Iwokrama River Lodge
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Iwokrama River Lodge and Research Center
The million-acre Iwokrama Forest is one of the most pristine jungles in the world and one of the best places to spot a jaguar. Iwokrama Research Center was established in the mid-90s to study sustainable management of the forest, but for the last several years it’s also been an eco-lodge – a very appealing one. There are eight thatched-roof bungalows, all with ensuite bathrooms and breezy private verandas that face the Essequibo River, along with an open-air bar and dining room in the octagonal main lodge. Activities include jungle walks, wildlife excursions on the river, a trip to the local village of Fairview (where we watched local women prepare cassava) and a hike up 1,000-foot Turtle Mountain (very hot, but we were rewarded with spectacular views and spider monkeys at the top).
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