On the banks of the Tapanahoni River, Palumeu is a tranquil Amerindian village that has begun to welcome visitors in the hope of creating a sustainable future outside of the logging and hunting industries. It provides a rare chance for travelers to stay in a comfortable rainforest lodge deep in the heart of Suriname and get about in a dugout canoe.
Those with the urge to do it the hard way may want to brave the eight- to 12-day river journey to Palumeu from Albina. The less gung-ho will enjoy the one-hour flight from Paramaribo, taking in views of Mt Kasikasima rising dramatically out of the forest. Accommodation is in basic but comfortable Amerindian-style huts that are lit at night by kerosene lanterns. Enjoy being woken by a cacophony of forest birds and howler monkeys. Book through METS or Stinasu in Paramaribo.