Surface area : 163265.0 km2
Population : 436000 inhabitants
Surinam has coloured Indian fabrics and African wooden sculptures. Amerindian and Maroon crafts include elegant gold and silver jewels. Shops are open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday and from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday.
Surinam cuisine is as rich and varied as the cultures cohabiting in the country. Rice is the staple food. Cassava, sweet potatoes and plantains are also widely consumed. 'Moksie alesie' consists of rice and meat, chicken, white beans, tomatoes and pepper and 'Petjil' is vegetables marinated in peanut sauce. There are numerous tropical fruits in Surinam, including palm nuts and awarra oranges.
South of Paramaribo, the Professor Van Blommesteinmmer Lake offers you a superb one-day trip; rent a canoe on its banks to go to Tukunari Island perched in the middle of the lake.
Do not forget mosquito repellants: sprays, cream, a mosquito net and large, light clothing. These tiny insects will drive you mad!