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The Sacred Land of Amerindians, the foot print of Dutch Colonies.
In Suriname you will discover an unknown side of South America.
This former English colony, conquered by the Dutch in 1667, was administered by the West India Company. A century of revolts and marronnage about the recognition of the autonomy of slaves in the forest with the Bushinengues (men of the forest). The Black Maroon community was born and remains alive nowadays. Many picturesque and authentic villages line the rivers that are in harmony with the Amerindians.
It was not until 1975 that Suriname gained independence to become the Republic of Suriname.
Here the Dutch imprint is striking and Paramaribo, the capital, is an example of cultural integration.
17th century Dutch architecture streets are animated by a multi-ethnic population where Javanese rub shoulders with Bushinengues, Blacks, Amerindians, Hindustani and Dutch.
You will observe the pink dolphins, make a private cruise at sunset between river and ocean, you can introduce you to the sport fishing or learn the survival in the forest with the Amerindians, visit the old coffee plantation, organize galas dinners in places out of the time, sleep in eco lodges in the middle of the forest.
You will also be able to discover the magnificent spectacle of gigantic rocks of Kwamalasamutu, the land of the Amerindians Tiriyó which extends on more than 3 hectares decorated with at least 350 sacred sculptures.
This region kept its secret until 2004 when the Werehpai Caverns were discovered, whose walls have been home for more than 4000 years of petroglyphs depicting abstract forms evoking the universe of early ages.
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