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Wonders of Suriname

The wooden buildings in Paramaribo is one of wonders of Suriname
Paramaribo, Suriname / Dan Sloan, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

The most interesting feature of many wonders of Suriname is the following: they still are waiting to be discovered. It is also possible that amazing monuments are known by specialists – but not known and not accessible to general tourists.

90 – 95% of the area of the country is covered with forest and natural savanna and most of this habitat is virgin. Patches of natural savanna are especially interesting – these are refugia of the last ice age when this area was not that much forested.

Country is hilly, with impressive cliff formations and table-top mountains – thus there is a good reason to believe that unique habitats, caves, and other interesting geological formations still are waiting to be discovered here. There might be expected also interesting archaeological finds.

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Geological wonders

Voltzberg

Sipalivini

Granite dome, one of the most easternmost inselbergs of Guayana Shield. Rises 150 m above the surroundings, comparatively easy to climb, although a climb in this enormous cliff still is dangerous. Summit covered with the sparse “muri-muri” vegetation, slopes are bare.

View from Voltzberg to the east, Suriname
Van Stockumberg Dome

Sipalivini

Granite dome, one of the most easternmost inselbergs of Guayana Shield. Rises some 260 m above the surroundings. Covered with “muri-muri” xerophytic vegetation, mainly bromelias, unusual epilytic (growing on stones) orchids.

Tafelberg in Suriname

Sipalivini

The easternmost tepui. Mountain is rising up to 1030 m above the sea level, 800 m above the surrounding plain. Area of plateau – 150 km².

Devil’s Egg (Suriname)

Sipalivini

Giant rock balanced on the top of high granite spire.

Blanche Marie Falls

Sipalivini

Beautiful, impressive rapids and falls on Nickerie River, extending over a 100 m length.

Wonotobo Falls (Governor Lights Fall)

Sipalivini

Scenic and powerful, approximately 8 – 10 m high waterfall on Corantyn River.

Archaeological wonders

Sipaliwini Savannah petroglyph rock

Sipalivini

Large standing stone covered with petroglyphs. The only known petroglyph site in Suriname far from rivers or creeks.

Werepai cave petroglyphs

Sipalivini

350 petroglyphs that have been created in 3,000 – 2,200 BC. Located at the border with Brasil, near Kwamalasumutu.

Voltzberg petroglyphs

Sipalivini

Petroglyphs at small creek near Voltzberg.

Stone rows of Sipaliwini Savanna

Sipalivini

East-west oriented rows of smaller granite boulders on granite outcrops.

Pondocreek ditch

Para

Hill crossed by an artificial dig – 300 m long, 5 m wide and more than 3 m deep. Most likely done for ceremonial purposes 1,200 years ago.

Architecture wonders

Presidential Palace, Paramaribo

Paramaribo

This government palace was built in Neoclassicism style in 1730, with public park – Palmentuin.

Historical center of Paramaribo

Paramaribo

Well preserved Dutch tropical colonial town. Preserved the 300 years old "chessboard" planning structure and numerous valuable historical wooden buildings. Architecture demonstrates the fusion of Dutch urban architecture and local traditions.

House in Paramaribo, Suriname

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Suriname (Bradt Travel Guide)


Dutch-speaking Suriname is the smallest country in South America, but it packs in remarkable biodiversity: it is home to the world’s bulkiest rodent, the Western Hemisphere’s largest cat, and an exceptional 720 bird species. The UNESCO-listed capital Paramaribo is famed for its diverse ethnic mix and unique wooden architecture. And the forested interior is studded with opportunities for the curious traveler, from the vast Central Suriname Nature Reserve and plush Bergendal Eco-Resort to the bicycle-friendly plantation loop through Commewijne and sparkling rapids of Upper Suriname.

Guyana, Guyane & Suriname (Footprint Focus)


Swaying palm trees, golden beaches, a hammock at siesta time, and sunset rum cocktails: this is the bare minimum of a relaxing Caribbean holiday. Throw in Calypso music, Hindu temples, and Parisian cafes selling coffee and croissants and you’re close to experiencing the unique melting pot of cultures in Guyana, Guyane, and Suriname. Each tiny country is home to a diverse mix of cultures and yet they have all kept their own identities and traditions.


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