This was the kind of trip that would get me on a plane to travel from my home in Australia to the other side of the world. Loved waking up in the morning to the sound of the howler monkeys doing their thing from across the river and knowing you had the choice of kicking around the clean and very functional campsite with a few drinks and frequent dips in the cooling waters or heading out for a trek up the rather testing Voltzberg in the company of an expert guide with extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Amazing plant and bird life abounds with a particular highlight being the macaws that would jet across the blue skies, nearly always in pairs but on one occasion, a very vibrant trio!
I was traveling with friends with a lot more time in Suriname under their belts but they all commented on what a great and unique experience this trip into the interior was for them. The journey to Ralleighvallen from Paramaribo via Witagron wouldn't be for those who like their travel silky smooth but to me the few hours along some bumpy dirt roads and subsequent boat ride down the river only added to the whole feeling of getting away from civilisation and truly out amongst it. In fact it seemed kind of strange that on arrival there were actually a handful of other travelers already relaxing in the river and the accommodation consisted of some sizeable two or three story constructions and not just a space for us to get busy and pitch a tent. Kitchen facilities for cooking meals were more than adequate and the rooms, whilst simple and certainly not lavish, were all that was needed to make the stay comfortable and enjoyable. Nets for the beds were provided but I seemed to see much more in the way of birds and little sparrow sized bats than bugs.
I must say a big thank you to Stinasu for organising the tour and their drivers and guides who were friendly and informative throughout our stay. Ralleighvallen is surely a must see for those venturing into Suriname and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a destination for those who like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and out amongst the wilderness.....without leaving all of the basic comforts behind.
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