Get to know Suriname with the guidance of Surinamese writer, cultural expert, and Eden Suriname advisor, Cynthia McLeod. This tour will provide an up-close and personal experience in Suriname, through an array of thoughtfully-curated sights and activities and talks by Cynthia McLeod. Here is a preview of what you can expect to hear from this local historian about her beloved home nation:
"Suriname’s half a million inhabitants are diverse because of their colonial history. With mutual respect for other cultures and religions, African Surinamese, Maroon Africans, Amazon Indians, Hindu Chinese, Javanese, Libanese, and Europeans continue to live together in peace and harmony. Get a taste of the rich culture through the diverse cuisine prepared by many award-winning Surinamese chefs."
"The wooden inner city of Paramaribo is a sight on the Unesco Cultural Heritage list. Within half a square mile, you’ll find a buildings of worship of many religions, including: the old synagogue next to the mosque, the most exclusive wooden cathedral, the old Dutch reformed church, the German church, and the largest Hindu Mandir of the Caribbean. In Suriname, religious holidays are considered national holidays."
"Suriname is the youngest and smallest country of South America, just north of Brazil bordering Atlantic Ocean. With most of the land covered in untouched rainforest, Suriname is a nature lover’s paradise. Boat rides on the mighty rivers are a wonderful way to appreciate one of the greenest countries in the world."
Suriname with Cynthia McLeod is intended for travelers who are looking for a meaningful journey. Be prepared to take in the history, ethnic diversity, architecture, and consciously preserved ecology of Suriname and become enamored by the country's unique cultural and religious tolerance. On this trip, participants may also realize opportunities for deeper personal immersion through educational, intellectual, and institutional studies.
October 6-15, 2018
- 9-night stay
- 10 days of excursions
- Transportation and fees for planned activities
- Select meals
- Airport shuttles
- Roundtrip air travel from Curacao to Suriname
The tour begins and ends in Curacao. Travelers must book their own roundtrip air travel from their choice of hubs to Curacao.
Saturday 10/6 (Arrival)
- Shuttle from Hato Airport, Willemstad, Curaçao to hotel in city center
Beach and/or sightseeing
Visit to the Slavery Museum
Depart from Hato Airport, Willemstad, Curaçao; arrive at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport, Paramaribo, Suriname
Shuttle to hotel in Paramaribo
Central Market: Get a taste of the authenticity and diversity of the culture and interact with Surinamese people
Koto Museum: This little museum, showcasing something positive and beautiful that arose from slavery, offers a great lesson in social history through fashion. Features a display of traditional clothing and head kerchiefs worn by the Creole women, with some garments dating back to the 1860s
Back to hotel in Paramaribo
- Historical city walk and bus tour with Cynthia McLeod
Dinner at a Javanese Restaurant at Blauwgrond
Back to hotel in Paramaribo
- Historical plantation bus tour to Fort New Amsterdam, an open air museum
- Marienburg: A former sugar estate with a history of many plantations uproars. See Memorial for those who were killed in the biggest uproar in 1902
Tamansari: An authentic Javanese Dessa
Lunch at Tamansari
- Arrive at hotel
- Depart by bus for Joden Savanna: A Jewish settlement established around 1650 in the jungle along the Suriname River. Sights include:
- Ruins of the first synagogue built in the western hemisphere
- Depart for eco and cultural river resort, Berg en Dal
- Lunch; sightseeing, optional historic walk
- Lecture by Cynthia McLeod on the history of plantation time
- Depart for Atjoni; boat trip to Anaula: Island on the Upper Suriname River boasting diverse flora and fauna, virgin rainforest, turbulent rapids, and maroon culture
- Lunch; rest, optional sightseeing of the island
- Boat trip, rapids, swimming
- Evening boat ride
- Maroon cultural event
- New Aurora: Get acquainted with the local population of this Maroon village of the rainforest
- Back to Anaula
- Depart for Paramaribo
- Arrive at hotel in Paramaribo
- Free morning
- Dinner hosted by Cynthia McLeod
- Shuttle to airport
- Depart from Johan Adolf Pengel Airport, Paramaribo, Suriname; arrive at Hato Airport, Willemstad, Curacao
- Shuttle to beach hotel
- Relax, swim
- Evening with a live band
Monday 10/15 (Departure)
- Shuttle to Hato Airport, Willemstad, Curacao
Itinerary is subject to change based on local conditions and group needs. Review our TERMS OF SERVICE.
*Select meal costs are not included.
$2350 (Double occupancy)
A reservation is held with a $705 deposit per traveler. To complete the booking, the balance of $1645 per traveler is due 30 days before the tour begins.