Guyana’s Atta Rainforest Lodge

 

TRAVEL | By Alisa –

If you love the outdoors and are looking for a little weekend adventure, Guyana just might be the ticket for you! Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America, and there’s a direct flight from both New York City and Miami. The country is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela. It has 80 percent virgin rainforests in addition to some 910 different bird species. It’s also home to the Red Handed Howler Monkey. Due to consistent conservation efforts, chances are extremely good that during a visit, guests might spot a jaguar patting around in the forest in addition to the Howler Monkies.

The Atta Rainforest Lodge is located at the foot of the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. Lodging there makes it an easy trek through the canopies to take in the breath-taking beauty of towering trees, unique flowers and endangered and protected species. From the range of decks, guests will find it possible to explore with a new perspective at mid and upper canopy allowing for a respectful observation of animals and plants, such as jaguars, bullet wood trees, greenheart and the waramadan, who only live in that forest and nowhere else on earth.

The Lodge provides three home-cooked meals daily and serves freshly prepared free-range beef, chicken and fish. The Parrot-A-Fly Bar is fully stocked with spirits, and all meals are served family style.

The accommodations are eight newly enclosed buildings with attached bathrooms. Or, guests may opt in to sleep open air in a swinging hammock. The showers are open air allowing guests to take in the beauty of the canopy while they bathe. The water is warmed by the sun. A trip to the Lodge is definitely fun, but it may be very different from what travelers are accustomed to on trips.  But in Guyana’s case, different is definitely good.