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Saint Laurent / Albina Border - French Guiana / Suriname

3guianas travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2015   » View Photoset (44 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
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
3guianas Photo - River boats in Saint Laurent du Maroni with Albina in the distance, French Guiana/Suriname.
River boats in Saint Laurent du Maroni with Albina in the distance, French Guiana/Suriname.
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

After driving
3guianas Photo - A steel bridge frame, crossing a river between Albina and Paramaribo, Suriname.
A steel bridge frame, crossing a river between Albina and Paramaribo, Suriname.
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!

     

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Map location: Saint Laurent / Albina Border - French Guiana/Suriname, 3 Guianas. Taking a boat across the Maroni River to Albina in Suriname from Saint Laurent in French Guiana!
 A : Paramaribo, Suriname 134 kms 134 kms straight distance | 2hrs 12mins 2hrs 12mins by car (148 kms) | 2hrs 38mins 2hrs 38mins by bus (148 kms) (148 kms)
 B : Nickerie & the Journey from Paramaribo - Suriname 326 kms 326 kms straight distance | 5hrs 20mins 5hrs 20mins by car (374 kms) | 6hrs 24mins 6hrs 24mins by bus (374 kms) (374 kms)
 C : South Drain / Moleson Creek Border - Suriname / Guyana 345 kms 345 kms straight distance | 6hrs 24mins 6hrs 24mins by car (420 kms) | 7hrs 40mins 7hrs 40mins by bus (420 kms) (420 kms)
 D : Georgetown, Guyana 473 kms 473 kms straight distance | 9hrs 11mins 9hrs 11mins by car (592 kms) | 11hrs 1min 11hrs 1min by bus (592 kms) (592 kms)
 E : Pacaraima to Boa Vista - Brazil 799 kms 799 kms straight distance | 20hrs 34mins 20hrs 34mins by car (1273 kms) | 24hrs 40mins 24hrs 40mins by bus (1273 kms) (1273 kms)
 F : Santa Elena / Brazil Border - Venezuela 787 kms 787 kms straight distance | 23hrs 21mins 23hrs 21mins by car (1461 kms) | 28hrs 1min 28hrs 1min by bus (1461 kms) (1461 kms)
 G : Santarem - Brazil 888 kms 888 kms straight distance | 63hrs 63hrs by car (4107 kms) | 75hrs 75hrs by bus (4107 kms) (4107 kms)
 H : Saint Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana 8 kms 8 kms straight distance
 I : Cayenne to Kourou to Saint Laurent - French Guiana 161 kms 161 kms straight distance
 J : Cayenne, French Guiana 206 kms 206 kms straight distance
 K : St Georges / Oiapoque Border - French Guiana / Brazil 308 kms 308 kms straight distance
 L : Oiapoque - Brazil 310 kms 310 kms straight distance
 M : Macapa to Oiapoque - Brazil 567 kms 567 kms straight distance
 N : Macapa - Brazil 671 kms 671 kms straight distance
 O : Santarem to Belem (Amazon River) - Brazil 819 kms 819 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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