One of the only untouched places you will ever go
Pristine Rainforest Tours brings you to the places in Suriname that you will never forget!
The goal is to always give every traveler the experience they're looking for. Unspoiled and friendly; a country with enormous diversity and one of the few places in the world with a completely pristine tropical rainforest. Everyone gets the trip they want and deserve. With our reasonable prices and great quality service, you will be sure to get your money's worth. Our trained personnel are ready to serve you during the entire trip and can help you make the right choices out the of the many available locations. You can rest assured that our team will organize a perfectly tailored trip for you and/or your group.
Suriname is known as one of the places in the world with many untouched locations. Places where not many people live and or have ever been. With a population of roughly 600.000 people, mainly living in and around the capitol, Paramaribo, Suriname is covered in 80% pristine Amazonian rainforest, which makes it the greenest country in the world. Our tours include trips where you can meet the indigenous tribes, native peoples, who have lived here for thousands of years. There are five main tribes with their own language and culture. Three of which live in the south of Suriname, namely the Trio, the Wajana, and the Akurio. The Akurio tribe was discovered only 60 years ago when they were still living with Stone Age technology as an uncontacted tribe. Besides the native Amerindians, there are also Maroon tribes that show diversity in language and culture related to the West-African Yoruba and Bantu, decendants of Africans brought over from the European slave trade, who escaped their bondage and settled deep in the jungle, creating their own unique communities.
Suriname has been known for its efforts to keep the rainforest as untouched as possible. This has led to the protection of 1.6 million hectares of primary tropical forest in the upper Coppename river situated in the western central side of Suriname. The protected area connects three special places together namely Raleigh falls, Tafelberg (Table mountain) and Eilerts de Haan mountain.
Facts about Suriname
Suriname is situated on the north coast of South America between Guyana (west) and French Guiana (east) with Brazil as its neighbor to the south. With roughly 600,000 citizens, 95% of the population, living in and around Paramaribo, Suriname is one of the least populated tropical countries in the world. Although it is a small country, due to its large rainforest it plays a crucial role internationally where 80% of the total country is covered in rainforest and less than 0.1% of the forest is being exploited. The rainforest is nine times larger than that of Costa Rica and is among the most biologically diverse in the world.
Flora and Fauna
Exotic flora and fauna are mostly found in the unpopulated and untouched parts of the rainforest. The country has 13 nature reserves and 1 nature park. The astounding amount of wildlife consists of 700 different types of birds, 200 types of mammals, 130 types of reptiles, 99 amphibians and thousands of botanical plants of which most have not even been officially registered.
3000 miles of river and canals wind their way through Suriname's countryside. Besides the popular rivers there are many savanna's, swamps and beaches where every year between February and August hundreds of sea turtles, such as the Aitkanti (Giant Leatherback Turtle), lay their eggs.
Suriname is a country of sunshine. There is almost no day without sun even in rainy seasons. Compared to European standards, Suriname is naturally warm and cools down by the north eastern sea wind to about an average of 28 degrees. In the forest these temperatures go down to about 20 degrees at night. The tropical rainy season starts mid-April until mid-July, and the short rainy season is from December until January. The remainder of the year is considered dry season.
In Suriname we use 110/127V with 60Hz or cycles. There is no electricity in the interior. In some places, generators and solar panels are used.
The official language is Dutch, but English is also widely spoken in the coastal areas. The language that is spoken throughout the country is "Sranan-Tongo" and is a lingua franca containing English, Dutch, French, Portuguese and African dialects. Most ethnic groups still speak their native languages, such as Hindi, Chinese and Javanese.
1 Surinamese Dollar (SRD) is equivalent to 100 cents. There are bills of 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 SRD's. Some stores also accept payment in US dollar and Euro. You can exchange your currency at any bank or exchange shop (cambio). Most hotels and companies accept credit cards such Master Card and VISA. We advise you to always carry some US dollars and Euro's in case credit cards are not accepted.
Travel to Suriname
Surinam Airways offers both national and international flights. You can book flights from Miami (US), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Belem (Brazil), Willemstad (Curaçao), Oranjestad (Aruba), Georgetown (Guyana) and Port of Spain (Trinidad). Other travel agencies that fly to Suriname include KLM, Caribbean Airlines and Fly Always.
Travel in Suriname
Transportation in Paramaribo is possible with taxi or bus. Please note that taxi's without meters are not certified. Hotels can arrange a taxi for you. Ask about the price before you accept the fare.
Travel to the interior
Some places in the rainforest can only be reached by smaller aircraft. The main transportation within the interior is by 'korjaal', a wooden boat cut from out of a single tree outfitted with an outboard motor in the back.