Suriname, is a country on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, French Guiana to the east, Guyana to the west, and Brazil to the south. At just under 165,000 square kilometers (64,000 square miles), it is the smallest sovereign state in South America
Suriname is enchantingly beautiful and is characterized by pristine rainforest, swirling rivers, beautiful waterfalls and an unprecedented flora and fauna, but also beautiful mangrove forests, extensive savannas and picturesque river beaches. That is simply Suriname. However, it is not only the nature that makes Suriname such a unique destination, also the harmonious mix of numerous cultures, the unique city of Paramaribo, the wealth of historical remains of the colonial past and a possible encounter with the indigenous population who lives up to the present day according to age-old customs and traditions, making a trip through Suriname an unforgettable event.
The country is divided into 10 districts: Paramaribo, Nickerie, Coronie, Saramacca, Wanica, Commewij-ne, Marowijne, Brokopondo, Para and Sipaliwini.
Paramaribo - Capital city of Suriname
When visiting Suriname, you cannot miss Paramaribo. More than half of the population lives in this distinctly historic capital where beautiful buildings built according to Surinamese architecture and typical wooden houses can be admired. This city, which has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is home to many museums and sights, pleasant shopping streets and a lively nightlife. In short, you will never be bored in this 'Wooden city of the Caribbean'.
TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS IN SURINAME
- Take a tuk-tuk tour of the “Wooden City” Paramaribo, the capital city of Suriname. Visit Fort Zeelandia, Independence Square and shop in the popular Hermitage Mall or with the locals in the central market.
- Take a coastal road trip. West of Paramaribo, a scenic road runs past salt ponds, rice fields and the Scottish settlement of Totness.
- Turtle tour time: The Galibi Nature Reserve, at the mouth of the Marowijne River, is one of the famous sea turtle nesting areas. Look out for olive ridley, leatherback, green and hawksbill turtles.
- Visit a traditional Amerindian village on the banks of the Maroni Estuary, and immerse yourself in the local culture. Travel by dugout canoe (korjaaal) past crocodiles and anacondas.
- Birdwatching in the remote Wia-Wia Nature Reserve on the Atlantic coast with beaches, mangrove swamps and mudflats to explore.
- Hike through the rainforest of Brownsberg National Park, 130km south of Paramaribo, and keep an eye out for spider monkeys, macaws and parrots.
- Bicycle tour to Perpot plantation for a local lunch.
- Fly to Palumeu. Enjoy tribal tours, birdwatching, picnic lunch on Palawa island, climb the granite Potihill, korjaal trips to Mabuka Waterfall and a sunset river cruise.
- Relax on the Commewijne wooden roofed river cruise with a visit to Frederiksdorp plantation, Margrita plantation and Fort Nieuw Amsterdam. You will also be able to spot dolphins at the estuary of the Suriname River.
To name but a few of the exciting adventures you can undertake.
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