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Fishing RIVER MONSTERS in Suriname Jungle Trek | Palumeu, Suriname

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Fishing RIVER MONSTERS in Suriname + Jungle Trek | Palumeu, Suriname

After an eventful first day in Palumeu, Suriname, I had even more exciting adventures in store for day two! Come along with me and my guides, Julian and Ose, as we fish for river monsters in the Tapanahony River and go on another awesome hike into the Surinamese jungle!

My morning began with me on a boat in the middle of the Tapanahony River at 6:20 in the morning! This was going to be an awesome day and I could not wait to get started.

My guides were born in the jungle and grew up there, so I had the best guides possible in Palumeu. They learn to live in harmony with nature and the river. It’s something most city people never get to experience!

We’d be having breakfast on a rock by the shore. We had coffee, bananas, tea, eggs, and raisin bread. I made a delicious egg sandwich. There was some gouda cheese in there with it. The black coffee was also super strong! As I ate, a group of about 20 people arrived. They were really cool tourists from the Netherlands!

I learned that the tide sometimes is too high to eat on this rock, but usually, you’ll have at least one meal here in Palumeu. We’d chill there for a while, and then we’d head out on our jungle trek. I was really hoping to see some wildlife, which is why I cam here.

We headed out on a one-hour boat ride. As we rode, we saw four yellow-headed vultures drying their wings in a tree. We passed through some rapids, but luckily, our guides knew exactly what they were doing and navigated it like a pro. The water funnels its way between the rocks and creates the rapids!

We landed and crossed lots of boulders so we could get a better perspective of the rapids. It was so cool, but we had to be careful because you can easily slip on a rock. The spot we found was epic! The rapids took up the entire width of the river and cascaded between and around lots of rocks! There was also a lot of seaweed in the river.

My guides caught some small fish to try to use as bait to catch piranha. They found a huge fish and hacked at it with a machete and brought it in. This fish is normally very expensive! We used the organs to fish for more fish!

I followed my guides across the rocks. I had to be super careful following them. They kept moving around to find a good spot, but ultimately didn’t catch anything.

From there, we hopped back on the boat for a few minutes and rode back to base camp, Mabuka. Then, we headed into the jungle. I learned that the trails were created by locals to create pathways for the Amerindians to move through the jungle to visit their families.

We found a tarantula’s burrow, but beyond that, we weren’t having much luck finding animals. Wildlife is very hit-or-miss in the wild, but I was surprised we hadn’t really seen anything. We arrived in the secondary forest, which has lots of low vegetation and bush. It’s super dense!

The primary forest has way less bush and lots of super tall trees. We found a dry leaf frog on the ground. He looked just like a leaf! We also found a tree whose bark is used to treat malaria. After an hour, our trek was nearing its end. It was more intense than yesterday’s because of the bush.

Our captain caught lots of bait while we were gone. I was ready to fish again! We headed up the rapids, which was such a rush! I almost flew out of the boat! We got to a calm area and started fishing. There was a piranha taking all of our bait, but unfortunately, we didn’t catch anything. But it was still an epic morning!

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FISHING FOR BIG PIRAIBA (LAU LAU) IN SURINAME

This is our newest film about the amazing fishing for big piraiba (lau lau) in Suriname. One of the best spots to catch these huge catfish.

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Surinamese JUNGLE FOOD + Jungle Trek to the POTI HILL | Palumeu, Suriname

After arriving at Palumeu, deep in the interior of Suriname, I tried some delicious Surinamese jungle food before going on an awesome jungle trek to Poti Hill! Come along with me as I explore the wonders of Palumeu!

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Palumeu is far off the beaten path, so the best way to reach it is via a charter plane, which takes about an hour from Paramaribo. You can also take a boat, but it will take days!

My adventures in Palumeu began almost immediately after landing, as Julius from Mets Travel & Tours and my local guide Ose took me to my beautiful, rustic, wooden bungalow at the Palumeu Jungle Lodge. It had two twin beds, a small desk, and a tiny but clean bathroom. The beds had mosquito nets over them, which you put down at 6 p.m.

Outside the bungalow was the Tapanahony River, one of the largest branches of the Maroni River! It’s located very close to the border with French Guiana. For me, the tropical wilderness with the jungle and river was paradise.

We headed back out for our Surinamese jungle food lunch. I was starving and couldn’t wait to eat! We headed toward the river and hopped in a huge, motorized canoe, which would take us to lunch.

The Tapanahony River was calmer than the Suriname River but there were still some rapids. It was really beautiful! The whole area was so serene. I was in heaven! Suriname was changing my life every single day. We landed and posted up at a campground, where we had some yuca frita, coleslaw, fish, and peanut sauce!

I love yuca frita, and it was incredible with the sweet peanut sauce. It’s almost like a really dense, fried plantain. I had to be careful with the fish because of the bones. It was a nice, fried fish. I pulled it apart to get rid of the big bones. It reminded me of a fried snapper and was really delicious!

But I was really loving the yuca frita with peanut sauce. I grew up with yuca frita in Miami. It’s so much better than French fries. The coleslaw contained tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, cucumber, and corn. It had a really nice crunch and I loved the addition of the corn. We finished our Surinamese jungle food with a punch-like lemonade.

We got back on the boat for another 20-30 minute journey down the river. I couldn’t wait to start my 60-minute jungle trek! I was hoping to see some animals!

