Blog 3 Finally to the jungle!

After a tiring night, there was a mosquito in the room and we couldn’t catch it, we left at 8.30 am with a van. We stopped at Paranam and got some coffee and snack to eat there. (On Paranam the only Surinamese aluminum factory is a bit desolate). After about 3 hours of driving we arrived at Atjoni. There are a lot of long open boats there. Korjaal is called that. It is actually from hollow tree trunks that just sail on the river! Awesome!!!

We leave, after we have been alerted to rub against the sun again, to sail on the Upper Suriname river. We went through different villages and saw all kinds of activities on both sides of the river. This way you saw the ladies doing the dishes or washing at every village. What the pans looked super clean! I never get them home that clean!

After being over exciting rapids, sulas, we arrived at Tio Boto. At first I thought it was Uncle Boto but Tio Boto means: ???

We met the very nice owner Thomas. We received a delicious local soup made by the cook of the small resort. The lodges are equipped with beds with mosquito net. There are some chairs in front of our house so that we can sit there and watch the water. In the afternoon we threw out a fishing rod and actually caught a fish that we later roasted on the campfire. Also the marshmellows brought were delicious. A drink and a nice chat meant that we were up until at least 11 o’clock!

The following day, after breakfast, we prepared for a forest walk and the ascent of the Pineapple Mountains. We walked through the jungle and heard different sounds of birds such as the forest police and a tucan. The forest is very humid and we were completely sweaty. The ascent of the Pineapple mountain was strenuous. We enjoyed the beautiful view. The walk back was not an ordeal because it started to rain. Fortunately we all had good sneakers and a stick so that we could stand our ground well.

Upon our return, a soup was waiting for us to regain strength from the very exciting day. We were in bed early this evening.

The next morning we went early on the river by boat to spot birds. he forest is very humid and we were completely sweaty. The ascent of the Pineapple mountain was strenuous. We enjoyed the beautiful view. The walk back was another test because it started to rain. Fortunately we all had good sneakers and a stick so that we could stand our ground well.

Upon our return, a soup was waiting for us to regain strength from the very exciting day. We were in bed early this evening.

The next morning we went early on the river by boat to spot birds. We brought coffee and enjoyed the sunrise and the mist that was above the water. What a wonderful way to start the day.

After breakfast at the resort we went to the Tapawatra rapids. Wow that was super beautiful and wonderful to get a back massage. Many pictures were taken. We also visited the village of Dyumu and saw the medical post there.

Back to Tio Boto where we had a performance in the evening by the local ladies who taught us to dance the Aleke. That was very nice and we are not inferior to them now! Hahaha, not!

Day 4, after breakfast, we prepared for the return trip by boat and bus back to Paramaribo.

I definitely want to come to this area again because I saw many more places on the river such as Danpaati, Knini Paati and Anaula.