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Palumeu Tour


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Where is Palumeu located?
Palumeu lies at the beginning of the Tapanahony river approximately 270 km from Paramaribo, at the confluence of the Palumeu- and Upper Tapanahony river, approximately 170 meters above sea level. The river gets its water from the rain and the season can make a difference of 6 meters in water level! The Tapanahony river flows approximately 175 km further northwards, and forms together with the Lawa river the Marowijne river, the border river with French Guiana. After 135 km in northern direction, the Marowijne river ends, past Albina, in the right upper corner of Suriname. Due to the many, large rapids in the river, the boat trip from Albina to Palumeu takes 8 to 12 days (depending on the water level). The flight from Paramaribo to Palumeu, within 65 minutes, may therefore, indeed be considered a luxury!

Flying route
The flight takes you above the basin of the Suriname River. Depending on the occurrence of clouds you will (after 5 minutes) be able to see Paranam beneath where bauxite is processed into aluminum for export. After 10 minutes, you are flying above the Johan Adolf Pengel international airport and 18 minutes after departure you will see the Brokopondo-lake beneath you (1600 square km) with the Brownsberg also clearly visible. The ‘gaps’ in the rainforest indicate the locations where gold mining takes place. South of the lake, along the Upper Suriname river, lie numerous Saramaccan villages. The road visibly ends at Atyoni (31 minutes). Laduani (34 minutes), Botopasi (37 minutes) and Dyumu (45 minutes) respectively, can all be clearly spotted because of the airstrips. During the last 10 minutes of the flight, you will not be able to see the Suriname river anymore but you will enjoy the view over the mountain tops of which the pointed Roosevelt peak (left, 50 minutes) is most striking. In the airplane, just before landing, you will see the impressive Mount Kasikasima in front of you.

Jungle lodge Palumeu
With 6 cabins, built in traditional style (2 rooms under one roofing), with two single beds in each room, mosquito nets, a balcony with a view on the river and private shower and toilet, Palumeu is a well-equipped jungle lodge in the interior. The traditional building style and local materials have been used, with kerosene lamps for light, so that you never loose the feeling of ‘being in the interior’. A ‘restaurant’ where 3 meals are served daily and the bar- and a recreation facility make it all complete!

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Palumeu village
Palumeu village is home to approximately 200 Amerindians. Two tribes, the Trio’s and the Wajana’s, live peacefully together in this village despite their difference in language. The village has a school and medical clinic. A Captain, the highest authority, assisted by basja’s, controls the village. Through hunting, catching fish and agricultural plots, the villagers provide food for themselves consisting of turnips, fruit, fish and game. Greens are not on the Amerindian menu and manioc is their main type of food. Building materials and utensils are taken from the forest. Nevertheless, many goods are also bought in Paramaribo such as cooking utensils, clothes, tools, toiletries, music, outboard engines, fuel etc. To provide in their own living, the local people are depending, for a large part, on tourism. They work at the resort and will take you on a visit to their village.

Activities during the tour
The groups we take on tour to Palumeu are often very divers. You will spend 3 or 4 nights in the interior and the program, often adapted to the water level, offers activities, as much as possible, to everybody’s desire. The various trips are made by boat (dug-out canoe). Life vests are offered to the guests prior to each boat trip because safety high in its banner. The trips take you, amongst others, to the beautiful Palawa island nearby, where you can swim and enjoy a picnic. After a boat trip and a sturdy walk through the pristine Amazon rainforest, the climb begins to Poti Hill. During the forest walk, the guide will provide information about the local use of various plants and with a little luck along the way (or on the river), you will even spot some mammals. After one hour on the river, you will enjoy the impressive Mabuka- and, if possible, Mankodebaku rapids. You will make several visits to the Amerindian village Palumeu where you will learn more about the local lifestyle. You will be welcomed by the village elders, enjoy traditional music and get a chance to try your hand at bow-and-arrow shooting. On the last day, beautiful hand-made souvenirs are offered for sale. If the (weather) circumstances permit, you will also enjoy a campfire or boat trip by night! The guide provides more information about the program to which you may participate to your own liking. There is also an opportunity for activities outside the group such as walking, bird watching, fishing, paddle in a dug-out canoe or visit the agricultural plots. The guide will see to it that you have adequate guidance at a small extra charge.

Price from 535, = Euro p.p.

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