Suriname is 80% untouched virgin rainforest. As we landed, we could hear a bird in the trees! We started our trek. I could smell parrot feces. The trek was really easy and much more suited to beginners than the ones at Browns-Mountain. The trail was nice and clear of debris. As we hiked, Julius showed me a palm tree that’s used for building walls and roofs of houses.

Barely any sun could get through the canopy above us, so we were really protected. There was lots of air flowing and there were lots of fallen logs to jump over! Twenty minutes in, I was feeling the burn! Then, Julius showed me a seed pod from a tree, which is used as a pipe to smoke tobacco. We also found a paddlewood tree, which is used to make paddles, and a massive, 300-year-old tree!

We hadn’t seen any animals yet, but I was still hopeful! We reached the top of the huge Poti Hill, where there were lots of spiny, sharp plants. The hill was really steep! We spent 30 minutes there and headed back down. This area reminded me of my time in Malawi!

On our way back, we could hear a loud bird. Back at the boat, our captain had caught some piranha! We followed the Tapanahony River back to the lodge. The Maroon people live downstream, while the Amerindians live upstream! I’d chill for a couple of hours and then have dinner!

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FISHING ????adventures in the rainforest and riverstreams of SURINAME (anjoemara, pacu, kumalu,piranha)

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Fishing PIRANHAS for BREAKFAST in the BIGGEST LAKE in Suriname | Stone Island, Suriname

I woke up bright and early the next day at Stone Island, deep within the interior of Suriname. Come along with me as I start another action-packed day by going into town to get some food and then go fishing for piranhas in Suriname’s biggest lake for breakfast!

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My day began at Stone Island’s reservoir, which was formed by a dam in 1964. The area used to be a forested valley, but now the only sign of that valley are the tops of dead trees that rise up out of the water! After getting some sick shots of the lake with my drone, my guide and friend Imro and I headed into town to grab some breakfast.

Suriname is a big mix of several cultures, including Chinese, African, Indonesian, Indian, Dutch, and the indigenous people. It’s an eclectic mix you can’t get anywhere else!

The Stone Island Resort was located about 10 minutes from Brownsweg. I couldn’t wait to see it during the day. We had to follow a dirt road to get there. It’s a tiny town with small houses, huts, and roadside restaurants. We stopped at a Chinese supermarket to see if they had some buns or wontons.

They had chicken, fish, and about 3 different empanandas. They’re fried pastries with meat inside. I got one with chicken, one with shrimp, and one with cheese. It was like a churro with chicken inside. It had some Chinese flavors and was a lot softer than Cuban empanadas like the ones I eat in Miami.

The shrimp one was flaky, more deep-fried, and thinner. The prawns inside were tiny and there weren’t that many of them, but it was fantastic! I loved the spices and pepper. The cheese empanada was thicker and the biggest of them all. It was basically cheese bread. It was a nice, white cheese. I dipped it into my coffee to make it better. The coffee was the best part!

Imro bought some bread, iced coffee, and Nutella at the supermarket. I recommend buying Dutch chocolate there! I bought a coconut drink, which was like pure coconut. It was super refreshing and was like a mix of coconut flesh and coconut milk! Then Imro bought some hooks so we could fish for piranha!

We drove back to Stone Island. The scenery and roads reminded me of Malawi, where I spent 22 days with my wife. We stopped to see some red hand monkeys in the trees. They were deep in the bush and like 40 feet up!

Back at the lake, we went out on a metal pier. Imro cut up a frozen chicken to use as bait. He caught a big piranha with it! I caught one that was nearly a foot long! Next, Imro cleaned it and we took it to the dining hall and kitchen to be fried!

There were tons of bones in it! I waited for it to cool down. The flesh was gamy but good. The skin was crispy and I had to be careful eating it. I almost threw up because of a bone in my throat. It’s the only thing I hate about eating fish.

The meat was really good! There were no bones between the big spines, so it was easy to eat the flesh. I was glad there was a lot of meat! Then we went for the head. Imro told me to go for the cheeks and the brains. The cheek was so good. It was like the deer meat of fish!

Then we headed out on a boat to go to Howler Monkey Island! Searching for wildlife is always hit or miss, but the monkeys are definitely on the island. I saw a lizard before we entered a chicken and duck farm. There’s a big, yellow-foot tortoise there. They’re endangered. I’d never seen one this big! Then we took a boat ride around the island!

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My name is David Hoffmann. For the last decade, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,100 destinations in 74 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube channel, travel blog, and social media sites.

I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.

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Fishing in South Suriname , for Anjoemara

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Surinamese JUNGLE BREAKFAST + Jungle Trek Along the Surinamese River | Isadou Island, Suriname

As my epic adventures in the South American jungles continued, I enjoyed a Surinamese jungle breakfast and then went on a trek along the Suriname River! Come along with me on my latest Surinamese adventure!

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My day began where it ended the previous day, on Isadou Island in the interior of Suriname. On the island is an awesome resort with 28 bungalows, which have private bathrooms and porches with hammocks! I slept so well under my mosquito net overnight with the sound of the flowing river, but it was time to get my day started. My first order of business was getting some breakfast!

I joined my boy Imro from Jenny Tours and headed back to one of the open-air dining areas, where breakfast was waiting for us. Our options included casaba bread, scrambled eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, and a grapefruit-like fruit. There’s also a Nutella-like spread, butter, and peanut butter for the casaba bread. I went for everything except the cucumber and spreads and also got some hot, strong coffee!

