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Carib Coast - The Three Guianas Gay Tour

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The Three Guianas
Carib Coast Gay Tour

Georgetown, Kaieteur, Orinduik, Fort Island (Guyana), Paramaribo, Commewijne, Nieuw Amsterdam, Jodensavanne, Peperpot (Suriname), St. Laurent, Ile Du Salut (French Guiana) & more!

12 Days from Georgetown, Guyana to Paramaribo, Suriname

November 20 – December 1, 2019

 

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Paramaribo, Suriname gay tourGuyana, Suriname and French Guiana are the three smallest countries in South America and comprise a large landmass north of the Amazon River known as the “land of many waters.” Whereas the Portuguese settled Brazil and the Spanish captured much of the rest of continent, the British ruled Guyana, Suriname became a Dutch colony, and French Guiana was a remote outpost of France. Novelist Evelyn Waugh referred to the Three Guianas as “those three little gobs of Empire,” and they represent a lot of colonial history and hint at a treasure trove of unexplored paradise.

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Most of the land in the Guianas is a lost world of primeval nature, with very little infrastructure in the dense rainforest interior. In fact, much of it is unexplored, so its history and culture merge together on the edges of the Caribbean coastline. This gay group tour combines a little bit of everything, with wildlife and waterfalls, rivers and rainforests, savannahs and seaside towns. This is the tour that many of you have been waiting for to expand the number of countries you have visited in South America. It is not likely to be repeated soon, so seize this opportunity to spend an unforgettable Thanksgiving with us in an off-the-beaten-path tropical paradise!

 

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The Three Guianas - Carib Coast Gay Tour Highlights

Georgetown, capital of Guyana

Guyana Rainforest *
Kaieteur Falls
Orinduik Falls
• Essequiba River boat adventure
Paramaribo, capital of Suriname *
Nieuw Amsterdam, Suriname’s historic government center Kourou, French Guiana
Devil’s Island (made famous by the movie “Papillon”)
Aerospace Center
Jodensavanne, Jewish settlement
Peperpot Nature Reserve

 

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The Three Guianas - Carib Coast Gay Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Arrive in Georgetown, Guyana
Georgetown, Guyana gay tourArrange your international flight to arrive in Georgetown, Guyana by mid-afternoon today. Use the airport code GEO when searching for flights. You will be returning from Paramaribo, Suriname, airport code PBM.

Guyana is a gem waiting to be discovered. It is known as the land of many waters and contains many giants of the world, among them: the mighty Essequibo River, giant arapaima fish, the enormous Harpy Eagle, the Anaconda, giant otters and jaguars. A driver will meet you at the airport and take you to our hotel. Toto Tours hosts a Welcome Dinner this evening. Overnight in Georgetown.

Meals: Welcome Dinner
Hotel: Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana

 

Day 2 - Thursday, November 21, 2019
Georgetown City Tour
Guyana gay tour - GeorgetownThis morning embark on a city tour of Georgetown, including St. George's Cathedral, the tallest free standing wooden building in the world, the picturesque city hall, the Victorian law courts, the national museum, botanical gardens, zoological park and many heritage sites.

We return to our hotel by mid-day and the rest of the day is free to relax in preparation for our early departure tomorrow. Overnight in Georgetown.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana

 

Day 3 - Friday, November 22, 2019
Fly to Kaieteur Falls / Orinduik Falls
Guyana gay tour - Kaieteur FallsWe depart from our hotel and drive to the airport for our flight to Kaieteur Falls, a natural wonder with a sheer drop of 741 feet (5 times the height of Niagara Falls).

Kaieteur National Park is situated on the Guiana Shield, a plateau that is one of the world's oldest and remotest geological formations. The entire National Park is located within one of the largest and most biodiverse rainforests in the world. The park is home to the tiny golden frog, White-chinned and White-collared swifts, red and green macaws, Morpho hecuba, South America's largest butterfly, the Ocelot, and the Cock-of-the-Rock.

After an extremely fascinating tour of Kaieteur Falls, fly to the jasper-lined Orinduik Falls located in the Rupununi savannahs and at the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains. The pool beneath the falls is ideal for a swim.

In late afternoon fly back to Georgetown, and the rest of the day is free.

Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch
Hotel: Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana

 

Day 4 - Saturday, November 23, 2019
Fort Island / Essequibo River / Fly to Suriname
Guyana gay tour - Essequibo RiverAfter an early breakfast depart by bus for Roden Rust, driving over the Harbor Bridge, which is the longest floating steel bridge in the world. The bridge crosses the Demarara River (second largest in Guyana), passing former plantations and rice fields.

