CATS Partners

CATS – The Unique Partnership Behind the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway

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.

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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Back in 1999 Wilderness Explorers was one of the first tour operators to embrace the now-fashionable idea of community tourism, partnering with Surama Village to provide marketing and administrative support for that country’s first indigenously-operated ecolodge. These days Wilderness continues to work with lodges and regional consortiums with tourism development aspirations. Hand-in-hand they are building opportunities for economic growth that don’t rely on resource extraction or the mass-market.


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The Iwokrama International Centre (IIC) was established in 1996 under a joint mandate from the Government of Guyana and the Commonwealth Secretariat to manage the Iwokrama forest, a unique reserve of 371,000 hectares of rainforest, “in a manner that will lead to lasting ecological, economic and social benefits to the people of Guyana and to the world in general”. The Iwokrama Forest encompasses about almost one million acres (3,700 sq. km / 370,000 hectares / 1,429 sq. miles) with a boundary of 442km (274 mi.). At its widest, the area is 85 km (53 mi.), and the greatest extent in a north-south direction is 80km (50 mi.). The Georgetown-Lethem Road dissects the Forest, traversing about 72km (45 mi.) between the northeastern and southern boundaries. The Forest lies between 4 and 5 degrees north latitude and 58.5 and 59.5 degrees west longitude.


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Surama village is a small Amerindian community of the Makushi people living in the north Rupununi region # 9. Surama village is situated in 5 sq miles of savannah land, surrounded by forest, hills and mountains of the Pakariama mountain range. The life of the people is in the art and understanding of how to live with nature. It is a simple and basic way of life, living according to the laws of nature.


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The Rock View Lodge was conceived in 1992 by Colin Edwards, who purchased the old ranch of Rock View from the Fredericks family who had been rearing cattle here since 1969. It was once a significant stop along the old cattle trail of the Rupununi, but today is an oasis in the savannah, offering comfortable guest accommodation and boasting the interior region’s only swimming pool. The lodge is immediately adjacent to the Annai airstrip and is a frequent jumping-off point for visitors entering and leaving the Rupununi.

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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...
  • ESSENTIAL READING

    Whether you're looking for a novel, nature guide, or simply an insightful introduction to the land of Guyana, these are a few great titles to start with.

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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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    Read about the Medicine Women of the Rupununi

    Home remedies have been around for thousands of years. Even these days about 30 per cent of prescription drugs are still synthesised from plants. In fact, the word ‘drug’ comes from an old Dutch word, drogge, which means ‘to dry’ – which is how many plant medications were prepared.

    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

  • FORESTRY IN GUYANA

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  • Community Owned Conservation Area (COCA)

    Guyana’s first Community Owned Conservation Area is now the largest protected area in the country and is managed exclusively by the Wai Wai indigenous group. This has effectively brought more than one million acres of rain-forest under sustainable management while ensuring the continued development of the group and their traditional way of life. The Wai Wais of Konashen District in the south of Guyana received title to the land in 2004 and partnered with Conservation International and the Government of Guyana to have the entire area established as a protected area.
  • CAMERA TRAPS AT THE WALKWAY

    In 2013 we installed several camera traps in the forest surrounding the Canopy walkway and have caught some really terrific footage from these traps. Check out a few of the videos!
  • 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.