Block 4 : Paramaribo and Commewijne plantation tour.
A two-night-stay in a Paramaribo guest house, including a tour of Paramaribo and Commewijne, Fort Nieuw Amsterdam and several former plantations.
Paramaribo, Suriname’s capital, has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2002. You will go on a tour of the most prominent historical locations of the city centre by car and on foot. You will be impressed by the unique architecture. Your guide will provide detailed information on the former fort Zeelandia, the presidential palace, the Independence Square and many other monuments.
These monuments show Suriname’s colonial history. After a walk along the river De Suriname and in Palm Gardens, you will view other sites, such as the mosque, adjacent to the synagogue.
Afterwards we will continue to the Commewijne district
Commewijne is situated along the Commewijne River, opposite the capital Paramaribo. The tour will take you past former colonial plantations, most of which are abandoned and no longer in use. Your first stop is Peperpot plantation, which is home to the old coffee- and cocoa factory, the deputy manager’s residence and the old office, as well as the coffee warehouse and manager’s residence, which are currently being restored. A few metres away you will find the kampong, or settlement, which is still inhabited. We will visit this, too.
From Peperpot, we will stop at the Marienburg mini-museum, a former sugar plantation. Our next stop is a fork in the river, where the Commewijne and De Suriname rivers meet in Nieuw Amsterdam. Here, we will visit the open air museum Fort Nieuw Amsterdam.
This fort is located at a location of strategic importance: close to the ocean, and close to where the rivers meet. It was built to defend the fields along the higher parts of the river. Originally, it was a clay building.
The building is shaped like a polygon and has 5 bastions, which have been built outwards of the main building. In the open air museum we will visit several restored buildings, among which the gunpowder storage dating from 1740 and the coach-house with a few 19 th century coaches. One of the ponds boasts the famous Victoria Amazonica lily, which in flower throughout the year. We will enjoy a delicious Java lunch at the café and in the afternoon, we will return to Paramaribo by bus.
Included in this tour: transport by coach, lunch , snacks, non-alcoholic drinks and a guide who speaks both Dutch and English.
Your guesthouse is situated in Paramaribo.