The tropical forest covers about 94% of the country's territory, 91% of which is primary forest. The Amazon rainforest is the richest in the world in terms of biodiversity. Suriname has 200 species of mammals (monkeys, felines, dolphins, capybaras, tapirs), more than 700 species of birds with sumptuous colours, 130 species of reptiles (turtles, snakes, caimans) and about 100 species of amphibians. The vegetation is lush, and to date no less than 5,000 plant species have been recorded, from orchids to heliconia and hibiscus, not to mention the emblematic giant water lily Victoria Amazonica. New species of animals and plants are regularly detected and many are those that remain to be discovered... Nature lovers will be thrilled!
An amazing capital city :
Paramaribo is home to a great ethnic diversity that gives it its own identity, whether religious, cultural or artistic. The historic centre of the capital is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002 for its unique architecture, the result of the combination of European construction techniques with indigenous materials and know-how. The presence of religious buildings of different faiths (churches, Hindu temples, mosques, synagogue...) illustrates the great tolerance that characterizes the city. Parbo is also a lively capital with a multitude of markets, shops, casinos and restaurants offering the opportunity to taste a variety of cuisines: Indian, Javanese, Creole, Chinese, Dutch... And to escape the urban turmoil, you can also take a boat trip on the Suriname River to watch dolphins at sunset.
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