This is a 360,000 ha project, set up by Guyana and the Commonwealth to conserve habitats such as primarily tropical forest. As well as conservation, the Programme will involve studies on the sustainable use of the rainforest and ecotourism. It is hoped that the results will provide a database for application worldwide. The Field Station is at Kurukupari, near the Arawak village of Fairview (which has an airstrip), on the northern boundary of the reserve.
You can meet research teams, take boat trips and stay at satellite camps deep in the forest. Well-trained rangers, who speak their native language and English, escort visitors through the forest on many trails. One goes to Turtle Mountain (45 minutes by boat, then 1½ hours walk), go early for great views of the forest canopy.
There isa 33-m high Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, managed by Wilderness Explorers, Surama, Rock View Lodge and Iwokrama International Centre, under the name of Community And Tourism Services (CATS). The walkway allows visitors to walk among the treetops and see the birds and monkeys of the upper canopy.