14 day tour
- Authentic culture
- Spot caimans, dolphins and birds
- Various beaches and creeks for swimming
Suriname is a fantastic country for travellers of all ages. Get to know Paramaribo during a guided city tour and learn all about this historical town. You’ll also get acquainted with the indigenous culture of Suriname during you stay in the Upper Suriname region. A guide will tell you all about the Marroon culture and customs, but also about the nature and animals that surround you. You even get the chance to spend a night in a hammock in the middle of the jungle in Gunsi.
14 day tour of Suriname:
Route: Paramaribo – Commewijne – Gunsi – Groningen – Bigi Pan – Nickerie – Paramaribo
Day 1 – Paramaribo
After an airport pick up, you will be driven to your accommodation in Paramaribo. It is about an 1,5 hour drive to Paramaribo. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring this vibrant town.
Day 2 – Paramaribo: city walk
Get to know Paramaribo during a 2-hour guided walk through the city. The guide will tell you all about the historical buildings, monuments and other city highlights. Spend the afternoon relaxing, strolling through town, or opt for a cooking course.
Day 3 – Peperpot Nature Park and History
Today you will visit Commewijne, an area known for the many plantations founded here since the 17th century. One of these plantations is Peperpot, now turned into a Nature Park. Peperpot was one of the biggest and most blooming coffee- and cocoa Plantations of Suriname. It is located at about half an hour drive from Paramaribo and offers a combination of nature, culture and history. A path where you can still see the coffee trees and coffee-mamas (big shadow trees) leads to the old coffee factory where a guide will explain about the history of the plantation. You also visit a gardener who will enthusiastically tell about all the fruits, herbs and vegetables he grows.
At the end of the trip you will be brought by taxi to Hotel de Plantation in Commewijne (about 30 minutes drive), where you can take a refreshing dive in the swimming pool.
Day 4 – Free day at Hotel de plantation
Today you have time to relax at Hotel de Plantage, situated in the district of Commewijne. The serene setting allows for a relaxing stay and a walk in the forest leads you past some old cocoa trees, while spotting monkeys and birds along the way. If you want to explore the district of Commewijne just ask the owner to arrange a taxi for you to do some sight-seeing.
Day 5-8 – Gunsi Marroonculture
Travel to Gunsi today via Paramaribo, and complete the final leg of the journey in a dug-out canoe. Gunsi is a Maroon village on the Upper Suriname river. Maroons are decedents of runaway slaves who still keep true to many indigenous traditions in their culture. During this trip you will stay in a basic resort right in the centre of the village, with a beautiful view of the river. A local guide will tell you all about the village and the local cultures.
You can choose from several activities during your trip, like a guided jungle hike, a village tour to the big Marroon village New Aurora and a nightly boat trip to spot caiman and enjoying a wonderful starry sky. You can even opt for spending the night in a hammock in the middle of the jungle, following the guided hike. There is plenty of time to relax and take a swim, go fishing, or walk into the village and make some new friends.
On day 8 you travel to Groningen and spend the night in colonial-style houses on the Saramacca River.
Day 9 – Groningen
The rural village of Groningen gets its name from the city Groningen in the Netherlands, the hometown of the original settlers. You’ll be staying in Bloemendaal Apartments, just 4km out of Groningen on the Saramacca River. Enjoy a do-it-yourself breakfast at your own leisure, and have a drink or a (pre-ordered) meal at the partially covered pool. Rent a bicycle to explore the area in the afternoon, or choose a boat trip down the Saramacca River.
Day 10 & 11 – Wetland Bigi Pan
You leave Bloemendaal Apartments in the morning for Bigi Pan Nature Reserve in Nickerie, a drive of about 4 hours. Experience Bigi Pan during a 24 hour trip on the water, and spend the night in a lodge right in the middle of the wetland. During your stay you will get the opportunity to spot birds, caimen, enjoy a mud bath and catch fish. After lunch on day 11 you travel back to Paramaribo.
Day 12 – Paramaribo: boat trip (Sunset and Dolphins tour)
Take the morning off to explore the city. In the late afternoon head down to the docks for the Sunset & Dolphins tour – a 3-hour boat trip down the Suriname and Commewijjne River. While enjoying a drink and a snack the boatmen will look for dolphins, who come to the rivers for food. After a short visit to the village of Johan & Margaretha and some Surinamese snacks, you sail back to the starting point, enjoying the sunset.
Day 13 – Paramaribo
Spend your last day in Suriname exploring Paramaribo or relaxing in your hotel. Visit the Paramaribo Zoo with lots of local animals, or visit the big central market and discover the various tropical fruits and vegetables.
Day 14 – Last day / Return home
Your journey through Suriname comes to an end today. A transfer will be organized from your hotel to Paramaribo airport, where you will board your flight home.