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Suriname vacation, a complex fusion of cultures in South America

10 days of jungle trekking, failing to find fresh fruit, exploring the complex diversity of cultures, and trying to navigate through a country which is not set up for tourists.

by isabel kellyAbout Me:My name is Issie and I am 25 years old, from the UK. I studied as an Oceanographer and i am currently a Coastal Scientist in the Southwest of England. I have always wanted to explore South America, and so that is what I have been doing the... read more

South AmericaSuriname7 days / February 2022

Highs & Lows

The jungles are still relatively unexploited by tourists, and so there was never anyone around and you could enjoy the nature

It was very difficult to find any fruit or vegetables.

Itinerary Overview

  • 3 Nights: Paramaribo
    It is a relatively unheard of country.
  • 2 Nights: Brownsberg
    One of the best National Parks in Suriname, with many different waterfalls you can hike to.
  • 2 Nights: Stoneiland
    Visit the reservoir and have a relaxing break

Q & A

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Learn some basic dutch phrases

  • Transportation Tips?

    It would probably be best to hire a car (4x4 or jeep). Public transport makes it very difficult to get around the country.

  • Any surprises?

    Suriname is a relatively expensive country, as a result of inflation in the last 2 years. Prices are similar to Europe.

Lodging

  • Airbnb. We stayed in an old dutch colonel house just outside of the city centre. It was a quirky but beautiful house and the owner was a very enthusiastic Indian lady, who was very keen to help us with anything we needed.

  • The Rainforest School. It was located in the centre of the Brownsberg National Park, which is on top of the highest mountain in Suriname, in the middle of the jungle. Very basic accommodation. Unfortunately due to covid, the accommodation was shut and so we had to sleep in a shelter on the floor. The restaurant was also shut, and so we had to bring our own food. There was running water and a toilet/showering block. If you like going back to nature, then this would be the place for you. There is no other accommodation, but you can do day tours to the national park.

  • Ston Eiland Resort hotel. Beautiful location, sleeping in wooden lodges, right on the reservoir. Quite basic accommodation, but has everything you need. Again, unfortunately because of covid the restaurant was closed, so we had to bring our own food.