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Paramaribo, Suriname
4-7 June 2024

Staatsolie - SEOGS

VISIT SURINAME

SEOGS_2024

VISIT SURINAME

SURINAME: AN UNDISCOVERED SECRET

This country is a real treasure! Located on the north east of South America, Suriname is a combination of tropical rainforest, roaring rivers, Dutch colonial history and great ethnic diversity. 

Considered one of South America's smallest countries, Suriname is a warm, dense convergence of rivers that thumps with the lively rhythm of ethnic diversity. From Paramaribo, the country's effervescent Dutch-colonial capital, to the fathomless jungles of the interior, you'll get a genuine welcome to the country – whether from the descendants of escaped African slaves, Dutch and British colonialists, Indian, Indonesian and Chinese indentured laborers or indigenous Amerindians.

The Goverment of Suriname, Staatsolie and the Organising Committee invite all participants to this year´s SEOGS 2024 to take this opportunity and plan your stay before and after the event to explore all the fascinating sites this country has to offer.

TOP 12 PLACES TO VISIT IN SURINAME

Paramaribo

Paramaribo

With an area of 182 km2 and 234,000 inhabitants, Paramaribo is the capital of Suriname. 

Dutch is the most widely spoken language in Paramaribo. The capital is subdivided into 12 districts, the center of which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2002. 

Walk around the inner city and discover Dutch colonial buildings, have lunch at one of the local restaurants and buy a few pieces of artwork from the local artists.

Galibi Nature Reserve

Galibi Nature Reserve

This lovely nature reserve was established in 1969 and is situated at the mouth of the Coppename River.  It’s a haven for birdwatchers, home to the endangered manatee, and attracts hundreds of turtles during laying season (April to August).

Located on the northeast coast of Suriname, the reserve is only accessible by boat. It is used by the Amerindians in the nearby villages for fishing, hunting and agriculture.

Central Suriname Nature Reserve

Central Suriname Nature Reserve

The largest of Suriname’s nature reserves, Central Suriname covers about 12% of the country’s total land mass and 40% of the plants and animals here are to be found only in the Guianas.

One of the most beautiful attractions in the reserve is Raleighvallen, Raleigh Falls. It’s a long and low staircase of water that cascades down from the Coppename River.  You’ll see spider monkeys, Guiana cock-of-the-rock, electric eels, and spectacular exotic birds.

Nieuw Nickerie

Nieuw Nickerie

This busy border town was once one of the country’s main balata collecting centres.

These days the port remains active and the economy is served by the banana and rice plantations.  If you’re hoping to explore Bigi Pan, a swamp and reservoir with over 100 bird varieties, Nieuw Nickerie is the last stop before Guyana.

Be sure to tour the plantations and check out the port before heading on.

Commewijne River

Commewijne River

All along the Commewijne River, you’ll find old plantation properties as well as cacao, coffee, and sugar cane facilities.  A tourist favourite is to rent a bike for the day and cycle the well-maintained routes around the plantations.

You’ll also find Fort Nieuw Amsterdam, where you’ll discover artefacts left from the slave trade as well as Dutch engineered locks that hold back the river.  Other places worth visiting include Peperpot Nature Park and Meerzorg bridge (popular with bird watchers).

Brownsberg Nature Park

Brownsberg Nature Park

Brownsberg Nature Park is a naturally rich area that is located in the district of Brokopondo. The reserve is home to over 1,400 species of plants and 300 species of birds. 

This park is a great location for camping in the forests and perfect destination to explore stunning wildlife and plants. You can discover lots of rare animals and plants in the neotropical rainforest in this area of Suriname. You can also enjoy hiking as you walk through the spectacular stretch in this nature park.

Jodensavanne

Jodensavanne

Just south of Paramaribo, on the Suriname River, is Joden Savanne, or Jews’ savannah. Established in the 17th century, it was originally an agricultural community that was developed by Spanish Jews fleeing persecution.

You can visit the ruins of the first synagogue in the Western Hemisphere as well as the old gravesites there.

Arya Dewaker

Arya Dewaker

This Hindu temple is the largest in Suriname and is located in Paramaribo. It’s arguably the most important in the country to the 30,000+ Hindu’s who live there.

Designed by a Dutch architect, the building is a two-story octagonal building with meeting rooms, a library, and ceremony room. Everything in the temple is designed to reflect aspects of the sun and though there are no images of deities, you’ll find plenty of Sanskrit and Hindi symbolism.

St Peter and Paul Cathedral

St Peter and Paul Cathedral

The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul is one of the most famous wooden Roman Catholic cathedrals in the world. Located in Paramaribo, construction of the cathedral began in 1883 and was completed in 1901.

In 2014, this architectural wonder was designated as a minor basilica by Pope Francis.

Fort Zeelandia

Fort Zeelandia

Located in the capital city of Paramaribo, Fort Zeelandia is a historic colonial fortress in the area where the Dutch first landed in Suriname. Built in the 17th century, the fort was the backdrop for wrangling between the English, Dutch and French.

In more recent times, the fort was home to a museum and political prisoners.

Coppename Nature Reserve

Coppename Nature Reserve

The Coppename Nature Reserve is a treat for the nature lover or wildlife tourist. Located on the coast of the Coppenameriver, the coastal reserve is home to several rare species of birds and animals, including the manatee. 

Bailey Bridge is the best destination to watch the scenic view of this exquisite river. See the beautiful point where Coppename River joins Saramacca River and then joining the Atlantic ocean.

Onafhankelijkheidsplein

Onafhankelijkheidsplein

Also known as Independence Square, Onafhankelijkheidsplein, is home to some of the most important buildings in Suriname:  the colonial government buildings as well at the stately presidential palace.

Also known as the Orange Square and the Government Square, Onafhankelijkheidsplein is home to statues of Johan Adolf Pengel and Jagernath Lachmon.

TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN PARAMARIBO

Get to know Paramaribo the capital city of Suriname

  • Presidential Palace
  • Independence Square
  • Susanna Du Plessis Building
  • Coin museum
  • Lim A Postraat
  • Basilic
  • Palm Trees Square and Wakapasi
  • Mosque next to Synagoge
  • Koto museum (Marron Traditional Clothing)
  • Waterfront
  • Waag Building
  • Central Market
  • Nassylaan and Heerenstraat
  • The Mahagony Street

TOP PLACES TO EAT AND CHILL IN PARAMARIBO

Discover Suriname food culture

  • Het Vat: Beer, snacks, Surinamese food (Kleine waterstraat 1)
  • Baka Foto (Abraham Crijnssenweg 1)
  • De Waag: Surinamese food (Waterkant 5)
  • Spice quest: Proopical casual fine dining Asian fusion (Nassylaan 107)
  • Passie Food & Wine: Passion food (Kolonistenweg 39)
  • L’ hermitage: Dine In European kitchen (Henkielaan 85)
  • Jawa: Dine In Indonesian food (Kasabaholoweg 7)
  • Sarinah: Indonesian food (Verlengde gemeenlandseweg 187)
  • Hard Rock Café (International Mall of Suriname, Ringweg-Zuid 243)
  • Mingles (International Mall of Suriname, Ringweg-Zuid 243) ,
  • Chi min: Chinese kitchen (Cornelis Jongbawstraat 83)
  • Garden of Eden: Thai Kitchen (Virolastraat 61)
  • Hotpot restaurants: Healthy kitchen (Verlengde Gemenelandsweg 139)
  • Las tias: Latin American restaurant (J. Mungrastraat 75)