Holidays in the country of Suriname, located in the northern tip of South America on the border with French Guiana and Guyana, are ideal for the more adventurous travelers, with its vast jungles and a large variety of animals, birds, and exotic plants, coupled with a network of "water roads,” the main means of transportation here.
The capital of the country, the city of Paramaribo, surprises with a mixture of Dutch-style colonial architecture, mosques, synagogues and a mix of culture and history of the country's different ethnic groups that have existed here side by side for centuries. And for maximum cultural immersion, you can go to tribal villages and chat with the locals. There are so many nationalities in the country that you may need a number of interpreters from different languages like East Indian, African, Creole, Javanese, Amerindian, Chinese.
Immerse yourself in the colors of colonialism and the Amerindian culture in the capital of Paramaribo, whose old center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The buildings of the capital have some interesting architecture to see, like the Keizerstraat Mosque, the Cathedral, and the Hindu temple of Arya Devaker. Take time to have a stroll to look at the old plantations and haciendas, each of which has its own unique history.
The sandy beaches of Surinam range from yellow to snow white, like White Beach, and are simple without a lot of amenities but are unspoiled and not crowded, making for great photo opportunities, and are each beautiful in different ways. And in the coastal town of Galibi, you can observe the turtles nesting, among them the very impressive giant leatherbacks, and baby turtle hatchlings emerging from under the sand and making a run for the sea. We recommend exploring with some eco-tours to the nature reserves, to the Suriname River, to the waterfalls, or to the jungle forests. Or, for the most adventurous and physically fit, hike to the numerous peaks of the granite Kasikasima mountains in the south of the country near the border with Brazil, for a real challenge. More relaxed walking trails and trekking tours are available at Brownsberg Nature Park for views (and sounds) of howler monkeys, and endless varieties of birds and butterflies, and to Marie Blanche Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the country.
From the capital at the mouth of the Suriname River, you can sail upstream to the Blommestein Reservoir and the hydroelectric power Brokopondo Dam, surrounded by rainforest, and take a boat trip along the partially submerged trees and go fishing for some interesting local fish.