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JUNGLE BOOK STORIES OF SURINAM

While it is the smallest independent country in South America, Suriname has a vast treasure of culture, food, history, and more. A tour of Surinam takes you to remote rainforests and savannas to observe rare wildlife in a totally wild, untouched environment. The big draw is the rainforest and wildlife, but Surinam 's mix of Afro-Caribbean, indigenous, and European roots and traditions create a very interesting, unique cultural diversity as well. Surinam is home to lively towns brimming with Creole culture, locals that live life with Caribbean flair and dense forests heaving with the animal kingdom's greatest hits. Surinam is like a rare, unpolished gem waiting to be discovered.

Price per person sharing from $2120.00

Travel Dates: 1 April - 31 May 2018 

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday - Arrival
Arrive in Suriname or Dutch Guiana former Dutch colony. Pick up and transfer to Eco Resort Inn.

Day 2: Sunday - Paramaribo City tour
After breakfast, a city tour of Paramaribo. Here you will find a mosaic of diverse races and cultures. The cacophony of city life is muted by shaded, tree-lined avenues interspersed with seventeenth-century Dutch wooden structures alternated with modern hotels and office buildings. In a unique blend of architecture, cultures and religion, Paramaribo is one of the few places in the world where Muslim mosques, Hindu temples, Jewish synagogues and Christian churches coexist peacefully side by side. (B)

Day 3: Monday -Commewijne Plantation.
Today we take you on the Commewijne River past Old Dutch colonial plantations, some of which are still in use. You will visit the Nieuw Amsterdam museum; Marienburg, the oldest sugar-cane plantation in Suriname; Rust en Werk; the Thilapia fishery and Agricultural projects in Alkmaar, Katwijk and surroundings. You will see fishermen in the area pull in their shrimping nets and you will visit the fish-smokery. Overnight at Eco resort Inn. (BL)

Day 4: Tuesday - Jodensavanne & Blakawatra
This morning the tour will take us about 70 km to the South of Paramaribo, to Jodensavanne. A former Jewish settlement, it is named after the people who settled in this savanne area around 1650. This former Jewish village is where the ruins of the most ancient synagogue of North and South America lies and the graveyard can still be seen. The tour will continue with a visit to Blakawatra, not far from Jodensavanne. Blakawatra is a recreation resort with swimming facilities in the refreshing water of the creek which is rich in minerals. Overnight at Eco Resort Inn. (B)

Day 5: Wednesday -Brownsberg 
The tour starts in Paramaribo where you will depart for a 3-hour trip by bus. This nature reserve lies about 130 km from Paramaribo and can be reached in 2,5 hours. You will have spectacular views of the Afobaka power dam. Walking paths will take you through the rainforest to beautiful waterfalls where you can enjoy beautiful views over the vast rainforests. A sturdy walk and climb through the forest will be a rewarding effort when you arrive at one of the waterfalls in the area where you will enjoy a natural water massage or just relax on the mountaintop while you enjoy the unique jungle-sounds and a view over the power dam. Return in late afternoon to your hotel. (BL)

Day 6: Thursday - Coropina & Lelydrop
The Coropina creek lies in the savannah area of Zanderij, about 40km from Paramaribo. You will depart, in the morning, by bus, to 'Lelydorp' for a short visit to an orchid garden. Afterwards, the trip will continue to Gonggrijpbos where various types of trees, from different regions, have been planted by a forest ranger whose name was Gonggrijp. The tour will than take you to an Amerindian pottery at Billiton where you will witness the art of earthenware. Afterwards, a trip to a docking place along the Coropina creek where the tour will be continued by boat. You will enjoy the unique flora and fauna of the area and you will learn more about the medicinal use of plants and herbs. Lunch will be served in the midst of nature, along the Coropina creek, at 'Camp Isidor.' After lunch, a trip by boat to Bersaba, a former wood plantation, where you will have the opportunity to swim and make a trip by dug-out canoe in the creek. In the afternoon, departure by bus for the return trip to Paramaribo (BL)

Day 7 & 8: Friday - Santigron & Saramaaca
This morning, a bus will take you to Uitkijk, approx. 45 minutes south from Paramaribo. On the way, you will receive information about various places worth seeing. From Uitkijk, the trip will continue by boat to Santigron. The woody area is yours to enjoy during this boat trip, which will last 1 hour. Upon arrival in the village, you will meet the local people in the traditional manner. Afterwards you can enjoy a walk through the village with information about the current lifestyle of the Maroons. After lunch, you have the opportunity to relax in a hammock or swim along the banks of the Saramacca river. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a cultural performance of dancing by the children in the village, followed by a woodcarving exhibition.

Your stay overnight will be in open huts in hammocks with mosquito nets or in cabins with beds. The following day, after breakfast, you will visit the nearby Amerindian village Pikin Poika, via a walk through the rainforest. You will meet the chief of the village and learn more about the culture and life style of the local people. You will also witness how tools are made from earthenware and weaving. After lunch, you have the opportunity to swim in the river, go fishing in the traditional manner or just relax in a hammock. (B)

Day 9: Sunday Paramaribo- 
Transfer to Paramaribo and to Eco Resort Inn for overnight. Afternoon if free to explore on own and shop for souvenirs.  (B)

Day10. Departure - 
Transfer to airport for your return flight. (B)

End of the services



Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person sharing and are subject to change until paid in full.

Three star price per person sharing for 2-3 people    : $2120.00


Price Includes:
  • Accommodation with breakfast daily
  • All land and river transfers as indicated
  • All sightseeing tours with local guides
  • All meals as indicated
  • All entrance fees and permits
  • Hotel taxes
Price excludes:
  • International air tickets and associated taxes.
  • All departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, bottled water etc.
  • Mandatory medical and travel insurance against theft, loss, illness, cancellation and/or accident etc.
  • Tips, baggage porterage and other extras not specified.

Note: Hotels listed or recommended are subject to availability There is a weight restriction of 33 lbs on the flight to Suriname. We retain the right to reschedule any trip which is not possible on the days listed. Such problems do occur such as bad weather, aircraft problems or the tour itself. Notice will be given about these issues and would be resolved in a timely manner.

Kaieteur Falls tour operates on chartered flights which require a minimum of 9 persons. Weekends are the most popular days for this tour. However, if we are unable to fill the seats or find another operator to take you, we will reschedule the flight. We retain the right to reschedule the trip to another day during your stay even if it means doing it in combination with a waterfall or resort- any other option which is possible will be explored. In case any of the options are not possible, we will refund fully for the particular tour.

 

CONDITIONS:

Tour must be paid in full at time of booking 

Price applies to a minimum of two people per person sharing and excludes single supplements where they may apply.

Price applies to tours taken between : 1 April - 31 May 2018 , subject to availability

 

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