Paramaribo is the capital city of the Republic of Suriname. The city lies on the west bank of the Suriname river, approx. 23 kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean.
Origin and general information
The name of the city is probably derived from a former Amerindian village called Parmirbo. Here, in the beginning of the 17th century, European seamen established a trade post. Later, the English conquered this post. They built Fort Willoughby. In 1667, the Dutchman Abraham Crijnssen, drove away the English from
the area. Paramaribo was expanded towards the West. After the abolishment of slavery in 1863 and termination of indentured labor in 1873, many people left the plantations and moved to the city which expanded rapidly as a result of this. Since 2002, the inner city of Paramaribo is placed on the Unesco World Heritage
List of historic monuments. One of the preserved buildings is the Saint Peter & Paul Cathedral at the former Gravenstraat (now called Henck Arronstraat), completely built in wood. The Cathedral is the largest wooden building in South America.
You enjoy a guided tour by car and on foot passed the most prominent historic buildings of Paramaribo with their unique architecture. The guide gives information about interesting facts and about among others museum Fort Zeelandia, the Presidential Palace and the Independence Square. You also visit Waterkant (waterfront along the Suriname river) and the Palm Garden. On the way, you see a mosque and a synagogue right next to each other and you visit the typical Surinamese working-class area “Frimangron”.
Included in the tour
Transportation by car or bus, a drink (non-alcoholic) and a snack, tour guide (Dutch/English speaking).
Departure time: As desired, morning 09.00 to 12.00 hrs or afternoon 16.00 to 19.00 hrs. Pick up at one of the large hotels in Paramaribo.
Return same day: You are dropped off at the location where you were picked up.
What to take along:
- walking shoes
- a cap or sunhat
- film and/or photo camera
- a small back-pack to carry for ex. water during the tour
- small Surinamese cash for personal expenses