The capital of Surinam or Suriname, Paramaribo is the ideal base location for nature and hiking fans. It boasts a Unesco World Heritage site with historical architecture and diverse ethnicity which is seen by mosques, synagogues, churches plus Hindu temples next door to each other. There are lots of black-and-white colonial Dutch buildings with friendly multi-lingual people to meet and you may find the air smelling of spices from Indian roti shops. Plus, admire Maroon woodcarving and colorful paintings outside gloomy Dutch forts.
From this South American city, you'll not want to miss being taken to Suriname's rainforest and nature reserves like Brownsberg with 4 waterfalls. Feel like you're on the set of a movie - a cruise on a tent boat to the estuary of the Suriname River with river dolphins playing around the boat.
Get taken to Fort Nieuw Amsterdam which boasts a historic open-air museum and was built by Dutch settlers to protect the underlying plantations against the English and French. Speaking of plantations, you'll find many coffee, cacao, and sugar plantations that are ripe for exploring. Plus, whilst on the subject of food, why not learn with a cooking workshop on Surinamese and/or Javanese dishes to expand your culinary skills!