Republic of Suriname (map) is the smallest independent country in South America. *Paramaribo is capital and largest city. The vast majority of Suriname’s inhabitants (about 90%) live in Paramaribo or on the coast.
Most tourists visit Suriname for the biodiversity of the Amazonian rain forests in the south of the country, which are noted for their flora and fauna.
Located in the upper Coppename River watershed, the *Central Suriname Nature Reserve (map) has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unspoiled forests and biodiversity. (*Surinamese Rainforest) In October 2013, 16 international scientists researching the ecosystems during a three-week expedition in Suriname’s Upper Palumeu River Watershed catalogued 1,378 species and found 60—including six frogs, one snake, and 11 fish—that may be previously unknown species.
At every riverbank you can charter boats at reasonable prices. It is wise to always travel with a tour guide.