The eggs were really nice. I liked it with the casaba bread and fresh tomatoes. The bread is as hard as a rock, but it’s good! Then I went with the grapefruit, which was very tangy and fleshy. It was so tasty and filling and was the perfect thing to get me through the next few hours.

Isadou Island is so relaxing and peaceful. You can just chill out and just enjoy nature. At 10 a.m., we headed out to go for a trek in the jungle! I wore the scarf I bought around my head and covered my neck. We brought water, sunblock, and mosquito repellent. If you don’t use OFF!, the mosquitoes will attack you! Imro doesn’t believe in using it, but I had to do it if I didn’t want to be eaten alive!

I hopped in our boat. I love jungle treks. They’re the best way to see the flora and fauna of any tropical location. We reached a trail after a 5-minute boat ride. Our trek would be 90 minutes: 45 minutes into the forest and then 45 back to the boat. The trail is man-made, but there’s tons of brush everywhere!

It was amazing. When you’re quiet, you can hear animal sounds all around you! The path got more narrow as we walked and it was very slippery. I was hoping to see some animals soon. I hadn’t seen anything but mosquitoes so far, but Imro told me there are yellow-foot tortoises and sloths in this forest.

We continued through the bush and eventually found a monkey in a tree. It was a black monkey near the top. It was almost impossible to see him. We continued downhill and across some logs over a creek. It wasn’t so easy to cross. Imro showed me a sturdy tree that’s used to make crafts.

After our tour ended, we got back in the boat and headed back to the resort. I was loving this day. It was truly relaxing and peaceful. Then, I changed into my shorts to go jump in the Suriname River! The water was cold, which was perfect because it was so hot out! The water streaming over me and hitting my back was like a natural massage! Bathing in the river was such an epic experience!

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Explore Suriname episode 16: The Zanderij Savanne 4x4 adventure

On today's episode of exploring Suriname i will take you to the most fun 4x4 trek in Suriname ''The Zanderij Savanne ''.Not too far from Paramaribo we have this unique Savanne vegetation in Suriname .Very popular among 4x4 enthusiasts and local hunters this vegetation is filled with these small pools of creeks. These brown/red ish color creeks can often give u the cold bath u are craving in the hot summer.
So i hope this video will encourage you to explore this unique vegetation found in Suriname .

Surinamese REMOTE VILLAGE TOUR & Trying Their JUNGLE BEER | Palumeu, Suriname

My adventures in Suriname continued along the Tapanahony River in Palumeu, deep in the interior of the country. A whopping 80% of Suriname is covered by rainforest, so a lot of the country, including Palumeu, is virtually untouched!

I was staying at a resort that accommodates 20 people. It’s made up of wooden bungalows with basic amenities, but they have electricity, so I can charge my gear! There are two twin beds with mosquito netting and hammocks on a dock outside.

My latest adventure started with lunch in the open-air dining hall! We had some roti with pumpkin mash, aloo, and chicken. There was also some spicy chili that I added to it! It was delicious together! The pumpkin was a little sweet.

I took some of the chicken off the bone. It was so tasty and juicy. It was simple yet so good and fresh! I was loving the Indian influence in the cuisine. The sauces were a real game-changer and the heat from the chilies cleared my sinuses! I loved mixing everything together!

Next, I headed to the village with my guide Julius from Mets Travel and Tours. He told me it would take 12 days to get here from Albina! We approached the village, where the houses were built on stilts so they don’t flood when it rains. There are about a dozen houses in total. We also saw the local Baptist church, Maranata Jesu Panejan. Most of the people here are Baptist!

Most of the locals were working, so they weren’t around. The few people around were in the shade. We also visited the communal hall, where meetings, celebrations, and feasts are held. People also sleep there if there’s an overflow of people.

My guides were completely covered so they wouldn’t burn. I was told that the villages are near the river because it’s their lifeline. It’s their food and water source. They bathe there and wash their clothes there. I also learned that the Amerindian population mostly lives along the river while the Maroon people are more inland.

I asked if they had anything for sale. They brought out lots of bracelets, some maracas, a knife, and arrow, necklaces, and a a flute! I got some bracelets made of seeds and leaves for my daughters. Then, I went to try a local beer. I could taste the fermentation. It was a little thick and cloudy. It was 3 to 5% alcohol and was super earthy and milky! It was so good and refreshing that I got a second round!

Then, we headed back the resort. I had another charter flight in 50 minutes. Along the way, I met a beautiful parrot! We passed by the local school, which is next to the airstrip. There are a couple hundred airstrips in the interior.

I’d get to sit in the front with the pilot! I was a little nervous because I don’t really like small planes. It was going to be a thrilling adventure. We took off and soared high above the rainforest. It was never-ending dense jungle.

We passed over towns and settlements and eventually landed smoothly back in Paramaribo. It only took 70 minutes and was a pretty good flight, although we had some bumpy moments in some clouds. I was a little freaked out, but now it was time for me to go to my hotel!

Paramaribo is so diverse. Here, you have people from many different ethnicities, including Dutch, Indian, Indonesian, Chinese, Amerindian, African, and more. It’s a true melting pot! Because of that, the food is incredibly diverse.

