The ideal route for your 3-week Suriname impact trip
- Travel with a maximum positive impact
- Bike, kayak and hike through the jungle
- Spend the night in hammocks and tents, but also on a beautiful plantation
- Stay in Maroon villages
This holiday in Suriname is for the real adventurers amongst us. You will really go back to the basics and spend the night in hammocks, tents, simple homestays and simple huts. You will also travel by public transport a few times. This way you will have lots of contact with the locals. You will also spend the night in a beautiful plantation and in a luxury resort. You will discover Paramaribo and the plantations of Commewijne by bike before traveling to Bigi Pan in the West of Suriname. In Bigi Pan you can see more than one hundred different species of birds. Afterwards you will travel to a small village South of Paramaribo where you will spend the night in a homestay. You can enjoy a beer in the evening with the locals and listen to their rich stories. You will stay in a camping in the middle of the jungle and kayak on the Brokopondo lake between the treetops sticking out above the water. Afterwards you will travel to the Boven Suriname region. Here you will meet the Maroon people and immerse yourself in their culture. You will think you’re in Africa! Your Suriname holiday will come to an end in Paramaribo where you will board the plane to take you back home.
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What is impact travel?
Better Places Travel is a social enterprise and certified B Corp. This means that we are committed to making a social impact above making a profit. As a social enterprise we find it important that the people in the countries we work with fully profit from tourism. This means, for example, that the people we work with receive a fair wage and have decent working hours and conditions. For you as traveller it means you’ll often stay in small-scale, locally owned hotels and accommodations and take part in local excursions that offer you a truly authentic experience. We also invest a portion of our profits in various social and environmental projects.
Route Suriname Impact Trip
- Day 1-2: Beginning of your Suriname holiday in Paramaribo
- Day 3: Commewijne
- Day 4: Marienbosch
- Day 5: Paramaribo
- Day 6-9: Nickerie & Bigi Pan
- Day 10-11: Palulu
- Day 12: Brownsberg
- Day 13-14: Brokopondo
- Day 15-17: Pingpe
- Day 18: Botopassie
- Day 20-21: Paramaribo
- Day 22: Your adventurous Suriname holiday has come to an end
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Day 1 – Beginning of your adventurous Suriname holiday, transfer to Paramaribo
At the airport you will be picked up and brought to your accommodation in Paramaribo. You will stay in a small-scale hotel with a pool, located in a cozy street in the city. The neighbourhood streets are characteristically filled by wooden houses.
Day 2 – City tour of Paramaribo by bike
The historical centre of Paramaribo is easy to discover by bike, especially on a Sunday when the roads are quiet. The colonial buildings are a UNESCO World Heritage site and every one has its own story. After the tour you can take the bike with you and explore the city further at your own pace.
Day 3 – Biking to Commewijne
Armed with a clear guidebook, today you will go to the Commewijne district, a national district known as a plantation area. On the way there are interesting sights you can visit. You will spend the night on the Marienbosh plantation. The plantation is located on the shore of the Commewijne river and is only reachable by boat. You can take the bikes with you on the boat.
Day 4 – Day off in Marienbosch / cycle through the area
Today you can do as you wish. You can visit a few surrounding plantations in the area. Rust en Werk is a cattle company and a prawn farm. Johan and Margaretha is a friendly village with predominatly Hindu inhabitants. Frederiksdorp has been converted into a resort with a pool. Aside from learning about the history of the region you also learn about the daily life in the rural villages.
Day 5 – Cycling back to Paramaribo
Today you will bike back to Paramaribo. You can do so via the same route by which you came or opt for a new, slightly longer route back. You can then also visit natural park Peperpot and end up in the middle of the city in Paramaribo. Had enough of cycling? Then you can always choose to go back to Paramaribo by boat.
Day 6 – To the West / Nickerie & Bigi Pan
From Paramaribo you will be brought to the west of the country. On the way you will pass different districts: the agricultural district of Saramacca (Groningen), the colonial Coronie, and the rice district of Nickerie. Your destination is Bigi Pan. This aquatic nature reserve is famous for the many species of birds like red ibises and flamingos that live here. On a clear night you can enjoy the starry sky. You will spend the night in a lodge on the water.
