Suriname

Suriname, officially known as the Republic of Suriname, is a country on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America. It is bordered by French Guiana to the east, Guyana to the west and Brazil to the south. Most of Suriname's population live on the country's north coast, where the capital Paramaribo is located. Suriname is the only independent entity in the Americas where Dutch is spoken.
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Palmentuin Park, Paramaribo, Suriname. The Palmentuin Park is a shady haven of tall royal palms, home to some tropical birds, and to a troop of capuchin monkeys. (V)

Palmentuin Park, Paramaribo, Suriname. The Palmentuin Park is a shady haven of tall royal palms, home to some tropical birds, and to a troop of capuchin monkeys. (V)

The National flower of Suriname is the 'fajalobi' (passionate love) or ixora, which is mainly grown in the coastal plains in gardens. Suriname's rainforests are home to several orchid species. As they mostly grow high in trees, their beauty can seldom be seen, however. Other flowers, such as the heliconia and the passionflower, can be seen when they bloom. (V)

The National flower of Suriname is the 'fajalobi' (passionate love) or ixora, which is mainly grown in the coastal plains in gardens. Suriname's rainforests are home to several orchid species. As they mostly grow high in trees, their beauty can seldom be seen, however. Other flowers, such as the heliconia and the passionflower, can be seen when they bloom. (V)

Surinaams eten: Surinaamse Kippenpastei. Surinamese Chicken Pie. Click through for recipe (in Dutch).

Surinaams eten: Surinaamse Kippenpastei. Surinamese Chicken Pie. Click through for recipe (in Dutch).

Creole women in Kotomisi dress, the national  creole costume, in the Palm Garden of Paramaribo, Suriname.

Creole women in Kotomisi dress, the national creole costume, in the Palm Garden of Paramaribo, Suriname.

Off the beaten path in Suriname. It is good to know about the 'noise tree': If you've lost your way, you can beat on it with a stick and the sound it makes is loud enough for others to find you. (V)

Off the beaten path in Suriname. It is good to know about the 'noise tree': If you've lost your way, you can beat on it with a stick and the sound it makes is loud enough for others to find you. (V)

Duivelsei (Devil's egg) on top of Mount Wilhelmina, only accessible through a 12 day hardcore expedition. The Wilhelminagebergte (Wilhelmina Mountains) is in central Suriname. It extends 70 mi. from west to east. It is named after Queen Wilhelmina. It belongs to the very ancient (Precambrian) Guiana Highlands. Most of it is in the Central Suriname Nature Reserve.

Duivelsei (Devil's egg) on top of Mount Wilhelmina, only accessible through a 12 day hardcore expedition. The Wilhelminagebergte (Wilhelmina Mountains) is in central Suriname. It extends 70 mi. from west to east. It is named after Queen Wilhelmina. It belongs to the very ancient (Precambrian) Guiana Highlands. Most of it is in the Central Suriname Nature Reserve.

Frederiksdorp, Suriname. Frederiksdorp was a coffee and cocoa plantation on the Commewijne River in the district Commewijne in Suriname. The plantation was situated on the eastern bank, near Guadeloupe and downstream alongside plantations Buitenrust and Johan Margaret. (V)

Frederiksdorp, Suriname. Frederiksdorp was a coffee and cocoa plantation on the Commewijne River in the district Commewijne in Suriname. The plantation was situated on the eastern bank, near Guadeloupe and downstream alongside plantations Buitenrust and Johan Margaret. (V)

Paramaribo. Paramaribo is the capital and largest city of Suriname, located on the banks of the Suriname River. (V)

Paramaribo. Paramaribo is the capital and largest city of Suriname, located on the banks of the Suriname River. (V)

Poison Arrow Frog, Dendrobates azureus, Suriname. Poison-arrow frogs are social frogs found in Central and South America. They are known by their bright colors which warn other animals that they are poisonous. Vibrant but toxic, poison arrow frogs range from less than an inch to two and a half inches in body length. There are more than 100 species of poison arrow frogs. Photo by Gail Melville Shumway Photography ☆ (V)

Poison Arrow Frog, Dendrobates azureus, Suriname. Poison-arrow frogs are social frogs found in Central and South America. They are known by their bright colors which warn other animals that they are poisonous. Vibrant but toxic, poison arrow frogs range from less than an inch to two and a half inches in body length. There are more than 100 species of poison arrow frogs. Photo by Gail Melville Shumway Photography ☆ (V)

Basket making in Suriname. Photograph by Sensaos, via Flickr

Basket making in Suriname. Photograph by Sensaos, via Flickr

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