An encounter with the untouched Jungle and the authentic culture of Upper-Suriname!
Day 1: Paramaribo – Jungle Resort Pingpe
If you travel by bus and canoe, you will be picked up in the morning between 08:00 and 08:30hrs from your hotel or guesthouse (within Paramaribo center). By bus the journey to Atjoni, the canoe jetty is about 2.5 hours. On the way to Atjoni one begin to experience and enjoy the colorful culture Suriname offers, particularly as you travel along little villages and settlements of Amer-Indians and Maroons. When you reached Atjoni you can stretch your legs and enjoy lunch. Meanwhile the canoe is being loaded for the trip to Jungle Resort Pingpe. After lunch you will travel for approximately 3.5 hours over the beautiful Upper-Suriname River to Pingpe, but the duration of the trip depends on the tide of river. During your boat trip you will see many villages along the river and you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Besides that you see the locals busy with their daily activities such as doing their laundry in the river, fishing and children playing in the river.
When you travel by air, you take-off in the afternoon from the city airport Zorg en Hoop in Paramaribo. The flying time to airstrip Djumu, situated in the middle of Suriname’s rainforest, is about 45 minutes. From the aircraft you have a marvelous view of the jungle, the big plain of the forest and the winding rivers with different villages. From Djumu you will then travel by canoe for about 15 minutes to Pingpe Resort, where an appetizing meal is awaiting you.
After your welcome in Jungle Resort Pingpe and you are settled in your cottage, you have the opportunity to swim and chill on the islands in the river. Thereafter you go across the river to the village Pingpe. Here you can take a walk through the village and meet the residents. You will experience their daily life and activities. After dinner you get to meet the local staff and the tour guide will tell you all about the Saramaccan culture, the language, interesting facts of the island, the surroundings and the program of the following day. Then there is an evening trip by canoe. The guide let the canoe to go with the flow of the river, while you can enjoy the quietness of the jungle, or the beautiful sounds of the jungle, the stars in the air and spot crocodiles.
Day 2: Encounter with the beautiful nature and culture
After a full breakfast you will walk with the tour guide through the jungle. During this walk he informs you about the medicinal plants, trees, animals and the traditions in the interior. When you return on the island it is already lunch time.
In the afternoon you will go by boat to the Tapawatra sula, where you can swim and enjoy a massage from the water. On the way back to the Resort, you will make a stop at the Health Centre in Djumu, which is the central medical station for the area. After dinner the locals treat you to an evening of culture; singing, dance and rhythm are the keywords of this evening whereby the women from the village get very excited and the guests join in on this evening activities (the culture night is only offered for groups of 4 or more persons).
Day 3: Pingpe Jungle Resort – Paramaribo
If you return to Paramaribo by boat and bus, you will, after breakfast, leave Pingpe Resort by canoe to Atjoni in about 2.5 hrs. In the boat or in Atjoni you can enjoy a lovely lunch again before departure by bus to the city, about a 2 hrs drive.
If you travel by air, you still have time to enjoy the morning with swimming in the river, relaxing in the sun or reading a book in a hammock. Around midday it’s time for an early lunch. Then you go by canoe to the airstrip of Djumu and from there back to the city airport Zorg en Hoop in Paramaribo.
*Due to weather conditions or cultural activities, we may, in consultation with you, our guests, modify the day’s program taking into account the needs and preferences of our guests.
- Beautiful boat trip on the Upper – Suriname river;
- Introduction to the authentic culture of the Saramaccaners;
- Amazing forest walk with lots of information about the local nature;
- An experienced and passionate tour guide who likes to take you to his village;
- Delicious meals prepared by the Chefs;
- Pleasant introduction to the residents of the village;
- Daily morning room service: hot coffee and tea served in your room;
- Chill and swim in the beautiful river especially the Tapawatra sula;
- A cultural evening full of surprises;
- A memorable adventure.