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Overview

Awarradam, about 225 km from Paramaribo, is located on a rapid called "Awaadan" in the Gran Rio river. The lodges, traditionally built with a balcony for a river view, offer two beds with mosquito nets, private sanitary facilities and hammocks. The surrounding villages, such as Langu with traditional villages such as Ligolio, retain much Maroon culture, with protective "azanpau" and their own rituals. Various activities are possible during a 3- or 4-day stay, including forest walks, village visits, song and dance presentations, and the opportunity for individual walking, bird watching, fishing or going to the 'farming plots'.

Price

/ person

€570
7

Activities

Canoe trips require life jackets for safety, while free time is available for swimming at the rapids. It includes forest walks with explanations of local plants, village visits, and song and dance presentations with demonstrations of handmade souvenirs by villagers. You can participate in set activities or independently walk, bird watch, fish, paddle or visit the 'farming grounds', for which extra guidance is possible for a fee. The jungle spa offers various treatments for increased tour pleasure.

Destinations

During this tour we visit (among others) these main destinations.

Awaadan

Program

Day 1
From the local Zorg & Hoop airport in Paramaribo you depart for the Kajana airstrip, a journey of approximately 55 minutes south of Paramaribo. On arrival, the lodge staff will guide you to the canoe, which will transport you across the Gran Rio to your holiday destination, the island of Awarradam at the foot of the Awarradam rapids. After checking in and meeting the staff, a delicious lunch is on the program. The afternoon offers an opportunity to explore the resort and relax in the rapids. Here you will quickly experience the resort's eco-friendly approach, with friendly Maroon staff and a jungle lodge built in traditional style. The evenings are chilly, but with the comfort of a mosquito net, air conditioning is unnecessary. Lighting is done with solar energy, and the meals are prepared on wood fire with Surinamese ingredients. In the afternoon we will visit the beautiful rapids "Peti", where you can enjoy a water massage and learn the unique information about the area.
Day 2
Early in the morning we quietly float down the river with the boat to experience the awakening of the jungle. After breakfast, an educational and adventurous jungle walk is on the program, during which the guide will explain about trees, plants and how to recognize animals by their sounds and tracks. After lunch we will visit the "Peti" rapids again, where you can spend the afternoon swimming, paddling and enjoying the beautiful view from a hammock. After dinner, the guide will provide you with more information about the unique flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest.
Day 3
Before sunrise we walk through primary rainforest to the riverbank and sail upstream. With the canoe's engine turned off, we drifted with the current, enjoying the jungle sounds and fauna. Back at the resort for breakfast, you have the morning until lunch to explore the lodge and nearby rapids or relax in the island's traditional Jungle Spa. After lunch we visit the local community for an introduction to the local culture. During the boat trip you will see daily life along the river, from fishing to washing. A walk past various villages gives a good idea of the Maroon village livelihood, and at sunset we sail back to Awarradam.
Day 4
In the early morning we float down the river again by boat to experience the awakening of the jungle in complete silence. After breakfast you have the opportunity to paddle again, swim or simply enjoy the sounds of the jungle. Before departure, the staff will say goodbye to you in a traditional manner, and a canoe will take you back to Kajana. From there you fly back to Paramaribo.

Practical information 

Please note that all multi-day tours and some day trips are subject to weather conditions, including travel times and daily program or sequence.

Packing list

Sunscreen, Daypack, Insect repellent, Light clothing, Surinamese money, Slippers, Short-sleeved T-shirt, Long-sleeved T-shirt, Toiletries, Warm clothing, Raincoat, Swimwear

Included

Transport, Food and drinks, Snacks, Guide, Accommodation
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Comments

The activities within the village are included in the price and can be tailored to interest and availability.

Exclusive

Alcoholic drinks, Insurance, Personal expenses

Meals

If you are vegetarian/vegan or have other dietary restrictions, this will be taken into account if possible.

Accommodation

The lodges are traditionally built with balconies for beautiful river views. Made from local materials, they retain the jungle feeling. Each lodge has two beds with mosquito nets, private sanitary facilities with 'cold' running water and hammocks on the balcony. Solar energy provides atmospheric lighting, while meals are served in the dining room and relaxation can be found in the jungle bar-lounge.

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