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Suriname Travel Guide: 369 reviews and 1,160 photos

Previously known as Dutch Guiana, Suriname has been inhabited since 3000 years before Christ. The first inhabitants were Indians, chiefly from the Arawak tribe. They eeked out an existence as hunter gatherers, not staying long in one place.

The first Europeans arrived in 1650, and in 1667, Netherlands traded Suriname with the British, for what was the New Amsterdam, later to become New York!

Many African slaves were imported to help work the plantations, although many managed to escape the marsh treatment and fled to the jungles where they became known as Maroons (from the Spanish word Cibaron = runaway cattle).


For 17 years Suriname again came under British rule, until the defeat of Napoleon in 1816, when it was retrurned to the Netherlands.

After the abolision of slavery in 1863, plantation labourers were replaced by Hindustani workers from India, and later China and Indonesia, making Suriname the cultural melting pot it is today.

Racially and religiously tolerant, Suriname is a colourful multicultural blend of Dutch speaking people.

Suriname is reachable by car from Guyana and French Guiana only. No roads exist between Venezuela and Guyana or between Brazil and French Guiana. Over 85% of the country is rainforest and is home to seven species of monkeys, brightly colourful butterflies, noisy macaws and a variety of plants — many known for their medicinal purposes

Suriname gained its independence in 1975, and at that stage 75% of the population fled to Holland!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Clapperboard architecture of Paramaribo, rainforests of the interior
  • Cons:Oppressive heat and humidity
  • In a nutshell:A fascitaing little-known destination.
  • Last visit to Suriname: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Suriname has been calling me - and now more than ever since reading your excellent page.

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2006 at 4:29 AM

    ha ha Grete. both kwang hee and I are shorter than the average japanese. we can ride the air con bus comfortably while the giants are cramped. nice shots on this page, especially about the ferry. Oh yes! Happy Easter!!

  • thelittlevoice's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2005 at 7:41 PM

    Another great page. You've been everywhere!

  • lotharlerch's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2005 at 3:34 AM

    An interesting off-the-beaten-track place. The blessings of Independence: people leave their home country to invade the country of their colonizers as soon as the colony gets independent.....

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2004 at 1:01 PM

    What a fabulous place with rich history!

  • Oct 29, 2004 at 3:25 AM

    Great info

  • Dumpymotel's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2004 at 3:21 AM

    You've been so many places... I wouldn't be surprised to wake up one morning and see your whole travel map darkened out!!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2004 at 12:11 PM

    Great adventure, Grete! Your background info in the intro was excellent. Enjoyed reading about the plantations, nature park, capuchin monkeys, Devil's Apple fruit, and rubbish stands. Love to learn new info. Super photos too.

  • myriam_c's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2004 at 9:24 AM

    Beautiful pictures in the travelogues!

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2004 at 10:08 AM

    Suriname looks really great !! Very informative and inviting page, Grete !!


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