Photograph by Mark Meredith

A Sip of Suriname

Mark Meredith goes on a whirlwind tour of BWIA’s newest Caribbean destination.

Arya Dewarker Hindu Temple, Paramaribo. Photograph by Mark Meredith

Welcome to Suriname

BWIA’s newest destination is a crossroads for a staggering array of cultures, including African, Dutch, Amerindian, Indonesian and Indian, and an eco-traveller’s delight. Simon Lee provides the introductions.

Andromeda Gardens, Bathsheba, Barbados. Photograph by John Webster

Earthy delights

The Caribbean’s public gardens are places to enjoy the pleasures of nature — and centres for research and conservation as well.

Engraving after a portrait of Maria Sibylla Merian by her son-in-law, Georg Gsell. Photograph courtesy History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries

Maria Merian: the Caterpillar lover

Nicholas Laughlin tells the curious tale of how a middle-aged 17th-century German housewife and mother travelled to the tropics....

The Central Suriname Nature Reserve from the Voltzberg Dome. Photograph by Andy Isaacson

Suriname’s rainforest: journey to the back of beyond

Suriname’s vast, virgin rainforests are being carefully preserved. But a few hardy visitors venture into the heart of this wilderness.

Photograph by Jonathan Ali

Paramaribo: rolling in the deep

After strolling through the charming city of Paramaribo, Jonathan Ali takes on the Suriname River as it flows through the rainforest .

Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Photograph by  Colin D. Young/Shutterstock.com

Back and fort

The Caribbean’s history of wars and colonisation has left an extraordinary legacy of military architecture, some of it nearly five centuries old. Recognised today as historic sites, these forts and naval bases are a reminder of the often bloody past that shaped our present.

Photograph by Ingrid Moesan

Big Bang: Owru Yari (Old Year) celebrations in Suriname

End the year with a bang at Paramaribo’s Owru Yari celebrations.

Kibi Wi Koni (2009), version created for an exhibition in Amsterdam. Installation, 300 x 800 x 500 cm. Photograph courtesy Marcel Pinas/Readytex Art Gallery

Marcel Pinas: the art of presence

Surinamese artist Marcel Pinas has won an international reputation for his works incorporating elements of traditional Maroon culture .

Suriname’s Javanese heritage makes it unique in the Caribbean. Photograph by Hedwig De La Fuente

Paramaribo for pleasure

This August, Suriname’s capital will host Carifesta XI, the Caribbean’s biggest arts festival. Good excuse for a visit, writes Philip Sander.

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