Justin and Erin

Justin is a Guyanese who has lived his whole life in the Rupununi, as a vaquero, rancher and conservationist.  His real love is long river trips, deep into the Guyanese Rainforest.

Erin is originally from Northern Ireland and came to the Rupununi in 2006 as a gap year student.  She then trained as a Geologist in the UK, and returned to Guyana to live and work. 

In 2015 Justin and Erin started work on the Ranch at Wichabai, and were married on the airstrip in 2016.  They will host you in their home at Wichabai.

Kayla and Leroy

Kayla and Justin grew up together at Dadanawa Ranch.  Kayla studied Anthropology in Canada, before returning to the Rupununi.  She worked with Conservation International for 5 years, while at the same time managing many of the logistics for Rupununi Trails.  Kayla is especially interested in the changing relationships between villages and ranches in the Rupununi.

Leroy is from Shulinab village, about an hour's drive from the Ranch.  He is the President of the South Rupununi Conservation Society, and is a keen birder and wildlife enthusiast.  Leroy is full of local knowledge which he will describe with great enthusiasm as he drives you around the Rupununi.

Richard, Vanessa, Conrad and Chad

Richard and Vanessa manage the day to day operations at Wichabai.  Richard is a Vaquero and many times Rodeo winner and Vanessa will charm you with her infectious laugh and fantastic meals using ingredients fresh from our garden.  Their children Conrad and Chad are the most cheerful members of our Ranch family.

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Duane and Sandy

Justin and Kayla's parents have managed the nearby Dadanawa Ranch since the 1980s.  They founded Rupununi Trails and run it with the rest of the family.  They are currently based mainly in Toronto where they manage the logistical side of Rupununi Trails.  Duane and Sandy are full of stories of their years of experiences with the people and animals of the Rupununi

Rasta

Rasta is our number one guide.  Born in Shulinab, but raised in Dadanawa, he is a river captain, mechanic, birder, vaquero, gardener, tour guide and cook.

The South Rupununi Conservation Society

The South Rupununi Conservation Society Rangers regularly monitor the critically endangered Red Siskin, the little red bird that has become iconic in the South Rupununi.  They also take local school children on fortnightly birdwatcting trips, with the aim of promoting the ideas of conservation among Rupununi youth.

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Wichabai Ranch
South Rupununi

Guyana

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