SLATE contributor Julie Schwietert Collazo finds it difficult to believe that a country with as many political liabilities as Suriname still manages to offer a remarkable rainforest experience. “Why would anyone go to Suriname?” she asks.
I didn’t have much time to do research before heading to Paramaribo. But I can say this: The top Google search for Suriname is, “Where is Suriname?” That’s a tough start.
But obscurity has its benefits: like its neighbor Guyana, Suriname’s dense neotropical forests are teeming with biodiversity, sprinkled with just a few lodges catering to a remarkably small number of visitors. Its the kind of experience that you can’t package for the masses.
Unlike its better known, heavily-touristed rainforest peers over-run with discounted holiday promotions and sanitized nature, Suriname proves to delight, enchant, and amaze visitors with its eclectic and intense Amazonian, Hindu, Dutch, Indonesian, and West African influences.
In the end, Collazo concedes,
it’s hard to see why people wouldn’t come to Suriname
despite recent high profile news items featuring the country’s first family.
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