Guyana & Suriname

Short-Term Travel Program

Along South America’s North Atlantic coast, Guyana and Suriname offer a rich tapestry of colonial history, indigenous heritage, and diverse cultures. From English and Dutch influences to the melodies of calypso and gamelan, these nations promise a unique blend of experiences amidst breathtaking natural settings.

Carbon Offsetting

Guyana and Suriname are considered carbon sinks. 85% of Guyana and 93% of Suriname are covered by forests. Their trees capture harmful carbon dioxide gas, removing it from the atmosphere. In fact, the countries have carbon negative economies meaning that any global warming gasses they do produce, are offset by their natural resources. They are now looking to market their carbon absorption capabilities through the sale of carbon credits. This makes the region a unique place to learn about rainforest conservation and sustainable development.

About Guyana & Suriname

On South America’s North Atlantic coast are miles of dense, lush rainforest surrounding small cities with Dutch, French, and British colonial architecture. The indigenous peoples named the region guiana (the land of water), but today, its cultural roots also have ties to East Indian and West African plantation workers. Guyana is a place where you’ll speak English, hear creole, play cricket, see sloths, and dance to calypso beats. Suriname is a place where you’ll speak Dutch, hear Sranan Tongo, see flamingos, and sway to gamelan beats, traditional ensemble music of the Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese peoples of Indonesia.

Alternative Themes

Fully customizable authentic experiences

At Insight, our program itineraries are as unique as your students. All our program itineraries are customized with teacher chaperones to ensure that it meets the needs of your students.

With the support of a variety of local vendors and NGO’s, we promise that your students will get an authentic, local experience.

What's Included

We make it simple. No hidden fees or itinerary exclusions.

All our trips include:

Program highlights

Engage with indigenous communities. Visit Santa Aratak Village to learn about the culture of the Arawak Tribe, known for their handicraft skills.

Hidden in the Amazon, a waterfall four times taller than Niagara Falls. Kaieteur Falls are especially remote, surrounded by the lush rainforest of Guyana. Take a chartered plane and follow a short trail to the top for a view of the world’s largest single drop waterfall at 741 feet.

See flamingos, monkeys, and sloths in the wild. Visit nature reserves to get to know the local wildlife.

Learn about the slave trade. Visit a former 18th century cocoa and coffee plantation since declared a World Heritage Site.

Visit the World Wildlife Fund Guianas. Learn about the Guiana Shield, one of the oldest geological formations on the Earth’s surface, and part of the largest remaining block of tropical forest in the world.

How it works


Want to take your students outside the classroom? Review our program locations and suggested themes.

Connect with one of our High School Educators who will help custom design your program.

With our assistance, submit required paperwork and details to your Administration and School Board.

Announce the trip to your students! (We’ll provide all the materials you need).

Invite us to your school to host a Student & Parent Info Night! We will be there to answer questions and support student sign-up!

Sample Itinerary

  • Travel from home to Suriname’s capital, Paramaribo.
  • City Tour and Dolphins – Paramaribo, the capital city of Suriname, has been placed on the UNESCO “World Heritage” list of historical monuments since 2002. Take a guided tour to admire the unique architecture. See “Fort Zeelandia”, the Presidential Palace, Independence Square, and many other monuments that represent the colonial history of Suriname. Stroll past the Waterkant, along the bank of the Suriname River and through the Palm Gardens. End the day with a boat trip to watch the sunset and spot graceful dolphins where the Suriname and Commewijne River meet.
  • Tour the architecturally unique Arya Diwaker Hindu Temple followed by the side-by-side Islamic Mosque Keizerstraat and Jewish Neve Shalom Synagogue, to learn about the history and present coexistence of these communities in Paramaribo and how they contribute to Surinamese identity. Then head to the JodenSavanne and Cassipora cemetery to learn more about Jewish heritage in the region and the challenges of preserving diverse cultural identities.
  • Head to the Commewijne district for a tour of former colonial plantations. Stop at Peperpot Plantation where the old coffee and cocoa factory, deputy-director’s house and the old office are located. Continue to Frederiksdorp Plantation established in 1747. In 1775 the plantation was cultivating 92 hectares of coffee which would have had a value of 370,000 guilders and nearly 200 slaves worked on the plantation. From 1873 the plantation was worked by nearly 100 Javanese and Hindustani contract laborers and at that time they shifted production to mainly cocoa. That same year a police station was established, consisting of the commissioner’s house, a prison (the cells are still intact), the residence of the district commissioner and officials’ dwellings which are now guest rooms and our accommodations for the night.

Time to travel by road and then canoe to the villages of Danpaati. Skilled locals will navigate their way up the Upper Suriname River, famous for its breathtaking rapids, to the Danpaati River Lodge, a tranquil oasis in the heart of the rainforest. Take an exciting cruise on the river, looking for caimans lying on the river banks.

  • Take a 30-minute boat ride to Pikin Slee, one of the 12 villages that are affiliated with Danpaati. Learn about the unique way of life of the local population and the wonderful traditions brought from Africa by their ancestors. Visit the maroon museum Saamaka which is dedicated to the cultural heritage of the Saramak Maroon population. Learn more about maroon’s history, their ancient traditions and crafts. In the afternoon, discover some of the secrets of the rainforest on a walk. Then choose to participate in fishing or take the dugout canoe around the island. After dinner, enjoy a cultural dance performance. Traditional dances such as the Seketi, Awasa and Bandamba will be performed by the local population while explaining their significance.

Cultural expressions such as Awasa (escape dance), Sonque (fish dance) and Soesa (victory dance) accompanied by drums such as the Agida and Apinti, are traditions that have been passed down through generations at Santrigon Village. Enjoy a tour of the village. Learn about medicinal plants, religion, and culture from locals. Then settle in for a dance and drumming workshop and performance. Learn about traditional dance wear and instrument building. Give dancing and drumming a try for yourself. At the end of the day, step into a korjaal (local dugout canoe) and paddle along the river in hopes of finding monkeys, sloths and parrots. Return to Paramaribo.

Begin your journey home.

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