Getting To And Around
Rising out of the Rupununi savannahs, the mountains are accessible from Lethem via overland travel and the Rupununi River.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Wildlife Spotting & Birding
Staggering statistics of 2,300 species of animals and more than 6,000 plants makes this one of the most exciting places in Guyana for nature enthusiasts. The Kanuku’s cool climate makes it the ideal home for 60% of bird species and 70% of the mammal species of the country. The forest offers hundreds of nature trails which are best explored with local guides who can point you to Harpy Eagle roosting sites, help you identify plant and bird species, and share their personal tales of adventure with you.
Moco Moco Mountain
One of the most accessible activities in the Kanuku is hiking Moco Moco Mountain. Starting from the namesake village at the base, the Moco Moco hike is partially made of a natural trail interspersed with 999 concrete steps. With 50 shades of green to keep you company, the hike up can be done in a few hours. Parts of the route are steep, but it is largely manageable by those who are reasonably fit. On top, there is a man-made swimming spot to cool off in, and short walking trails that lead to different look outs. There are also longer multi-day trekking routes. The views of the vast stretch of dense green bush is soothing after the effort.
Sky Valley Tours, Guyana Truly Wild and Wilderness Explorers offer multi-day tours in the Kanukus. This includes trekking, day hikes, wildlife spotting and birding. In addition to the wilderness camping you’ll experience during a trek, there is a more comfortable albeit rustic opion to overnight at Mapari Creek Camp with Guyana Truly Wild.
Home to Wapishana group of Indigenous Peoples, the villages in Kanuku are a reflection of local life in the wilderness. Unassuming local culture, deeply rich in traditions and sense of community offer an immersive learning experience.