Palumeu Jungle Lodge tour in Suriname

Palumeu Jungle Lodge, a Resort near the Wayana and Trio Amer indian village, on the upper-Tapanahony river in prestine Suriname jungle.


Price: US$ 645.-(4-5days)

 

Arrival

We land at Palumeu Jungle Lodge, a Resort near an Amerindian village bearing the same name, lies at the Upper Tapanahony river in the midst of the Amazon rainforest. It is an ideal holiday-resortfor nature-lovers. The hike to "Poti Hill", from which you will enjoy a unique view on the river, mountain-peaks and canopy of trees of the southern part of Suriname, is a truly memorable experience. In this unspoilt part of the tropical rainforest in which a chorus of birds and howler-monkeys announce daybreak, the impressive rapids, flora and fauna of the Amazon forest and the traditional lifestyle of the upland Amerindian tribes, the Trio and Wajana, will surely fascinate you. Although the Amerindians live a reserved life and are not very prone to communication with others, because of their century-old lifestyle, they will after some time open up to you as guests. A 4 or 5 day stay among them is, however, also because of the language-barrier, oftentimes too short for close contact with them. The Palumeu tour is ideal for those who wish to experience the Amazon rainforest as the living-environment of the Amerindians, without too much inconvenience.

Palumeu Tour Highlightsl

• Trips by dug-out canoe • A walk in the forest during which the local guide provides information about the use of medicinal plants • A visit to the Mabuka rapids and "Palawa Paw" (Parrot island) for a picnic and to relax in the rapids • Swimming, paddling in a dug-out canoe, bow and arrow shooting and fishing (in the traditional manner) • A walk through the village with opportunity to purchase Amerindian arts & crafts This trip is a soft adventure tour, recommended for people who want to enjoy nature in a little comfort and for which less physical action is needed. • A climb to "Poti Hill" which offers a unique view of the rivers and mountain tops of southern Suriname Information on the people of Palumeu

The local people at Palumeu, the Amerindians, live a quiet, peaceful and self-providing life along the streams of the upper Tapanahony river. They are not prone to communication with others. They are nevertheless very hospitable people. Most Amerindians know Sranang Tongo (the lingua franca of Suriname) apart from their local Amerindian tongue. Even so, it is not easy to engage them into a pleasant talk. This is the result of their century-old lifestyle but might be experienced by you, as guests, as being reserved. This is, however, not the case at all. The Amerindian will be less reserved towards you after some time. A four- or five day stay at Palumeu, during a tour, is, however, in most cases to short to accomplish this. The flight to Palumeu takes you from Zorg en Hoop airport in Paramaribo over the Suriname River basin. After five minutes, if there are no clouds, you can see the aluminum company at Paranam in the distance to your left. Here, alumina is being extracted from bauxite for export. After that, you fly over the Johan Adolf Pengel international airport, popularly called 'Zanderij'. Next, you will soon see the enormous Brokopondo hydro-lake beneath (approx. 1,600 km2), as well as Brownsberg Nature Park. The 'gaps' in the rainforest are the result of gold panning activities. South of the hydro- lake, along the Upper Suriname River, lie several Saramaccan villages. The road endings are clearly visible from above. From Pokigron and Atyoni, transportation is only possible by dug-out canoe or by airplane. The airstrips at Laduani, Botopasi and Dyumu respectively, are easily spotted from the air. The last 10 minutes of the flight, the Suriname River gets out of view but you can still see a few mountain tops of which the pointed Roosevelt peak (on your left side) is most remarkable. Just before landing, you can see the extensive Mount Kasikasima, in the south. After just over an hour, you arrive at Palumeu, 270 km south of Paramaribo.

The village

Our lodges (2 cabins under one roof) are built in traditional style and have a balcony with a beautiful view of the river. The building material is mostly taken from the surroundings so that you can experience the 'jungle feeling'. Each lodge has separate sleeping facilities with two beds with mosquito nets, private shower and toilet with cold water. For atmospheric lighting we use solar energy. The group accommodation offers 5 double bedrooms and shared shower- and toilet facilities. This lodge is used by the participants of the Kasikasima tour for their overnight stay at Palumeu. The meals are served in the dining room at the lodge. You can also relax in the jungle bar-lounge.Palumeu village has approx. 300 inhabitants, the Amerindians. Two tribes, the Trio and Wajana, live peacefully together in this village despite their difference in language. The village is governed by a Captain and a few assistants (basja's). Just like their ancestors, the villagers' means of sustaining life is based on what the jungle has to offer. Their food is obtained from hunting, fishing and agriculture (agricultural plots) and consists of root vegetables, fruit, fish and animals. Greens are not on the Amerindian menu while manioc is their main food. Many building materials and utensils are still obtained from the forest. In addition, the local people nowadays also buy many items in Paramaribo such as kitchenware, clothing, tools, music, outboard engines, fuel etc. Tourism provides them with an extra source of income. The villagers are happy with our guests and are closely involved in the tour program. The village has its own school and medical centre.



