Flying to Sipaliwini Village

Flying to Sipaliwini Village

Sipaliwini is an Indian village found in the Sipaliwini District (the border of Suriname and Brazil). It takes a 2-hour flight from Suriname and 2 hours back via the Cessna 206. Renting a plane would cost 600 USD per hour and there are only 2 to 3 flights per month, mostly government flights.

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The inhabitants of Sipaliwini are the Tiriyó Indians. Most of them are also found in Kwamalasamuto, another village close by. It is a closed community where the men hunt and provide the food while the women cook. Electricity is available only if there is enough fuel.

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The Suriname government usually send them food and supplies every month including distilled waters and soda drinks. The Tiriyó Indians speak Tiriyó language, but most of them speak Dutch, too.

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Vleigveld Sipaliwini (Sipaliwini Airstrip)

Sipaliwini is surrounded by the Sipaliwini river and tropical rainforests that supply a rich variety of food and natural resources to the locals. They also use kayaks for fishing and to travel to nearby villages. Their traditional lifestyle and survival skills are few of the things that I admire about them.

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Sipaliwini River

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I might not be able to visit this place again, but the experience was indeed once in a lifetime.

 

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Published byDeb

My name is Deb, a nurse by profession and have been living in South America since 2013. I am a blogger, traveler, horror freak and a frustrated writer under the full moon. I love listening to indie rock-folk and the-staring-out-into-the-solar-system kind of music. My hobbies include playing League of Legends and World of Warcraft.

3 Comments

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  • higginsmj

    March 2, 2017 at 6:57 PM Reply

    What a great opportunity to visit a closed community. Not many people get to do that. Thanks for posting.

    • Deb

      March 10, 2017 at 12:18 AM Reply

      Thank you. You’re right, that’s why I think it’s a once in a lifetime experience for me 😀

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