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“good cause but controversy within administration” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Foundation for Nature Preservation (Stinasu)

Foundation for Nature Preservation (Stinasu)
Paramaribo, Suriname
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Ranked #7 of 15 Attractions in Paramaribo
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Lisbon, Portugal
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60 reviews 60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“good cause but controversy within administration”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

The Stinasu staff are currently embroiled in a shake up led by the government who is disappointed with the management of the most important tourist attraction for ecotourism near Paramaribo - Brownsberg Nature Park. They were unable to offer the usual transport into the park because the vehicle was broken. there is a caretaker officer-in-charge trying to regorganize the management. That said, the 3 hour walk from brownsberg into the park is not too tough to do, interesting for birdwatchers and generally pleasant since there was no traffic on the road. The accommodation was fine - hammock (buy your own in town to save money) and the depressed staff were happy to have company. There is a drought currently - or at least, delayed rains - so the waterfalls are not much to see and there was very limited water at the Park for washing. It is a lovely park and I hope Stinasu gets its act together for improved mangement and relations with tour companies so the tourist return.

Visited December 2012
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“Sea Turtle heaven”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Very long travel to get to the location but you feel like Robinson Crusoe, just you and some researchers seemingly at the end of the world on an endless beach with a thousand or more potential nests. It was the beginning of the season but we got to see a nest of over 100 baby turtles hatching and rushing to the sea. The lodge (Warana) lodge is basic by all accounts but despite that the food (cooking under tough conditions) was great. Prepare for a very rough travel to enjoy this great spectacle and check if you are going at an optimal time as i believe the season is a few months of the year. They had 6 giant turtles coming to shore to lay eggs but this was 3 am and we were asleep and missed it. Worth going for two nights but take games, cards or a good book for times when you are not out on the beach looking for sea turtle action.

Visited June 2012
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“Matapica, a once in a lifetime experience to see turtles lay their eggs.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

We went to Matapica wich was under the controle of Stinasu but since the director of Stinasu was fired not anymore. Now Nature Management is controling Matapica.
On the beach of Matapica the turtles come to lay their eggs from february till july. You can book a tour with a touroperator it will cost you about 125 euro's but you can also go by yourself, that's what we did. We went on the bus from Paramaribo (from the Heiligeweg) to Meerzorg and there we took the bus to Marienburg, just tell the driver that you want to go to Johanna Margareta plantage and he will tell you were you have to get off. then take a boot to go to Johanna Margareta plantage this al cost about nothing. There you can go with Frits to Matapica, call him in advance he can arange everything for you to stay the night at Matapica, food, drinks, a tent or a hammock and he stayes there to, you get a guides walk to the turtles at night, this is a 5-6 km walk but it's amazing to see something like that a 1.5 meter turtle of 200kg on the beach.
Also the bootride to the beach is beautifull through the swamp with al sorts of births. You can also do a kaaiman tour at night. If you go with Frits and he arange everything for you it wil cost about 75 euro's and you help the local people if you go with the touroparator they wil get most of the money and do nothing for it. The telefoonnummer of Frits is 8245566 he lives on the Johanna Margareta Plantage.

Visited April 2012
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