Welcome to Iwokrama Rainforest
The Iwokrama Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development is a giant 3710 sq km slab of pristine jungle; it is a unique living laboratory for tropical forest management and socioeconomic development for Amerindians. Established as a protected reserve in 1996, this exceptional region is home to South America's largest cat, the jaguar, and the world's highest recorded number of fish and bat species, not to mention the world's largest freshwater fish, otters, river turtles, anteaters, snakes, rodents, eagles and caimans. While wildlife can be tough to spot, birders will love the canopy walkway located in the middle of the reserve, and excursions run by the two big lodges here aim to get you into the jungle to see its unique inhabitants yourself.
Overnight buses between Georgetown and Lethem go through the rainforest reserve, and so one of the lodges makes for an excellent stopover to break up the journey.