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    Paramaribo (Onafhankelijksplein)

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Jan 13, 2006

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    Onafhankelijksplein

    Onafhankelijksplein (Independence Square) features a statue of legendary former prime minister Pengeland and is surrounded by the stately 18th-century Presidential Palace, aging colonial government buildings and an ultramodern finance building.
    Behind the palace is the Palmentuin, a shady haven of tall royal palms that's home to a troop of capuchin monkeys.

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    Paramaribo

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    Paramaribo

    The area was settled by the British in 1630, and in 1650 the city became the capital of the new English colony.
    The area changed hands often between the British and Dutch but was under Dutch rule from 1815 until the independence of Suriname in 1975.
    The citizens are chiefly of Asian Indian, indigenous, African, and Dutch descent.
    In January 1821 a fire in the city centre destroyed over 400 houses and other buildings.
    A second fire in September 1832 destroyed another 46 houses on the western part of the Waterkant.
    Suriname's capital Paramaribo (often abbreviated to 'Parbo') is a curious hybrid of northern Europe and tropical America.
    Imposing brick buildings overlook grassy squares and wooden houses crowd narrow streets, but towering palms shade some areas and mangroves still hug the riverside.

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    Paramaribo

    by grets Written Oct 22, 2004

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    Paramaribo, the capital of Surinam and its largest city, is known as the wooden city of the Caribbean. Some of the buildings were destroyed by fires in 1821 and 1832, but many white-painted colonial buildings remain. The inner city has been placed on the UNESCO “World Heritage” list of historical monuments since 2002, and the buildings are slowly being restored to their former glory. Around 250,000 people live in Paramaribo, which is located on the Surinam River, ca 10m inland from the Atlantic Ocean. In 1630 the area was settled by the British and became the capital of the British colony in 1650. In 1667 it was ceded to Dutch colonial rule. The current inhabitants and mainly of Asian, African, indigenous or Dutch descent. The name Paramaribo is derived from 'Paramurubo,' the name of an old Arrawak village, which means 'city of parwa blossoms.

    Attractions include Fort Zeelandia, Palmentuin Gardens, the Presidential Palace, lots of wonderful wooden buildings from the 18th and 19th century, musums and various religious architecture.

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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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    Paramaribo

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    Paramaribo

    Many different cultures and religions live together in Suriname.
    One remarkable example is that a Jewish Synagogue and a Muslim Mosque are so close together. They are almost neighbours and everything goes well. If you want to see this for yourself you have to go to the "Keizerstraat" near the crossing with the "Steenbakkerijstraat"
    Another interesting building is the St. Petrus and Paulus Cathedral.
    The Cathedral was built from 1883 to 1885, because the first big church in Suriname was distroyed in a big fire in 1821 and the people wanted to have a new church.
    The towers were added at a later stage at the beginning of the 20th century. It is possible to make an excursion to the Cathedral.

    Muslim Mosque Jewish Synagogue St. Petrus and Paulus Cathedral
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    Brownsberg Nature Reserve

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    Brownsberg Nature Reserve

    Brownsberg is a beautiful area of trail-covered montane tropical rainforest overlooking Brokopondo Reservoir. Park headquarters is on the plateau, as are some very nice tourist lodges.
    There are a few creeks and waterfalls in that area.
    The Leo Waterfall is at a higher level than the Irene Waterfall.
    The water falling from the Leo Waterfall floats through a creek to the Irene Waterfall.
    Birds and primates are particularly plentiful, though the area is so heavily visited (relatively speaking) that you may have to hike quite a way to see them.

    Irene waterval
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    Excursion to the outskirts plantations in Paramari

    by SpaniardPolo Written Jan 4, 2004

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    FIETSEN-IN SURINAME (Suriname by bicycle) is a asmall bussiness well run by Priscilla & Urbian in Paramaribo.
    They may arrange you several tours at the surroundings of the city or even to other places of the country. All depends on the number of people registered for each journey.
    I made alone with Priscila a halfa day bicycle tour to the outskirts of Paramaribo to the other side of Suriname River.
    The ride is quiet once you cross the busiest part of the town and you get into a quiet countryside life.
    One quietly may enjoy from their bike of the landscape, see some monkeys playing like kids.
    Every farmer you cross along the way greet you. You could think you are in Asia (Java, Vietnam....).
    Priscilla is gonna carry you to visit some former plantations from an other time. You can imagine the way of life of those people working there.
    There some small groups of villages where peasants cultivate their own crops for living and sell some of them at the market.
    Meals and drinks as well of the lift to the other side of the river is included on the price that is very reasonable.
    The experience deserve a look.

