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Honeymoon in Suriname

Suriname, set in a natural tropical wilderness, is a splendid combination of the Caribbean and South America, with fascinating reminders of a sometimes turbulent past.

It is in the northeast of the South American continent, bounded by Guyana on the west and French Guiana on the east and Brazil to the south.

Influenced by numerous cultures - African, Amerindian, Asian, Jewish and Dutch - the country reflects this diversity harmoniously in its day to day life.

Dominated by mighty rivers which provide essential highways into the rainforest and jungles of the interior, which remain virtually untouched by man, Suriname is waiting to be explored. There is little tourism infrastructure in Suriname except for a few well organized tour operators.

The bustling capital and port of Paramaribo, stands guard over the Suriname River. The striking architecture reminds us of its Dutch colonial past.

Setting out to explore the natural beauty of the interior by boat or light aircraft, you encounter the extraordinary natural heritage of Suriname spreading out like a tropical carpet.

Spot the occasional wild cat roaming in the rainforest and hear the unearthly cry of howler monkeys echoing through the trees, see giant tarantula spider webs and huge termite nests. For the more adventurous head to the swamps where crocodiles, piranhas, anacondas and boa constrictors go about their business.

Another don't miss for nature lovers is the Galibi Nature Reserve where you can experience four sea turtle species nesting on its beaches between February and July.

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Places to stay

There are a number of hotels in Paramaribo - catering mainly for both business travelers and tourists.

Recommended hotels are Eco-Resort, The Torarica, the Krasnapolsky and the Zeelandia Suites. Torarica and Eco-Resort are sister hotels offering residents of the Eco-Resort access to the Torarica's facilities. A new eco resort Bergendal Eco & Cultural River Resort offers guests an opportunity to enjoy a unique eco and cultural experience.

Things to do and see

A few of many things to do and see in Suriname.

Brownsberg Nature Park

The Brownsberg Nature Park is located in the Brokopondo District approximately 80 miles south of Paramaribo. 500 meters above sea level, the park occupies an area of 8,400 hectares which was obtained by STINASU on a long-term lease basis from the Suriname Government.

Established in 1969, STINASA is mandated to, as a semi-governmental organization, to "stimulate, coordinate, and finance scientific exploration and exploitation of the Nature Reserves".

The Brownsberg National Park is the northern outpost for several plant and animal species, covered by neotropical rainforest consisting of hundreds of different species most of which are commercially valuable.

The park has three major vegetation types. Hydrophytic vegetation (typified by the Pina Palm) grows in creek valleys at the base of the mountain. Mesophyphytic vegetation is found on the slopes and is characterized by the number of different tree species including the Groenheart, Ingipipa, Letterhout/Snakewood, Cedar and Purpleheart.

Galibi Nature Reserve

The Galibi Nature Reserve is situated in the North East Corner of Suriname, at the mouth of the Marowijne River bordering French Guyana. 4000 hectares in size, 13 km long and 1 km wide the reserve is known for being the most important nesting beach for the Olive Ridley turtle in the Western Atlantic region. The reserve was established in March 1969 to protect the nesting beaches of sea turtles. It is the only beach where mass nesting aggregations of the Olive Ridley are known to have
occurred in the Atlantic region.

Because the saline oceanic Guinea Current and the freshwater flow of the Marowijne River collide along the east and north borders of the reserve, it is exposed to many different environmental factors. This results in great biological diversity characterized by the Suriname coast. The reserve's primary function is to protect the sea turtles and their nesting beaches. But essentially all of the reserve's natural resources are protected.

The Galibi Reserve and nearby Amerindian villages are only accessible by boat, about 1½ hours from Albina. The local villagers are allowed to use the reserve for fishing, hunting, plant collecting and small scale agricultural activities.

Paramaribo

This is a bustling city lying on banks the Suriname River. Fabulous colonial buildings including the Presidential Palace remind visitors of its Dutch heritage. Behind the Palace is the Palmentium (Palm Garden).

Also visit St. Peter & Paul Cathedral, which is reputed to be the largest wooden building in the Americas.

Some of South America's finest examples of Hindu temples, mosques and synagogues can also be found in the city.

Finally, the central market with its array of local fruits and vegetables is a must-see.

We recommend the walking tour.

Joden Savanne


South of Paramaribo is Joden Savanne (Jews' savannah) where the ruins of the first Jewish synagogue (established 1639) in the Western Hemisphere can be seen.

Nieuw Nickerie

Situated on the south bank of the Nickerie River, opposite Guyana is Nieuw Nickerie. The capital of the district Nickerie and Suriname's second largest city. The city has twice been moved (in 1870 and 1879) because of erosion and is now protected by a sea wall.

Important for the economy of the city of Nieuw Nickerie is the trade in agricultural products, primarily rice and bananas.

Source: www.surinametourism.com

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