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    The Central Market

    by Valeggua Written Nov 1, 2007

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    Paramaribo's central market is the place for lots of delicious fruits, fresh vegetables, cheap cd's, clothing, clothing, just about anything you can imagine.
    There's also an outdoor fishmarket and a big Maroon market where you can find anything for ceremonial and medicinal purposes (bones, sticks, leaves, feathers)...

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    Brokopondo Lake

    by tompt Written Oct 28, 2007

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    Stay a few nights on an island in the Brokopondo Lake. It is really a good place to unwind. The water surrounding you is warm. So swimming is great. But you can also fish if you like, the lake has spots where piranha's are abundant. But there are other fish to catch too.
    Also make a trip by boat between the trees. This lake was formed in 1964, when a dam blocked the water in the Suriname river. About 5000 Saramak people who lives in this area had to move, because their home was vanishing in the lake. The forest died when the lake set. But the wood is extremely hard and today, 40 years later, you will see the tree tops still standing. When travelling by boat on the water keep in mind that there trees that are just under the waterlevel and you can hit them. The wood is still being harvested by divers, who go down and saw the tree at the bottom of the lake.

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    Jodensavanne

    by tompt Written Oct 25, 2007

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    The main goal of the boat trip down the Suriname river was a visit to the Jodensavanne.
    During the inquisition the jews fled from Spain to flourishing countries like Holland and England. From there they came on ships to Suriname to start plantations. In 1640 the first jewish settlement in this area started with growing sugar cane.
    When they got the right to built a synagogue and graveyard the settlement of Jodensavanne was formed. Most of the jews left the settlement and went to Paramaribo. When in 1832 most of the settlement was burnt down it was lost.
    In the second world war they built a prison camp here to hold people suspected of collaboration with the germans.

    In 1971 a plan was made to protect the remains of the Jodensavanne for the future. The trees were cleared and today you can see the graveyard and the small remains of the synagogue.

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    Brownsberg

    by Valeggua Written Oct 24, 2007

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    Brownsberg is a beautiful nature reservate in Surinam. You can see many monkeys and other fauna and flora here.
    You can book a trip at one of the many booking offices, or you can go by yourself, like me and my boyfriend did:
    We booked our cottons and bus from Brownsway to the top @ STINASU (bus: 25 SRD p.p, 3 nights cotton 11 SRD p.p)
    The next day we took one of the many busses at the Saramacca street, wich were going to Brownsway (25 SRD)
    The Sarramaccan people are very friendly and you can trust them, so it's no problem, traveling this way.
    At the Brownsway we took the Stinasu bus to the top.
    Staying at Brownsberg is fantastic! You should stay 2 or 3 days to visit all beautifull waterfalls and sights! We also saw a lot of wild animals, big cats, monkeys, some snakes and many birds! Bring good hiking shoes!

    Brownsberg waterfall me enjoying Brownsberg waterfalls my boyfriend listening to Brownsberg silence one of Brownsberg beautiful views Witi creek Brownsberg
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    Visit French Guyana

    by Valeggua Written Oct 24, 2007

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    From Albina it's very easy to make a crossover to French Guyana. You just have to make sure you have an european passport or a visa.

    I drove for 7,50 SRD by bus to Albina (a 5 hour drive, not for elderly and children!), and took a boat to Saint Laurent. Make good appointments about the prices of the boat, it shouldn't be more then 10 SRD p.p.

    In Saint Laurent we searched for an hotel and stayed there for the night (French Guyana is part of French, so expensive euro's here again!)
    The next morning we took the boat and bus back to Paramaribo. Very nice experience we did by ourselves, whitout expensive booking offices.

    Saint Laurent, French Guyana hotel in French Guyana
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    Have a drink @ the famous bar 't Vat

    by Valeggua Written Oct 24, 2007

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    Firts thing lots of visitors do, is having a drink (or diner) at 't Vat.
    A very good meeting spot, live music, every now and then soccer games on big television screens.
    The concept of a typical duth terrace.

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    Fort Zeelandia

    by Valeggua Written Oct 24, 2007

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    This is a beautiful historical part of Paramaribo, at the Surinam river.
    You can sit en relax here, see the art and visit the museum.
    The museum is a former 17th century Duth fort in Paramaribo.
    After the barracks it became a prison.
    In 1982, 15 antagonists of the Boutserse-regime were killed here (Murders of december)

