Suriname is a country in South America and located at the Atlantic Ocean.
Impressions from my Vlog
The capital Paramaribo is like an open-air museum with huge wooden houses from the colonial era. Worth seeing is the “Surinaams Museum” in “Fort Zeelandia“, which also houses well-preserved wooden houses.
On the other side of the river from Paramaribo are coffee and cocoa plantations divided by rivers . With two other travelers we rented orange Holland bikes and explored the area. We were in the nature park “Peperpot” and explored the fort “Fort Nieuw Amsterdam“.
I was 6 days in Suriname:
Day 1: Arrive by plane from Georgetown (Guyana) to Paramaribo.
Day 2: Rent a bike and explore the area.
Day 3: Explored Paramaribo and searched for a tour operator for a day trip to French Guiana.
Day 4: Searched for a tour operator for a day trip to French Guiana. I was told by a tour operator that I can do it myself.
Day 5: I went to French Guiana on my own to see the prison.
Day 6: Departure by plane from Paramaribo to Belem (Brazil),
The surroundings of Paramaribo are best explored by bike, as everything is flat.
The tour operators have hefty prices and at least 2 to 3 participants are needed.
I really wanted to make a day trip to French Guiana and organized it myself:
I took a shared taxi from Paramaribo to Albina, on the border with French Guiana.
I crossed the river with a longboat.
On the other side of the river is the prison in walking distance.
I can recommend the guided tour. I was the only one for English and got a private tour. Price was 6 €, which I paid in cash.
Then all the way back to Paramaribo.
For some areas in French Guiana like the prison, you do not have to stamp out and stamp in. Otherwise, I would have to apply for a new visa (tourist card) for Suriname.
There is a border crossing with a ferry to Guyana. Since the ferry was broken, I took a speedboat.
There is a border crossing with a ferry or longboats to French Guiana.
Means of transport between the cities:
There are bigger buses, I took one from Paramaribo to the airport which is about an hour away.
I found the most budget accommodation in Paramaribo on Hotels.com.
With the bonus nights of Hotels.com I saved 10% and stayed at the guesthouse “De Kleine Historie” (Hotels.com,Booking.com). It is centrally located, clean and breakfast was included.
As a German, a visa is needed.
The cheapest option is a tourist card with a one-time entry.
The tourist card is available online and it takes up to 72 hours.
I applied for my visa at the Embassy of Georgetown (Guyana). It took only 5 minutes and I needed the following:
40 USD / 35 €: Payment with the Guyanese money is not possible. The official exchange houses had no USD in stock and a tour operator was so nice and changed my money. In my research, I read something of 25 USD and 35 USD, the price seems to increase regularly.
Copy of the personal data from the passport.
Copy of yellow fever vaccine.
Copy from the entry stamp of Guyana.
On a checklist was a passport photo, which was not necessary.
Entering the Embassy is only allowed with long pants and covered shoulders.