Suriname

I’m excited to share my experience with you from spending four days in Suriname, the smallest country in South America.  Located just north of Brazil and above the equator, Suriname has a lot to offer for such a small country.  That is why Suriname is called Earth’s Greenest Treasure.

The biggest draw for travellers coming to Suriname is the unspoiled nature.  Over 90% of Suriname is covered in primeval rainforest – the largest proportion of any nation in the world.

So what does a four day itinerary look like?  Its jam packed with  activities and looking at the untouched beauty of the country.I arrived from Trinidad to Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname and stayed at the Torarica Hotel Hotel and Casino. This hotel is part of the Torarica Group of Hotels, which also includes Royal Torarica and the Eco Resort.  The city is extremely walkable, and the people are among the friendliest we’ve ever met on our travels.  There is a wealth of Dutch colonial architecture which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The food, also, was a major hit, combining Chinese, Creole, and Indonesian elements.I highly recommend a city tour around Paramaribo.

The historic center of Paramaribo is considered one of the most culturally interesting areas in this part of South America, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of this.  Most of the buildings are made of wood and date back over 100 years.  Even the Basilica of St. Peter & Paul’s Cathedral is made entirely of wood with the inside being decorated with it.

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Paramaribo is also one of two cities in the world where there is  a mosque next to a synagogue.  This is a prime example of how Suriname is a mix of cultures and all holidays are celebrated in Suriname.  I took a city tour through Bondru Tours which gave me a lot of history and background on the city.

During a visit to Suriname a visit to Brownsberg should not be missed.  I went with Celestial Tours Suriname to the pristine forest about three hours south of Paramaribo.  Here we were able to see monkeys including the gold footed tamarin and hiked to a beautiful waterfall.

I was also able to take a combined sunset river cruise to see the dolphins and then to see sea turtles laying eggs on the beach.  This was absolutely one of my favourite experiences ever.  First to see the cute pink dolphins swimming in the river and jumping and playing was adorable.  Then to see enormous sea turtles come onto the beach to lay their eggs was incredible.  We were able to see three turtles, all leatherbacks and the biggest one was 1.6 metres long and they estimated it weighed 1100 pounds.  Amazing!  And a big shout out to Raul the owner of Celestial Tours who is very passionate about Suriname and an amazing guide.  The tour finished at midnight and then I returned to B&B Famiri which was a lovely guesthouse.

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For my last day I went to the Suriname Bird Paradise with Tourtonne Taxi Service.  The Bird Paradise is about an hour outside of Paramaribo and houses some very rare birds that are only seen in the interior of the country and are very difficult to see.  I was able to stroll around in a massive enclosure to see the birds and also deer located there.  This was a really cool experience and I was able to see species most people will never see.  At the end of the day I said it was like hanging out with friends all day with friends complete with a lovely chinese meal.  This was a very relaxing day for me.

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And just like that my time in Suriname was up.  I took an early flight back to Miami.  I used Tiger Bus Transport and Tiger Tours and Transport for a lift back to the airport which is about an hour outside of Paramaribo which was great as they picked me up at my guesthouse and took me safely to the airport.

I want to thank the Suriname Tourism Foundation for making this trip possible.  I stayed at the beautiful Torarica Hotel for my first two nights and then onto B&B Famiri for my last two nights.   As always all opinions are my own.  Check out the Suriname Tourism Foundation on Facebook.

 

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12 thoughts on “The Untouched Beauty of Suriname

  1. Sarah Ebner

    Really love the idea of a trip here – so much natural beauty and culture too. Paramaribo sounds like a must-visit (I had never heard of it before, which is bad).

  2. Sara Broers

    What a beautiful post! Did your jaw drop when you entered that cathedral? Your nature photos are also very enticing. Looks like a beautiful place.

  3. Elaine J Masters

    I’ve only heard the name, Suriname but now long to visit. How beautiful to have been close to a Leatherback turtle laying eggs! I hope they’re helping to make sure the hatchlings survive too. Love bird sanctuaries as well. Thanks for the interesting post.

  4. Sally

    So little is known about this beautiful country of Suriname. It looks like it would be a great place for an unusual adventure. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Jenn and Ed Coleman

    90% untouched nature… Sign us up. I can see why Suriname got its nickname. I love taking tours with local companies. You can learn so much and see so much that you would have otherwise missed. That looks like a fabulous trip

  6. Ellis

    I would love to visit Suriname and didn’t know its nature was so close by to Paramaribo. It must be such a beautiful country.

  7. Brianna

    Wow! I love discovering places that are more off the beaten path. I think Suriname definitely fits that criteria! The cathedral looks absolutely stunning, and I can’t believe how big that leatherback is!! What city do you fly into to get to Suriname?

  8. Priya Vin

    I have only heard the name Suriname, didn’t know much about it. Looks lovely, no wonder it is called Earth’s Greenest Treasure.

  9. Ryan Biddulph

    Added to the list Nicole! Seeing that 90% of country is covered in jungle/forest is so appealing to me. I love spending time in the jungle. Even though I grew up closer to the concrete jungle 😉 it feels like home to me. Comforting it is, being in the jungle. Even with all the critters. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. Steve

    I was stuck there in 82 during the Coup where Sargent Bouterse and cohorts took over the country

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