Karanambu Lodge, Rupununi, Guyana

Best for: Unexplored Rainforest.

Rupununi, Guyana     Photo: Courtesy of Karanambu

Karanambu is known for founder Diane McTurk's commendable work rescuing giant river otters deep in southwestern Guyana's rainforest. The McTurk family, who have lived nearby since 1927 and founded a conservation trust in the region, are magnanimous hosts (just ask David Attenborough or Jeff Corwin). The savannah tours, run by the lodge's naturalist, birding, and indigenous guides, are adventure-packed: go deep in flooded forests, tag caiman with researchers, or hike to Amerindian villages. Accommodations are brick-and-thatch huts with mosquito nets. Come nightfall, giant lilies blossom and a century of pioneer tales unfold over Kara­nambu's signature rum punch. From $180 per person; karanambu.com

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