Surama highlighted in National Geographic Traveller's 2011 Stay List

No-nonsense reflections of their location, the thatched structures that make up the community-run getaway were built from materials gathered in the forest. (These same resources are crafted into arrows, blowpipes, and hammocks, for sale in the gift shop.) Solar power helps pump water and light the place. Members of the local Amerindian tribes, especially the village’s Makushi, freely share traditional cultural and religious ideas, information on the local flora and fauna, as well as their culinary dishes. Guests can take a two-week jungle-survival course, go on a guided canoe day trip on the Burro-Burro River, and hike Surama Mountain. 8 rooms; from $49, minimum six nights, incl. one meal per day and snacks.