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The CATS Partnership at Iwokrama Canopy Walkway and Atta Rainforest Lodge

landing04The Canopy Walkway and Atta Rainforest Lodge are jointly operated by the Amerindian Community of Surama, Rock View Lodge, Iwokrama International Center for Rainforest Conservation, and Wilderness Explorers. Together we bring a wealth of expertise and creativity to the guests who spend time with us. The CATS partnership is a model of ecotourism that proves the tourism sector, a conservation NGO, and an indigenous community can find joint economic success while providing local opportunity and an excellent experience for visitors from around the world.

The Canopy Walkway and Atta Rainforest Lodge are jointly operated by the Amerindian Community of Surama, Rock View Lodge, Iwokrama International Center for Rainforest Conservation, and Wilderness Explorers. Together we bring a wealth of expertise and creativity to the guests who spend time with us.

The CATS partnership is a model of ecotourism that proves the tourism sector, a conservation NGO, and an indigenous community can find joint economic success while providing local opportunity and an excellent experience for visitors from around the world.

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History of the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway and Atta Rainforest Camp

In 2005, the walkway was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). This state-of-the-art canopy walkway cost US$180,000 and its unique construction allows trees to grow normally by using adjustable cables and braces throughout the support structure. It is constructed of aluminium is suspended by steel cables and built to Canadian outdoor specifications and standards by Greenheart Construction Company of Canada. It is the only tourist canopy walkway in the Guiana Shield.

The Atta Rainforest Camp started as a construction camp for the engineering crew that installed the Canopy Walkway. Once the walkway opened, it was immediately obvious that sunrise and sunset times were offered the best viewing opportunities, requiring guest facilities at the base of the walkway to accommodate early morning and evening visits. The first permanent structures were intended to provide basic shelter for slung hammocks, but in 2009 the first hammock building was elongated and enclosed to provide four private rooms. A second twin building was soon added. In 2012 private bathrooms were added to the guest rooms, however the central open-sky restroom facility in the center of the camp has been retained for day visitors.

 

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    The Iwokrama Canopy Walkway is situated at Mauisparu, near the southern boundary of the Iwokrama Reserve in central Guyana. We are approximately 300km (190 mi) south of Georgetown and 130km (80 mi) north of Lethem on the Brazilain border. Surama Village and Rock View Lodge are about 45 minutes away by road, and Iwokrama River Lodge is about 75 minutes away. The nearest airstrips are Annai (Rock View Lodge) and Surama, although there is an airstrip at Fair View Village adjacent to Iwokrama River Lodge. Go to our Maps page to learn more

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