At Roden Rust, a boat ride takes us to Fort Island, the seat of the Dutch government during its colonization of Guyana.

After a tour of the Fort and remaining Dutch structures, we re-join our boat and continue to the 155-acre Sloth Island Nature Reserve for lunch and a nature walk on the mid-canopy walkway.

We will have time for kayaking or a swim in the mighty Essequibo River, Guyana’s largest river that flows 630 miles from the Acarai Mountains near the Brazilian border to the Atlantic Ocean.

Finally, we visit Fort Kykoveral, the first Dutch Settlement, before returning to Georgetown.

We take time for dinner and then drive to the airport for our evening flight to Suriname. We will have a late arrival and check-in at our hotel in Paramaribo.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Royal Torarica Hotel, Paramaribo, Suriname

 

Day 5 - Sunday, November 24, 2019
Paramaribo City Tour
Suriname gay tour - Presidential PalaceAfter a late breakfast we leave the hotel for a city tour of Paramaribo. We visit the most important monumental buildings and streets such as Presidential Palace, the museum Fort Zeelandia, Palmentuin (Palm Garden), the Waterkant and the Central Market. The unique architecture here is amazing! We pass by a synagogue that is located right next to the mosque, a unique sight in these times.

The rest of afternoon is free to visit the Casino or shop for souvenirs. Overnight in Paramaribo.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Royal Torarica Hotel, Paramaribo, Suriname

 

Day 6 - Monday, November 25, 2019
Commewijne River
Suriname gay tour - Nieuw Amsterdam Plantation HouseEnjoy a cruise today on a comfortable tour boat to Commewijne. We stop at Nieuw Amsterdam, the historic government center, and Fort Nieuw Amsterdam, an open-air museum. We continue by boat to Frederiksdorp to admire the most beautifully restored plantation houses in Suriname.

We have lunch in colonial surroundings and take a stroll through the once flourishing coffee plantation. Dolphin spotting may also be included in the program.

We return in the afternoon to our hotel in Paramaribo.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Royal Torarica Hotel, Paramaribo, Suriname

 

Day 7 - Tuesday, November 26, 2019
French Guiana
French Guiana gay tour - Saint Laurent Prisoner MonumentAfter breakfast, we leave our hotel and drive to Albina, at the border with French Guiana. We go through Immigration formalities, and then join a canoe boat to St. Laurent, French Guiana.

There we tour Camp de la Transportation, which was the processing center and holding area for prisoners heading to Devil’s Island.

Afterwards we have lunch at a local restaurant, continuing to the seaside town of Kourou. We check-in at our hotel and the rest of the day is free to stroll along the beach or enjoy the pool. Overnight in Kourou.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Hotel Des Roches, Kourou, French Guiana

 

Day 8 - Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Boat Trip to Ile Du Salut
French Guiana gay tour - Devil's Island Alfred Dreyfus HutAfter breakfast, we journey by ferry to Ile Royale. Devil's Island is closed to the public, but we will be able to see it from the Auberge.

Devil's Island was made famous by Henri Charriere's book Papillon. We visit the ruins of the penal settlement at Ile Royale and learn about the Dreyfus Affair. Weather permitting, we will sail to Ile Joseph where most prisoners were kept. We return to our Kourou hotel in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Hotel Des Roches, Kourou, French Guiana

 

Day 9 - Thursday, November 28, 2019
Arianespace Centre/ Return to Paramaribo, Suriname
Arianespace Centre in French GuianaAfter an early breakfast we transfer to the Arianespace Centre. The 3-hour guided tour starts at 8:00am by shuttle bus which will take you to the main installations. The visit is from 8:00am to 11:00am to learn about the space program and its future projects.

In the afternoon, we depart Kourou and transfer to Saint Laurent. After immigration formalities, we re-enter Suriname at the border town of Albina, and proceed to our hotel in Paramaribo.

Tonight we celebrate Thanksgiving with a Toto Tours family dinner.

