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A Cultural Melting Pot; Paramaribo, Suriname

Paramaribo is arguably the cultural melting pot of South America.  With indigenous South Americans, Dutch colonists, Chinese, Indonesians, and Indians blending together in Paramaribo there’s no question why UNESCO enlisted the colonial city a World Heritage Site in 2002.  The rich historic city planning from the 17th and 18th centuries is primarily intact and the mixture of Dutch and traditional architecture is proudly displayed throughout the city.


Rainforest Graveyard; Brokopondo Reservoir, Suriname

The eerie remnants of a rainforest graveyard can be seen from the surface of Brokopondo Reservoir and is a result of government trying to cut costs.

The Brokopondo Reservoir was created when the Afobaka dam was constructed between 1961 and 1964.  In an effort to save money, the Suriname government didn’t cut the rainforest trees down before flooding the area.

Now, peering from the water’s glassy surface are thousands of dead trees.  It’s quite a creepy site. Continue

Turtle Colony; Galibi Nature Reserve, Suriname

Located in northeastern region of Suriname along the Marowijne river, Galibi Nature Reserve is a breeding ground for thousands of sea turtles each and every year.

It’s the most important – and perhaps the only – breeding area for olive ridley turtles in all the western Atlantic, and home to giant leatherback turtles. Continue