I arrived at my hotel, the Royal Torarica Hotel, one of the best in Paramaribo. My room was really modern, sleek, and luxurious. It had high ceilings, a king-sized bed, a couch, flat screen TV, and more. The bathroom reminded me of a 5-star boutique hotel!

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I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.

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Local SURINAMESE FOOD + CRAZY Road trip & Hike to Browns Mountain Waterfalls | Brownsweg, Suriname

After a long journey from Isadou Island back to Brownsweg, I was on my way to Brownsmountain in the Brownsberg Nature Park. Come along with me and my guide Imro as we enjoy some Surinamese food and on a wild road trip and a crazy hike to see the waterfalls on the mountain!

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The latest leg of my Surinamese adventures began with me and my boy Imro from Jenny Tours setting out from the town of Brownsweg in a big truck driven by a guy named Rias. I had to climb in through the driver’s side to get into the front seat and there were other passengers in the back. The ride would take us an hour!

The road was really muddy and filled with potholes. It was really bumpy. We had to stop for a bit because there was a car ahead of us that was stuck in the mud. After they got un-stuck, we continued on, but the roads didn’t get much better. We saw another car stuck in the mud, which is why you should drive a 4x4 here.

We continued along a rocky, flooded jungle path. The road was cracked on one side as we continued on, but our driver knew what he was doing. It was probably the worst road I’ve ever been on. It’s not for people who get motion sickness, that’s for sure! After an hour, we reached the campsite atop the 500-meter-tall mountain.

We decided to hold off on lunch for a couple of hours and instead, get some incredible views of the reservoir at Stone Island. The view was incredible. There are a lot of trees and you can see how huge the lake is. From there, Imro and I went on a hike through the jungle to look for some waterfalls!

The street was super muddy and filled with potholes with dirty water in them. I had to be super careful in my sneakers! We left the street and followed a trail through the jungle. The trail wasn’t bad. It went gradually downhill and was way better than walking through the mud. I could hear the animals in the trees around us!

We reached a viewpoint where we could see Brownsweg. We continued on and approached our first waterfall. The trail got a bit more treacherous and steep as we went. Luckily, there was a rope strung between the trees to hold yourself steady! It was a real adventure!

The waterfall was about 30 meters high and splashes on the rocks and is totally worth the trek to get there. Then, we turned around to go to the other waterfall! It would take us 45 minutes to get back, plus another 30 minutes to the falls. The trek up would be really dangerous if it wasn’t for the rope. We stopped for some water and to catch our breath.

The trail was extremely steep. Going uphill was worse than going down, but it’s also a good workout. You should keep moving; otherwise bugs will get you. We had to make our way down another steep trail to get to the second falls. It wasn’t as bad as the last one, though. There’s a lot of mud leading to the falls, but they were worth it because they’re so beautiful! They had 3 or 4 tiers in total!

I splashed some water on my face and took a drink of some. After a brutal 90-minute hike back to the campsite, we finally got some lunch! It consisted of chicken, rice, coleslaw, and Parbo bier. The beer was so refreshing!

The rice and chicken curry was nice and creamy. I also loved the chicken. It was so fresh and tasty. The coleslaw was really good, too. It had no Mayo and was just cabbage, pepper, and oil. I loved how crunchy and moist it was. It was a typical Surinamese lunch and was super healthy. I also tried a crazy spicy pepper, which I mixed with the rice!

I hope you enjoyed coming on my crazy road trip and hike at Brownsmountain! If you did, please give it a thumbs up, leave a comment, and subscribe so you don’t miss any of my upcoming travel/food adventures!

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My name is David Hoffmann. For the last decade, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,100 destinations in 74 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube channel, travel blog, and social media sites.

I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.

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Surinamese SMOKED CATFISH + Galibi Town Tour | Galibi, Suriname

After arriving in the town of Galibi, Suriname the previous day, I woke up bright and early the next morning to have a quick breakfast, head out with my boy Imro to take a tour of the town, and have some delicious smoked catfish! Come along with me as my epic Surinamese adventures continue!

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Galibi is the northeastern-most town in Suriname and is right on the border with French Guyana. I started my morning at the guest house dining hall, where I was enjoying a breakfast of eggs, spicy and salty fish, and a pancake. I also had a strong coffee!

The fish wasn’t too spicy, but it was super salty! The fish mash had onions and chilies in it. Because Suriname used to be ruled by the Dutch, pancakes are eaten there. I put all of my fish into the pancake to see how it would taste. It was amazing! The pancake was a super thin, spicy crepe, and the fish went with it so well! Juicy and phenomenal! It was so good I got another one! The spice was the best part!

Then I met up with Imro. This was his village. He took me to a gift shop, where I found a cool leopard stool for $110 USD. There were also nicklaces, turtle-shaped figurines, pottery, bracelets, and more crafts from the area! I bought a hollowed-out calabash fruit with a turtle carved into it.

We headed back out. There were lots of mango trees. I tried one - it was more citrusy than the ones in Florida! Then we found a calabash tree and palm trees. Imro also showed me a huge, 500-meter fishing net that was being made by a fisherman.

I was getting hungry, so I was ready to eat again! We stopped to try some cashew fruit, which was super sour.

I crossed a wooden plank to get to the dried fish. There was some that was cooking in the smoker. It costs a little under $5 USD for one fish. We tried it with some casaba bread, salt, and peppers. It had a very smoky flavor and was really good, despite the spines! The peppers were the best part. They gave it a nice, intense kick! I love village food. It doesn’t get any more authentic than this.

