In a continent filled with such famous names as Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Chile, Suriname – the third smallest country in South America – is often overlooked. This is quite unfortunate as this little country has a great deal on offer. From its breathtaking and vast natural environment to its exciting and diverse culture, this little territory is well worth a second glance.
Many of the activities on offer to tourists are based in the country’s expansive natural environment. Almost one third of Suriname is covered in national parks simply waiting to be enjoyed. From enjoying the myriad of different animal and bird species in a national reserve to taking a dip in the country’s cooling and clear waters, Suriname is an outdoor-lover’s dream.
There are, however, also many options in the country which involve learning more about the land’s history and culture. Such learning can be achieved in many ways but is often most fun when experienced firsthand. Whether living with indigenous people, or interacting with them at local gatherings, there are plenty of opportunities for travelers to immerse themselves in the culture.
The country’s sites are just as intriguing and diverse as the activities on offer, proving that Suriname is a multifaceted and eclectic nation. Some of the landmarks are heavily focused on the country’s history, offering travelers greater insight into the development of Suriname as we know it today. On the other hand, there are also many sites which celebrate the wonder of the country’s environment. Regardless of what travelers are interested in seeing, there is something to tickle everyone’s fancy.
There are many accommodation options available to travelers, especially in the more developed urban areas like the capital Paramaribo. Whether tourists are looking for five-star luxury hotels or smaller budget lodgings, there is something to appeal to every taste and budget. Local cuisine is an eclectic mix of many flavors and is well worth a try but there are also several international options on offer to tourists.
Suriname is a geographically stunning country and home to a plethora of national parks and nature reserves. There are also many beautiful bodies of water which are perfect for travelers interested in water sports and other related activities. The country’s neighbors, which include Guyana, French Guiana and Brazil, are all appealing in their own rights are could definitely also be visited while on the continent.
The climate of Suriname is very tropical, and characterized by hot, humid, rainy weather. Despite the generally high temperatures throughout the year, cool trade winds often keep the air at a comfortable (or at least bearable) temperature. There re two rainy seasons in Suriname, the first of which is shorter and less intense, lasting from December to January. The second lasts longer and often results in heavier precipitation - that lasts from April to August. The best time to visit is between the rainy seasons, when the precipitation lessens and the temperature gets a little higher.
Traveling around Suriname is easy if travelers are content with quite rustic modes of transport. Car rental companies are present in the country but the charges are rather expensive and thus rentals are not the most popular way of getting around. There are many taxi services in cities but very few to get from one city another. The only way to make overland intercity journeys is by bus as there are no train lines in the country. There are both private and government bus companies but most buses are often quite overcrowded.
- Enjoy a cruise along the Suriname River
- Visit the largest wooden cathedral in the world
- Interact with locals and experience their culture during a traditional homestay
- Learn about the country’s history at the Stichting Surinaams Museum
- See great wildlife in its natural environment
- Take in the country’s beauty in the Galibi Nature Reserve