The flight to Palumeu From the Zorg en Hoop airport in Paramaribo, you fly to Palumeu over the catchment area of the Suriname river. In clear weather you can see for five minutes in a row: -in the far left the alumina plant in Paranam -Even later you fly over the Johan Adolf Pengel international airport (or 'Zanderij') -Then the huge Brokopondo reservoir with an area comes into view of approximately 1600 km². - Between the lake and the plane, you have a view of the nature park Brownsberg - Clearly of the reservoir lie along the Upper Suriname River dozens of Saramaccan villages. The airports at Laduani, Botopasi and Dyumu are clearly recognizable. -After 50 minutes, the Suriname River will disappear from view and you will see mountain tops, of which the pointed Roosevelt peak (on your left) is the most striking. Just before landing you have a view to the south of the destination of your destination: the wide Kasikasima Mountains.
The location of the Palumeu and Kasikasima area The imposing, mysterious Kasikasima Mountains lie as the crow flies at 65 km from Palumeu. This Indian village is located at the start of the Tapanahony river, where the Palumeu and Upper Tapanahony rivers meet. The rivers are fed by rainwater. In the rainy season the water can be as much as 6 meters higher than in the dry season. Palumeu is located at 170 meters above sea level. The Tapanahony River flows to the northeast and forms 175 km away with the Lawar River, the Marowijne River. This is the natural border with French Guiana. Another 135 km to the north, the Marowijne River flows into the Atlantic Ocean, past the border village of Albina. It takes 8 to 12 days per canoe (with outboard motor) to sail from Albina to Palumeu. Especially at low tide, the many large rapids are difficult to pass. That we can fly you to Palumeu in 65 minutes, you can safely call it a luxury! From Palumeu you can take two day trips by boat to Mount Kasikasima.
The accommodation Guests of the Kasikasi tour stay overnight in the group accommodation. There are five bedrooms with single and double beds under one roof with a shared toilet and shower. On the way to Kasikasima and at the foot of the mountain you spend the night in a covered hammock camp. Meals are prepared by local chefs and served in the dining room. You can also relax in the cozy jungle bar lounge. During the stay in Palumeu, solar lighting is used in the evening, while oil lamps are used on the Kasikasima camps.
The village of Palumeu About 300 Indians live in the village of Palumeu. Despite the language difference, two tribes, the Trios and Wajanas, live together brotherly. The village is governed by a captain and some assistants (basjas). Just like their ancestors, villagers use what the jungle has to offer for their livelihood. With hunting, fishing and arable farming ("farmland") they provide their food, which consists of tubers, fruit, fish and game. Vegetables are not on the menu. The main food is cassava. Many building materials and utensils are still being extracted from the forest. In addition, locals now also buy consumer goods in Paramaribo, such as kitchen utensils, clothing, tools, music, outboard engines and gasoline. Tourism provides an additional source of income. The residents are happy with our guests and are closely involved in the tour program. The village has its own school and outpatient clinic.
You can do a shortened version of the Kasikasima tour in five days (four nights), always from Monday to Friday. For this, contact us via the contact form!