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    New Amsterdam Fort and Open Air Museum

    by grets Written Oct 22, 2004

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    Across the river from Paramaribo, lies the open air museum held within New Amstedam Fort.

    Construction of the fort was started in 1734, and it took 15 years to complete.Set in 15 acres of land, it is a pentagonal shape and the only clay-wall fort in the Caribbean. 350 slaves tolled to construct the fort.

    The fort has never fired a short and ceased being a defensive stronghold in 1907. In 1968 the fort was turned into an open air museum.

    In the grounds of the fort / museum are found a few rusting hulks of German vehicles from the war, the powdre room, a sugar burner and a sluice.

    The fort was the first prison in Surinam, and we were shown the cells where one of our party was shackled to show how the slaves would work with their hands tied to their feet, constantly stooped! Those who were willing, could be (temporarily) locked in the soltary confinement cell. Not me!

    In a shed in the museum grounds, several historical vehicles were kept, including this 18th century horse drawn fire engine. Every plantation owner was required by law to train three slaves as firemen.

    Also of interest was a beautifully preserved horse drawn hearse.

    A human-powered bicycle-ambulance was one of the exhibits in the museum. This is the first of its kind that I have ever seen, and I was fascinated by it. A stretcher would be placed on top of the frame - I can only imagine the discomfort that would be added to the already sick person being transported in this manner on what would undoubtedly be very unever tracks!

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    Chattillion

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Jan 14, 2006

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    Chattillion

    On the rightside bank of the Suriname river lies Chattillion.
    It was a colony for leprous persons.
    The late Dutch missionary Petrus Donders also known as Peerke Donders worked here in 19th century.
    When he died in 1887 he was buried at the local cemetery.
    In 1900 his body was moved to the St. Petrus and Paulus Cathedral and in 1982 pope John Paul II declared him blessed.
    Nowadays there is not much left; it's taken over by the jungle, but it's a nice way to experience a jungle.

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    Brownsberg Naturepark

    by grets Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Brownsberg is named afetr John Brown, a goldminer who operated in this area in 1810. The park was established in 1969 and is managed by STINASA, the Foundation for Nature Conservation in Suriname.

    Brownsberg is fairly easily accessible from Paramaribo by car, lying 130km south, by a muddy dirt track, fairly steep in places.

    Brownsberg is a paradise for naturelovers. Over 200 species of birds are found here, although they are more often heard rather than seen.

    Covered by neotropical rainforest, Brownsberg is the northern outpost for several plant and animal species. Although we did not encounter all of these, deer, rabbits, squirrels, monkeys and sloths are found in this forest.

    One of the most enjoyable activity to partake in during your visit to Brownsberg is trekking on the many well-marked paths.

    Van Blommenstein Lake, Brownsberg Naturepark
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    Saramaka

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Jan 13, 2006

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    Saramaka

    Saramaka, sometimes spelled Saramacca is the name of a group of Maroons (escaped African slaves) who established small communities along the Surinam river in Suriname during
    the XVIII century and are now present in Suriname and in French Guiana.

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    Albina

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    Albina

    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.

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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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    Galibi and seaturtles

    by Valeggua Written Nov 1, 2007

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    Galibi is an Carib indian village at the coast of the Atlantic.
    We got there from Albina with a hired canoe from one of the Carib Indians.

    From Februari till Augustus special tours are organised to the wild coast to see seaturtles nest.
    By night we took the canoe to sail to the wild coast (1 hour from the village),
    and there we saw hordes of giant seaturtles nesting.
    We watched whole night to see the Letherback nesting

    BTW:
    *pictures with flash are not allowed, so trie going to the coast in the early morning.
    *very little sand flies sting trough your clothes. So long sleeves, layers, pants tucked in shoes!
    *€200,- for this trip is a little too expensive.. Try going there with locals or book at Stinasu office.

    Galibi coastline Letherback nesting
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    Nieuw-Nickeri

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    Nieuw-Nickeri


    This is the capital of the district Nickerie in the West of Suriname and has a population of roughly 8000.
    This district is known because it is the place where the Surinamese rice is produced.
    If you drive through this district you will see countryside area that looks similar to Dutch polders as can bee seen in the Netherlands.
    The town contains a market and several hotels, including the Hotel Ameerali, Hotel de President, Hotel Tropical, Hotel de Vesting and Residence Inn.

    Rice fields Market Market
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