The Upper Suriname River is located in the south of the Brokopondo reservoir which is accessible through the boat port Atjoni. Traveling further by car or bus is not possible, only by boat. This area is also called the Upper Suriname area. The residents are Maroons, descendants of runaway slaves. The culture of the Maroons is special, partly because there are still many African influences. They radiate pride, and rightly so, their ancestors have freed themselves from slavery and built their own lives deep in the unknown jungle.
There are approximately 40 lodges in the Upper Suriname area to which you can take a variety of fully organized multi-day tours. These lodges differ from very basic to comfortable. During the tour you will visit one of the villages, to spot caimans and learn everything about the flora and fauna of the jungle. Most travellers take a 3 or 4 day trip to this area and then return to Paramaribo. However, the Upper Suriname area is a stretched out area where you can participate in a lot of inspiring activities, and it is also a nice environment to relax. Why wouldn’t you stay here a little longer?
The tour will start with a 3 or 4 day trip to Gunsi where you will learn everything about the Maroon culture. Then you will travel to Hotel Botopasi where you can relax and swim in the river. Optionally, you can also participate in excursions such as a visit to the Tapawatra rapids. This is a highlight in the area where the Pikin Rio and Gran Rio meet. Or visit the village of Botopasi.
You can also start at Pingpe Jungle Resort, one of the furthest lodges on the Upper Suriname River and a short distance from the Tapawatra rapids. During the 4 or 5 day trip you will learn and experience a lot. Then you will sail back a bit and relax at the comfortable Knini Paati for a few more days.
Furthermore, there are also other combinations possible that can be custom made. We are happy to help you! In all cases, you will get to know the Upper Suriname area in different ways and interact with the locals.