05:30hrs pickup and transfer eastward from Georgetown to the Mahaica River. This is one of the best places to spot Guyana's national bird, the hoatzin (Opisthocomus Hoatzin), also known as the Hoatzin, Stinkbird, or “Canje Pheasant". This odd bird is an unusual species of tropical bird found in swamps, reverie forest and mangrove of the Amazon and the Orinoco delta in South America. It is a pheasant-sized bird about 65 cm (25 in) long, with a long neck and small head. It is brown in colour, with paler under parts and has an unfeathered blue face with maroon eyes, and its head is topped by a spiky, rufous crest. The chicks are unusual in that two of their wing digits possess claws. The hoatzin is herbivorous; it eats leaves and fruit, and has an unusual digestive system with an enlarged crop which functions as a rumen. It also produces a horrible smell to scare away potential predators. Our journey down the Mahaica River begins in the small commercial area near the main coastal road. The river bends away from the road and takes us through an area that has been largely cultivated for sugarcane and other agriculture but, fortunately for us, the area surrounding the river itself has been well preserved and provides an excellent riverfront ecosystem inhabited by flocks of egret, heron, ibis, various marsh tyrants, and of course the hoatzin. Duration: 5 hours inclusive of transfers Rate: $220.00 per person, minimum of 2 persons. Rate Includes: Transport, guide and boat transfer, water and juice VAT RATES are subject to change without notice. If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
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