Next, we headed over to the local primary school, but first, we came across the same tarantula in the tree from the previous night.

The downtown area of Galibi consisted of 5 or 6 houses, a church, and a school. Only 800 people live there. There’s a soccer field, a banquet hall, and lots of small houses. School was in session at Sint Antonius School!

There were about 60 kids and 9 teachers there. It was open-air, a terrace, and a Surinamese flag. The kids were shy. They ranged from 4 years old to middle-school-age. The high school is in Albina.

We left the school and came across a hut that shows the species of sea turtles that nest in the area, including the Olive Ridley turtle, the green turtle, and the leatherback.

It was boiling outside! From there, I left the Myrysji Lodge, chatted with the owner, and hopped on a boat. It would take an hour for us to get back to Albina. On the way, we looked for animals in the jungle. We didn’t see anything, though, probably because it was the hottest part of the day.

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Surinamese INDIAN STREET FOOD - Catfish Roe Chutney & Vada | Traveling to Stone Island, Suriname

After my whirlwind trip up to Galibi and back, I was back in Albina, Suriname to grab some Surinamese Indian food! After that, my guide Imro and I would hit the road, drive back to Paramaribo, and then continue on to the country’s biggest lake, Browns-Mountain! Come along with me on my latest Surinamese adventure!

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We started with lunch at the Freedom Cafe. It was so hot outside and I couldn’t wait to get inside. I got some pork tail, chicken, smoked fish, rice, chilies, peas, and vegetables. It’s mostly a takeout place, so I was the only one eating inside!

The smoked catfish was mixed with several things, including onion. It was like a delicious, minced fish. I mixed some with the rice and peppers. The peppers made it really hot! The veg had a strong flavor. It had the feel of eggplant but the taste was way different!

The pork tail was super fatty and full of bones. With the peas and rice, it tasted like a dish I’d tried in Africa. The peas were phenomenal. The chicken had an almost Chinese-like flavor and had a sweet sauce on it. Then I mixed everything together. The catfish was the best thing!

After my super authentic meal, we hit the road toward Paramaribo. I was excited to more of what this country is all about! After 90 minutes on the road, we stopped for some bananas. Mine was very sweet!

We passed back through Tamarejo, the Javanese town I’d visited the previous day. I wanted to eat again.

Outside of Paramaribo, we stopped at a roti shop where they served Indian foods like vada and three chutneys: catfish roe, shrimp, and and a spicy one!

The shrimp was incredible and took me right back to India! I also loved the catfish roe, which was spicy and buttery. The crunchy, spicy, and oily shrimp was out of this world, but the catfish roe was one of the best chutneys of all-time! There were lots of herbs in there and the roe pops in your mouth!

The vada was made of flour and went so well with the roe. Unreal! I loved it so much. The combination was so amazing that I had to get more of the roe! I couldn’t get enough of it!

Then we headed out to get some sausages. There were lots of varieties, but I got some chicken sausage, beef sausage, blood sausage with bread inside, and an exotic-looking piece of beef that I couldn’t identify.

The blood sausage was better than any I’d ever had. The chicken had a spicy and sweet soy sauce on it. I was loving the spicy and sweet combos here in Suriname! The beef sausage was another winner! It was so fresh and was like minced beef inside. You can just suck it out of the wrapper!

The exotic beef wasn’t bad. I was iffy on it because of the fat, but it was great with the sauce!

We crossed the bridge back into Pamaribo and made a left and followed the road. We passed a mosque and a Hindu temple, which shows how diverse Suriname is.

The road was being paved, so some of it was tricky to navigate! But then we got to the highway. Even though we were in a rainstorm, the area was beautiful! There was lots of jungle. The trees were higher and greener.

As we rode, we came across a wild, three-fingered sloth crossing the road. We decided to move him away from the road and put him near a tree to keep him safe from harm.

After about 3.5 or 4 hours, we arrived in the resort area. There was a huge, man-made lake, which was created in 1964. The area used to be a forest, so there are lots of trees rising out of the water!

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Surinamese FOOD TOUR of the Kwatta Sunday Market - Indian & Indonesian Food | Paramaribo, Suriname

With another morning Paramaribo, Suriname upon me, I headed out to go on an epic food tour! Join me as I try some of the best Surinamese Indian and Indonesian food at Kwatta Sunday Market!

My day began early on Sunday morning at the Royal Torarica Hotel, a beautiful, 4-star hotel with 105 rooms. This place is like a boutique hotel in the middle of downtown!

Sunday in Paramaribo is Market Day, so I couldn’t wait to do as the locals do. I had visited the Chinese and Indonesian markets the previous Sunday and had loved them, so I couldn’t wait to visit Kwatta Sunday Market! It’s also open on Wednesdays.

I met up with my boy Jan from Jenny Tours, who took me to the market. We passed through the downtown area, where there are tons of 200-300-year-old Dutch wooden buildings, which are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

We arrived at the market and passed by a vintage clothing market, some produce, and food. The market is super crowded. We saw some brown beans with rice and chicken, which is the national dish of Suriname! I also saw Indonesian food and Indian food, including jalebi!

There were 8 or 9 food vendors and the variety was huge, between the local, Indian, and Indonesian foods. I tried the brown beans with barbecued chicken and rice first. The beans were a little al dente and really nice. The chicken had a nice glaze on top and reminded me of chicken tandoori and had a nice, charcoal flavor and Chinese flavors. It was so good. It also contained some spicy chilies, which I mixed in. It had an African twist!

