Guyana: Georgetown; Potaro river; Kaieteur Falls - the most powerful waterfall in the world; unexplored places of the Amazon jungle; indian tribes.
Survival; extreme helicopter training; rappelling; trekking; camping; rafting; hunting; learning ways of the survival from some of the last Indian tribes.
Helicopters and small aircrafts; kayaks and boats.
Average physical shape and good health. Personal insurance covering emergency evacuation at $200k.
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The region known as "the Guianas" consists of the large shield landmass north of the Amazon River and east of the Orinoco River known as the "land of many waters". Originally inhabited by several indigenous groups, Guyana was settled by the Dutch before coming under British control in the late 18th century. It was governed as the plantation economy of British Guiana until independence in 1966, and officially became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations in 1970. The legacy of British rule is reflected in the country's diverse population, which includes Indian, African, Amerindian, and multiracial groups.
Guyana also has the distinction of being the only South American nation in which English is the official language. The majority of the population, however, speak Guyanese Creole, an English-based creole language with slight Dutch, Arawakan and Caribbean influences. In addition to being part of the Anglophone Caribbean, Guyana is one of the few Caribbean countries that is not an island in the West Indies. CARICOM, of which Guyana is a member, is headquartered in Guyana's capital and largest city, Georgetown. In 2008, the country joined the Union of South American Nations as a founding member.
The name "Guyana" is derived from Guiana, the original name for the region that formerly included Guyana (British Guiana), Suriname (Dutch Guiana), French Guiana, and parts of Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Guyana is derived from an Indigenous Amerindian language and means "land of many waters".
We will pick you up at the capital city - Georgetown. At the meeting, we will conduct a lecture on safety and operation of the helicopter, following with our departure to the Potaro river by small plane. At a jungle landing strip we transfer into a helicopte and fly low level to the drop-off zone, where we will hover and water jump into the river. Here we will set up our first base camp.
Portaro river is famous for its biodiversity.
3 days of kayaking through the Portaro river to the famous Kaieteur Falls (elevation: 1,581'; height: 741'). Jungle training and familiarisation.
World's largest single drop waterfall by the volume of water flowing over it, located in the Kaieteur National Park. It's about four times higher than Niagara Falls, and about twice the height of Victoria Falls, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa.
According to a Patamona Indian legend, Kaieteur Falls was named for Kai, a chief, or Toshao who acted to save his people by paddling over the falls in an act of self-sacrifice to Makonaima, the great spirit.
Here we will setup extreme rappelling from the height of 741 feet and perform helicopter extraction from the river below.
Heli-transfer into the deep jungle to the south of the country. Habitat here includes large anacondas, caimans, giant piranhas, jaguars, tarantulas and poisonous frogs. Here, every year, scientists discover about to 10 to 20 previously unknown species of plants or animals.
We will perform large 70-meter rappelling to the base camp by helicopter and then a slow descent on boats down the river, fishing, hunting with bows and trapping – in-depth survival training.
In the end, we will jump on a plane that will carry us from a small landing strip in the jungle back to Georgetown.
Ian was a British Army officer who served in the Infantry and Special Forces for 10 years. He first moved to Guyana in 2002 organizing jungle expeditions for a British conservation charity. Ian has completed a variety of specialist courses from Combat Survival Instructor to Military Mountaineering and Climbing.
He has taken part in exercises and operations in a host of countries around the world from the Gulf to the Falkland Islands, from North America to the Indian Himalayas – where he jointly led a joint Anglo-Indian team on the first successful ascent of Mt Tingchen Khan. Each year Ian spends about 75% of his time in the jungle, on desert islands or in the Arabian Desert.
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