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The Guide to Brownsberg Park Suriname

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Brownsberg park is located just an hour and a half outside the capital of Suriname, and makes the perfect day trip or weekend trip from Paramaribo.


It is a great place to enjoy the Amazon rainforest, as you can see all types of wildlife, waterfalls, and great views! Here is everything you need to know about visiting Brownsberg Park in Suriname.

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Where is Brownsberg Park in Suriname?

Brownsberg Park is located in the town of Brownsweg, Suriname, which is just 68 miles (or 110 kilometers) away from Paramaribo.

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Brownsberg Park is located in Brownsweg, an easy trip from Paramaribo.


How to Get to Brownsberg Park in Suriname

Being just an hour outside the capital, it is one of the most popular things to do when in Suriname. Here are the different options of getting to Brownsberg Park from Paramaribo.


Public Transportation

To get to Brownsweg, there is a bus from the main station in the center that goes a few times a day. The schedule changes all the time, so we suggest asking the day before. Once you are in Brownsweg, you will then have a 4 hour hike.


Private Transportation

Another option is private transportation, which you can get at a tour agency (of course this will be the most expensive option). Despite the price, this will be best for those who want comfort, and who don't want to stress about figuring it out on their own. This will also save you from having to do the super long hike (4 hours each way) through the jungle to get there.

Renting a 4x4 is a great option, and was only $20-30/day! (Keep in mind this was in 2019, so prices may have changed). We think this is the best option, as you don't have to do the 4 hour hike, nor pay a crazy expensive tour guide. This will also give you much more flexibility for how long you want to spend at Brownsberg, your plans after, and what exactly you want to check out while there.


Unfortunately there wasn't any availability when we were there, so we definitely suggest booking in advance if this is the route you'd like to go.


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Our Experience Going to Brownsberg Park in Suriname

It was the weekend when we went and since we waited last minute, all of our options had run out for the day. We suggest booking in advance if you want to rent a car (must be a 4x4), or going to the bus station the day before if you would like to get a schedule for the following days.


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We ended up hitchhiking! There is only one straight highway for most of the way, so it wasn’t too difficult. Once you arrive in Brownsweg (the town), it is just a tiny village. 

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We hitchhiked to the town of Brownsweg.


Arriving in Brownsweg

Once you arrive in Brownsweg town there is then a long dirt road that is a 4 hour uphill hike. In the heat this can be pretty intense, and at night quite scary. It is also very bumpy, which is why if you choose to drive you must get an SUV.

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The road to Brownsberg Park in a 4 hour uphill hike.

We hopped on a local’s ATV for half the way which saved us some time! But we got pretty lucky, being that it was during sunset hours, so after that there wasn’t much traffic going down that road at all. We definitely suggest going early do you don’t have to hike in the dark like we did!

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Staying Overnight at Brownsberg Park in Suriname

When you finally arrive to the park, there is just one place that you can stay. We wouldn't say it is by any means luxurious, but it does the job. We suggest bringing food to cook breakfast in the morning. The hours are very limited, and there was barely anyone around when we went. We actually got yelled at for showing up at the ungodly hour of 8:00 pm!


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There are a few options when it comes to lodging. The cheapest of course is staying in a shared room where you can hang your hammock, for 50 SRD (about $7 USD). The most expensive option is the lodge for 1,400 SRD (about $188 USD) which is if you plan on going in a very large group.

There is an additional charge for park entry for 30 SRD ($4.50 USD), which you can pay to the owner of the lodge. Listed below is the chart of all prices.

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The prices of staying at Brownsberg Park in Suriname

We also had lunch there and it was fantastic. Only $7 for amazing portions and tasty locally spiced food. The options are very simple, but all the flavor is there!

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The food on site is simple but tasty.


Exploring Brownsberg Park in Suriname

We went to two waterfalls, which fell under the same main path. The trail was located right off of the main road, after leaving the place that we stayed.


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Ireneval

This was the more beautiful waterfall, and took about an hour and half to get to. All you need to do is follow the signs, and generally, keep right.

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Ireneval was our favorite part of Brownsberg Park in Suriname.

Leoval

On our way back to the main road, we decided to check the other waterfall, which was only 5 minutes off the main path on the way back. From the starting point of the trail, it is about 45 minutes-an hour.

Leoval Waterfall, Brownsberg Park

Leoval is the first waterfall, and isn't as full as Ireneval.

Mazaroni Viewpoint

Right outside the accommodation is a small trail that takes you to a beautiful view of the park. It takes only about 10 minutes, and has a nice shaded bench area to sit and enjoy the views.


On the way we also saw this cool abandoned house!

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Mazaroni Top, Brownsberk Park, Suriname
Abandoned House, Brownsburg Park, Suriname

Macaroni has a great viewpoint and a cool abandoned house.


Traveling From Brownsberg Park Back to Paramaribo

The last bus back to Paramaribo is at 12:30 each day from the main road. You can try to catch a ride with someone heading into town, but make sure that it is a favor, as they tried charging us. If you don’t get a ride, the walk will be a fun 3 hours back to town (at least it's downhill!)


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Heading Further Inland

We had a friend staying with us that had a much longer time to spend in the country, so he decided to venture deeper into the rainforest. If you go down the main highway, there are small villages on the river that we heard are really cool!.

 

If you’d like to even get more adventurous, you can go even further south. But how if the road stops? That’s right, there are boats that can take you down the river where you will find villages completely disconnected from everything! It doesn’t get more authentic than that right?


Brownsberg Park is one of the best things to do while in Suriname, and definitely deserves an overnight trip to be able to wake up in nature and enjoy all that the park has to offer.


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Packing For a Trip to Brownsberg Park

Here are some of the things you should keep in mind to pack when visiting the park:

  • Sneakers
  • Swimsuit (if you want cool off at the waterfall)
  • Bug Spray
  • A change of clothes
  • Insulated water bottle (we use Cafago Water Bottles because they hold the temperature well)
  • Simple foods such as sandwiches and snacks
  • Hammock (if you want to spend the night on a budget)
  • Wipes (in case you get dirty or need to go to the bathroom in nature)
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Visiting Brownsberg Park in Suriname is a great way to experience an off-the-beaten-path adventure, without having to venture too far from capital. We definitely think it is one of the top things to do in the country, and something to add to your list while traveling throughout the area.



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