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 French Guiana. 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 upriver toward Maripasoula by pirogue is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a truly unusual sports adventure that also conveys a sensible approach and understanding of the inhabitants of the primal forest. It is an opportunity to see unscathed landscapes, navigate rapids, swim in secret coves, and spend nights in a “Carbet” traditional hut, or in a hammock, lulled by the unusual exhalations of the forest.
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