Activities and excursions
The tour groups often consist of people with different interests. You stay 3 or 4 nights in Palumeu and the program which may change depending on the water level is kept as varied as possible. During the trips by dug-out canoe we offer you a life-jacket because your safety is our priority. A boat trip takes you to the beautiful Palawa Island where you can swim and enjoy a picnic lunch. The walk to Potihill also starts with a boat trip. After a sturdy walk through the pristine Amazon rainforest, the climb to Potihill begins. On the way, the guide gives information about the local use of various plants and with some luck you may spot some mammals in the forest or along the river. The Mabuka- and possibly, the Kodebaku rapids, are reached after 75 minutes. A truly enjoyable trip. You will visit the Amerindian village Palumeu twice, learn more about their traditional music, arts and crafts. Also you can try your hand at traditional Amerindian 'bow and arrow' shooting. On the second visit you can buy handmade souvenirs. If the weather is fine, you will enjoy a boat trip by night. The guide provides more information about the tour program. You can also undertake activities not included in the standard program. If you prefer an individual walk, bird watching, fishing, peddle in a dug-out canoe or visit an agricultural plot with the villagers, the guide can arrange this. If an extra guide and/or special provisions are needed, you will be asked to pay for any additional costs locally.

Nature of the tour

This tour is suitable for all those who wish to learn more about the pristine tropical Amazon rainforest, the current lifestyle of the original inhabitants, the Amerindians, and enjoy the beautiful, untouched nature, in a reasonably comfortable manner. For the walk to Potihill (6 km and a 20 minutes climb), a reasonable condition is required.



Location
Palumeu lies at the beginning of the Tapanahony River, at the confluence of the Palumeu- and Upper Tapanahony River, approx. 170 m above sea level and in the rainy season, the water level can be as much as 6 meters higher than in the dry season. The Tapanahony river flows north- eastwards and merges with the Lawa river, after approx. 175 km, flows into the Marowijne river, the natural border with French Guiana. Another 135 km northwards, the Marowijne River flows out into the Atlantic Ocean, past the border village Albina. The trip by boat from Paramaribo to Palumeu takes 8 to 12 days due to the many large rapids in the rivers. The trip takes less time if the water level is high and is very intensive and is longer at low water level. METS takes you to Palumeu in 65 minutes by airplane. A luxury indeed!



What to take along
2 shirts (with long sleeves), 2 long trousers, T-shirts, short trousers, socks, a raincoat, cap or sunhat, swimwear, toiletries (soap/toothbrush/toothpaste etc), suntan lotion, insect repellent, sturdy hiking shoes (grip sole), flip-flops, flashlight with extra battery, sunglasses, small back-pack (for the jungle trips), malaria prophylaxis, photo/film camera and charger, your ID/travel documents. Surinamese cash (small bank notes) for the purchase of local handmade souvenirs and settling your bar consumption account.



Your luggage
6 kg luggage per person is allowed to Palumeu. It is handy to take along a waterproof weekend bag. You can leave your luggage and other valuables such as jewelry, in Paramaribo.



Taking photos/filming
Due to privacy reasons, prior approval must be obtained for taking photos/ filming of the local inhabitants and their belongings. Always consult your guide first.



Smoking policy
Smoking is allowed in the smoking areas at the jungle lodge. Cigarettes are not available at the jungle lodge so take along a sufficient supply.



Friends of Palumeu
You can support the development of the village community via various projects. In the village, for example, there is a need for material and financial support for the school. METS takes care of the contact between you and the coordinating institution. The Tukui Palumeu Foundation sees to the interest of the villagers and functions as intermediary between METS and the local community.



Not Included in the tour
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Juice or lemonade are served during meals, coffee/tea room service in the morning. Coffee and tea are also available at the lodge throughout the day. The trips as included in the standard program. A professionally trained, Dutch/English speaking tour guide, often of indigenous descent. Overnight stay in the lodges is based on double occupancy. Do you want a single room? This is possible subject to availability of rooms and at payment of a single supplement at your booking.



Not included in the tour
Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages - available at the bar on sale. Other personal expenses such as purchase of souvenirs, extra activities, if desired. Tour activities not included in the standard tour program. Malaria prophylaxis. Consult your physician. Transportation from and to Zorg en Hoop airport unless included at your booking. Accident- and cancellation insurance.



Other information
Do you have a special diet or do you want single accommodation? Please indicate this immediately at your booking. Food supplies and rooms are limited and there are often no possibilities at the lodge to cater to special requests unless prior notice is given. A sound system is not allowed unless you make use of earphones. You are not allowed to take plants and/or animals from the area. Put your photo/film camera and other valuables safely away in a waterproof bag/sack during the boat trips. They can get wet during the journey on the river even if it is not raining.