Transit to Suriname
Saint Laurent du Maroni Travel Blog› entry 7 of 35 › view all entries
January 15th, 2010 – by: IvanR
After waiting for about 1,5 hour at the bus stop, none of the buses goes our direction. One of the bus drivers asks us where we want to go and then he replies it will not be easy to catch a bus from where we were waiting. He tried to explain us where to go, but then he called someone and voila, in 5 minutes we're sitting in a minibus heading to St Laurent du Maroni.
We arrived to St Laurent around 11AM, so we still had about 2 hours to the ferry. We asked taxi driver to take us there, but he drops us at another place where private boats leave from. Suddenly, there are 10 people around us trying to get us on their boat. We pick one guy who is not shouting that much, and 10 minutes later, we're checking out at the customs in the harbor and crossing the river. The guy asked for $15 but on other side he says it was misunderstanding and he wants 15 euro.
After some minutes we stop at some village and are asked to change the bus. The nice new minivan we picked goes back to the border to fool another people and we are left in the old one, quite crowded and without the air-con. Also the driver changes and we get a boy, about 16-17 years old who is probably a son of our first driver.
Anyway, it did not turned out to be bad. He drives very fast, 100-130 on very bad road, with lots of pot holes, apparently he knows the road very good, because we don't hit any of them as he slows down before the worst parts.
Still at day light we're entering Paramaribo by a huge bridge. The driver takes everyone to his house or hotel. We are staying in a very cheap guest house just few minutes from the center. In the evening we only take walk downtown to find some place to eat (very good Indian fast food) and leave the main sightseeing for tomorrow.
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