Atta Rainforest Lodge

lodge-wideAtta Rainforest Lodge – Hospitality at the Base of the Canopy Walkway

The Atta Rainforest Lodge is situated approximately 500 metres from the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. The lodge grounds are completely surrounded by tropical rainforest which offers a complete immersion in the rainforest experience. The main building is open sided with views across the gardens to the towering forest on all sides. This building houses the bar, dining area and kitchen.

Mealtime at Atta Rainforest LodgeThe Parrot-A-Fly Bar stocks local and imported beer, spirits and wines which can be enjoyed by the bar or in the shade of the gardens. The bar top is made from a huge slab of Wamaradan (Dicorynia guianensis), and it is believed this is the first commercial use of this wood in Guyana. The dining area is adjacent to the bar and encourages communal dining so that you can get to know your fellow adventurers.

Meals are freshly prepared local delicacies of free range beef, chicken and fish. With sufficient notice, our cooks are happy to cater to vegetarian and other special diets. Guyanese cuisine may vary from what you are used to at home, so feel free to pop in the kitchen and see what and how we are preparing the meals!

The two accommodation buildings were once open sided shelters intended to hang hammocks in the open breeze. We have spent the past few years enclosing the buildings, creating eight separate rooms, and adding attached bathrooms to create a more comfortable space for our guests. Sleeping in a hammock is still an option, and is certainly a fun and comfortable way to spend the night. But no one leaves Atta without commenting on the private, roofless showers that afford you a stunning view of the treetops while you bathe. Each roomy bathroom is also fitted with a flush toilet and wash basin. Water is heated by the sun – but you’re unlikely to want hot water in this climate anyway!

Cozy But Comfortable Guest Rooms at Atta Rainforest LodgeVisits to the Canopy Walkway are easily scheduled during your stay at Atta Rainforest Lodge. You’ll want at least one stop at the Canopy platforms before dawn so that you can welcome the dawn chorus from the canopy. Then you’ll want to return again as the afternoon cools you can experience night falling and the canopy after dark. Additional visits are available outside these scheduled trips according to your schedule. All visitors to the walkway are accompanied by our Canopy Walkway specialists.

Apart from the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway itself you can enjoy wildlife and birdwatching walks on the trails around the area. For those interested in botany many of the trails have the key trees species marked.

Birdwatching at Atta Rainforest Lodge

Many bird species, stunning insects, noisy amphibians, and playful primates make the surrounding forest their home and you cab be fairly certain to spot some extraordinary wildlife without even trying too hard. Night walks are our guides’ favorite, as something interesting or new always seems to pop on to the scene. Veteran guide Leon Moore really made 2012 special for dozens of guests who were able to spot numerous jaguars (Panthera onca) along the transnational road near the lodge… just look at our Facebook page for many examples of their sightings or click over to our Gallery Page where we’ve got some of the videos and pictures Leon has captured over the past few years.

Excursions further a field can be arranged with notice: the Iwokrama River Lodge, Rock View Lodge, and Surama EcoLodge are all within an hour or two of our location. Of particular interest to most visitors is a fabulous Guianian Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola rupicola) lek where we are proud that our conservation efforts have led to a nearly 100% sighting rate.

Click here to view more pictures and videos on our Gallery Page!


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  • LOCATION


    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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  • SPEND THE NIGHT!

    Atta Rainforest Lodge is at the base of the Canopy Walkway, offering comfortable private-room accommodation, delicous home-cooked meals, and traditional Amerindian hospitality. The short 20 minute walk to the walkway platforms makes it the perfect way to be in the canopy before dawn! Click here to read more about the lodge...
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  • MEDICINAL PLANTS OF THE RAINFOREST

    The Amerindians expertise with medicinal plants is centuries old. The distance from and the scarcity of medical clinics has meant that a large proportion of medical care still relies on traditional medicines. The richness of the flora in Guyana gives the ” Medicine Man ” – half herbalist and half magician – a wealth of choice from the 294 species with recognised curative properties.

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    However, it is always wise to remember, just because something is “naturally” growing from a tree, doesn’t mean it’s safe to consume.

    Our grandparents and older folks would swear of the healing properties of herbs, leaves, roots and seeds that cured diseases which they contracted. The fact that our ancestors survived proved that some of the many remedies used then, did work and have increasing practical applications today. Read More at Visit Guyana

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  • CONTACT US

  • GETTING HERE


    The 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.

    From Georgetown, there is a good all weather road running 340 km south to Lethem which passes through the Iwokrama Reserve. The walkway is a 20 minute walk, via private road, from that main north-south road. Overnight bus service (IntraServ) is no longer available, but minibus service from Georgetown and Lethem is an economical (if not terribly comfortable) option. But the quickest way to reach us is to fly into Fair View Village (near Iwokrama), Surama Village, or Annai (near Rock View Lodge) then transfer by 4X4 vehicle.

    By road, we are about 75 minutes from the Iwokrama River Lodge and Fair View airstrip, 50 minutes north of the Annai airstrip at Rock View Lodge, and about 45 minutes east of Surama Village. Our map will help you get an idea where we're located in relation to the other main attractions of the area.