Untamed Adventures is run by Anders and Sophia from Denmark. In 2013 we slowly started moving to Guyana, and in 2014 we took the final step by opening Untamed Adventures Inc. As a couple both privately and in business, we share a love for adventures and complement each other very well.
No two tours are ever the same with Untamed Adventures. We always customize every tour to fit the client’s needs and dream. Whether it is wildlife, survival techniques, photography, waterfalls or trekking in mountains, please don’t hesitate to tell us exactly what you are dreaming of and we will do our very best to give you an adventure of a lifetime.
We created the company as a bridge between the many Amerindian communities in the Rupununi and travellers from around the world. The Amerindians are our most important partners when we take travellers around to experience one the world’s last frontiers. All of our tours give visitors a rare chance of learning from the Amerindians in their environment in the tropical rainforest or in the savannah. Old traditions mixed with modern techniques teach people to not only survive but to live and thrive while they gain a very special respect of such an amazing place on earth.
Our business model is created in such a way that the communities gain the highest possible return from our presence. This means involving community councils, guides, and inhabitants in meetings where we make a transparent and fair partnership. We pay village fees, administration fee (based on the overall expenditures in the village), use of local guides, employment of local women, use of local accommodation, use of village equipment such as boats, engines, village buses, sourcing local food for tours and much more. Basically the idea is that the more expenditures we can place in the village the better. We are aware that without the communities our company would not exist and therefore we know how important it is to create agreements that secure a long and trusted partnership, benefitting both parties.
“Not just a vacation
All of our tours are made to hopefully create a transformation in our guests. We highly believe that everybody has to interact and physically participate in all aspects of our tours and with this they bring back a change within themselves and their own capabilities. Mental education is an important part of our tours and our hope is to build self-esteem, practical skills and a will to succeed in all matters of life.
Preserving old traditions
The communities are struggling to preserve their traditions, especially persuading the younger generation to appreciate and pass on Amerindian way of life. Because we so strongly believe in authentic experiences we are also motivating young people in the communities to learn forest knowledge such as navigation, flora and fauna, fishing, culture and stories from the traditional indigenous culture. The communities are struggling to create jobs within the villages and many men are forced to leave to find work in mines and forests. However, with tourism they get the chance to remain in their communities and earn a living whilst supporting the natural environment rather than destroying it. Gold and lumber is money tomorrow but an intact forest is money and food for the future!
We are the only male and female tour leaders working together in Guyana and this brings a very special value to the communities. The classical setup would be a male leader, but with our combination the females in the communities get a chance to see that females can be just as good (if not even better) as males to lead a tour. The females of the Rupununi are possibly some of the toughest ladies we have ever met and we are very proud that we are helping them to understand how important they are in tourism. Sophia is doing a great job in educating and helping the females of the communities to see this and hopefully in the future they will be a much bigger part of the tourism in the communities all over Guyana.
Tourism is for everybody