Luke makes us get up at 5 o’clock, but the approaching heavy rain puts an end to the plans of an early start. At last, we get onto the boat, which will bring us downriver from the camp to below Turtle Mountain. And then it pours with rain again, becoming more torrential by the minute, as we are following and heading straight towards the downpour. I just about manage to put my rain anorak on, Tom protects his camera equipment with a double bin bag, when the downpour soaks us to the skin (luckily I’m not completely wet). Denis and Tom stoically endure the rain, similarly to the two Makushis, who remain expressionless during the showers. We’re soaking when we arrive at the camp in the forest. As sunshine starts to appear, we begin the interview with Luke, who earns his living with ecotourism. Guyana is slowly attracting attention and received the 2019 prize for the world’s Nr.1 ecotourism destination. It was awarded to Guyana at the global travel fair ITB in Berlin.
Then we set off up the 300-metre Turtle Mountain. A second group of tourists passes us, its guide turning off suddenly into the bushes. We follow immediately, as they are looking for the incredibly rare cuckoo that lives on the ground. Just as we are about to break off the unsuccessful search, Luke discovers a yellow-footed tortoise on the leaf-covered earth. At first it hides its head in its shell, but after we’ve been standing around it for a while, it decides to crawl on while we are watching.