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Nickerie & the Bus from Paramaribo - Suriname

3guianas travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2015   » View Photoset (23 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
The 4 and a half hour bus journey from Suriname's capital Paramaribo west to Nickerie isn't particularly interesting or picturesque as far as sights go. The road isn't
3guianas Photo - Jaggernath Lachmon (1916-2001) bust in Nickerie, a politician born in nearby Corantijnpolder, Suriname.
Jaggernath Lachmon (1916-2001) bust in Nickerie, a politician born in nearby Corantijnpolder, Suriname.
that great either which is why it takes 4hrs and 30mins, the distance is only 234kms.

Sights Along the Way

The countryside is nice of course with lots of farms and palms and wide-open space. The main industries are coconuts, rice and bananas. You pass the occasional temple or mosque such as Masdjid Alie Moertaza Muslim Temple. In Coronie, a small town we briefly stopped at, there is a statue of Tata Colin who was a slave in the cotton plantation Leasowes in Coronie
3guianas Photo - Farmland and open space in western Suriname in the Nickerie district.
Farmland and open space in western Suriname in the Nickerie district.
in the 1800's. There are lots of waterways and bridges to cross during the journey.

Sights in Nickerie

The town of Nickerie itself has nothing to see of great note apart from a couple of churches (Eben Haezer and Vredeskerk), a cannon in the park and a couple of busts. One of the busts is of Jaggernath Lachmon (1916-2001), a politician born in Corantijnpolder (a few kms west) in the district of Nickerie. I suppose the best sight in town would be the huge lily waterway with pink flowers which has bridge crossings along it's route.

Modern Beside Shanty

One thing that is very noticeable about Nickerie is the sight of, for example, an office building right next door to a shanty house or a hotel directly across the road from
3guianas Photo - The towers and dome of a mosque or temple in the Nickerie district in Suriname.
The towers and dome of a mosque or temple in the Nickerie district in Suriname.
a shanty shack.

Tourism

The Nickerie District of course has nature tourism opportunities - Bigi Pan for birdwatching, Apoera for river and jungle trips, Washabo for local cultures and Blanche Marie Falls.

Distances Elsewhere

Distances from Nickerie to other parts of the country are: Southdrain (the western border) 37kms, Wageningen 48kms, Totness 94kms, Coppenamebrug 144kms and Albina (the eastern border) 373kms.

Border Crossing

After staying the night at a hotel that served Chinese food I left town early the next morning and headed to Southdrain for the border cross to Guyana.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Nickerie & the Journey from Paramaribo - Suriname (3 Guianas) to:


Map location: Nickerie & the Journey from Paramaribo - Suriname, 3 Guianas. The journey by road from Paramaribo to the border in Nickerie on my way to Guayana!
 A : South Drain / Moleson Creek Border - Suriname / Guyana 19 kms 19 kms straight distance | 1hr 28mins 1hr 28mins by car (63 kms) | 1hr 45mins 1hr 45mins by bus (63 kms) (63 kms)
 B : Paramaribo, Suriname 194 kms 194 kms straight distance | 3hrs 14mins 3hrs 14mins by car (224 kms) | 3hrs 52mins 3hrs 52mins by bus (224 kms) (224 kms)
 C : Georgetown, Guyana 159 kms 159 kms straight distance | 4hrs 15mins 4hrs 15mins by car (236 kms) | 5hrs 6mins 5hrs 6mins by bus (236 kms) (236 kms)
 D : Saint Laurent / Albina Border - French Guiana/Suriname 326 kms 326 kms straight distance | 5hrs 24mins 5hrs 24mins by car (374 kms) | 6hrs 28mins 6hrs 28mins by bus (374 kms) (374 kms)
 E : Pacaraima to Boa Vista - Brazil 543 kms 543 kms straight distance | 15hrs 38mins 15hrs 38mins by car (917 kms) | 18hrs 45mins 18hrs 45mins by bus (917 kms) (917 kms)
 F : Santa Elena / Brazil Border - Venezuela 481 kms 481 kms straight distance | 18hrs 25mins 18hrs 25mins by car (1105 kms) | 22hrs 6mins 22hrs 6mins by bus (1105 kms) (1105 kms)
 G : Ciudad Guayana - Venezuela 695 kms 695 kms straight distance | 26hrs 26hrs by car (1714 kms) | 31hrs 31hrs by bus (1714 kms) (1714 kms)
 H : Ciudad Bolivar - Venezuela 765 kms 765 kms straight distance | 27hrs 27hrs by car (1809 kms) | 32hrs 32hrs by bus (1809 kms) (1809 kms)
 I : Saint Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana 334 kms 334 kms straight distance
 J : Cayenne to Kourou to Saint Laurent - French Guiana 487 kms 487 kms straight distance
 K : Cayenne, French Guiana 530 kms 530 kms straight distance
 L : St Georges / Oiapoque Border - French Guiana / Brazil 617 kms 617 kms straight distance
 M : Oiapoque - Brazil 618 kms 618 kms straight distance
 N : Canaima & Angel Falls - Venezuela 649 kms 649 kms straight distance
 O : Macapa to Oiapoque - Brazil 835 kms 835 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.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Nickerie & the Bus from Paramaribo - Suriname, 3guianas:

Concorde Hotel, Nickerie, Suriname - Large Photo
Concorde Hotel, Nickerie, Suriname (April 2015 - 1 night) - $27USD per night. The Concorde Hotel in Nickerie has rooms with aircon, tv, wifi (in the front rooms and reception area) and private bathroom. There is a restaurant in the front area that serves Chinese food and is open until 11pm. If you are a foreigner, be careful the Chinese woman receptionist on the day shift does not short change you like she did me, (about $3USD). This woman also just sat there and listened to 2 men tell me complete lies about how to cross the border to Guayana with the illegal method called the backtrack and said nothing. She needs to be fired immediately! The man at reception in the evening was very nice though, he helped organise a taxi for the morning to take me to the ferry to Guayana. I can recommend the Concorde Hotel because of the price and the restaurant, you do not want to be walking around this town at night.

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