Eco-tourism In Suriname

By Edward McKellen

The 'beating heart of Amazon': this is how Surinamese people define their country. The definition is largely true, because the small South American state of Suriname has a unique combination of converging rivers and tropical rainforests. However, the most interesting thing about Suriname is its population: Surinamese people are a unique mix of Chinese, Javanese and Indian workers, indigenous Amerindians and Dutch, Lebanese and Jewish settlers.

Suriname was the last Dutch colony in South America. Colonial past can be remembered easily walking on the streets of Paramaribo, a capital full of restaurants, shopping venues and night spots. This is where Amsterdam meets Wild West: black and white colonial buildings line the squares, while the smell of car exhausts mingle with wafts of spices from Indian roti shops. Near the somber Dutch forts maroon artists sell their colorful paintings, mosques and synagogues are standing near each other, and everybody is proud of their multi-ethnicity. The historical inner city of Paramaribo was listed on the Unesco World Heritage site in 2002.

Untamed jungle lies not far away from the city of Paramaribo. While in the capital travelers can have all the amenities of civilization, this is not the case of the tropical rainforest. Traveling is easy and comfortable on the coast: thee is good road system, and everything is within reach with buses or cars.

However, the jungle is very different: those who want to travel inland have no choice but to use light aircrafts. Surinamese jungle has a number of 50 air strips, served by local air charter companies. Visitors usually land on an airfield near their destination, and then make the rest of the journey with a local dug-out canoe. Aircraft and canoes are the only available means of transportation in the rainforest.

Suriname was one of the Dutch colonies in South America. Some time ago the Netherlands had large parts of Brazil and most of the Guianas under their control, but after territorial conflicts with Britain and France, only Dutch Guiana and a few Caribbean islands remained under Dutch supervision.

Many Hindustanis, Indonesians and Indians came to Suriname to work on plantations in the 19th century. 195 was the year when Suriname became a self-governing state and became independent in 1975. Political situation was quite unsettled in the '80-s and '90-s, with military coups and elections held ahead of schedule.

These days ecotourism makes one of the most important incomes of Suriname, with strong government support. Visitors can choose from a wide selection of jungle adventures, out of which trekking with a guide is the most popular. The guide explains how different trees and plants are used in the day-to-day live of local people. Suriname has 700 species of birds, so bird watching is also very popular. Great mudflats and mangrove swamps, with savannah and rainforests create a very diverse habitat for all kinds of plants and animals.

There are also opportunities for tourists to stay for a few days in a traditional Amerindian or Maroon village. Besides the specific activities, travelers can choose from a wide range of outdoor activities, from mountain biking to fishing, diving, rafting or canoeing, horse riding and turtle watching. - 30679

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Tropical Travel Destinations

By Martin Elmer

Traveling to commercial tropical areas is easy since they are populated by humans. However, traveling to rainforests is a bit tougher and delicate. In this article you can read about both types of travelling.

There are several countries with tropical beaches that you can travel to. The most popular destinations are all located in either Southern Asia or South America.

You can find cheap accommodation in these countries. On the other hand the airfares can be quite expensive (depending on your departure destination). So look on the internet and at the agencies to find the best travel deals. Finding the best deal can save you a lot of money on your trip.

Another popular tropical travel destination is The Amazon in Ecuador, South America. Here there are six potential travel regions you can visit (depending on which areas that are not restricted for tourists). These regions are: Morona, Orellana, Sucumbios, Napo, Zamora Chinchipe, Santiago and Pastaza.

There are two cities in The Amazon: Tena and Coca. Busing to Tena is roughly around 6 hours. Usually the buses don't take any stops during the whole trip. The cost is around $7.

For your safety it is best to travel in a group in the Amazon. A tour guide who knows about the plants, animals and surrounding areas is also ideal.

If you have the budget and time, you can stay in a jungle lodge; building right inside the jungle. Normally the package includes stuff like fishing, canoe trips and biking.

The fees for these lodges are pretty decent; they range from $100USD to over $250USD per night, depending on the quality and packages that comes with the lodges. It's best to book these packages while you are in Ecuador because they are much cheaper than booking them indirectly in your country. - 30679

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Learn Spanish For Your Next Trip To Latin America?

