Rise early to go bird-watching with Guyana Feather Friends ($30 including transportation) along the east bank of the Demerara River, where large populations of red-bellied macaws, hummingbirds, and parrots can be seen. Of Guyana’s 864 bird species, nearly 300 can be found here, among the eta palms, swamps, and grasslands.
You can forget Angel or Iguazu Falls after flying with Rainforest Tours directly over Kaieteur Falls ($220), where 30,000 gallons of water per second are shot out over a 820-foot drop in the middle of a misty jungle with no tourists in sight. If you want to see landmarks like the Cock of the Rock or Golden Frog while visiting the national park, you’ll need to overnight there or, better yet, spring for owner Frank Singh’s intensive four- to five-day overland trek ($795 per person).
Get inspired by cutting-edge rainforest ecotourism projects while sneaking across the treetops via 154 meters of elevated platforms at the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway ($24). Set in the midst of more than 900,000 acres of virgin rainforest, the walkway is owned and managed jointly by the surrounding Amerindian communities and ecolodges, and allows you to see wild orchids, tree boas, and the green aracari.