Last updated: 20/01/2017 [Design & Pictures by Simons Nature]


Suriname is in Europe, outside the Netherlands (the former colonial power), almost a terra incognita. The country in the north of South America, with French Guiana and Guyana adjacent, with about 90% of forested area is in particular a paradise for nature lovers. Year around it is hot and humid, the only change are two short dry periods interrupting the rainy season. In October, the time i was visiting this country, it stayed dry. When I was visiting in October, it was very humid but the rain stayed away. Most people live in the capital, Paramaribo and on the coast. Inland, there are no roads; the villages are accessible only by boat or plane. Palumeu e.g. has an airport and a river nearby, but no road. To visit the neighbors in the nearest villages, the people must travel by boat either 4 hours downstream or 9 hours upstream.
Poti Hill and Mankodebaku rapids
Paramaribo is the capital and largest city of Suriname, located on banks of the Suriname River in the Paramaribo District. Paramaribo has a population of roughly 250,000 people, more than half of Suriname's population. The historic inner city of Paramaribo has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002. The area, a trading post started by the Dutch, was taken by the English in 1630, and in 1650 the city became the capital of the new English colony. The area changed hands often between the English and Dutch but it was in Dutch hands again in 1667 and under Dutch rule from 1815 until the independence of Suriname in 1975.
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