ITINERARY

Before you leave:

  • Book your flights to and from Georgetown, Guyana
  • Bring your laptop, power supply, and download or pack any materials you may need

Arrival in Guyana:
The team will gather in Georgetown on a Saturday. On arrival at the airport, meet a Dd team member and transfer to Lethem flight and continue to Sholinab.

The team will spend the next six days around Sholinab in the South Rupununi savannah. These six days will be spent with indigenous leaders understanding the local challenges, proposing solutions, and charting a course for follow up work through future hackathons and code sprints. It won’t be work all the time: expect to explore with our partners and learn more about the land and culture they’re fighting to protect.

Departure from Guyana:
The team will depart for Georgetown and leave Guyana on the following Saturday.

DETAILS

$1000 participation fee includes:

  • Shared accommodations in the Rupununi (Saturday - Saturday)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Rupununi
  • Transportation within Guyana, including a roundtrip flight to Lethem

Not included:

  • Airfare to Georgetown ($500-$1200 from the US)
  • Refreshments, tips, bottled drinks, and bar tabs
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance policy
  • Other personal expenses
 

The Rupununi region is in southwestern Guyana, along the Brazil border. It’s about the size of Massachusetts or Wales, and has approximately 9000 residents. The region encompasses both savannah grasslands and a section of the Amazon rainforest. The savannah is a vast expanse of grass and sky, dotted occasionally with stunted trees. The wide expanses resemble east Africa, and are home to jaguars, deer, hawks, and more. The rainforest is especially thick with biodiversity, including howler monkeys, giant otters, caiman, giant anteaters, tapirs, vampire bats, capybaras, hundreds of species of birds.

  • We will be staying in villages that do not have Internet access. Download anything you might want to use (reference libraries, templates, reading material, etc.) and bring it with you.
  • Guyana is close to the equator, and temperatures at this time of year average, in Fahrenheit, from the low 90s during the day to the high 70s at night (34-77 C). We will arrive after the rainy season, so brief storms are possible but unlikely.
  • Bring sunscreen, mosquito repellant, and a headlamp. Beds, sheets, mosquito nets, meals, and clean water will be provided.
  • US and EU citizens do not require a visa to enter Guyana. If you plan to use a passport from another country, confirm your visa requirements.
 

Participants will sample some of Guyana’s eco-tourism during the Hackathon, but there’s plenty more to see in English-speaking Guyana and en route back home. We can suggest additional itineraries you can book yourself, or recommend a tour operator to arrange your trip. 

WITHIN GUYANA

Kaieteur Falls is the world’s tallest single drop waterfall: it’s four times taller than Niagara Falls in North America and twice as tall as the Victoria falls in Africa. Nestled in Kaieteur National Park, the falls eventually flow into the Essequibo River that runs through the Rupununi region. The falls are accessible as a day trip from Georgetown.

LAYOVER DESTINATION

Panama City is a common layover between the US west coast and Georgetown, and a vibrant destination in its own right. The city has several UNESCO world heritage sites (including the Casco Antiguo district from the 1600s), murals, dynamic cuisine, and vibrant nightlife. Visit the Panama Canal, explore the coral reefs around the Pearl Islands, or, if you haven’t had your fill of jungle, trek through one of many nearby national parks.