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After seeing a parade of beautiful exotic birds on the drive into the Iwokrama Rainforest and discovering that Guyana is an elite birding destination, I was expecting more of the same on the Canopy Walkway. We arrived at the Atta Rainforest Lodge, which is home to the trails where the Canopy Walkway is located.

Iwokrama Rainforest Canopy Walkway

My guide Gabe walking on the Canopy Walkway in the Iwokrama Rainforest

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Greeted by my namesake

I was greeted by Ted the baby sloth and a tame black currosow who roamed the grass around the lodge. A couple of cups of coffee and after getting a tour of the lodge, it was time to hit the jungle and see more birds and with hope, monkeys and mammals. Although rarely seen, the Iwokrama Rainforest is home to a healthy jaguar population.

Ted the baby sloth Guyana

Traveling Ted meets Ted the baby sloth

Baby sloth Atta Rainforest Lodge

Ted the baby sloth and I

Black Currosow Iwokrama Rainforest

Not as cute as Ted (the sloth and me), but kind of cool was the resident tame black currosow

Wildlife views few and far between in the mid afternoon heat

Unfortunately, it was not to be as far as the wildlife was concerned. It was past 7 a.m. when we got started as we had stopped many times coming into the jungle to see and take pictures of macaws, toucans, and other birds along the Georgetown-Lethem Road on the way from Rock View Lodge to the rainforest.

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Once the jungle heats up, the birds and mammals lay low. It does not mean you will not see anything, but the pickings get slim during the middle of the day. We did see two green-winged macaws on a dead tree before hitting the Canopy, but that was just about it.

Iwokrama Rainforest Canopy Walkway

One of the five platforms in the distance with a walkway in between

Atta Rainforest Lodge Canopy Walkway

Another view of the Canopy Walkway

Enjoying the Iwokrama Rainforest from the canopy walkways

The Canopy is five platforms located way up in the trees connected with steel hanging walkways. The walkways are not heavily enforced, so one person at a time is the limit between the platforms. It did not matter to me that we did not see much wildlife as the view from above the tree line was stunning.

Iwokrama Rainforest Guyana

Canopy Walkway view of the surrounding Iwokrama Rainforest

Iwokrama Rainforest Canopy Walkway

Far away hills zoomed in from atop the Canopy Walkway

We could see the tree covered hills in the distance as well as the trees and vegetation directly below us. It was a different perspective from what one usually sees from the ground. I can imagine it would normally be a great place to spot wildlife a little earlier in the morning.

Iwokrama Rainforest Canopy Walkway

Just don’t look down if you are squeamish

Iwokrama Rainforest Canopy Walkway

The beautiful lush vegetation of the Iwokrama Rainforest as experienced from atop the Canopy Walkway

This is not to say we did not see anything. We saw a few birds on top of the canopy including purple-throated fruitcrow and down in the jungle we saw some lizards and one interesting camouflaged spider. The spider was the same color as the tree. When we purposely spooked it, it went directly to another spot on the tree that was the same shade as the spider. It is interesting how they know where to sit on the tree in order to hide themselves.

Purple throated fruitcrow Guyana

Purple throated-fruitcrow from the Canopy Walkway

Camouflaged spider

Camouflaged spider – Can you see it?

Back to Rockview Lodge

While walking through the jungle I got to hear stories from my guide Gabe who routinely takes people through this rainforest. He has seen tarantulas, fer-de-lances, and sometimes even jaguars in the past.

Too soon it was back to the car and back to Rock View Lodge. One regret from this trip is I did not make arrangements to stay at Atta Lodge. If I stayed here I could have awoken at first light and hit the canopy when it would certainly be alive with birds and monkeys. I could have then relaxed away the day at Atta in a hammock hanging out with Ted the sloth and waited till evening and hit the jungle again.

Iwokrama Rainforest Canopy Walkway

Happy and high atop the Canopy Walkway in the Iwokrama Rainforest

How to get there

There are three ways to get to the Atta Rainforest Lodge. You can either fly into Annai and arrange transportation with Rock View Lodge. This will be expensive if you travel solo. Another option is to fly into Annai and take a maxi-taxi back to Atta. More adventurous and brave travelers might consider hitchhiking. The Amerindian villages in the interior of Guyana are completely safe. You can also take a maxi-taxi  from Georgetown. In the future, there may be air-conditioned buses driving visitors on the Georgetown-Lethem Road, so this could be a potential fourth way to get there.

Just let Atta know you are coming and they will pick you up at the road. Best to book in advance as I was there during a slow time for travel in Guyana and Atta was booked.

There is a fee for accessing the Canopy Walkway. It is $25.00 per adult and $13.00 for a child and rates include a guide, entrance fees to Iwokrama, and a user fee for hiking the Canopy Walkway.

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