Surama Eco Experience
I was in Surama as part of my research from September 6 - 9, 2013. I arrived in Annai on the 6th evening after a 4 hour mini-bus ride (GYD$2500) from Lethem. From Annai, it is a short 45 minute motorcycle ride (GYD$4,000) to Surama village and ecolodge. Surama, a community-based enterprise, is considered to be a model for ecotourism operation in Guyana and the Rupununi. Surama is located just south of the Iwokrama Forest and is surrounded by savanna landscape, rainforests, and mountains.
One can just rent a hammock and sleep in the Benab, a native style hut or shelter, or stay in one of the more comfortable cabins with in-suite bathrooms. More info: http://www.suramaecolodge.com
A view from the Benab
Enjoying the early morning in Surama
View of the ecolodge accomodations
Welcome and administration office
Hopefully an enduring philosophy!
Rainforest trail and boardwalk near the lodge
Early morning walk through the village
Heading to Surama Mountain
Rainforest trail to Surama Mountain
View from the top. Silence interrupted only by chorus of howler monkeys.
View of Surama Village
There is nothing like having breakfast after a sweaty hike on a crisp morning on top of a mountain
Melissa Allicock, an avid birder and my guide
Tangled mess of rocks and vegetation
Airfield doubles as casava and vegetable plots for community members!
One of the village households. There are about 280 residents in Surama.
Twilight from the Benab's dining area.