One Week

Spend three days exploring Paramaribo and the plantations of the Commewijne River by bike or on foot. On one afternoon be sure to take a sunset dolphin-viewing tour and, if you've still got energy, get out on the town for a night of dancing, Suriname-style. For your remaining days, head to the interior – either the Upper Suriname River or Brownsberg Nature Reserve – for some stellar wildlife-watching and to meet the locals.

Two Weeks

Spend three days exploring Paramaribo and its surroundings, before heading out into the bush, with visits to Raleighvallen, the Upper Suriname River and Brownsberg Nature Reserve. It's possible to visit several places on the Upper Suriname, 'island-hopping' along the river to different resorts. Taking the route south, you may be able to fly back to Paramaribo so you don't have to backtrack. If it's turtle season (April through August), consider substituting your time at either Raleighvallen or Brownsberg with a trip to the Galibi Nature Reserve.