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Visiting the indigenous peoples: two days on the Maroni


A highway on water through thick jungle, the Maroni River is the only means of connecting with the Amerindian and Bushinengue villages scattered along its banks.

Named a ‘Ville d'Art et d'Histoire' (‘City of Art and History') by the French government in 2007,Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, a border town next to Surinam in northwest French Guiana, is the second largest city in the country. Its pre-Columbian roots and timeless bond with its river, the Moroni, one of the most extensively studied of all the rivers in the Amazon basin, make it a popular destination among adventure sports enthusiasts looking to make real contact with the natural and cultural wealth of the rainforest and its peoples.

Travelling up river toward Maripasoula by pirogue is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, an opportunity to see untouched landscapes, navigate rapids, swim in secret coves, and spend nights in a traditional hut, or in a hammock, lulled by the unusual exhalations of the forest.

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