Unspoiled and friendly; a country with enormous diversity and one of the few places in the world with a completely pristine tropical rainforest.
Meet two authentic cultures in the Suriname interior. The culture of the original inhabitants, the Amerindians, divided in five tribes, each with their own language and customs. The Amerindians comprise of the Trio, the Wajana and the Akurio tribe from the southern part of Suriname, also called Upland Amerindians who lived almost completely isolated for decades. Immediate contact with the Akurio’s only occurred approximately sixty years ago when they were found seemingly still living in the stone age. And the culture of the Maroons. They are descendants of slaves who, during the slavery period, managed to escape their oppressors and settled in the forest of the hinterland. The six existing Maroon tribes display interesting differences in culture and language. Some even speak languages derived from the Yoruba’s and Bantoes from West Africa.
Suriname is known for its sustainable commitment to nature conservation and over 80 percent of its original forest is still intact. The Government of Suriname, together with Conservation International, created the Central Suriname Nature Reserve.
The Central Suriname Nature Reserve comprises of over 1.6 million hectares of primary tropical forest in the upper Coppename watershed of West-Central Suriname.
The Reserve forms a corridor which links the three existing protected areas: Raleigh Falls, Tafelberg and Eilerts de Haan Gebergte.
In addition, the Surinamese interior offers an overwhelming nature of tall trees, large meandering rivers and impressive rapids and at nightfall, enchanting sounds which all form part of the tropical rainforest.
But Suriname is also famous for its capital city Paramaribo considered by many a true museum. Historical buildings which take you back to the Dutch, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese presence of centuries ago. Suriname is not only inhabited by Amerindians and Maroons but also by East-Indians, Javanese, Creole, Chinese, Europeans and other ethnic groups. A melting pot of cultures which is strongly evident in everyday life in Surinam: a mosque right next to a synagogue, a nasi goring or roti meal, typical Creole Kaseko music or the Chinese Dragon dance… all of this makes Suriname so unique.
The city center Paramaribo and the Central Suriname Nature Reserve are both placed on the “World heritage site list” of the UNESCO.