magical Surinam

Suriname, once known as Dutch Guiana, is one of South America's smallest countries.

Magical Surinam Tour

Suriname is known for its pristine rainforest, exotic plants and animals, wild rapids, large rivers and stunning mountainous areas in the southern part of the country. Dark creeks run through the savannas where white sandy grounds contrast intensely with green trees while palms and huge forest giants in different sorts and colors decorate the magical panorama of the jungle.

With nearly 31,000 square miles (8 million hectares) of virgin forest, most classified as protected areas, and an exceptionally rich natural heritage consisting of some 1300 types of trees, 190 species of mammals, 720 species of birds, and 480 species of fish, French Guiana remains one of the last great wilderness areas to explore.

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  • 10 days 
  • City tour of Paramaribo
  • Commewijne Plantation Tour 
  • Joden Savanna- a former Jewish settlement
  • Blakawatra recreation resort 
  • Afobaka power dam 
  • Santigron & Saramaaca

Magical Surinam Overview

Day-1: Saturday - Arrival 
Day-2: Sunday - Paramaribo City tour 
Day-3: Monday -Commewijne Plantation. 
Day-4: Tuesday - Jodensavanne & Blakawatra 
Day-5: Wednesday -Brownsberg 
Day-6: Thursday - Coropina & Lelydrop 
Day-7 & 8: Friday - Santigron & Saramaaca 
Day-9: Sunday Paramaribo 

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Day-1: Saturday - Arrival 

Arrive in Suriname or Dutch Guiana former Dutch colony. Pick up and transfer to Eco Resort Inn.  

Day-2: Sunday - Paramaribo City tour

After breakfast, a city tour of Paramaribo,  a mosaic of diverse races and cultures. The cacophony of city life is muted by shaded, tree-lined avenues interspersed with seventeenth-century Dutch wooden structures alternated with modern hotels and office buildings. In a unique blend of architecture, cultures and religion, Paramaribo is one of the few places in the world where Muslim mosques, Hindu temples, Jewish synagogues and Christian churches coexist peacefully side by side.(B)                                             

Day-3: Monday -Commewijne Plantation. 

Today we take you on the Commewijne River past Old Dutch colonial plantations, some of which are still in use.  Visit the Nieuw Amsterdam museum; Marienburg, the oldest sugar-cane plantation in Suriname; Rust en Werk; the Thilapia fishery and Agricultural projects in Alkmaar, Katwijk and surroundings.   Fishermen in the area pull in their shrimping nets and you will visit the fish-smokery. Overnight at Eco resort Inn. (BL)      

Day-4: Tuesday - Jodensavanne & Blakawatra

This morning the tour will take us about 70 km to the South of Paramaribo, to Jodensavanne. A former Jewish settlement, it is named after the people who settled in this savanne area around 1650. This former Jewish village is where the ruins of the most ancient synagogue of North and South America lies and the graveyard can still be seen. The tour will continue with a visit to Blakawatra, not far from Jodensavanne. Blakawatra is a recreation resort with swimming facilities in the refreshing water of the creek which is rich in minerals. Overnight at Eco Resort Inn. (B).                                             

Day-5: Wednesday -Brownsberg

The tour starts in Paramaribo with a 3-hour trip by bus. This nature reserve lies about 130 km from Paramaribo and can be reached in 2,5 hours.    Spectacular views of the Afobaka power dam   await. Walking paths will take you through the rainforest to beautiful waterfalls where you can enjoy beautiful views over the vast rainforests. A sturdy walk and climb through the forest will be a rewarding effort at one of the waterfalls in the area  for a natural water massage or just relax on the mountaintop while you enjoy the unique jungle-sounds and a view over the power dam. Return in late afternoon to your hotel. (BL)                         

