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You are about to read our third Travel Log out of three about Suriname.

Suriname nature

The soil in Suriname is rich in everything a plant or tree needs to grow. Consequently, you can find many fruit trees in Suriname.

Picture: Coconut palm Picture: Banana trees

Suriname has a very dense rainforest. There are many tour operators offering day-trips and overnight stay-trips going deep into the jungle! A true rainforest experience.

Raleighvallen-Volzberg tour

In the year 2000, the Raleighvallen and the Voltzberg got listed on the UNESCO world heritage list.

Voltzberg is relatively far away from Paramaribo. It is advised to do a multiple day (3day) tour if you would like to go there. Along the way you can already experience the beautiful nature of Suriname. The last part is done by local boat (a “korjaal”) upstream on the Coppename river. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by monkeys and singing birds. Have a swim in the river and sleep in a hammock.

The trip uphill will take about 6 hours the next day. You need to have sufficient stamina to do the trip. Once you are up, the view is amazing!

The next day, you will get to see the waterfalls. A pretty impressive trip, but do not underestimate it, as it is heavy too.

Backyard animals

We stayed in a house not far from Paramaribo, just below Domburg, and right next to the Suriname river. Across the Suriname river, in the jungle, groups of “Howling Monkeys” (Brul-apen) live. They did not get their name for nothing! Boy, can they make noise! However, it was pretty nice waking up each morning with the sounds of the jungle in the background.

Picture: Sloth  Picture: Labaria

One night we woke up from some strange sounds. It sounded like some animal was roaming around our house looking for a way in or food. Judging by its footprints the next morning, it was likely some kind of pig..

A famous Suriname bird is the “Krietjebie”. The bird got its name because it keeps repeating the same sound! A sound that sounds something like Krietjebie. It is that simple! This bird sings its name throughout the day, a lovely sound!

One morning, we found a sloth creeping around in one of the palms in our backyard. Amazing to see the animal up close in the wild (and they move slow… and we mean very.. very .. slow..). They have enormous claws, a really cute face and are very furry (see picture).

An afternoon we got a scare as one of us was chopping down a coconut from a palm on a ladder. All of a sudden, he stood face to face with a Lebaria snake! (See picture). The snake is very poisonous. We made our way out of there quickly!

Piranhas are known to have the Surinam river as a home. We have not spotted them, but many of the locals did.

Where to eat

The signature dish of Suriname most definitely is a Roti. A roti is a pancake, made with, among others, yellow peas and masala. With the pancake, you eat green peas, potatoes and chicken in masala sauce. Very tasty!!¬†The most famous place to buy a “Roti” is at one of the Roopram restaurants

Picture: Roopram restaurant Picture: Roopram drive through

In Paramaribo, there is one famous street called “the waterkant”. On this street you can find different restaurants. But still, everything is relatively small. There is one restaurant where many of the tourists gather, close to the waterkant, called “‘t Vat”. You can have a nice bite to eat there or drink something on the terrace. Also, next to ‘t Vat, there is a travel counter, where you can book (day) trips to different places in Suriname.

And then of course, there is a lot of food being sold alongside the roads or on markets. Fruit and such you can normally safely buy, (the bananas are small but taste very sweet!). Just be a bit cautious on meat.

Furthermore, Paramaribo has many big supermarkets where you can buy your “normal” food and drink.

Practical Information

The currency of Suriname is the Suriname Dollar (previously the Dutch guilder)

Do not expect white beaches and clear water like you can find in Brazil. Suriname simply does not have that.

Tips and tricks

  • Be aware of Malaria (mosquitoes). The normal anti mosquito spray “Deed” doesn’t work in Suriname, buy the local spray for the jungle. If you want to be really careful, take malaria pills.
  • When it comes to shopping, don’t expect a lot of big stores with high end clothing. The Suriname people in general are not rich. Bring the stuff you need from home. There are Malls though.
  • The locals typically believe in “Winti”, a dark magical force.. So be careful not to get cursed!

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