WE ARE IN THE INTERIOR NOT GEORGETOWN - Situated on the 240 square mile Pakuri Lokono-Arawak Tribal Territory, 60 miles up the Mahaica river in Region 4, Guyana, the ONLY English speaking country that shares the Amazon basin. Our place is ALSO the ONLY fully Amerindian owned & operated combined homestay Eco-Lodge & Wildlife sanctuary in Guyana, where you receive a combined adventure, culture & nature based guided one-of-a-kind experience, you will come as a tourist - but leave as ournew family
In the communal living room & dining room area downstairs we do not have any TV channels, but we do have a flat screen tv and a DVD player - so we show educational documentaries about various Amazonian Tribes and Amazonian wildlife, and 'movie nights' by request of our visitors from our DVD collection of popular movies.
Cel phone reception and internet access is not consistent nor guaranteed at this point in time as yet, if you can access (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) (for example) on your cel phone you might get online that way at various times of the day (weather permitting) you are coming to a pretty-much off-the-grid jungle lodge run by native peoples, enjoy the few days disconnected from the hustle and bustle of urban life and just RELAX.
You will be staying in your own private room - but in a 3 generation family home with 2 native elders, 2 young adults and 2 young children (in other rooms in the house). We have hosted long-stay (3 nights or more) singles, couples and small groups of 4 adults with 4 children, as we do have one other available upstairs room with 1 Queen sized bed and 1 double decker bunk bed (2 kids shared each double mattress bunk bed - if not then just 1 adult per bunk bed).
Crime on the reservation is petty to non-existent, your safety risk is minimal and mostly limited to unpredictable 'acts of nature' on the tribal lands, though we have never had any such incident yet.
The Lokono-Arawaks (our tribe) are famous for being friendly and fond of socializing with visitors, but not in a compelling way that invades on your personal space, if you want to participate in an activity you are welcome to, if you just want to observe and take photos or videos - you are welcome to, or if you just want to lay in your hammock and read a good book un-molested - you are free to do that as well.
We can transport you to and from the Tribal Territory and the airport or city of Georgetown by taxi and 4x4 pick up (for an additional fee), but once at our lodge most folks prefer to hike the jungle and savanna trails or to the Tribal village center 1 km away (a flat 20-30 minute walk) - and for all hikes we provide you with a native guide to escort you at all times at no additional cost to you. Boat excursions on the river for fishing or bird and animal spotting can be arranged for an additional fee.
One main house rule is that you respect our traditional hygiene and shower twice per day, in the morning when you wake up, and at night before you go to bed. Other than that, just bring an open-mind to learn about an ancient indigenous culture & a peaceful and happy attitude with you and you will have an unforgettable positive time like everyone else who has stayed with us for the past 10 years.
- Each visitor is expected to shower (with soap) 2 times per day, after waking up, and before going to sleep.
You can smoke outdoors on the veranda or downstairs but no-where else in the house please.
WE will throw our own parties from time to time and invite you join in so the place is not a Monastery lol (for 7 day visitors we usually have a 'farewell party' & traditional BBQ on their last day for example)....just don't throw your own.
As stated - in your per night fee (US$100 per room + $50 ea additional person after guest #1) breakfast is provided (continental) but you can have lunch & dinner at US$5 per plate (payable to the native cook in cash at mealtimes), OR bring your own food and cook for yourself!
Your clothing will be hand washed for you daily (weather permitting), AND a native guide will be provided to escort you on all day or night hikes, Rain suits and rubber boots with new long socks are also provided for you to use at no additional cost to you.
Boat excursion side-trips on the river for fishing, bird or animal spotting can be arranged at an additional fee (payable to the native boat owner in cash), we will provide you with life vests to use at no additional charge to you.
Transportation costs by taxi from Timehri International Airport to the Lodge (and vice-versa) is US$50.00 each way - payable in cash to the native driver.
Transportation costs by taxi from Georgetown and vice-versa (including Ogle Regional Airport) is US$75.00 each way - payable in cash to the native driver.
Departure & Government security tax at Timehri is US$25.00 per person and US$12.50 per person at Ogle. You pay this at the Airport when you are leaving Guyana.
Another fact you should take into consideration - is that even if you come alone for just a 3-night weekend (Friday to Sunday night) as a side-trip with a difference - from your current stay in Georgetown, you will be providing employment & income to 10 native persons!
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