Tips to Destinations in Suriname

Secured with rich, green rainforests, Suriname is a genuine treat to anybody searching for the marvels that nature brings to the table. Be that as it may, other than nature, Suriname likewise brags a dynamic city brimming with the legacy, pioneer time Dutch structures. A music scene with a substantial Indo-Caribbean impact and including the one of a kind kaseko – a mix of European, American and African music customs. On the off chance that sustenance is your medication, then you will be astounded by the assortment and flavors this little nation brings to the table – with a sizable Indian (from India) populace and a substantial impact of African, Javanese and Chinese cooking, the nourishment however, is on the hot side.

Suriname has over 11 natural reserves created with the intent of protecting its diverse plant and animal life, ranging from sea turtles to ornate birds, to the brightly colored blue arrow poison arrow frog. Here are the best places to view its unspoiled beauty and have a great time.

Paramaribo
Paramaribo, affectionately called “Par’bo”, is the capital of Suriname and arguably, the only city in the country. It houses more than 50% of the country’s population and is well-connected to the interior. You can also book tours to all the best tourist destinations in Suriname from here.

Colonial Buildings, Paramaribo

Best known for
The inner city received the coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site status for its unique architecture – colonial Dutch building from the 17th century made with the local materials and exhibiting native elements. Also of note are the wilde bussen, the buses plying the streets of Par’bo, for their hand-painted designs and art work.
Must see

Paramaribo is famous for various historical and beautiful buildings including Jewish, Muslim and Hindu places of worship right next to each other. Here are some other famous places in the city.

Fort Zeelandia
The fort was the site of several significant historical events, including the December Murders and itself has a pretty interesting history. It houses a small museum, but is most famous for the fantastic view of the Suriname river it offers.

Fort Zeelandia
Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral
The biggest wooden structure in the Western Hemisphere, the Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral is a treat to the eyes with its massive spire and intricate woodwork.

Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral
The Independence Square
The square is just a short distance from Fort Zeelandia and houses the Presidential Palace and several other buildings from the colonial era. Also nearby is the Palm Garden – a popular place to relax in the cool, breezy shade of the palm trees.

Paramaribo Zoo
The only zoo in Suriname, is a small but well maintained zoo with plenty of animals including the spectacular cardinal ibis, various apes, anacondas and jaguars.
Central Suriname Nature Reserve
The Central Suriname Nature Reserve is a 1.6 million hectare pristine tropical forest in central Suriname around 200 km south of Paramaribo.

Two-Toed Sloth

Black Spider Monkey

Blue and Gold Macaws

Puma
Best known for
A huge number of animals, from colorful macaws to all the South American primate species, reside here. Due to the vast area of the reserve, a lot remains to be explored and discovered. A few of the known species in the reserve include:

Guianan Cock of the Rock

Red handed Tamarin

Weeper Capuchin

Giant Armadillo
Must see
The Raleigh Falls located on the Coppename river – one of the few uninhabited, unspoiled rivers in the world.

Raleigh Falls
Mount Voltzberg, a 245 m dome of granite to get a bird’s-eye view of the extensive forest.
Travel Essentials
● Good trekking shoes
● Insect-repellent
● An extra set of clothes, if planning to splash in the waterfall

Brownsberg Nature Park
One of the most popular tourist attractions of Suriname is the 12,000 hectare Brownsberg Nature Park, just 150 km from the bustling capital city of Paramaribo. The three-hour drive from the city is itself a rather exciting event, as the bus travels through the dense rainforests and mountains to the base camp. It also has basic accommodation huts for those wanting to spend a night.

Spectacled Owls

Red Howler Monkey

White-faced Saki

Toucan
Best known for
Beautiful scenic walks and a multitude of pleasant little waterfalls to play in. Exotic creatures residing in the Park, like

Trumpet Birds

Red and green Macaw

Bearded Sakis
Must see
Brokopondo Reservoir, one of the largest reservoirs in the world, covering approximately 1% of the country is also a part of the Brownsberg Nature Park. Created in the 1960s by building the Afobaka dam it is quite a sight with tall, dead trees half-submerged in the huge expanse of calm waters.

Brokopondo Reservoir
Also visit Tonka island, a small island in the lake offering activities like swimming, fishing and boating.
Travel Essentials
● Good, comfortable walking shoes
● Long clothes
● Insect-repellant

Galibi Nature Reserve
The Galibi Nature Reserve is a 13 km strip of beach in the North-Eastern region of Suriname and can be reached by a boat from Albina.

Giant Leatherback Turtle

Scarlet Ibis

Best known for
The Giant leatherback turtle – the largest marine turtle in the world, they can grow up to 8 feet in girth and weigh over 900 kilograms. The reserve is also famous for being a nesting site of other amphibians and like

Hawksbill Turtle

Olive Ridley Turtles

Green Sea Turtle

Squirrel Monkey

Dolphins

Must see
Albina – an Amerindian fishing village, with its laid-back lifestyle and distinct Caribi people. Have a stroll through the village or stay for a couple of hours to know about the culture, traditions and lifestyle of the indigenous population, or just enjoy the beach.

Travel Essentials
● Comfortable, closed-toe shoes
● Binoculars
● Insect-repellent

Besides these, there are also little-known places where you may learn about the maroon (escaped slaves from Africa and America) and Amerindians in small village resorts like the Danpaati, Arapahu Island, Awarradam and Jodensavanne (where the ruins of the first Jewish synagogue in the Western Hemisphere are located).