Surinam is a former Dutch colony in South America. It a less-travelled country, but definitely worth visiting for its jungle, the amazing food and unique multicultural vibe. But, what are the costs to travel in Surinam? How much money should you bring? This overview, made by a fellow backpacker, will give you an indication of the costs and spendings in this unique country.
This article is part of the Money Matters series in which we ask travelers to keep their expenses for Bunch of Backpackers. Real travelers, real expenses.
COSTS 12-DAY SURINAM TRIP*: 700 EURO (959 USD)
DAILY TRAVEL EXPENSES*: 58 EURO (79 USD)
*These daily travel expenses are per 1 person per day. Excluding international flights.
Including all tours, souvenirs, lodging, food, drinks, entrance fees, domestic flights, tips etc.
EXAMPLES OF PRICES IN SURINAM:
Jungle tour: 225 euro (308 USD)
Lake tour: 125 euro (171 USD)
One night in a double room in a simple guesthouse: 20 euro (27 USD)
A short 10-minute taxi ride: 3 euro (4 USD)
A bottle of water (0,5L) at the store: 0,5 euro (0,7 USD)
A local beer at a bar/restaurants: 1,5 euro (2 USD)
A glass of coca cola in a restaurant: 1 euro (1,4 USD)
Lunch at a local restaurant: 4 euro (5,5 USD)
Dinner at a local restaurant: 7 euro (9,6 USD)
SOME DETAILS ON THIS TRIP:
About the backpacker(s): A 26-year old male travelling with his girlfriend
Destination and travel period: Surinam in December 2013 for 12 days.
Type of trip: Independently
Accommodation: budget (mainly hostels)
Transportation: budget (cheapest available modes of transportation)
Food: budget (local places and cheap western places)
Exchange rate at the time of travel: 1 euro is 4,4 SRD, 1 USD is 3,2 SRD
SOME FINAL BUDGET TIPS FOR SURINAM!
1. Eat at local places. Surinam is known for its delicious and highly diverse cuisine. Restaurants are clean and safe.
2. Set prices in advance! In Surinam there is a big chance you will book at least one multiple day tour to the jungle, Galibi or one of the remote villages. So compare and check the prices of the different tour operators (haggle) and make sure that all that is included will be written down on your receipt!