[Guyana, ASL] Local company adds Brazil visit to tour

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[Guyana, ASL] Local company adds Brazil visit to tour

Unread post by bimjim » Wed May 20, 2015

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[Guyana, ASL] Local company adds Brazil visit to tourism package
May 10, 2015

One of the country’s leading aviation companies, Air Services Limited (ASL), has added to its options for interior travel by introducing two new tours – a one-day Georgetown/Lethem tour catering for Guyanese and visitors in Georgetown, and a one-day Lethem/Kaieteur tour designed for Guyanese as well as visiting Brazilians.

According to ASL’s Marketing Manager, Annette Arjoon-Martins, the initiative will only lend to Guyana’s growing tourism product in especially the hinterlands.

The tours start on Saturday May 30 with the offer for the last Saturday of each month.

For the Lethem day tour, ASL aircraft will depart Ogle airport at 7:00am for a 90-minute flight over rivers, forests, mountains and savannah before arriving at Lethem at 8:30am.

A bus will then take visitors on a tour of the Lethem Township before crossing over the Takutu Bridge to a shopping centre in the Brazilian border town of Bom Fim.

Upon returning to Lethem, the bus will then take visitors on a scenic trip taking in the Amerindian villages of St Ignatius and Kumu, and through the scenic savannahs before reaching the base of the Kanuku Mountains, one of Guyana’s protected areas.

The Kumu stop includes a shady five-minute walk along a nature trail through the forest leading to the picturesque Kumu Falls, right below one of the peaks of the mighty Kanuku mountains.

Visitors can take a rest on the large granite rocks strewn around the waterfall, stand under the cascading water for a stimulating water massage, or take a refreshing dip in the pool below the falls, an excited Arjoon-Martins said.

The tour bus then returns patrons to the airstrip at Lethem for a 1:00pm departure, arriving at Ogle Airport at 2:30pm. This tour costs $48,000 per person.

The Lethem/Kaieteur day tour is designed for Guyanese as well as Brazilian visitors from Boa Vista and beyond. It will depart Lethem at 9:00am for a one-hour flight to Kaieteur Falls which at 741feet is the longest single-drop waterfall in the world and five times the height of Niagara Falls.

On arrival at Kaieteur, tourists will be taken on a 90-minute guided tour of the area, including the opportunity to see the unique “golden frog” which spends its entire life in the abundant large tank bromeliads, and to observe the distinctive flora of this ancient landscape which is over 500 million years old.

The falls tour encompasses three points for the best views of Kaieteur including “Boy Scouts View” which affords a view of the full drop of the falls. The second stop is at “Rainbow View” so named for the rainbow vistas frequently seen from this vantage on sunny days.

The final stop is “Falls Top” where visitors are on the brink of the falls with the Potaro River water cascading into the spectacular Kaieteur gorge below. The tour ends with a short walk back to the airstrip at Lethem for an 11:30 departure arriving at Ogle at 1:00pm. This tour costs [GY]$29,000 per person.

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