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    A trip down the Suriname river

    by tompt Written Oct 23, 2007

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    The first boat trip we took was a two day trip down the Suriname river to see the Jodensavanne, the first jewish settlement in Suriname now overtaken by the rainforest.
    This part of the river is broad and doesn't have dangerous rapids. The boat had a roof and when it started to rain we could even lower some screens along the boat to keep it dry inside.
    The roof was great because otherwise our tender european skin would have been burning red after a day on the river.
    The first day we cruised south stopping at the small village of Domburg for some food. (As you will learn soon enough, everything in Suriname is about food. You will have to eat and eat until you go home.)
    On our way south we saw a sloth, some water-birds and some boys catching lizards. Otherwise it was green , green, green along the banks of the river. Even the old abandoned ships were taken over by the forest.
    A quick stop at the village of Paranam to see the local village life and on to Overbridge where we stayed for the night. In Overbridge there are cabins to rent, but we slept in a hammock under a straw roof.

    sleeping at overbridge ships overgrown by threes and grasses Domburg lizards for sale our boat

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    Fort Nieuw Amsterdam

    by tompt Written Oct 18, 2007

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    At the other side of the river in the Commewijne district , where the Commewijne river and the Suriname river come together, there is another fort. It is fort Nieuw Amsterdam. The fort was built in the 18th century to protect the plantations. When the plantations were no longer profitable most of them closed. And the fort lost its defending position. The district government used the buildings from 1907. Later a part was used as prison. The prison closed in 1982.
    Today the fort is an open air museum. You can see some old buildings, and have a look in the cell block.

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    Fort Zeelandia

    by tompt Written Oct 17, 2007

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    One of the remains of the Dutch settlers is Fort Zeelandia, named after the dutch province Zeeland. It was first a fort from the English rulers. When in 1667 the Dutch came they strengthened the fort which was used for their defence until a new fort was built at the opposite of the river somewhat north, closer to the mouth of the river. This fort was called fort Amsterdam.
    Fort Zeelandia then was used as barracks for the army. Later some parts were used as a prison.
    After a renovation in 1967 the Suriname museum was housed here. During the civil war it was used as barracks again. With a dark spot in its history when 15 members of the opposition where killed in the courtyard.

    Today the museum is housed here again. An interesting visit will set you back only a few dollars.

    Statue of Queen Wilhelmina next to fort Zeelandia fort Zeelandia fort Zeelandia fort Zeelandia old house next to fort Zeelandia
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    Flora and Fauna

    by ATLC Updated Jul 14, 2007

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    Make a 2 or 3 day trip to the Brownsberg Nature Reserve, where you can hike to waterfalls and vantage points with views of the Brokopondo Reservoir and the extensive green jungle. The lush vegetation and the different kinds of butterflies and birds make your forest hike an experience you will not easily forget.

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    upper suriname river tour

    by hanspeter_W. Written Jan 18, 2007

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    Along the upper stream of the Suriname river, approximately 200 km south of Paramaribo, you will meet the Saramaccan Maroons and their culture. We depart in the early morning by bus on the Afobaka road passed the fascinating, mystical forest with its unique tropical flora. At approximately 160 km from Paramaribo lies Atjoni where we will continue our trip by dug-out canoe further into the interior across rapids and passed Saramaccan villages along the Upper Suriname river. A unique experience to see the Saramaccan boat men maneuver between the rocks and swirling waters with expertise. We sleep in an authentic lodge in Abenaston village, in traditional huts and sometimes in hammocks depending on the duration of the tour (more than 3 days). We take walks into the village to meet the hospitable, friendly villagers. Cultural performances at night with singing and dancing, walks into the forest, visit to agricultural plots and surrounding villages and to the impressive but lovely Ferulassi Falls are only part of all the memorable experiences.

    arriving at abenaston village sunset at abenaston village walk through abenaston village on the surinam river

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    visit brownsberg nationalpark

    by hanspeter_W. Written Jan 18, 2007

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    At a height of 500 meters on the rainforest, on the Mazaroni plateau, lies Brownsberg Nature Park in de midst of a 6000 acres nature reserve, approximately 130 km south from Paramaribo. On the plateau, you can enjoy a magnificent over the Van Blommenstein hydro lake. Walking paths take you through the tropical rainforest to small but attractive waterfalls and offer you unexpected panoramas over the far-stretching interior.

    view from highest point of brownberg in middle of browberg early morning dust..listening to hawler monkey

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    Drietabbetje

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Jan 22, 2006

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    Drietabbetje

    Dritabiki is a small village; named fore it's tree islands.
    It is headquater the Paramakas, also called the Ndjukas.
    When you visit it, you have to meet the Granman to tell you're here and to give a present.

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    Paramaribo (Fort Zeelandia)

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Jan 21, 2006

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    Fort Zeelandia

    Fort Zeelandia is a fortress in Surinam that was built by British colonists (originally called Fort Willoughby) in early 1600s around a small trading post.
    Captured by the Dutch, it was given its present name.
    During the government of Desi Bouterse in the 1980s, it was the scene of the "December murders" of 1982 and was used to hold and torture political prisoners.
    Now there is a museum.

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