Most interesting landmarks of Suriname
Below are listed the most amazing natural and man made landmarks of Suriname.
Natural landmarks of Suriname
- Blanche Marie Falls – Sipaliwini, Nickerie River. Beautiful, impressive rapids and falls extending over a 100 m length.
- Wonotobo Falls (Governor Lights Fall) – Sipaliwini, Corantyn River. Scenic and powerful, approximately 8 – 10 m high waterfall.
Rock domes and tepuis
- Devil’s Egg – Sipaliwini. Giant rock balanced on the top of high granite spire.
- Tafelberg – Sipaliwini. Easternmost tepui. Mountain is rising up to 1030 m above the sea level, 800 m above the surrounding plain. Area of plateau – 150 km².
- Van Stockumberg Dome – Sipaliwini. 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.
- Voltzberg – Sipaliwini. 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.
- Historical center of Paramaribo – Paramaribo District. 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.
- Presidential Palace – Paramaribo District. Built in Neoclassicism style in 1730, with public park – Palmentuin.
- Pondocreek ditch – (eastern Suriname). 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.
- Sipaliwini Savannah petroglyph rock – Sipaliwini. Large standing stone covered with petroglyphs. The only known petroglyph site in Suriname far from rivers or creeks.
- Stone rows of Sipaliwini Savannah – Sipaliwini. East-west oriented rows of smaller granite boulders on granite outcrops.
- Voltzberg petroglyphs – Sipaliwini. Petroglyphs at small creek near Voltzberg.
- Werepai cave petroglyphs – (Werehpai) Sipaliwini, very south, at the border with Brasil, near Kwamalasumutu. 350 petroglyphs, created in 3,000 – 2,200 BC.
Described landmarks of Suriname
The most interesting feature of many attractions and landmarks in 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 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 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.
The little known upper reaches of Coppename River are covered with virgin tropical forest. In several locations above the rainforest rise dark grey giants – granite domes.
The best known of these giant rocks is Voltzberg. Although it is visited by several hundreds of tourists each year, this beautiful monolith and its surroundings still hide many secrets waiting to be discovered.
Dutch-speaking Suriname is the smallest country in South America, but it packs in a 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 the Upper Suriname.
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.