Discover 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 a warm welcome in Jungle Resort Pingpe and you settled in your cottage, you have the opportunity to swim and chill on the islands in the river. Here after you will go by boat to the village Pingpe where during a walk through the village you will meet the people of Pingpe. 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: Hiking through the pristine jungle and a boat trip in the evening
After a big breakfast accompanied by the guide you will make a jungle trip through the unspoiled forest and along the fields of the villagers. During this walk the guide will inform you about the variety of medicinal plants, trees, animals and the customs of 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 where a delicious lunch is ready for you. Then there is time to recover from the walk and have a nice swim in the river.
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 caimans.
Day 3: Enjoying Tapawatra Sula and an encounter with the Saramaccan Culture
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 by 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: Visit to the Primary School and climbing the Ananasberg
Early in the morning you will go by boat to the village Semoisie. You will also visit the local primary school, where children enjoy their training. Here after you go back to Jungle Resort Pingpe where breakfast is ready for you. After breakfast you go by canoe to Djumu where you will climb the Ananas Mountain (a mountain named after the Pineapple fruit). The mountain is known for its pineapples and gives you a nice view of the natural surroundings. After this trip you go back to the resort by boat for lunch. The rest of the afternoon you are free to spend in the Resort. Your last evening on the Resort will end with a campfire (bonfire) and telling of nice stories.
Day 5: 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 again enjoy a lovely lunch before your 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.
- Stunning boattrip over the Upper-Suriname river;
- Encounter with the authentic culture of the Saramaccan tribe;
- Nice hike through the forest and along the agricultural plots with lots of information;
- An experienced and enthusiastic guide who takes you to his village;
- Climbing of the Ananas gebergte (Pineapple mountain);
- The real life of the residents of Pingpe and surroundings;
- Delicious meals prepared by the local Chefs;
- Nice introduction to the people of the village;
- Room service every morning, hot coffee and tea served at your cottage ;
- Chill and swim in the stunning Tapawatra sula;
- Visit to Asidonhopo and Djumu;
- A cultural evening full of surprises;
- An unforgettable adventure.