Foster Parrot’s Maipaima eco-lodge is a must-visit Guyana
destination. Nestled deep in the
rainforest, the drive there is an experience in itself! The twisting road leading to the lodge
is covered overhead with a lush canopy and thick vegetation. Screaming pee-haws and other exotic
birds ring out during the ride.
Eventually, the road opens up to the lodge itself, a series of benabs
connected to one another by raised, wooden walkways. The lodge, located at the base of the Kanuku mountains,
provides a peaceful atmosphere ideal for relaxing on hammocks, bird watching
and enjoying the intimacy of the surrounding rainforest. A creek lines the perimeter of the site
and is the perfect way to cool off after a morning or afternoon hike. The food
and drink provided over the course of our stay were wonderful. I particularly loved the variety and
abundance of fresh squeezed juices.
When I stayed there with Foster Parrots in March 2010, we
were fortunate to see a harpy eagle only a short distance from the lodge. The harpy blessed us with its presence
for nearly a half hour, creating the perfect photo opportunity and signaling
future ones ahead. Trips near the
lodge also include hikes to a river, bat overhang, and a local farm. One of the most wonderful aspects to
staying at the lodge was the close proximity of howler monkeys. The wonderful terror of their
ominous vocals marked the beginning of each day.
If you make it out to Guyana, don’t miss staying at
Maipaima Lodge. Support Amerindian
ecotourism efforts and help to protect the Land of Many Waters!
Bill Anderson, Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA
Photo left: Bill takes a drink from the water vine.