The walkway was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). This state-of-the-art canopy walkway cost US$180,000 and its unique construction allows trees to grow normally by using adjustable cables and braces throughout the support structure. It is constructed of aluminium and is suspended by steel cables and built to Canadian outdoor specifications and standards by Greenheart Construction Company of Canada. It is the only tourist canopy walkway in the Guiana Shield.
The walkway is owned by Iwokrama International Centre and managed by Community and Tourism Services (CATS). This partnership brings together an NGO (Iwokrama), the indigenous Makushi community of Surama and two private sector companies : Rock View Lodge and Wilderness Explorers.
Iwokrama’s aim is for this facility to improve and expand the forest-based tourism product by providing a unique attraction that will enhance the marketability of the tourism product of the Iwokrama Forest and Guyana in general. The secondary aim is to provide research access to the forest.
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Activities on and around the Walkway
Day and night hikes along the trails in the surrounding forest offer some of Guyana’s most amazing opportunities to spot insects, reptiles, birds, and even the occasional jaguar!
Bring a long lens and a keen sense of curiosity, and you’re bound to come home with a treasure trove of images that will make even your best-travelled friends jealous. Just be sure to bring some good moisture-proofing gear.
Guyana’s rainforests, savannahs, mountains, and coastlines boast well over 800 species of birds. The canopy walkway offers some incredible views not available from the forest floor, but frankly many visitors make amazing finds right from the lawn in front of the dining area. You can’t miss, no matter where you look!
Floral observation and photography
Be sure to visit the checklists page for identification guides for the scores of tree, plant, and flowering plant species found in this area. The pathway to the Canopy Walkway is well-labelled to help you get started identifying the many fascinating flora specimens that populate this part of the Iwokrama rain forest!
Dawn chorus in the canopy
Prepare to rouse yourself at dark o’clock to get up to the canopy in time for dawn chorus. Its the ideal time to listen and watch as the forest canopy comes alive with the sounds of birds, howler monkeys, even the occasional reptile. Coffee and tea are always available to keep your eyelids propped open so you don’t miss a single thing.
It’s always tempting to turn in early after dinner, but the most intrepid naturalists know that certain creatures call 8pm ‘rush hour’ and never miss an opportunity to quietly tromp at this hour. Bring good boots and a strong torch, and you are guaranteed to be rewarded with some amazing spottings!
We’re located within convenient driving distance from Rock View Lodge, Surama Eco-Lodge, and Iwokrama River Lodge. But why not buy yourself an extra hours’ sleep (not to mention a little relaxation) and spend a night or two at the Atta Rainforest Lodge at the base of the Canopy Walkway. Food’s great, staff’s always in a good mood, and the views of the trees – and night sky – are impeccable. A great place to lose yourself.
Convenient connections to nearby lodges as well as the airstrips at FairView and Annai put us in easy proximity to travelers on their way to other area lodges. Best wildlife viewing is always at dawn and dusk, but don’t let your schedule prevent you from stopping in at any other time of day. We’ve got great food and there’s always something stirring in the forest surrounding the lodge.
School groups, civic organizations, family gatherings, anthropological explorers, and nature lovers of all stripes have reason to gather at Atta, whether it’s to make major strides on the tick-list or to explore the ancient Amerindian petroglyphs or pottery shards found in the nearby forest. Our backyard is your classroom.
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What guests are saying
Have you visited the Walkway? We'd love to hear from you! Write a brief and helpful review of your experience on our TripAdvisor page for future guests who may not know what to expect.
- A Great Place to Stay5 of 5 stars Managers were very friendly and accommodating. Leon, our guide, was fantastic and had an amazing knowledge of the birds and other animals we encountered.- Michael H, Wadhurst England | Trip Advisor, February 2014
- The employees are simply fantastic…5 of 5 stars The employees are simply fantastic and the Haulier Monkeys a memorable moment, especially at 3 am!- Ariasalsa, Vienna, Austria | TripAdvisor, December 2013
- An Amazing Experience!5 of 5 stars Guided by Leon we went to watch, listen and feel the pulse of the jungle at it's best! The sight from the top of the walkway is breathtaking and a night at the lodge is well... Unforgettable!- Ariasalsa, Vienna, Austria | TripAdvisor, December 2013
- Memorable5 of 5 stars I had a very rewarding experience. There are some dramatic vista and some lovely birds to see, especially if you visit in the late afternoon as the wildlife winds down and roosts within the canopy. If you are lucky Leon will guide you, a very experienced birder with a real passion for wildlife. Our moment with the White Winged Potoo at twilight was special.- sbruce912, Ipswitch, UK | Trip Advisor, October 2013
- Fantastic5 out of 5 stars Excellent to see the birds high up early in the morning from a decent height especially watching the Mccaws flying over. Most bird sightings are at distance but usually they also provide high powered lenses for viewing if you do not have your own.- Daveb412, Southampton, UK | TripAdvisor, September 2013
- High in the Tree Tops5 of 5 stars Walking eye to eye with the birds and wildlife of the Jungle is a very enjoyable experience and this is what makes Atta Canopy Walkway such a special adventure, well worth a day or three to visit and soak up the jungle scene.- Jeffoclarko, Whitchurch, UK | Trip Advisor, July 2013
- Great Views5 of 5 stars My friend and I visited here while we were staying at the Rainforest Lodge -- it was excellent. The walkway is situated at a high-enough height that we were able to see many birds.- Darin J, Des Moines, Iowa USA | Trip Advisor, April 2012
- WonderfulBrilliant! Even more remote and felt fully immersed in the jungle. Saw howler monkeys whilst sitting on my bed! Dawn chorus was amazing, and the staff were really friendly and happy to sit up chatting with us. I loved staying here.- Beardysaurus, Wrightington, UK | Trip Advisor, December 2011
- Incredible FacilityOur birding guide was simply supernatural in his ability to spot and describe birds. The canopy walk way gives you a really unusual perspective on the forest and it's inhabitants. The only draw back for us was that we seemed to arriving when we weren't expected, so there was a little awkwarness at first. However the staff cheerfully served us juice and cookies before and after the walkway tour.- Marilyn, Missoula, Montana USA | Trip Advisor, December 2011