Getting To And Around
The only way to get around the Pakaraimas is by 4×4 vehicles or via regularly scheduled or charter flights to airstrips in remote villages that are within or close to the mountain range.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Exploring Pakaraimas on the 4X4
Combine your love for off road travel with rough terrain and you get ‘real adventure’! The annual Pakaraima Mountain Safari is an 8-day self-drive through the Pakaraimas, covering far-flung villages and challenging 4×4 terrain through deep-set forests and vast open savannahs. See what the indigenous lifestyle is like in remote villages that host you along the way. After a hard day on the 4×4 trail and a hearty meal, hang your hammock and fall asleep gazing at the star-filled skies. Dip your feet in the Orinduik Falls for a cool relaxing break as one of many highlights. It is your chance to meet like-minded adventure enthusiasts, as everyone meanders from Georgetown to Lethem, just in time for the Rupununi Rodeo.
The abundance resources of the Pakaraimas have attracted Indigenous Peoples for millennia. Visiting them is a wonderful way to experience their legendary hospitality in the most remote corners of Guyana. Many of the communities in the mountains offer basic lodging, meals, and sell local handicrafts that you can take back as souvenirs. Staying in these villages directly benefits community tourism efforts and provides access to some of the best and most rewarding cultural experiences in the country.
Wildlife in the Pakaraimas
The varied elevations and ecosystems from the grasslands and rainforests to the mountaintops, along with waterfall-laden creeks, offer a great home for wildlife. Close encounters with small mammals and giant species are not uncommon when you are traversing through the dense forested mountains and valleys. Jaguars, anteaters, labbas and tapirs are commonly found in the Pakaraimas. Mammals and birds may be elusive at first, but patiently waiting in the right spots in the company of a local guide will often result in spotting them, especially during dawn and dusk. The Pakaraima Mountain Inn is the perfect retreat for those who want to stay and explore the mountains.
Birding in the Pakaraimas
The diverse landscape of the Pakaraimas is home to a number of avian species. Karasabai Village, located in the heart of the mountains, has been identified as a birding hotspot largely due to the community’s efforts to protect the sun parakeet. The community Guest House and Kezee Eco Lodge here provide a good base to explore the mountains via hiking trails, that award a tryst with birds like the Cinereous Mourner, Finsch’s Euphonia, Reddish Hermit, Rufous-bellied Antwren, Green-tailed and Yellow-billed Jacamar, as well as the star bird – the Sun Parakeet. Karasabai lies only 2.5 hours from Lethem, making it an excellent detour for birders.
Waterfalls of the Pakaraimas
Some of the most spectacular waterfalls on the planet are found in the Pakaraimas. The most popular is the most accessible. Orinduik Falls is a tiered waterfall found on the Ireng River on the border of Brazil amid the Pakaraima foothills. It thunders over red jasper rock terraces. It is popular not only for its accessibility but also for its beauty and the fact you can swim in some of the natural pools. It is also safe to get under some of the falls and have a natural water massage.