Suriname: Things to Do
Suriname, because of its location in the equatorial region and the number of rivers associated with it, allows for a number of outdoor activities. There is the Corentyne River, which divides that land from Guyana at its west. Then, there is the Marowijne River, which separates it from French Guiana to the east. There are also a number of other rivers such as the Coppername, The Suriname, The Cottica, Commewijne, Cottica, Saramacca and the Nickerie allow for both intra and inter transportation. Then, of course there is the Atlantic ocean to the north of the country. As there are a number of rivers available, there is the opportunity to travel into the country's interior.
Visiting Country's Interior:
It is therefore possible to obtain a dugout canoe and go into the interior of the country to visit the Maroon and Amerindian communities. There in the interior, the flora and fauna seem untouched by man. They have both maintained their way of live and culture for centuries. The people that are interested in nature can go and visit Matapica or Galibi between February and July to see the sea-turtles lay their eggs. There are four different species of sea turtles (the krape, the warana, the kapet and the aitkanti).
Suriname's capital is called Paramaribo is one of the quaintest capitals in the western world. Its historic buildings are of wooden structure and its market place and shops are very colourful. There are also some stores and office buildings, and several monuments and religious buildings. There are a number of varied restaurants because of the diverse ethnicity of this community. The Central Market has a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
Nickerie is the second largest city in Suriname and it is located on the eastern banks of the Corentyne River, to the western border of Guyana. It is the capital of the Nickerie District. Nieuw Nickerie was built in 1879 after the old capital of the district, Nieuw Rotterdam, was washed away by the sea. A boat trip on the river to Nickerie gives people the opportunity a chance to relax and view the quiet beautiful scenery.
There is a Nature Reserve center located at the Coppername River Mouth and the multi-management area Bigi Pan which deserves to be visited. There are many kinds of endangered water-birds and migratory birds, such as the red ibis, starks, flamingo, cock-of-the-rock, harpy eagle, parrots, aras, macaws, humming birds and the toucans. The toucan is a tropical American bird with bright coloured plumage and a very large bill.
A visit to Palumeu is usually a four or five day affair. This scene will pass through Trio, Wayana and Akurio, which are the Upper-River Amerindian communities. Here you can visit the unspoilt nature that will make your stay in the jungle a very memorable experience. There are a number of animals that you may come into contact with such as pumas and jaguars. There are also about three hundred different species of trees in this area, of which fifty are commercially viable.
Blanche Marie Falls:
Blanche Marie Falls is a 55-minute flight from the capital city of Paramaribo to the interior where it is located. The bus then takes you through thoroughly beautiful scenery to your destination. Some of the fascinating things to see are cat-like creatures such as the jaguar and ocelot. There are also a large variety of birds to see and many species of trees.
Brownsberg Nature Reserve:
A trip to the Brownsberg Nature Reserve allows you the opportunity to hike to the waterfalls and other vantage points to have views of the Brokopondo Reservoir and view the extensive green jungle. There are many species of beautifully coloured butterflies along with the many species of birds, make your forest hike an experience that will last a lifetime.
Fort Zeelandia, previously the name was Fort Willoughby has now been made into a museum, which highlights Suriname's history and arts.
Jodensavanne is a former Jewish settlement, which is just south of the capital city, Paramaribo. Jews first settled there in the seventeenth century. It is believed that after Spain and Portugal expelled the Jews from their borders, some of them fled to Brazil. It is believed that they first settled in Suriname in 1639. Some English Jews settled in Suriname and set up some sugar plantation in the area near Jodensavanne. Jodensavanne soon became a prosperous community thanks to the export of timber and sugar. Nevertheless, when Paramaribo gained in importance and grew, many people left Jodensavanne for the capital. There was a further decline in Jodensavanne when beet sugar had been introduced in Europe. The last thing that caused its demise was a fire, which destroyed most of the place in 1832 and it was abandoned.