Travel from Cayenne is possible either by car then boat, or by helicopter. Unless otherwise mentioned, travel to the Nouragues Station should be covered by the traveller, and it should planned well in advance in coordination with the CNRS Guyane.
Boats leave from the village of Régina, 2-hr away from Cayenne by road. The boat trip from Régina et the Pararé site is 6-8 hr long. Visitors willing to travel to de Inselberg site should walk another 3 hr in the forest, and it is therefore strongly advised not to wear a backpack over 20 kg in weight, if you intend to walk to the Inselberg site. A one-way boat trip costs ca. 1000 € for 5-6 people (small boat), or 1640 € for 10-12 people (large boat)
Helicopters take off from the suburb of Cayenne, and reaches the Inselberg site in 30 minutes. The Pararé site is accessible in 5 more minutes. A one-way helicopter ride costs 1200 euros (hence the round-trip Cayenne-Nouragues and Nouragues-Cayenne on a different day costs 2400 euros). One helicopter can transport 5 people and one backpack per person. If more heavily loaded visitors or more numerous groups want to visit the station, it is possible to drive to the Piste de Bélizon, then ask the helicopter to go round trip from this point to the Inselberg site, which takes no more than 10 minutes. In any case helicopter costs are hourly costs.
These transportation options are contingent to meteorological conditions. The helicopter may be unable to take off because of a technical problem. It is therefore advised to plan a trip well in advance, and not to schedule the return flight the same day as the helicopter.
Departure to Nouragues station and back travel can differ for a few days of the arrival (or departure) at Cayenne Airport. In this case, it is possible to be fit in hotels in Cayenne. Under conditions, it is also possible to be hosted at the CNRS residence in Matoury (suburb of Cayenne). For furthur information please contact the Nouragues station administrative officer Dorothée Deslignes.
A daily fee applies to all visitors at the Nouragues Station (more information on Authorizations and residence fees) . The fee includes food (breakfast, light, pic-nic style midday meal, and dinner) and a sleeping space (hammock and mosquito net not included).
For any information about fees and payment, please contact the Nouragues station administrative officer : Dorothée Deslignes
Visitors should keep in mind that food is brought in by helicopter and that not all types of food are available. In case of medical issue or specific food choice (vegetarian ou or carb-free regimes), visitors should let the direction staff know well in advance, so specific solution can be found before the concerned visitor arrives in the station.