3guianas travel blog by Mark Berman -
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From the center of Saint Laurent du Maroni in French Guiana I walked about 1km to the port to take a boat across the Maroni River to Albina in Suriname. Customs and
immigration are based at the port so it is an easy process. The boat across to Albina took about 10mins and I was met by a friend of the boat driver who had a van
full of people ready to go to Paramaribo.
I Need a Visa?
I didn't realise that I needed a visa for Suriname and had a slight problem at passport control. It was soon sorted out
when the van driver produced a visa from his pocket which I bought for $20euros. How simple! How convenient...
On the Road
around the block once or twice looking for petrol in Albina we hit the road for the 2hr ride to Paramaribo, the cost was also $20euros. The road is in good condition
and the countryside is beautiful with many palm trees and small houses dotted around farmland and bushy areas. The places and communities we passed through during
the journey included Moiwana, Siparipabo, La Solitude, De Hulp and Tamanredjo.
Temples Before the Bridge
Shortly before the end of the
journey we stopped at a place to quickly change some money. Back on the road I saw a couple of large Islamic Temples before we crossed the huge Suriname River
Bridge into the capital city of Paramaribo
. Do not pay more than $20euros for this trip! I had a problem with the driver
asking me for more money on 2 occasions. In the end I was glad to get out of his vehicle at a hotel and see the end of him and I was glad to be in what looked like a nice city!