Enjoy the beautiful nature and experience 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 hrs. 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 hrs 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 warm welcomes in Jungle Resort Pingpe and you have settled in your cottage, you have the opportunity to swim and chill on the islands in the river. 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.
Day 2: Hike through the pristine nature and the authentic villages
After a full breakfast you will walk with the tour guide through the pristine jungle and along the agricultural plots of the villagers. During the hike the guide will inform you about the different medicinal plants, trees, animals and facts in the jungle. Additionally, you can see how the villagers work hard on their agricultural plots to produce food. In the afternoon you return to the Resort for a delicious lunch. Before or after the lunch you can take a nice refreshing dip in the river. Later on you will travel by boat to the village Pingpe where you take e a walk through the village and can meet the residents of Pingpe and Semoisie. Here you will experience how the people live and go about their daily activities. You will also visit the local primary school, where children of both villages enjoy their training.
After dinner you make an evening trip with the canoe. The guide let the boat go with the flow of the river, so you can enjoy the quietness of the jungle, or just the beautiful sounds of the jungle, the starlit or spot crocodiles.
Day 3: Enjoying the beautiful rapids and cultural encounters
After breakfast you will travel by canoe to Asidonhopo village, located on the Pikin Rio River where the Granman (Tribal Chief) resides. You take a walk through the village and you visit the local radio station. After you travel per canoe to the beautiful Tapawatra sula (rapids) where you can swim and enjoy a natural massage in the water. On one of the cliffs in the sula lunch will be served. On the way back to the Resort, accompanied by the guide, you will visit the Health Centre in Djumu, which is a central medical station for the area. In the afternoon you can recover from the morning activities, paddle to a creek or swim, dance and in the river. 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 these evening activities.
Day 4: Jungle Resort Pingpe – Paramaribo
If you return to Paramaribo is by boat and bus, you will, after breakfast, leave Pingpe Resort by canoe to Atjoni which trip is about 2.5 hrs. In the boat or in Atjoni you can enjoy a lovely lunch again before departure by bus to Paramaribo, a trip of about 2 hrs.
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 over the Upper-Suriname river
• Introduction to the authentic culture of the Saramaccaners
• Amazing hike through the woods with a lot of information about the local nature
• An experienced and passionate tour guide who likes to take you to his village
• The real live of the locals of Pingpe and surroundings
• Delicious meals prepared by the Chefs
• Pleasant introduction to the residents of the village
• Every morning room service with 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
• An unforgettable adventure