Day 7 – Bigi Pan and to Uitkijk near Groningen
During your stay on Bigi Pan there are a few boat trips waiting for you where you can see birds and caymans. You will also take a tour to the Atlantic Ocean. Bigi Pan extends from the coast of Coronie to Nickerie and is 67,000 hectares in size. The nature is very varied and includes many mangrove forests. Many birds breed in the area, which is why it’s sometimes also called the nursery of Suriname. After lunch you will travel back to the starting point where your transfer is waiting to take you back to the east. You will not go all the way back to Paramaribo but to the town of Uitkijk, just past Groningen.
Day 8 – Uitkijk, a homestay out of the city
There is no fixed schedule during your stay here, allowing you to optimally enjoy the relaxed pace of Suriname. You can go fishing, hang in a hammock or catch a ride with one of the locals. If you want to get to work, you can help take care of the animals. Or would you prefer to take a boat trip over the river? That’s also possible!
Day 9 – Back to Paramaribo with public transport
Travelling by public transport during your Suriname holiday is an experience in itself. Apart from needing to be well informed on which bus to take, you will really get to interact with the locals. Luckily the owners of your homestay can inform you which bus to take, where to go and at what time. The buses may be crowded, and they will stop frequently, but the journey is not far and it’s really fun to travel this way at least once!
Day 10 – Transfer Paramaribo – Palulu
With private transport you will travel to the Palulu Jungle Camping. This vibrant camping is located close to the international airport. In consultation it is possible to make some stops along the way. For example, at the butterfly garden in Lelydorp. This is the savanna area and there are many resorts here which are frequently visited by the locals on the weekends. During the week it’s quieter, and you can optimally enjoy the nature and the cool creek in which you can swim. You will spend the night in a tent (with a mattress) and will enjoy all the sounds of the jungle.
Day 11 – Day off in Palulu
You will wake up to the calm and quiet of the jungle and the camping. Enjoy your day off and take a walk in the savannah jungle. This walk will take you to Berlijn, another surprising village with an authentic atmosphere where you will find hardly any other tourists.
Day 12 – Brownsberg, hike to the waterfalls
The bus will pick you up early from the Palulu camping and drive you to Brownsberg Nature Reserve. From the mountain you will have a gorgeous view of the reserve’s flora and fauna. During the hike to the waterfalls you can spot frogs, butterflies, monkeys and maybe even snakes. You will sleep in a hammock with a mosquito net tonight on the mountain.
Day 13 – Brokopondo / hiking and kayaking
From Brownsberg you will hike to the Wittikreek for a refreshing dive. The hike continues to the reservoir, and is a bit of a tough one. Gold is mined in this area. Around lunch time you will step into a kayak and cross the Brokopondo reservoir to an uninhabited island. Here a tented camp will be built and you will spend the night here. There is still time for a swim and to relax. At night you can enjoy the stars.
Day 14 – Brokopondo kayaking on the reservoir & the Bergendal Resort
Today you will go kayaking on the reservoir. The Brokopondo Reservoir was built in the 1950’s, leading entire villages to move elsewhere. In the reservoir old treetops stick out of the water making for an interesting obstacle course as you kayak. At Ston Island, we reach the mainland again. Time for a last dive and a well-deserved lunch. Afterwards you will be brought to Bergendal Resort for a comfortable night in a beautiful room with a shower with warm water. The resort has a swimming pool and a nice restaurant.
Day 15 – Pingpe / Maroonculture
You will travel to the Boven Suriname area. First with a bus from Atjoni, and then with a dug-out canoe past lovely villages and rapids. Runaway slaves settled in this area centuries ago. They are the Saramaka tribe and they still live here to this day.
Day 16 – Pingpe, hike through nature
There is more to see than culture during your stay at Pingpe Jungle Resort. Namely, nature! A fixed part of the schedule is a hike through the jungle and a visit to the largest rapid in the area. At the Tapawatra rapid the Pikin Rio and the Gran Rio come together in the Suriname River. It’s lovely to cool down in the water and enjoy a relaxing massage. In the evening there is a boat tour under the stars. If you’re lucky you can also spot caymans.