I had to cool my mouth down with some dawet, a Javanese drink made with rose, coconut milk, and lemongrass. It had some jellies in it and was really refreshing! It was almost like boba tea.

Then I had some ketan serundeng, which is an Indonesian sticky rice dish with coconut on top. It was amazing! The sticky rice was so sweet, it was basically a dessert! I loved it! It felt very tropical and was so freaking good!

Next was a Jewish cornbread with yuca called bojo. It looked super sweet and looked like a more dense version of flan. It was very sweet and contained cinnamon and a type of condensed syrup. It was really decadent and could have used some ice cream on top!

Then we tried some fried balls with chili, some Indian jalebi, and a flour vada with pepper chutney. The balls were bright red and made from yellow peas. They were super hot! The jalebi is fried dough in a sweet syrup. It’s ridiculously sweet and crunchy. It was a sugar overload! Then I tried the vada, which was very fluffy and airy and soft. The peppers added a lot of spice and it had lots of layers of dough in it! It was more like an elephant ear than an Indian vada. The spicy balls were the best!

From there, we went out to explore the market, where they were selling CDs, bananas, mangoes, papayas, chilies, ginger, eggplant, and more! There are probably a hundred vendors, and all ethnicities were represented.

I tried a fruit with a slimy exterior and a big seed in the middle. I bought a jar of mango chutney. Then we entered the fish market. Everything was really fresh! It was sensory overload with the sights and smells. There were also chicken, shrimp, venison, and more. It was amazing watching the fish butchers work! This was a real, authentic market experience!

There was a barber shop in the middle of the market, as well as a smoked catfish area! Past that is a huge produce section, and outside is second-hand clothing mostly from the Netherlands. Then, I tried some spicy ginger beer. It was pure, potent ginger with lemongrass and sugar. What an epic market tour!

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AMAZING Surinamese Seafood + LEATHERBACK TURTLES | Galibi, Suriname

After arriving in the riverside town of Albina, Suriname, which lies just opposite French Guyana along the banks of the Maroni River, my boy Imro and I made the boat trip north to Galibi along the Atlantic Ocean. There, we would look for some leatherback turtles! I couldn’t wait to start the next leg of my Surinamese adventure!

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We started by driving through Albina to get some gas for our boat driver. I had to be careful to not really film the people; they don’t really like it.

We arrived at the gas station. I had never been to one like it. It was right along the river and had a great view of French Guyana across the water! The lush greenery of French Guyana had a real jungle feel and the whole area reminded me of places I’ve visited in Africa. We bought 55 liters of gas for 350 SRD, or a little under $47 USD. We contracted the boat driver to ferry us for the next 24 hours.

Albina was blowing my mind. In addition to Africa, it reminded me of certain places in India as well. The beach was barren with the exception of lots of boats and a fallen tree. Our trip would take 2 hours and I didn’t want to burn, so I changed to a long-sleeved shirt to cover my arms.

After we set off, my boy Imro surprised me with a Parbo Bier. It was nice and cold! And after a choppy, 100-minute ride, with water splashing all over us, we arrived in Galibi! This was way off the beaten path!

I arrived at my cabin for the night, which contained a bed with mosquito netting. It was all I needed. Then, we headed to go see Imro’s girlfriend, who was cooking some wild boar and seafood! We walked along a gorgeous, picturesque beach to get there and passed lots of parked boats along the way. Our boat driver had brought our water, bags, and alcohol, so we carried them the rest of the way.

In addition to Africa, Galibi also reminded me of Tortuguero in Costa Rica. It had the same Caribbean-like feel!

After we arrived, we found lots of food cooking: wild boar in a peppery soup, curry crab, local crab, crab brains, and casaba bread and grains. The soup was spicy, and the boar meat was tasty, tender, and gamy but full of bones. It was a light soup with a real kick to it!

Next was the casaba bread, which was hard and crunchy, with some broth and boar. The casaba grains were hard and earthy. The local rose wine we brought was great to wash it all down! Local village food is the best! The variety was blowing me away!

Next were the crab brains, which you eat by adding a bit of salt and dipping the casaba bread into it. It was gelatinous and slimy and wasn’t my favorite. The curry crab was tasty and succulent but not spicy. It took some effort to get to the meat!

The local crab was fleshy and buttery. The last thing I went for was the claw, which was full of flesh!

After our meal, Imro found a tarantula in a tree! We took another path back to the guest house. On the way, we passed a jungle where there are lots of animals including jaguars!

At the guest house, I got snapper in a tomato sauce with rice, and spicy fish soup. The broth was creamy and spicy as ever and the fish’s flesh was super buttery! I had to break the fish up to get rid of the bones. I had to be really careful eating it!

I broke up the other snapper as well. I loved the glazy, tomato sauce but I still had to look out for bones.

At 8:30 that night, I headed out to look for leatherback turtles! We used a red light so we wouldn’t disturb any animals. In 3 hours, we only saw a caiman and some birds. I recommend visiting in February at the start of sea turtle season.

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UNREAL Surinamese Breakfast in PARAMARIBO + Flying to Palumeu | Suriname

The next leg of my Surinamese adventure was finally upon me! Come along with me as I enjoy an unreal Surinamese breakfast in Paramaribo and then hop on a flight to Palumeu. I couldn’t wait to start this next adventure in Suriname!

