Wildlife Holidays in Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana

Discovering The Hidden Guianas

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 15 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers


Important Information

Foreign Office Travel Warnings

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At present there are no warnings against travel to Guyana, Suriname or French Guiana. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns or would like to know in detail what measures are being taken to ensure visits remain trouble free and without incident.

It should be noted that this information applies to British citizens. Other nationals are asked to check the current position of their respective government.

Accommodation and Meals

Hotel Check-in Times

On this tour the check in time for most hotels is between 4-5pm. Please note that the price of your tour does not include guaranteed early check-in. Therefore please advise us if you would like to ensure that your room is available for an earlier arrival. This is particularly relevant on the first day of the tour and for early morning arrivals. One option is to pre-book and pay for an extra night at the beginning of your tour which will guarantee your accommodation is available irrespective of what time you arrive. Please contact us for information and costs.

It should also be noted that on many of our tours we have set-aside Day 1 of the itinerary as an ‘arrival day’. For this reason and because tour participants are likely to be arriving at different times, and often from different countries, guided sightseeing or other activities are not included. If you are arriving early or before the start date of the tour and would like to organise some extra arrangements on a private basis please contact us.

Accommodation Rating

At Undiscovered Destinations we know our travellers prefer to stay in comfortable, mid-range accommodation. Rooms on this tour will be en-suite, with private bathroom and you will find your hotel has a restaurant and/or bar.

We welcome solo travellers and single rooms will be allocated subject to the applicable tour supplement. Please note that on occasions you may not always be allocated a double or twin room, as some hotels have designated single rooms. These may be smaller in size. However, the supplement payable takes this into consideration.

Food & Drinks

The daily meal basis is shown in the tour itinerary; Breakfast (B), Lunch (L) and Dinner (D). Please note that lunch may be a picnic. Drinks are not included and will be payable locally in cash.

Dietary Requirements

If you have any special dietary requirements you must notify us at the time of booking. While we will make every effort to cater for you, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.

Budgeting for your Tour

You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.


The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch £6

Dinner £11


Lunch 5 Euros

Dinner in restaurant 8-15 Euros, in hotel 20-25 Euros 

French Guiana

Lunch 15-20 Euros

Dinner in a restaurant 30-35 Euros, in a hotel 40 Euros


The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive.


Bottle of Beer (Imported) £1.73
Water (1.5L) £1


Bottle of Beer (Imported) 1.15 Euros
Water (1.5L) 0.90 Euros

French Guiana

Bottle of Beer 3 Euros
Water (0.33L) 1.75 Euros

Tipping – Guide and Drivers

Tipping is common practice in South America. If your local guide has been helpful then you could think about tipping. This amount can obviously be left to you. When tipping a driver, a guide or hotel staff a few dollars will always be gratefully received.

Foreign Exchange - Guyana
ATM Availability: Available in Georgetown but not reliable.
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Credit and debit cards are not widely  accepted for payments, even in larger towns and cities, and they are not accepted  at  the lodges 
Local Currency: Guyana dollar
Recommended Currency for Exchange: US Dollars Where to Exchange: The best place to exchange money is in Georgetown
Foreign Exchange - Suriname
ATM Availability: Available in Paramaribo and a small number of places outside the capital.
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Credit and debit cards are not widely accepted
Local Currency: Suriname dollar
Recommended Currency for Exchange: US Dollars
Where to Exchange: The best place to exchange money is in Paramaribo 
Foreign Exchange – French Guiana
ATM Availability: Widely available
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Credit and debit cards are widely accepted
Local Currency: Euros
Recommended Currency for Exchange: Euros
Where to Exchange: The best option is to arrive with Euros 

Joining your Tour

Flight Information

Our advertised prices do not include the cost of international flights. Please contact us if you would like a quotation to book a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

Joining Your Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a free airport transfer, both on arrival and departure. In order that the transfer can be arranged please ensure that you advise us of your flight information once available. Please advise the date, time and flight number for your arrival/departure. If we have not been advised of this information at least 2 weeks before travel, then you will be required to make your own way to the hotel on Day 1 of your tour.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country, and be valid for th eduration of your holiday.

Visa Information

This tour requires a multiple entry visa for Suriname and a visa on arrival can be arranged prior to arrival for UK passport holders and many other nationalities, for a price of USD $40 plus a handling charge of USD $30. However, as regulations can change, and it may not be possible for all nationalities, we recommend that you check with your nearest embassy.

For French Guyana visa requirements will be the same for entering France, so UK and EU citizens do not require a visa. For other nationalities we recommend you check with your nearest embassy. 

Visas for Guyana are not required by many nationalities, including UK and US citizens, and citizens of some European countries for up to 30 days. However we recommend that you check with your nearest embassy for the most up to date details.


It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK.

We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.

For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Vaccinations & Protection

As with travel to most parts of Latin America, we strongly recommend that you contact your doctor’s surgery or a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information, advice and the necessary vaccinations. For a visit of less than one month, almost certainly you will be advised to have immunisations against the following: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Meningitis. The use of a DEET-containing insect repellent is highly recommended, and we recommend that you take professional advice about malaria prophylactics. You will need proof of Yellow Fever immunisation when entering Suriname.

Preparing for your tour


As Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana are situated just above the equator, they enjoy year round warm temperatures with an average in the high twenties (Celsius), with high humidity. It is cooler at the coast than in the interior. Guyana and Suriname experience two wet seasons – the main one from May to September and shorter rains in December, while French Guiana has a rainy season from December to June.


When it comes to clothing it is usually recommended that lighter clothes are worn through the day, and warmer ones at night. A hat is also advised to be worn through the day to protect from the sun, along with at least one piece of waterproof clothing for any days that the weather may be wet or windy. Guyana and Suriname are warm all year round and so there is no need to bring a lot of heavy clothing, although a light fleece or something similar may be appreciated. It is a good idea to bring some long trousers and long sleeved shirts to avoid being bitten by insects.


Suncream/sunblock is a must – please ensure you bring enough as it may not be available locally. Insect repellent, including a bite spray will also be useful to have. You should also bring binoculars if you have them – these will greatly enhance your wildlife viewing.


Footwear is a main priority on this tour. Comfortable walking shoes/boots are recommended and lighter shoes or sandals can be worn when transferring between destinations.

Luggage on tour

Passengers travelling on internal flights within Guyana are allowed a total free luggage allowance of 20lbs/9.1kgs per person. If this is exceeded charges will apply, but the additional baggage allowance can only be confirmed by the airline, on the day of travel. If you wish to ensure that you are able to travel with extra luggage you can consider purchasing an additional seat on the aircraft.

Electric Supply & Plugs

Plugs are generally of the three pin, American style plugs. We recommend that you bring a multi-adaptor to cover all eventualities.

Tour Itinerary Versions

Please ensure that you have an up-to-date copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tour notes. These tour notes were updated on 06/03/19

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