfortable cabins.

All meals are provided.

11

Day 11: Paramaribo

This morning is free for you to enjoy how you wish, walk, swim or relax and after lunch we will transfer back to Paramaribo.

12

Day 12: Paramaribo

Paramaribo and its surroundings definitely deserve at least one more day for exploration.  Today is yours to spend as you wish; take a boat trip to Jordensavanne, take part in a Moengo Cultural experience, go walking in the Peperpot Nature reserve or Brownsberg Nature Park, learn the art of Surinamese cookery, or take part in one of the many day tours available.

 

13

Day 13: Georgetown

Today we have a big drive from Paramaribo, across the border by Ferryboat to the Guyana Capital, Georgetown.  

Border information: Exit Paramaribo, Enter Guyana

In Georgetown we stay in a central located, basic but cosy, locally run hostel, with shared bathrooms in a combination of twin and dorm rooms.

14

Day 14: Georgetown

Take a morning tour of the city, explore the old canals and great sea wall, visit incredible wooden cathedrals, the huge market and try to spot the manatees swimming in the National park's lake.  Georgetown is a busy place, and feels happily free from mass tourism. Be sure to take your camera!

 

15

Day 15: Georgetown

Today we have a second free day in the city.

Perhaps one of the greatest highlights of Guyana is the spectacularly remote and impressive Kaieteur Falls, one of the tallest single drop waterfalls in the world, and reachable only by light aircraft.  Take a half day flight to the falls and then enjoy a walking tour to the Falls and search for the tiny golden rocket frogs, hiding in the tank bromeliads leaves, as well as an impressive variety of butterflies, you may also be lucky enough to spot the bright orange Guayanan Cock of the Rocks. 

16

Day 16: Iwokrama Forest

Today the adventure really begins, as we travel south into the Guyanan Interior. We enjoy the comforts of a tarmac road for around 120km, as far as the town of Linden, and then the dirt road begins! it's the only road that connects Georgetown to Brazil, at some times of the year it becomes impassable due to the rains, but most of the time you'll find trucks and minibuses happily bumping along the road transporting people to and from Lethem. Many people choose to fly to the jungle resorts, but as overlanders we will get to enjoy the pristine rainforest - keep your eyes peeled in case of the illusive jaguar road crossing!

Please note we will likely set off very early today in order to make the most of the coller parts of the day.

Driving Distance: 400km / 12 hours

Today we will camp or stay in bunk rooms in the Iwokrama Forest, with basic amenities.

 

17

Day 17: Iwokrama Forest

We are deep in the Guyanan rainforest, based beside the river which gives us some unique wildlife spotting opportunities in one of the most pristine and untouched eco-systems in the world.  We have a variety of options for us including walking, bird watching, canoeing trips, nocturnal wildlife spotting and even a spot of swimming (if the watre is low enough).

Today we will have an opportunity to visit the Iwokrama Forest Canopy Walkway, set 30metres above the forest floor and providing a unique opportunity to experience the jungle's mid-level canopy through a series of suspension bridges and decks. Visits during dusk or dawn are best for bird spotting of Macaws and Tucans, you may even be lucky enough to see Red Howler Monkeys.

18

Day 18: Rupununi

Today we leave the dense rainforest behind and head towards a village settlement in an area of Savannah.  Here we stay in hammocks or camp, all meals are included, we can go on a village walk, spot birds and wildlife, hike up the nearby mountain or take a canoe trip.

19

Day 19: Rupununi

Today we head further south and into the more open savannah area, where we will have further opportunities for sportting wildlife, photography, walking and cultural activities.

Today we will camp with basic facilities.

 

 

20

Day 20: Boa Vista

This is our final day in Guyana, we will head south past the town of Lethem and onto the city of Boa Vista in Brazil 

(Please note that it is possible to fly from Lethem to Georgetown for approximately 150USD, for outbound international flights).

Drive time - 245km / 5 hrs

21

Day 21: Boa Vista

Today is the final day for passengers finishing their trip in Boa Vista. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking an extra night of accommodation in order to fully explore the area.

Border Information: if you are finishing in Boa Vista, you will most likely exit Brazil at Boa Vista-Atlas Brasil Cantanhede International Airport (AITO code: BVB)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Take a 3hr walking tour of Cayenne; climb up Cépénou hill to enjoy a panoramic view of the city; the visit will take you through numerous key spots of historical, cultural or natural interest
    • Visit the international Spaceport in Kourou
    • Take a boat trip to the Iles du Salut, the Devils islands; explore the old church, school and hospital of Ilhe Royale, photograph the native wildlife and even take a dip in the convicts swimming pool!
    • Take a sunset boat trip in search of Dolphins, tour includes snacks and drinks
    • Spend 2 nights / 3 days on an all inclusive island retreat in the Suriname River, surrounded by dense rainforest, birdlife and opportunities to visit local communities
    • Take a short walk into the rainforest to search of the brightest bird of the jungle - the Guianan Cock of the Rocks
    • Take a nature trail with a local guide into the forest
    • We will stay in the heart of the Iwokrama Forest at a jungle lodge where we have time to explore the rainforest and observe the wildlife and birdlife
    • Iwokrama Canopy Walkway offers a unique experience in the region and envelopes you in the jungle’s mid-level canopy through a series of suspension bridges and decks from heights of up to 30 metres (98 ft.)
    • We will spend two days in the Rupununi Savannah area of Guyana; staying at a local village eco-camp, with all meals included; here we can have a village tour, take a wildlife walk, experience the forest after dark.  We have the option of climbing a nearby mountain or taking a canoe trip
    Tour Staff
    • 2 crew, local guides as necessary
    Accomodation
    • 10% Camping - 90% Hotels
Why book with us?

Trusted by travellers since 1979

We guarantee to beat any price

Low deposits, Book now. Pay later.

24/7/365 Help on the road



Tour Highlights:
  • Adventure Activities
  • Boating
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Overland Journey
  • Walks & Rambles