28.06.2008 - 30.06.2008
Elvon our guide showed up again to accompany us to Iwokrama (A Rainforest Conservation and Development Area of nearly one million acres). As we'd lost time at shell beach we opted to take a minibus there rather than wait another day in Georgetown and go by big bus. Well the minibus turned out to be an adventure. It departed at 9 pm and we had to make several stops at police stations along the way to register (as we were going to the interior - Iwokrama is about 1/2 down the country on the main road to Brazil). After causing a bit of a fuss due to my eagerness to have the front seats I sat there for an hour before we left and upset a small Brazilian cause he wanted the seat with the most leg room (but after I'd towered over him at the 1st police station he settled down). Anyway after bouncing our way along the main highway all night with no sleep the sun was beginning to rise and we got stuck in our first puddle (rather large lake). Some on the Guyanese (all the Brazilians slept through this) got out and pushed us free. We drove on for about 10 minutes and got stuck again. No amount of pushing was going to free us. The driver told Brenda and I to stay where we were while the men tried to fix it, but sometime later I wanted to get out so the Brazilian with the scary red eyes who kept talking to me despite a lack of common language carried me to safety. To try and free us they chopped down a tree, unfortunately a tree ants nest was in it and soon everyone was being bitten. Eventually they realised the back tyre was flat and despite it being 3/4 submerged in water changed it and we were out. Next task was to clear away the felled tree (that had served no purpose except to cause us and a lorry load of guys who came to help clear it away to end up with ants in our pants that really hurt when they bit - people were jumping about like they were in a cartoon or something). Anyway we were on a\our way again
We arrive at Iwokrama and I loved it there. In a small clearing there were some lovely lodges
and we spent the morning asleep (in beds that were big enough) to recover from the adventure to get here. It was all worth it though.
In the afternoon our guide Lewis took Michel, Penny (a French Australian couple who live on a boat) Brenda and I for a nature walk. He told us about all the trees , Monkey ladders and to be careful where we lean. Despite my fear I only got bitten once on the walk, however that was going to be fun later.
We had a lovely dinner and as the insects gathered aroung the lights I was covering myself up when the bats came along and ate all the flies - brilliant. After a brief lightning storm (which I have to include a picture off cause I spent ages trying to get one) we ventured out on the boat caymen spotting. We saw a tree boa and some eyes (well Brenda did) but I saw nothing. However afterwards we met Sangkar (which may or maynot be spelt like that) the pet 9ft caymen. He seemed very nice but I didn't want to get to close.
The following day we hiked up Turtle mountain. We took a boat to get there and as this is the rainy season we had to navigate our way up the path until we reached dry land. Jerry led the 4 of us up the mountain. Again he was an awesome guide (Can't belive we'd been stuck with Elvon who knew very little about the wildlife and wanted to catch/kill/play with everything). He pointed out the medicinal plants, we tried some of the fruit and made it to the top, where we had a great view out over the jungle below. We also saw red howler monkeys and macaws below us. Jerry was beginning to get a little hungry so we headed back down the mountain (stopping for more fruit on the way) and headed back to camp.
By this point the bite I'd aquired yesterday had gotten a little big......
Our final activity was to the Amerindian village of Fairview with Lewis. We saw loads more birds, I really loved the blue and yellow macaws
Someone had a pet parrot Brenda tried to pick up and a small boy had found a river turtle. He made his friend have his picture taken too, but the girls were a tad shy.
I was only sorry we didn't have longer here. I loved it (even with the bite) and if anyone goes to Guyana you really have to come here.
Anyway that was only two days and after that we headed to Surama. But I need way more time to write about that so will try and do it tomorrow.
Hope you are all ok