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My adventure started in the capital of Suriname, Paramaribo. My boy Imro from Jenny Tours and I started off our day at a local restaurant called Jennely’s Food House that sells at least 25 different breakfast options. Usually, you pick an item that they stuff into a piece of bread, but I wanted to try everything, so I decided not to have too much bread

The food looked like a unique mix of Indian, African, Dutch, and Indonesian, and looked really good. I was so excited to eat!

I got some cucumber, tomato, lettuce, beans, beef, pork, chicken curry, kidneys, and shrimp! I opened my bread and put some shrimp inside. They were nice and small and super tasty. The shrimp were oily and fresh and came in a tomato-based sauce.

Then, I went with the chicken liver. It was dense and so full of flavor! The bread made it super filling. I got some hot, black coffee between bites and then tried some of the pork alone. It was sweet and seemed to have some Chinese influences. The beef was darker and chewier than the liver, but it was hard to eat with the bread.

Next, I tried the pom, which is like a chicken salad with mangoes and vegetable. The sweetness from the mangoes was off the charts! Then I tried some beans, which reminded me of Thailand. Everything had a unique flavor. Then I took the bread and soaked up the remaining sauce on my plate!

Then I grabbed some liver, sprouts, and greens. It was crunchy, sweet, and spicy and was my favorite dish so far! I couldn’t get enough of it! You have to eat at Jennely’s when you come to Paramaribo.

Then, I went inside to talk to the woman working there. I had to tell her how amazing the food was!

From there, we went back to my hotel and grabbed my things. Sadly, I had to say goodbye to Imro, who wouldn’t be coming with me on the next leg of my trip. I packed all my things into a taxi and headed off to the charter airport!

This would be my first time on a chartered plane in several years. It’s an awesome experience because it’s usually just you and the pilot. It’s expensive, but it’s always worth it. I’d be flying to a spot near the Surinamese border with Brazil!

At the airport, I met my guide, Julius, from Met Travel Tours. We’d be flying Gum Air down to Palumeu on an 10-seat charter plane. They weighed me and my luggage and I chilled in the VIP area with other people who’d be flying on the plane.

I boarded the plane and sat in the back. There, I had awesome views out both windows! We took off! I was a little nervous because the turbulence in tiny planes is much worse than larger planes. But I was also excited to get to the jungle! We flew over the Brokopondo Reservoir, gold mines, and the Suriname River.

After 30 minutes, we landed to pick up 4 more passengers. There was a lot of turbulence as we flew through the clouds. I could see the rainforest below as we descended. We landed in a tiny, green airstrip, where four others boarded. We only had 15 more minutes to go!

We flew right over the Suriname River as we took off again, and I could see villages below. It was so beautiful! We descended again fast and landed at another landing strip in the jungle. We were going to have tons of adventures at Palumeu! I couldn’t wait!

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AMAZON FOOD in Suriname + Island Hotel Tour & Caimans | Isadou Island, Suriname

My epic travels through Suriname continued after I arrived on Isadou Island, where I tried some delicious Amazonian food, took a tour of the island and hotel, and got to see some of the local wildlife! Come along with me as my Surinamese adventures in the Amazon continue!

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Isadou Island is located about five hours south of the capital of Paramaribo. It’s a resort island in the middle of the Suriname River. It’s extremely beautiful and kind of reminded me of my time in the San Blas Islands in Panama. There are 28 bungalows on the island. Three of them have two beds, while the others have four beds. You can also eat there and even take a bath in the river!

My afternoon on the island began with me giving a tour of my bungalow. The toilet, sink, and shower are right there as soon as you enter! Past them is a room with two beds with mosquito netting over them. There’s a small terrace with a couple of chairs and a hammock outside, which looks out at the river!

Then I went to get some lunch with my friend and guide Imro from Jenny Tours. Lunch consisted of rice, green beans, some vegetables, chicken, and cucumber. The green beans were amazing! They were so tasty and earthy. The bitter melon greens was like a soupy, spicy coleslaw. The chicken was also fantastic and had a sweet and delicious, Asian-inspired marinade on it. All of the food is grown and raised locally!

Then, Imro went to go jump in the river. There’s an area with flowing water where you can avoid anaconda, caiman, and piranhas. There was a long sunshower happening, but it was OK. I debated whether I should join him! Instead, I went to an observation deck with 3 hammocks overlooking the river. This island is so sick!

At six o’clock, you put your mosquito net down over your bed. Then it was time for dinner!

On our way to dinner, Imro showed me a cacao tree and a calabash tree. It would just be the two of us because we were the only ones there. I was hoping to see some caiman at night after dinner.

We went back to the open-air dining hall, where we had some beer. I had a Guinness Foreign Extra stout. Then, a woman arrived carrying our dinner on her head!

Dinner consisted of casaba soup with rice and chicken. I’d never had it before, so I couldn’t wait to try it! It was super thick and the casaba reminded me of yuca. I think they’re the same thing! It came with a huge chili pepper. I scooped out the seeds and mixed them into the soup, which made it really spicy! The food was so good!

After dinner, we waited a bit to go out to see the caiman, which come out around 8:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., we headed out into the pitch dark. There was no light pollution, so we could see the stars really well! We headed to the boat at the dock and put spotlights on our heads.