Meals: Breakfast & Thanksgiving Dinner
Hotel: Royal Torarica Hotel, Paramaribo, Suriname

 

Day 10 - Friday, November 29, 2019
Jodensavanne, Suriname
Suriname gay tour - JodensavanneThis morning our destination is Jodensavanne, the first and only place in the New World where Jews had been granted a semi-autonomous settlement. Jews, fleeing the Spanish inquisition, were welcomed in Suriname, first by the British and later by the Dutch, to settle and own the land along the River Suriname. In order to attract Jewish settlers, the colonial government offered Jews special privileges, including freedom of religion, freedom of ownership and the right to their own judicial court. The cemeteries of Jodensavanne and Cassipora have an exceptional grandeur, the oldest dating back to 1667 and many tombstones are made of brick or marble imported from Europe. A third cemetery is the African or Creole burial grounds. The synagogue and the three cemeteries are a major monumental site of Suriname.

After a fascinating tour of these sites, we return to our hotel for a free evening in Paramaribo.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Royal Torarica Hotel, Paramaribo, Suriname

 

Day 11 - Saturday, November 30, 2019
Peperpot Nature Park Tour
Suriname gay tour - Peperpot Nature ParkA short distance from Paramaribo is the Peperpot Nature and History Park.

Enjoy a safari through the tropical rain forest where we may encounter butterflies, dragonflies, monkeys, sloths and reptiles.

Halfway through we set out on a nature trail where we stroll along the irrigation canals to see coffee trees as well as the “kofimama” (Erythrina glauca or shade providers). The trail leads to an historical plantation village where we tour an old coffee factory.

Next is a visit with a Javanese horticulturist at his home to learn all about the authentic way of growing and cooking with exotic fruits and herbs such as mangoes, passion fruit, laos, cherries, star apple, cassava, yuca, bananas, bacove (green bananas), jackfruit, lemongrass, golden apple, oranges, coconuts, bamboo, bitter greens, water spinach, and lompong.

Afterwards we return to Paramaribo and celebrate the conclusion of our tour with a Farewell Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
Hotel: Royal Torarica Hotel, Paramaribo, Suriname

 

Day 12 - Sunday, December 1, 2019
Departure
Farewell to the Carib CoastThe tour officially ends after breakfast this morning.

If you wish to extend your stay in Paramaribo, please let us know on your reservation form so that we can keep your room available for another night.

Book your flight at any convenient time today.

We provide your transfer to the airport (airport code PBM).

Meals: Breakfast

 

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Included:

• 11 nights hotel accommodations:
- 3 nights at Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana;
- 6 nights at Royal Torarica Hotel in Paramaribo, Suriname
- 2 nights at Hotel Des Roches in Kourou, French Guiana
• Airport transfers;
• Hotel breakfasts daily plus Welcome, Thanksgiving & Farewell dinners;
• Other meals as indicated in the itinerary;
• Round-trip flight to Kaieteur Falls;
• One-way flight to Suriname;
• Ground transportation in climate controlled motorcoach;
• Sightseeing activities and entrances as listed in the itinerary.
• This is a fully escorted tour, with guides added during tours.

 

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Not Included:

• International airfare to Georgetown, Guyana (GEO) and returning from Paramaribo, Suriname (PBM);
• Visa fees;
• Ground transportation for sightseeing on your own (taxis, local guides, etc.);
• Meals and optional activities not specifically listed in the itinerary;
• Camera fees; alcoholic beverages; laundry, telephone calls, faxes, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
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• Tips to drivers and guides and other conveyance attendants are not included; tipping guidelines for our group tips will be provided prior to departure.

 

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Tour Hotels

Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana

Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown, GuyanaMixing contemporary culture with its local heritage, Pegasus Hotel Guyana is an ideally situated, luxury styled hotel, conveniently positioned minutes away in the center of the commerce and business district of Georgetown – making it the perfect location among other hotels.

Our Buffet breakfast is the best in town. Enjoy our local cuisine in The Aroma’s Cafe. Let us take you on a trip to Europe as we showcase our Italian fare in El Dorado Italiano Restaurant. Take a relaxing lounge with tea, drink and snacks of your choice in The Oasis.

Pegasus Hotel Georgetown roomOverlooking the Atlantic Ocean the Pegasus Hotel Guyana boast 130 well-appointed rooms, including twin and king executive, deluxe and suites. There are six dining and entertainment areas including the one of a kind Aura Skylounge with a 360-degree view of Georgetown and the Atlantic Ocean. Relax and watch the sunset while enjoying a glass of wine or one of our signature cocktails, it’s an experience you won’t forget.

The Latino Wine Bar and Courtyard is the ideal place with an intimate and inviting atmosphere to sit back, unwind and enjoy a glass of wine. Explore the exceptional wine list or the wide variety of drinks available. The Pegasus Poolside is the ideal spot to relax and unwind, the BBQ and Grill offers a wide choice of delicious dining options and our bar offers a wide selection of cocktails, wine and other beverages.

