Cheap flights from Suriname

Suriname, not as well-known as its bigger and more popular neighbours in South America, makes one fine destination for ecotourism. A dense network of rivers and untamed jungles can be found here, which make up the fringes of the Amazon. Such proximity allows visitors to get close to a fascinating range of wildlife, which can be quite an engaging activity for those who love nature. 


This country wedged between Guyana and the French Guiana is also a fount of culture due to its mixed heritage. Descendants of various nationalities such as Chinese, Indian, and Indonesian, as well as British, Dutch, and African converge in various parts of the country, which can make one feel welcomed. The cities also feature a number of urban attractions, which allow one to taste various dishes and experience other delightful aspects of the city life in Suriname.


Where to go

Those visiting Suriname will find a variety of destinations starting with Paramaribo, its capital. Colonial Dutch buildings can be found here lining squares with wafts of spices coming from the shops. Enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, tourists going here can find various landmarks to appreciate such as the Numismatic Museum whose coin collection date back to the early days of Dutch colonialism. The Neveh Shalom Synagogue is also one of the finest religious buildings here, which stands nearby the Roman Catholic Cathedral and a big mosque said to be the largest mosque in the Caribbean. 


From Paramaribo, tourists can also check out the Galibi & Coppename Nature Reserves, which nurtures hordes of sea turtles and the giant leatherback. It is also home to the endangered manatee and different types of birds which can be delightful to see. The Central Suriname Nature Reserve is also worth looking into, with various endemic plants and creatures. Hikers can also find here the Raleighvallen, a long, low cascade of waterfalls on the upper Coppename River. Tourist lodges are also available here, allowing for better access to the wild environment.  


Aruba makes a relaxing place to visit due to its abundance of beaches. The coastline of Aruba is one of the most favoured spots in the Caribbean, which makes it an excellent choice for those who want to enjoy the waters yet have access to various amenities. Those going here will not just find bodies of water and minimally-clad tourists, as Aruba also has a number of historic sites such as in Oranjestad. One can visit here the Aruba Archaeological Museum, a grand colonial building built back in the 1920s. It displays various artefacts from 4,000 BCE. Fort Zoutman is also an 18th century site to behold, which features the well-preserved Willem III

Tower, which served as a lookout point for pirates. From here, one can also hike through the countryside such as in Arikok National Wildlife Park, which features various types of trees and other creatures such as wild donkeys and iguanas. 


Amsterdam in the Netherlands, which colonised Suriname many years before, can be one of the next destinations after a visit to this country in South America. This European city features various destinations such as the Canal Ring, where one can go on a boat ride or cruise down the old centre of the city. There is also the Rijskmuseum to see, which welcomes more than a million visitors every year to see various 17th century Golden Age masterpieces. Unique sculptures and antiquities are also kept here, making it a fascinating landmark to explore. 


The Oude Kerk also awaits here, a huge old Protestant church with little houses on its sides. Its location in the centre of the Red Light District makes it a strange sight especially after experiencing the nightlife. Those who want to see a wonderful piece of architecture, on the other hand, can head on to the Magere Brug, a traditional double-leaf drawbridge that opens and lets boats through. It was built in 1670 with minimal improvement since, making it a finely-crafted structure made to last.


How to get out

Those out to explore other countries can schedule connecting flights from Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport in Zanderij. Airlines serving here include Caribbean Airlines, Insel Air, Insel Air Aruba, KLM, and Surinam Airways which take passengers between Amsterdam, Aruba, Belem-Val de Cans, Cayenne, Curacao, Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan, Miami, and Port of Spain.

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