Two U.S adventure shows feature Guyana
The U.S.-based television shows, Birding Adventures and Reel Adventures, recently aired five episodes that were filmed in Guyana in October, 2008.
Three of the shows were on bird watching, while two were on sport fishing, the Guyana Sustainable Tourism Initiative (GSTI), which facilitated the productions, announced yesterday.
Showing on FoxSports Net and ComCast in the southeastern United States, the premiere of Birding Adventures aired to nearly 50,000 households. With multiple timeslots, both shows have the potential of reaching a combined 11 million households.
The GSTI is collaboration between the Guyana Tourism Authority and the United states Agency for International Development.
“If you’re looking for a country to go and visit and literally be left with your jaw dropped in amazement of what this world looked like hundreds of years ago because they have conserved it and kept it in its natural beauty, look at Guyana,” the host of the sport fishing, Robert Arrington said.
“The people here – their food, their culture, their land – it’s100 percent unbelievable. This is the definition of a real adventure,” he added.
According to GSTI, Mr. Arrington was so impressed during his visit that he is planning to return to Guyana next month to film more shows and research the country more.
He would like to build a string of lodges in partnership with Amerindian communities that can be used for sport fishing trips and research.
Equally as impressed by Guyana was James Currie, the host of the birdwatching show, Birding Adventures.
“Welcome to Guyana,” he says, while framed by Kaieteur Falls. “We’re going to find some incredible Neotropical birds. In very few countries in South America do you get to experience such pristine rainforest. This is really going to be great learning a lot about the country, the people and the wildlife.”
The television shows decided to film in Guyana after Mr. Currie met a group from the Guyana Sustainable Tourism Initiative at their Guyana exhibit at the 2008 American Birding Association convention. The three Birding Adventure shows feature the Harpy Eagle (at Surama), Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock (at Wowetta) and Sun Parakeet (at Karasabi).
Mr. Curry couldn’t believe that they were able to easily film all three of the “Golden Birds”.
While staring up at a juvenile Harpy Eagle, he says, “This is unbelievable. This is our second try for Harpy Eagle…we’re very, very lucky to see a juvenile sitting in a huge, huge tree eating a capuchin monkey.”
Reel Adventures focuses on fishing in several locations, including Surama, Yupukari and Karanambu.
The team – the two hosts and their cameraman Jeff Alderman – did a fantastic job of capturing the great birds, fish and wildlife of Guyana, as well as the natural beauty, friendly people and intriguing culture.
Mr. Arrington noted at the close of one of his shows that, “Guyana is a land of many waters. It’s the land of many giants. I have had the opportunity of seeing the Giant Anteater, the giant Black Caiman, giant piranhas and giant lily pads.
“This is a place I will never forget and I will return often.”