Guyana offers rich rewards for those who enjoy the challenge of birding off the beaten track on the relatively unbirded species-rich habitats of the Guiana Shield.
The majority of Guyana is covered by the Guiana Shield's white sand rainforest with a mouth-watering list that includes Harpy Eagle, toucans, parrots, macaws, hummingbirds, trogons, jacamars, tanagers, woodpeckers, antbirds, tinamous, curassows, guans, chachalacas and trumpeters. The normally dry savannas are home to raptors, quail, finches, tanagers and flycatchers and when flooded (normally June-August) they are joined by storks, ibises, ducks and other waterfowl.
Many of the most sought-after birds of the neotropics are found in Guyana: Blood-coloured Woodpecker, Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, Toco Toucan, Crimson Fruitcrow, Caica Parrot, Little Shearwater, Little Chachalaca, Sun Parakeet, Red-shouldered Macaw, Roraima Screech-Owl, Scissor-tailed Nightjar, Racket-tailed Coquette, Black-spotted Barbet, Guianan Piculet, Rio Branco Antbird, Guianan Streaked Antwren, Olive-green Tyrannulet, Guianan Red Cotinga, Crimson-hooded Manakin, Cayenne Jay, Finsch's Euphonia, and Rose-breasted Chat Warbler.
It is possible to shorten this itinerary and reduce the cost by returning to Georgetown from Karanambu on Day 9, or simply skip Day 10.