ABOUT US

SURAMA ECO-LODGE & THE PEOPLE OF SURAMA VILLAGE

We are Guyana's first indigenously-Operated Lodge

The Amerindian community of Surama is located in the heart of Guyana. The village is set in five square miles of savannah which is ringed by the forest-covered Pakaraima Mountains. Surama’s inhabitants are mainly made up of the Makushi people Рone of the nine indigenous peoples of Guyana. We still observe many of the traditional practices of our forebears.

This isolated and idyllic location offers an escape from the concrete jungle to a serene and peaceful existence with nature. Dawn hikes, led by the Surama guides across the savannah and up Surama Mountain, reveal a multitude of birds and fantastic vistas. The guides have lived their entire lives in the rainforest, and have an incredible understanding of nature and how to utilize its resources respectfully.

Surama shares a common border with Iwokrama International Centre for Conservation and Development along the Burro- Burro River. It is here the community has established Carahaa Landing Camp, a hammock camp on the river edge. This camp offers a base for night walks and daybreak canoe floats on the Burro – Burro River, which allows the opportunity to observe Giant River Otters, Tapir, Tira, spider Monkey, and many more species. Fishing for Piranhas, Piras Haimaras, and catfishes is also a regular activity for interested clients

Guests can also stay in the village Eco-lodge, which provides simple, comfortable accommodation with shared facilities and excellent meals prepared from local produce.

The Surama community has identified eco-tourism as a sustainable use of their land. It means employment at home, rather than the men and young leaving to mine or cut timber in other parts of Guyana. Surama and Wilderness Explorers have developed a strategic alliance that fosters the development of eco-tourism in the community. All tours of Surama are managed and operated solely by the Makushi People. Wilderness Explorers provides some administration, sales, and marketing skills in support of Surama. Apart from the direct employment from eco-tourism, the community also benefits from the purchase of local produce and cultural shows, and a portion of this from every tour goes to a village fund which is used for community development projects.

Sydney Allicock

Founder, Director

Sydney works as a liaison to our business partners and handles marketing while also serving the community as village councilor, Chairman of the NRDDB, member of the Iwokrama Board of Trustees, and Regional Councillor.

Jackie Allicock

Director

Jackie leads managerial duties. Also a Senior Councilor here in Surama, Jackie is extremely knowledgeable and a great asset.

Kenneth Butler

GUIDE
Our staff is made up of Surama Village residents who spend part of their time attending to the eco-lodge project.

NEIL ALLICOCK

GUIDE

Our staff is made up of Surama Village residents who spend part of their time attending to the eco-lodge project.

Rensford Allicock

DRIVER / MECHANIC
An experienced driver, Rensford pilots a Bedford Truck, able to comfortably carry twenty people plus bagagge to the destination of their choice!

Angela Allicock

HEAD CHEF

Our staff is made up of Surama Village residents who spend part of their time attending to the eco-lodge project.

Adel John

Cabin Attendant

Our staff is made up of Surama Village residents who spend part of their time attending to the eco-lodge project.

Jolyn Allicock

CABIN ATTENDANT

Our staff is made up of Surama Village residents who spend part of their time attending to the eco-lodge project.

OLINDA SALVADOR

BAR TENDER

Our staff is made up of Surama Village residents who spend part of their time attending to the eco-lodge project.

CHELSEA SIMPSON

FINANCE

Our staff is made up of Surama Village residents who spend part of their time attending to the eco-lodge project.

FABIANA CAPTAIN

Bookings clerk

Our staff is made up of Surama Village residents who spend part of their time attending to the eco-lodge project.

TINA ALLICOCK

Bookings clerk

Our staff is made up of Surama Village residents who spend part of their time attending to the eco-lodge project.

Bertran Alicock

SENIOR DRIVER / MECHANIC

With us since the beginning, Bertran takes small groups from camp to camp. His friendly, open demeanor welcomes everyone he meets. He is happy to talk and answer any questions you may have, All you have to do is ask!

IAN ALLICOCK

GROUNDKEEPING

Our staff is made up of Surama Village residents who spend part of their time attending to the eco-lodge project.