What we known about Suriname is that is located in South America. Not too much popular destination for tourists but that was the key factor why i decide to explore this location. Before the trip i made small research and find out some nice facts about this country.
Suriname is a tiny country on the north-west part of South America, place where you can enjoy on fantastic beaches , untouched by tourists. Density forest great for adventure hiking , some ancient history and capital city that has colonial taste. It is one of the 3 Guianas: Suriname (which is the Dutch Guiana) is cradled in between the (British) Guyana on its west side, and the French Guiana on its east border. The Guianas lie along the Caribbean-Atlantic coast and are situated north of Brazil in South America. While all these countries are delineated by their political borders, they all geographically share the Amazon Rainforest and its river systems. And being part of the largest rainforest and the river with the largest drainage area on Earth, all of them have natural reserves protecting wildlife and the environment.
Let me guide you through some things that left us impression and what we suggest to be seen and visit during your stay in Suriname
Be lost in the streets of Paramaribo’s Inner City
Find yourself immersed in the colonial history of Suriname. With only a map in your hand to guide your way, walk along the bank of Suriname River at the Waterkant, follow the rows of buildings with characteristic Dutch architecture fused with traditional local techniques and materials most of which are woods and bricks, towards Independence Square where the Presidential Palace and Ministry of Finance with its classical portico and clock tower are found. Nearby are Fort Zeelandia which defended the old city in the past, Palmentuin, a large garden lined by tall palm trees and the Cathedral of Sts Peter and Paul, the biggest wooden structure in the Western Hemisphere.
Galibi Coppename Nature Reserve
This lovely nature reserve was established in 1969 and is situated at the mouth of the Coppename River. It’s a haven for birdwatchers, home to the endangered manatee, and attracts hundreds of turtles during laying season (April to August). STINASU, The Foundation for Nature Conservation in Suriname, organizes several tours to and through the reserve. Their aim is to promote nature conservation, research, and responsible tourism. You’ll definitely get an education from your tour guide. If you go during laying season, you’re sure to see the giant leatherback turtles who return here year after year.
This is where two rivers merge together near the city center. Both this and the Suriname River are very muddy as they go out to the Atlantic Ocean. At evening time small boats can go out to watch the sunset, view the snowy egrets that return to sleep, and if lucky to see some playful dolphins.
Brownsberg Nature Park
The Brownsberg Nature Park is located in the Brokopondo District approximately 80 miles south of Paramaribo. 500 metres above sea level. the park occupies an area of 8400 hectares which was obtained by STINASU on a long-term lease basis from the Suriname Government.
Established in 1969, STINASA is mandated to, as a semi-governmental organization, to “stimulate, coordinate, and finance scientific exploration and exploitation of the Nature Reserves”.
The Brownsberg National Park is the northern outpost for for several plant and animal species. Covered by neotropical rainforest consisting of hundreds of different species most of which are commercially valuable.
Nature Resort Kabalebo
Kabalebo Nature Resort lies in the unspoiled west of Suriname. This area is completely uninhabited, allowing one to rightfully speak of “untouched nature”. Within a circumference of hundreds of kilometers, you will see nothing except for the flora and fauna of the splendid Amazon rain forest. Where playful monkeys leap through the treetops, the colorful parrots glide above your head and unusual fish leap and quickly swim away down a secluded creek…
Besides the numerous unusual birds, colorful butterflies and many dazzling types of fish, you may also come across a member of the cat family, the jaguar. You may spend hours on exploratory trips together with your guide. But you may also see many animals even if you decide to remain in the vicinity of the lodge.
While Suriname has an Atlantic coastline, the country lacks the kind of beaches that lure travelers to the Caribbean. Instead, visitors often head inland for swimming, fishing, hiking and bird-watching, traveling along relatively well-maintained roads equipped with drempels (speed bumps). Many of this beaches are kinda isolated and you can really enjoy if you love this kind of isolated beach experience. One thing you will not see for sure is buzzed resorts full with tourists.
For now most of the tourist that come are Dutch, there is a direct flight between Amsterdam and Suriname capital city. Many people advice to be careful when you travel there because of the some rumors that drug cartels control some areas. But from my experience that wasnt case, i didnt have any problem there. But been caution is not that bad.
Most of the people speak English and of course Dutch which is official language in Suriname.
WHERE TO STAY in Suriname
The Royal Torarica (10 KleineWaterstraat, Paramaribo; 597-473-500; royaltorarica.com) may be Suriname’s most comfortable hotel, and its location, within walking distance of the beer garden at ’t Vat and the colonial buildings of Independence Square, is excellent. Amenities include a pool and a casino. Doubles start at about 575 Suriname dollars.
Hotel Krasnapolsky (39 Domineestraat, Paramaribo; 597-475-050; krasnapolsky.sr) is located in the middle of the capital’s bustle with 84 guest rooms. It would be stretch to call the Kras, as it’s known to locals, luxurious, but with its circa-’70s décor, the hotel would be a fine candidate for the setting of a James Bond film. Doubles start at about 390 dollars.
Traveling is a very rewarding endeavor. If you do find time to visit Suriname in your next itinerary, what better way to impress the locals than by learning some Dutch (their official language) phrases: goedemorgen, goedemiddag, goedenavond = good morning, good afternoon, good evening; dank u wel = thank you; graag gedaan = it’s my pleasure, as well as Sranan Tongo (the lingua franca) phrases: fa waka = how are you? bun danki = Fine, thank you abung = that’s good; goodbye. They love it if you can speak their language.