Day-6: Thursday - Coropina & Lelydrop 

The Coropina creek lies in the savannah area of Zanderij, about 40km from Paramaribo.   Depart in the morning by bus to 'Lelydorp's for a short visit to an orchid garden. Afterwards, the trip will continue to Gonggrijpbos where various types of trees, from different regions, have been planted by a forest ranger whose name was Gonggrijp. The tour will than take you to an Amerindian pottery at Billiton. Afterwards, a trip to a docking place along the Coropina creek where the tour will be continued by boat.    There is unique flora and fauna of the area and you'll learn more about the medicinal use of plants and herbs. Lunch will be served in the midst of nature, along the Coropina creek, at "Camp Isidor." After lunch, a trip by boat to Bersaba, a former wood plantation, where you have the opportunity to swim and make a trip by dug-out canoe in the creek. In the afternoon, departure by bus for the return trip to Paramaribo (BL)       

Day-7 & 8: Friday - Santigron & Saramaaca 

This morning, a bus will take you to Uitkijk, approx. 45 minutes south from Paramaribo. From Uitkijk, the trip will continue by boat to Santigron. The woody area is yours to enjoy during this boat trip, which will last 1 hour. Upon arrival in the village, you meet the local people in the traditional manner. Afterwards you can enjoy a walk through the village with information about the current lifestyle of the Maroons. After lunch, you have the opportunity to relax in a hammock or swim along the banks of the Saramacca river. In the afternoon, enjoy a cultural performance of dancing by the children in the village, followed by a woodcarving exhibition.          

Your stay overnight will be in open huts in hammocks with mosquito nets or in cabins with beds. The following day, after breakfast, visit the nearby Amerindian village Pikin Poika, via a walk through the rainforest.   Meet the chief of the village and learn more about the culture and life style of the local people.  Witness how tools are made from earthenware and weaving. After lunch, you have the opportunity to swim in the river, go fishing in the traditional manner or just relax in a hammock. (B)

Day-9: Sunday Paramaribo

Transfer to Paramaribo and to Eco Resort Inn for overnight. Afternoon if free to explore on own and shop for souvenirs. (B)               

Day-10. Departure 

Transfer to airport for your return flight. (B)                     

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time of year to go to Surinam?

Its equatorial location and low altitudes ensure that Suriname has a typically hot, sunny and moist tropical climate. The best time to visit Suriname is during the relatively dry months of February to March and August to November, and the worst time is during the wettest months of May to August, when the interior in particular is prone to flooding and the already limited road network becomes even more flooded

What is Surinam like in the more rural areas?

As soon as your head any distance from town and you’ll find yourself in pretty much wilderness. Bear in mind that more than 85% of Suriname’s surface area yet supports fewer than 60,000 people, not even 10% of the national population. The southern hinterland of rainforest and savannah is largely unspoiled, and 13% of the country is now under official environmental protection.

How do we get to Kaiteur falls?

Most people reach Kaieteur Falls for a day trip, by flying to Kaieteur International Airport. Kaieteur Falls tour operates on chartered flights which require a minimum of 9 persons. Weekends are the most popular days for this tour. However, if we are unable to fill the seats or find another operator to take you, we will reschedule the flight. We retain the right to reschedule the trip to another day during your stay even if it means doing it in combination with a waterfall or resort- any other option which is possible will be explored. In case any of the options are not possible, we will refund fully for the particular tour

What is the best time to go to the rainforest?

May and early June are the best time to visit the Amazon. During these months, the river levels are still high enough for exploration by boat

Do we need travel insurance?

Yes you do. We do not recommend travelling without it and require it for our tours. Accidents, medical emergencies, travel delays or other problems can occur in any country and the resulting costs can be significant. Here is  a link if you do not already have your own preferred provider. 

What plug converters do I need in Guyana?

In Guyana, the common voltage is 240V and frequency is 60Hz. The plugs and sockets are of the A/B/D/G type.

What is Devil's Island?

The penal colony of Cayenne (French: Bagne de Cayenne), commonly known as Devil's Island (Île du Diable), was a French penal colony that operated for more than 100 years, from 1852 to 1953, in the Salvation Islands of French Guiana. 

The only way to and from the islands was by boat, and that hasn't changed. In Kourou, about an hour drive from Cayenne on highway N1, you can catch one of the many boat companies to Île St. Joseph and Île Royale. Access to Devil's Island, where the political convicts were held, is strictly forbidden.