Guyana’s Rupununi

Land of Nature, Authentic Culture, and Adventure

In the heart of Guyana lies one of the most most biodiverse and sparsely populated areas on earth. Spanning south from the Essequibo River at Kurupukari through the Iwokrama rain forest and across an expanse of hills and savannas to the Brazilian border near Lethem, the Rupununi is home to english-speaking tribes of Makushi, Waiwai, and Waipashana Amerindians. It is a region bursting with nearly a thousand species of birds, wild cats, reptiles and insects, rare flowers and trees… not to mention the cleanest air you’ll ever breathe.

Only a handful of curious and adventurous travelers make their way into the Rupununi each year. The nine lodges found here are small, family- or community-run enterprises without marketing or advertising budgets to introduce themselves to the world at large. So, we’ve teamed up together to collectively promote the unique offerings of each property and to showcase some of the most remarkable features of this unspoiled corner of the Amazon basin.

Travel in this part of the world is rewarding, but rarely is it simple. Limited infrastructure, unreliable transport and power, and wide open spaces with few people make it unadvisable for visitors to just “show up.” Use our contact form to sketch out a preliminary travel plan and timeline: our website will connect you to on-site staff who can assist with lodging, guiding, and transportation bookings.

This website costs nothing to use and there are no kickbacks or hidden costs. This is a project of the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana which represents a cross section of restaurants, hotels, and tourism companies in Guyana. Special thanks to Graham Watkins, author of the award-winning book “Rupununi, Rediscovering a Lost World,” for allowing us to make our home here at Rupununi.org. Be sure to explore the rest of Rupununi.org to get a glimpse into his lifelong effort to capture and conserve the innumerable natural and cultural treasures that reside here.