By Dr Jay Polmar

My Story: I had a challenge. I needed to move to Mexico for my health and to retire, and I spoke English; I also knew a few words of French from high school, about 12 words of Spanish which could wind me up in fight or jail, yeah - mostly curse words.

I was in trouble and when I arrived I needed help. Luckily I met Reuben Varela, a well known Restaurant owner from Lake Chapala, and Gerardo Tolentino, an English teacher from San Juan Cosala.

Reuben pushed me to find ways of studying and practicing Spanish, and Gerardo help me create the Gringo Guide. I was the gringo -- and I definitely had to have a guide to get me through the experience of living here in Mexico.

We searched the internet, and books on Spanish, and listened to conversations in the English speaking sections of restaurants in Ajijic and San Miguel de Allende where most of the gringos hang out.

We talked to Americans and Canadians in Mexico and asked them what they needed, and we listened to what they asked of the waiters, restaurant owners, etc. Later, then Gerardo accompanied me to doctors and we went to travel through Mexico.

By the time we were finished, so was the book and we had part of it recorded so that pronunciation would be no problem for anyone to learn. The book was finished and put up on our site,

The audios cover every pecularity of pronounciation in the Spanish language. The printed book will fit in your shirt pocket for use whenever you want.

The electronic pdf will fit on pocket devices to help you communicate on the spot with electronic support.

So, when someone says: Que quieres tomar? You'll immediately know the answer -- una marguarita, por favor. Or, una coca, limonada, cerveza, or whatever you want!Fulfill all your needs to communicate in Spanish for Spain, Mexico or Latin America?

The book comes with a full guide, by sections to learn, use, and get answers to all your questions. It's guaranteed to make your vacation -- fantastic. - 30679

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Rio De Janerio Wins 2016 Summer Olympic Games

By Ross Everett

South America will host the Summer Olympic Games for the first time in 2016, as Rio De Janeiro, Brazil was awarded the honor on Friday. Rio beat out the US choice of Chicago, Illinois along with Tokyo, Japan and Madrid, Spain to earn the right to host the games. Despite a high pressure effort from the American power elite"including President Barak Obama and TV gabfest queen Oprah Winfrey"Chicago was the first city eliminated from contention.

Bookmakers offered odds on the host city choice, with Rio listed as second favorite at +200. Chicago had been the wagering favorite at most books, particularly after President Obama got involved personally in the US bid effort. Chicago was bet as high as a -300 favorite, while Madrid and Tokyo were priced in the +250 range. Some suggest that Tokyo didnt deserve to have such short odds, but was the beneficiary of regional pride from the notoriously enthusiastic betting population of Japan. Despite some media attention to the betting odds, bookmakers reported that they didn't receive a lot of action on the event.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil, got the better of his US counterpart Barack Obama The Brazilian leader stressed the unfairness that South America had never hosted the games in his speech to the committee;

"It is a time to address this imbalance. It is time to light the Olympic cauldron in a tropical country."

The Olympic committee was apparently swayed by this presentation and paid no mind to Rios many downsides. It is without a doubt the most dangerous of the finalist cities, where drug cartels and armed bands of thugs roam without impunity. Well do to Rio citizens are used to removing watches and jewelry before they drive anywhere lest they be targeted by carjacking brigands. Rios murder rate is also one of the highest in the world. Brazilian bid officials have stressed that security will be a priority at the games and it better be lest the Olympics turn into a bloodbath. For the time being, however, the mood in Rio was one of celebration with over 50,000 residents dancing and partying in the streets.

Some IOC members suggested that the summary dismissal of Chicagos bid was more of a rebuke of the notoriously corrupt USOC. The last two Olympics held in the US were tainted by crime and corruption. The 1996 Atlanta Olympics were disrupted by a terrorist bombing, while the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games were marred by a well known bribery and corruption scandal. Some suggested that US President Obama's quick and perfunctory visit was taken as more of an insult by the delegates than anything else. - 30679

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