Day 17 – Pingpe to Botopassie
After breakfast you will board a line boat and head to Botopassie, which is about an hour’s ride from Pingpe. You will stay in a small resort in a simple hut. The owner or the guide will introduce you to the head of the village who will welcome you, and afterwards you will be able to walk around the village on your own. In the village there is a local bar where you can have a beer with the locals. There is power 24 hours a day due to solar panels, but at night oil lamps are used.
Day 18 – Day off Botopassie
Today you have a day off. There are optional activities you can do, such as learning how to carry laundry on your head or how to cook on a wood fire. There is also the possibility to visit the Maroon museum. You can also choose to relax and recover from all the sights and impressions you’ve had over the last few days.
Day 19 – Botopassie – Paramaribo (boat/bus, line service)
Today you will travel from Botopassie back to Paramaribo. You start your journey on a local boat. This could take a while as it stops frequently. The bus from Atjoni is also a linebus.
Day 20 and 21- days off in Paramaribo
Today you have a day off which you can optionally fill with a cooking workshop. On your last day off you can choose to do a night tour (only possible from February to July) to see turtles. The night boat tour will bring you to a beach where turtles come to lay their eggs. A spectacular sight to see!
Day 22 – End of your adventurous Suriname holiday, transfer to the airport
Today you will be brought back to the airport to catch your flight back home. We hope you have enjoyed your journey and return home with many great memories.
Sleep in a plantation home
Unique to Marienbosch is the authentic atmosphere, as the house dates back to 1747 and is the property of a family who renovated the entire home and maintains it. Surrounding the house are many fruit trees. You really get the feeling you’re traveling back in time – a unique experience! The owner of the plantation will also be around to show you the area and tell you all about the history.
Spend the night in the home of a local family
In the town Uitkijk you will stay in a homestay along a quiet sandy road by the Saramacca River. In this quiet place you will get to rest. The owners have horses, cows, goats, chickens, ducks and dogs. They also have a small tavern where locals come to enjoy a beer and exchange stories.
How to get around in Suriname?
Infrastructure in Suriname is limited, yet all roads lead to Paramaribo. During this journey you will sometimes make use of the public transport. This is an adventure in which you can easily make contact with the local people. Do note that in the inlands the transport is often in dugout canoes. We will take care of virtually all the transport outside of Paramaribo. This is usually in shared buses and boats, and short drives with a taxi transfer. You will also go on a scenic bike tour.
Spend the night in the jungle
The Eco Jungle Camping has an outdoor kitchen and proper sanitary conditions. Respect for the camping’s surroundings is central to this venture. You will sleep in a comfortable tent with a mattress and under an authentic hut or a house that ensures you’re still sleeping in the jungle. You might spot a monkey from your balcony. At night you can enjoy the sounds of the jungle by the campfire.
A comfortable resort
In the Brokopondo region, not far from Brownsberg and the reservoir, lies the comfortable Bergendal Resort on the Suriname River. Here you can enjoy the tranquility and serenity of nature while still enjoying all the luxuries you’re used to. The local communities are closely involved with every aspect of the resort and contribute to its charm and hospitality.
Get acquainted with Maroon culture
The Boven Suriname River area is the region in which the Maroons live, descendants of runaway slaves who built their villages here. On the islands in the river there are diverse resorts, but you can also opt to stay in a simple lodge on the border of one of the villages. If you opt for this, you will see the daily life of the Maroons up close. You also have the option to help the locals with things like pounding rice, visiting a vegetable garden or baking cassava bread.
Surinamese cooking class
This cooking workshop is given by a Surinamese lady that can prepare many delicious dishes. The workshop will take you on a culinary journey on which you will taste, learn and enjoy lovely food. You will be cooking and will also be a guest at the home of a local Surinamese family. The dishes you will be preparing are from the Javanese, Creolize or Hindustani kitchen.
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