"Surama - a remote Amerindian village" Surama Village by grets

Surama Village Travel Guide: 40 reviews and 59 photos

Surama is a small village of 232 people, set in the Pakoraima Mountains. The village is a long way from the hustle and bustle of life as we know it - just how remote the location is can not be appreciated until you try to reach the village overland!

The majority of the inhabitants in the village are of the Macushi tribe, and although English is the official language of Guyana, Macushi is now being taught in the schools in this area, in an effort to revitalise the Macushi traditions and culture. We found the people incredibly friendly, helpful and welcoming, and nothing was too much trouble!

The community have identified eco-tourism as a sustainable use of their land, which means that instead of having to leave the village to work on logging projects or gold mines elsewhere, employment is available nearer home within the eco-tourism industry. All tours to Surama are managed and operated solely by the Macushi and as well as the direct income from eco-tourism, the community also benefits from the purchase of local produce and a portion of every tour goes to a fund which is used for community development projects.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Friendly people, beautiful forests, intriguing culture
  • Cons:Mosquitos, temperature and humidity
  • In a nutshell:A fascinating and remote destination
  • Last visit to Surama Village: Oct 2004
  • Intro Written Oct 24, 2004
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  • bianchis's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2004 at 12:27 AM

    Thanks Gret for showing me my native country and the the places I never saw and hope to see one day. Looking forward to the newest updates

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2004 at 7:21 AM

    What a super page, Grete. This was a very interesting trip. I would have loved seeing the butterflies. Nature is a wonderful thing.

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2004 at 10:53 AM

    Wow!! What an amazing trip!!You could have written the whole thing under Warnings and Dangers!!! Wonderful Adventure!! I love it all! Love the Sunset photo too!

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2004 at 11:41 AM

    Grete, what an adventure you had !! It looks like my trip in the Amazone area. I'm addicted to sleep in hammocks. Breathtaking sunset picture !!

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