DIY daytrip to 2 villages on Suriname River, 28 Km
DOMBURG and LAARWIJK, surrounded by lush rainforest and so quiet that you hear and see the beautiful birds and in the afternoon the howler monkeys. Domburg has miles and miles of walking routes along and through the rainforest.
But is not only for the animals you should go there. Surinamians know better than foreigners that the delicious Javan and Hindustan snacks from the local warungs in and around the market place are worth a daytrip. Paramaribo people often spend a Sunday enjoying the cool breeze on the shore of the Suriname River, at the quaint Domburg market place, shaded by the huge old mahogany trees. Fruit stands, snacks, an internet point and Cheng's friendly food shop on the market place. My wife and I wanted to give Cheng a prize for being the friendliest shopkeeper of Domburg. Here they say "let's go to the Chinese" for "let's go to the supermarket". And Cheng will be open every day and welcome us with a smile and the latest news about the whereabouts of our friend Moon or that the fresh raisin bread has arrived.
And then cross the river to go to Laarwijk, just 15 minutes by the regular service of a local korjaal. Laarwijk is the only still inhabited former Dutch plantation. The cosy little harbor, small canals and the blue white locks welcome you to a Hindustan and Javan village, as if you are in old Indonesia. No cars, just gravel and sand paths, a fruit stand, a warung and the small wooden houses hidden between the flower gardens and banana or lychee plantations. And everywhere the rainforest, with mangrove, mighty kankantrees, different kinds of bacove (banana), sugar cane, mope, awarra, papaya, mango, cashew etc. Just phone the local gardener Moon and he might have time to give you a tour and have you taste all that is edible on the trees: +597.857-2727 (Saturday and Sunday). A relative of his even has a centuries old 'capa' in his garden ( a huge iron pot, used to cook sugar from sugar cane in the historical Dutch plantation). Some people bake yummie banana chips. If you book ahead ( only private tour) , Moon can arrange the korjaal crossing and, if you are lucky, he might invite you to have a snack with his family in his little wooden hut.
You'll be in the rainforest and on a former Dutch plantation, just half an hour away from Paramaribo, by cheap taxi, or a bit longer on bike.Related to:
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Water Sports
Vissen in Suriname...?
Moet een mens daar zover voor reizen...?
Nu pas, enkele maanden later beseffen wij pas wat voor een indruk deze reis op ons heeft gemaakt.
Nu pas beseffen we hoe nietig wij als mens zijn...
Onze trip ging door in Oktober 2007 en had als bestemming de Wonotobo-watervallen.
Alleen de reis naar daar is prachtig. Het is een reis per boot die minstens twee dagen in beslag neemt...met een overnachting in Apoera (van hier is het de laatste keer dat we onze gsm kunnen gebruiken)
Aangekomen aan de Wonotobo-watervallen heb ik nog maar één vis gevangen en ik heb het gevoel dat mijn reis niet meer stuk kan...de natuur om ons heen , de stilte , al die bontgekleurde vogels , het besef ver van de beschaving te zijn...Dit alles gaf al een enorme voldoening en het vissen moest nog beginnen !!
De vangsten waren naar mijn normen best wel spectaculair te noemen...Piranha's van 3 à 4 kg zijn geen uitzondering, prachtig getekende Red-tails van 30 kg en meer , Lau-Lau van 1m80 en ongeveer 80 kg , prachtig getekende Tijgermeervallen van 1m10 en meer...en niet te vergeten de Peacock bass; een prachtige sportvis ....
Aan iedereen die ooit de gelegenheid heeft om dit mooie en prachtige Zuid-Amerikaanse land eens te bezoeken zou ik willen zeggen...neem die kans en ga ook eens "OFF THE BEATEN TRACK"Related to:
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The open-air museum of Tjon Fo
On the road to New Nickerie you pass the plantation Novar. On this plantation lives Tjon Fo, an artist who has been inspired by the many coconuts. From these coconuts he makes statuettes which can be bought.
On his ground Tjon Fo started an open-air museum with all kind of things he found on the beach. Some of these things are: bottles, a sewing-machine, a moped and all kind of pots and pans.
Tjon Fo can tell wonderful stories so it's a pleasure to listen to him. It was very interesting to visit this place.
Silence in the center of Paramaribo
A very interesting place in Paramaribo is the Palm Garden. This is an oasis of rest in the middle of the city.
Originally the garden was the backyard of the Presidential palace and was closed for the public for a long time.
There are not may people who visit this garden but it's really worth a visit. The garden is not that big but you will find some small momuments between the huge palm trees (the so called king palms).
In the garden you can sit for a while and watch birds, butterflies or lizards. It's also a good place to think or to read a book.
For children there is a recreation-ground and musicians can play their music on a platform but nowadays this isn't used anymore. At this moment the garden is a meeting point for lovers during lunch-time.
Furthermore it's better to avoid the garden when it's dark because of safety.
Albina is a small, run-down...
Albina is a small, run-down village on the Marowijne River, the border with French Guiana. With permission from the Carib Indians (and a hired canoe), it is possible to visit the nearby Galibi Nature Reserve, where Ridley, green and leatherback turtles nest in June and July. Albina has no accommodation but it may be possible to find a bed in a private house or sling a hammock in the park.
This is the memorial site to...
This is the memorial site to commemorate the 176 victims of the crash of Surinam Airways Douglas DC on the 7th of June 1989 near Paramaribo, Surinam.
The location of this memorial site is in Paramaribo.
Someone designed this...
Someone designed this beatifully tailored drive, it is still quite pretty today. It is a park of some kind. It actually belongs in Guyana, got mixed up because I had Suriname and Guyana pictures mixed together and this was not picked up until I began my Guyana page. It could be removed from this page if anyone objects.
All of the following pictures...
All of the following pictures will give you a flavour of the older kinds of buildings and their rather similar architecture, which maximizes floor space.
So often in these older settled countries, the high ground with the view is where you often find the worst living circumstances.
A poor man's house with a rich man's view.
Similar design, different...
Similar design, different city, different layout. Bet this postcard that one guy copied the other, the picture on top is from the older city.
This is, or was, a grand...
This is, or was, a grand house at one time, notice the nice balconies, solid wood columnlar supports, and many windows.
Someone of means built this house way back when.
No doubt some kind of...
No doubt some kind of Government building, but what or which, i do not know. Maybe someone who lives in Suriname would know.
Very helpfull owners, a good place te meet other travellers, Small appartments, nice bedrooms and...more
A favourite weekend recreation of Paramaribo city dwellers is a picnic near the water's edge, on the...more
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