Going out on the river was such an awesome adventure. We saw a swallow and a caiman, which disappeared right away. I could see eyes reflecting the light from my spotlight. We spotted a big caiman in the bush. We saw 3 caiman in total, including a 5-foot-long monster!

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INSANE Indian STREET FOOD in SURINAME + Traveling to BrownsMountain | Suriname

After 36 hours on beautiful Isadou Island on the Suriname River in the interior of the country, it was time for me to leave and start the next leg of my adventure! Come along with me and my boy Imro as we head to the BrownMountain area and try some insane Indian street food along the way!

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My latest adventure began with me kicking back and relaxing in the hammock outside of my bungalow on Isadou Island. My mind was blown by my time on this island. In the last 36 hours, I had trekked through the jungle, searched for caiman at night, swam in the river, visited the local village, chilled out, and more!

Today, I’d get some breakfast on the island, take a boat ride up to Achone, and head back to Brownsweg.

I met back up with Imro to get a healthy village breakfast in the dining hall. We got some bananas, grapefruit, eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, cheese, bread, and coffee. I got everything except the cucumber and banana. The eggs had very little yolk in them and the tomatoes were super fresh. I loved them! I made a little sandwich pocket with a piece of bread, the eggs, cheese, and tomatoes.

After breakfast, I grabbed my backpack and the paddle I bought in the village of Jaw Jaw the previous day and headed out. I had a lot of clothes and equipment, so Imro had to help me with my bags. I said goodbye to the amazing locals and we loaded my bags into the boat. You can protect your bags and yourself from the water with some plastic.

We continued through the rapids, past Jaw Jaw, toward Achone. It would only take 30 minutes because we’d be traveling with the current. The river was super calm. On the way, we saw some red hen monkeys and squirrel monkeys jumping from tree to tree above us.

After 30 minutes, we arrived back in Achone. I was hungry again! We got back to Imro’s car. I saw someone with three paddles and bought two of them as gifts. Then I met a woman selling a flour vada and mango chutney!

The mango chutney was spicy and so tasty! It rivaled some of the ones I had in India. It had a delicious, African twist and was super fluffy. It was incredible! I asked for some more mango chutney for the last few bites. It was that good and so creamy! And it only cost me about $1 USD.

Then we bought some water inside the supermarket. We had about an hour’s drive until we reached Brownsweg. I was hoping to see some wildlife along the way. I also tried to get some money out of an ATM, but it wouldn’t give me any money. Only one had worked for me so far! I suggest getting money out of the ATM to pull out money. You get the best exchange rate that way.

After 30 minutes, we hadn’t seen much along the roads except a few huts and some logging and quarries. There was lots of lush, green bush. We arrived in Brownsweg to head up to the BrownsMountain area!

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EATING Surinamese INDIAN STREET FOOD on the Suriname River | Traveling to Isadou Island, Suriname

With my time at Stone Island, Suriname nearing an end, my guide Imro and I made our way to my next destination, Isadou Island. Along the way, I found some Surinamese Indian street food that blew my mind! Come along with me as I make my way to Isadou Island!

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My latest Surinamese adventure started on the road outside of Brownsweg, where I had stayed for the past day or so. My guide Imro and I were driving an hour and 15 minutes to the town of Achone on the Suriname River, where we would then catch a boat to Isadou Island in the Upper Suriname River.

We passed through Brownsweg, the small town nearby. We stopped to get some gas and then passed by some of its gold mines. My favorite part about the road trip is that you don’t know what to expect due to animals crossing the road! For now, we passed by a lot of bush. I was amazed by how green the country is. I love short road trips like this.

We arrived in Achone, a tiny town on the Suriname River. There are lots of boats along the river that head to other villages along the Upper Suriname River. We went to look for some food at a nice restaurant along the river. I saw some fried banana, but I wanted something else. We got a liter of Parbo bier, which was light and refreshing.

I got some barbecued chicken and french fries with mayonnaise. The noodles had a sweet sauce on them. The marinade on the chicken was great. It had a nice charcoal taste. I loved the Indonesian influence in the food! It has changed the way the food tastes in suriname.

The chicken was also super fresh. The marinade was a little different from the peanut sauce I’d had earlier in my trip, but still outstanding. I washed it all down with the beer!

Next, we went to the Fu Lin supermarket. We bought some beer because they don’t have any at the resort we’d be going to. We bought some Guinesses and some for the boat captain. Then, we got on the boat!

I put on my life jacket and covered myself with my scarf. We were in for a 45-minute boat ride upriver. Along the way, Imro told me that we might see some anaconda, monkeys, and caiman, sloths, toucans, and more in the jungle along the river.

A woman in our boat had some Indian food that she shared with me! There was some vada and a mango chutney. It had an African twist! It was spicy and the vada had a nice dough. The chutney was unreal! The Indian influence here was outstanding! It We dropped her off in another village.

After passing through an area with a super strong current, we got to the resort on Isadou. We were way off the beaten path! I had a lot of bags because of my equipment! The island was pretty small with 28 bungalows, some of which were along the river. Three of them have two beds and the others have 4 beds. It reminded me of my time in Panama. There were a few places to eat and opportunities to swim in the river and that was pretty much it!

I hope you enjoyed traveling with me from Stone Island to Isadou Island! If you did, please give this video a thumbs up, leave a comment, and subscribe so you don’t miss any of my upcoming travel/food adventures!

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