Quest for harmony between tourism and tropical rainforest


Suriname is covered for three-quarters with the tropical Amazon Rainforest, the lungs of the earth. Many foreign tourists come here especially to enjoy this intact beauty. Local travel organizations guide tourists to the interior so that they can learn about nature and enjoy the rare peace.

Most tourists prefer to go into the interior rather than stay in Paramaribo, because they are looked out within one day. It may even occur that tourists book for more trips because they are so impressed by the powerful experience of jungle. The tourists love the tropical Rainforest with its friendly people, the soothing sounds of nature, the mighty forest giant, the Kankantrie and refreshing rapid formation. These are the most attractive points of Suriname. And this ensures that they keep coming, which is very beneficial for the Surinamese economy.

If you want the tropical Rainforest to preserve its beauty, you should take good care of it. But how do you do that, bringing tourists to a place that you want to remain intact? For example on every tour garbage are taken along in which the tourists must do their waste. It is then discussed with the local population if the waste is destroyed locally or taken away to Paramaribo. In addition; the tourists are enjoined to keep to the rules of the interior. With this respect the beauty is not affected and the flora and fauna are not disturbed. The knife of tourism cuts both ways. Tourists are given the opportunity to enjoy domestic and the local residents are provide with an alternative means of existence. They do not feel compelled to proceed to commit environmentally unfriendly things, such as searching for gold with mercury and felling of timber for export leading to bare areas.

The tours are generally aimed at foreigners. The typical Surinamese knows how to reach the interior with a little creativity. The foreigners however are foreigners. And it is important that the existing cultural differences between domestic residents and tourists are bridged. Therefore, the tours are led by two guides, a guide that comes along from the city and a local guide. This is necessary to bridge the gap. Local guide shows what is allowed and what is not. Since the interior forest dwellers know better, the tours are organized in conjunction with 'Granman' or 'Captain', the leaders of local villages. With this we indicate that the local authority is respected and that local customs are recognized.