Nov 6 - Nov 7
Located on South America's Atlantic coast, Suriname is the continent's smallest country, yet it has a great diversity of landscapes and cultures. Most of Suriname's Dutch-speaking population lives in the Northern coastal lowlands, leaving the Southern rain forests and savannas largely unspoiled. Stay at Suriname resorts and discover a Caribbean country with close cultural ties to the Netherlands. Still, you'll find that it's the rich ecology of Suriname that dominates its small-scale ecotourism industry. Find the best hotel packages in Suriname; then pack your hiking books and camera to go and see it for yourself.
The capital of Suriname, home to the majority of its people, is Paramaribo on the central coast. Paramaribo also offers the widest range of hotels in Suriname, with options including family-friendly resorts and stylish boutique hotels. Its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for such historic landmarks as the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul and the 18th century Presidential Palace. Next to the palace is Palmentuin, a historic palm garden that opened to the public in 1685. Along with its palm trees, you can see tropical birds and a troop of capuchin monkeys there. For more history, see where Dutch colonists first landed at the star-shaped, 18th-century Fort Zeelandia on the country's Northeastern coast. Today the fort includes a museum where you can learn more about Suriname's ancient culture.
Resorts in Suriname catering to ecotourists often arrange tours to Central Suriname Nature Reserve in the very heart of the country, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hire a guide and explore this pristine, tropical rain forest, marked by granite-dome monoliths and home to some 400 bird species along with primates, giant armadillos, jaguars, and sloths. You can also check out the toucans and howler monkeys at Brownsberg Nature Park that overlooks the Brokopondo Reservoir, one of the world's largest man-made lakes. The park is inland, south of Paramaribo.
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