Suriname is one of four non-Spanish speaking South American nations, and the only one that counts Dutch as its national language. And the capital, Paramaribo, does indeed conjure images of Old Amsterdam. However despite the Dutch influenced architecture there is a distinctly Caribbean vibe to the city, evident in the colourful building facades and the profusion of tropical produce heaped at the markets.
The country’s inhabitants are the exotic descendants of European colonialists, escaped African slaves, Indonesian and Indian indentured workers and native Ameri-Indians. Not surprisingly, this cultural mélange has created diversity in everything from food and music, to religion.
Suriname has two distinct regions. Firstly the low-lying coastal region where the vast majority of the population lives. And second, the tropical interior which is also home to the country’s two main mountain ranges. While travel to the interior is challenging and takes time, it is certainly worth it! Remote Indian villages, incredible pristine rainforest and staggering wildlife lie in wait for adventurous travellers.
Are you looking to get off the beaten track and discover one of the world’s most exciting destinations? Then talk to one of our Travel Specialists about a holiday to the Guiana’s today.
– The two main dry seasons are February to April and August to November
– Wettest months are May to August
– Paramaribo is a fascinating melting pot of cultures and well worth a few days’ exploration
– You simply must visit one of the wonderful lodges that dot the interior for a chance to see some of the country’s famed wildlife.