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Paramaribo

Getting around

The Paramaribo-Meerzorg bridge has displaced ferry service, but long dugout canoes are cheap (about 50¢), fast and frequent.

Bicycles are a great way to see Parbo and its environs, including the old plantations across the Suriname River. Cardy Adventures & Bike Rental (422518; www.cardyadventures.com; Cornelis Jongbawstraat 31; US$5 per day; 8am-4pm Mon-Fri, 8am-1pm Sat) has ‘reliable Dutch’ road and mountain bikes, and provides maps of good biking routes.

Most of Parbo’s buses leave from Heiligenweg. You can call for bus information (473591, 410922), ask at points of departure or ask at your guesthouse for departure times.

Taxis are usually reasonably priced but unmetered, so agree on the fare in advance (a short trip will cost around US$2). Most drivers speak passable English.