 

Royal Torarica Hotel, Paramaribo, Suriname

Royal Torarica Hotel, Paramaribo, SurinameLocated 500 m from the historic center and a 15-minute walk from the commercial and financial area, Royal Torarica features a fitness center, and outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant in Paramaribo.

Providing a tranquil environment, the rooms in Royal Torarica Hotel feature private bathrooms, coffee facilities and garden views. Daily maid service is provided.

Royal Torarica Hotel roomGuests at Royal Torarica can relax in the garden and order regional and international dishes at the restaurant. Room service is available and laundry services can be arranged upon request.

Royal Torarica is 400 m from Fort Zeelandia museum and a 1-hour drive from Paramaribo-Zanderij International Airport. Airport shuttles can be arranged.

 

Hotel Des Roches, Kourou, French Guiana

Hotel Des Roches, Kourou, French GuianaFeaturing a private beach area, Hotel des Roches offers accommodations with free WiFi in Kourou. The hotel has an outdoor pool and views of the sea, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. A daily breakfast is served.

You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Meeting and banquet facilities are available. Airport shuttles can be arranged. Free private parking is available on site.

Hotel Des Roches roomRooms at Hotel des Roches include air conditioning, a flat-screen satellite TV and a mini-bar. Bathroom facilities are private and include free toiletries and a hairdryer. Some guestrooms include a terrace.

Hotel Des Roches is 1.2 mi from Lac du Bois Chaudat Lake and 1.9 mi from Diablo Lagoon. The nearest airport is Cayenne - Félix Eboué Airport, 30 mi from the property.

 

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Trip Notes

Entry Requirements
For U.S. Citizens, you will need a valid passport for stays of up to 60 days in Guyana and French Guiana. A Multiple-Entry Visa is required for this tour as you are required to enter Suriname twice. Our partners in Guyana will assist with this process. After booking, we will send the form which you will fill out and return to us along with a copy of your passport.

Immunizations & Health
Check with your doctor or travel clinic about appropriate vaccinations prior to this tour. Is your tetanus booster current? Guyana and French Guiana are regarded as yellow-fever areas, and your next destination may require a vaccination certificate, as does Guyana when you arrive. Typhoid, hepatitis A, diphtheria/tetanus and polio inoculations are recommended. Chloroquine-resistant malaria is endemic, and dengue fever and chikungunya are both also dangers, particularly in the interior so protect yourself against mosquitoes and consider taking a malaria prophylaxis. Please check the Centers for Disease Control website for each country to verify currently recommended vaccinations.

Exit Requirements
There is currently no separate departure tax required of visitors leaving Suriname other than that included with the cost of your airline ticket.

 

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Making Travel Arrangements to the Three Guianas
On this tour, international airfare is NOT included. You will need to get your international air to Georgetown, Guyana (airport code GEO), and return from Paramaribo, Suriname (PMB), back to the Home.

Included in the cost of this tour are the internal round-trip flights within Guyana (to the waterfalls and back), plus the one-way flight from Guyana to Suriname.

Please arrive in Georgetown by mid-afternoon on November 20, 2019. You can depart from Paramaribo at any time on December 1, 2019. Keep in mind that hotel check-out will be at 11am that day. We can help you extend your stay at the beginning and end of the tour if you wish.

What to Bring
In November, average daily temperatures in these three countries range from a low of 73F at night to a high of 86F during the daytime. You won’t need a suit jacket or tie, as the tour is informal and dinner attire will be casual. Try to pack light and bring only one piece of luggage plus your carry-on. Create mix and match outfits, and think about layering! Pack any medications you require in a carry-on bag and leave expensive jewelry at home.

 

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Money Matters
Three countries = three different currencies. French Guiana uses the standardized Euro (EUR). Suriname uses the Suriname Dollar (SRD). Guyana uses the Guyana Dollar (GYD). Bring cash with you on this tour because ATMs are difficult to find outside the better hotels, and credit cards are not widely accepted.

Tipping:
Tipping is generally expected in restaurants and taxis. We will offer group tips to guides and drivers, and more details will be provided about contributing to a group tip fund before departure.

NOTE:
A recent trend is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible we often must turn away last-minute registrants because we relinquish hotel space and air reservations 8 – 12 weeks prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

 

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The Three Guianas - Carib Coast Gay Tour Prices

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Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy.

$ 4,500

Tour Only, Per Person, Single Occupancy
(Paying a single supplement is not required. We will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.)

$ 5,300

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