Suriname

by Philip Briggs

Suriname

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This new, thoroughly updated edition of Bradt's Suriname remains the first dedicated English-language guidebook to this emergent and largely unspoiled ecotourist destination and offers by far the greatest depth of coverage available. It is also the first guidebook in any language with a comprehensive section on the Upper Suriname River, an exciting and remote area serviced by around 20 small lodges. Detailed coverage of all accessible parks and reserves is included, including the three main marine turtle viewing sites and Central Suriname Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), with information geared to people joining organised tours as well as those who prefer the independent travel approach. Also included are detailed maps and town plans, many unavailable in any other resource having been drawn up from scratch by the author using GPS specifically for this book.
Peaceful and politically stable, Suriname is one of the world's five most thinly populated countries. Its Caribbean coastline is famed for its peerless turtle-watching opportunities, while the interior is swathed by a vast tract of pristine Amazonian rainforest rich in wildlife and accessible only by air or along the tropical waterways that incise the interior. The guide includes a detailed introduction to the diverse wildlife and intriguing history of the only former Dutch colony in South America, along with detailed regional coverage of the tropical coastline, the historic inner city of the culturally diverse capital Paramaribo (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the thrilling opportunities for exploration afforded by the jungle-swathed interior.

About the author

Philip Briggs (philip.briggs@bradtguides.com), the world's most experienced and respected writer of guidebooks to Africa, cut his teeth with Bradt as the author of the first international guidebook to South Africa to be published after the release of Nelson Mandela. He has a vast (perhaps unique) experience of researching pioneering guidebooks to countries which, like Suriname, are otherwise practically uncharted by the travel publishing industry, having authored the first dedicated guidebooks to Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, Rwanda and Somaliland. The enthusiastic, informed style and adventurous spirit of his Bradt guides has won him many fans, and make him the ideal author for the only dedicated English-language guidebook to Suriname.

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Contents

PART 1 GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography and location, Climate, Government, Economy, History, People, Language, Religion
Chapter 2 Natural History
Flora, Mammals, Reptiles and amphibians, Birds, Invertebrates, Marine life
Chapter 3 Practical Information
When to visit, Itineraries and highlights, Tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, Safety, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festivals, Shopping, Media and communications
Chapter 4 Health
Before you go, Potential medical problems, Other safety concerns

PART 2 PARAMARIBO AND THE COASTAL BELT
Paramaribo and the coastal belt: an overview, Highlights
Chapter 5 Paramaribo
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Tour operators, Safety, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 6 Commewijne
Commewijne Plantation Loop, Matapica Beach, Warappa Creek, Stolkertsijver
Chapter 7 Marowijne
Moengo, Albina, Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, Galibi Nature Reserve
Chapter 8 Saramacca, Coronie and Nickerie
Groningen, Lower Coppename River, Coronie, Wageningen, Nieuw Nickerie, Bigi Pan
Chapter 9 Wanica and Para
Lelydorp, Santigron, Domburg, Onverwacht, Paranam and around, Jodensavanne and the east bank, Zanderij and around

PART 3 THE INTERIOR
The Interior: an overview, Highlights
Chapter 10 Brokopondo
Bergendal Eco-Resort and around, Brownsweg and Stoneiland, Brownsberg Nature Park, Brokopondo and the Afobaka Dam
Chapter 11 Upper Suriname
Getting there and away, Other practicalities, Atjoni, Downriver from Atjoni, Jawjaw and New Aurora, Pikin Slee, Botopassie and around, Towards Djumu, Kajana and the Gran Rio
Chapter 12 The Deep Interior
Boven Coesewijne Nature Reserve, Central Suriname Nature Reserve, Blanche Marie Falls, Apoera, Avanavero Falls, Arapahu Island, Kwamalasamutu, Kabalebo Nature Reserve, Palumeu and Mount Kasikasima, Upper Marowijne

Appendices
Language
Further info
Index