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Maratakka Back to basic in a beautiful remote area

The Maratakka river is situated in the district of Nickerie. This beautiful river is not yet discovered by most tourists. We have a chance to see manatees, giant otters, and because of the many Mauritius palms, we have a very good opportunity to see the blue-yellow winged macaw!

You can choose to sleep in a bed in the village Wageningen or you can choose to stay in a nice hammock camp 
next to the river which is a 5 minute boat ride from the village Wageningen.

This tour will be guided by a professional Unlock Nature wildlife guide.



Around 8 o’clock we leave Paramaribo to start driving in to Wageningen in the district of Nickerie. While on the road we can already spot some wildlife! We will have lunch somewhere on the way and we aim to arrive around 2 in Wageningen. Near Wageningen flows the small and beautiful Maratakka river. When the sun goes down and we had some nice dinner cooked and we go out by night and search for the animals that awaken at night! Hopefully we will find snakes, frogs, caiman etc.

Maratakka location map

DAY 2 & 3

There is no better place to wake up than lying in your hammock and hear the animals in the jungle start there day! Early in the morning we can spot some birds, especially the blue/yellow winged macaw. After breakfast we have a whole day to explore the river and see if we can encounter some giant otters and manatees! During this day we are flexible in what we want to do, it is up to you and the group how we are going to plan the day!


Big Pan, meaning Great Lake, is an area formed of creeks, mangroves, wet and dry swamps. Many bird species live in this area, the most famous of which is the Scarlet Ibis. In addition to birds, the area is also rich in fish and reptiles. You spend the night in a lodge with beds and there are also options to sleep in a hammock. The following activities are planned during your stay; spot birds, caimans and snakes, kayak and possibly a mud bath. We stay at the Mantje lodge and the trip will be guided by the same wildlife guide you had in Maratakka.

Bigi Pan is temporarily not available due to low water.



Blue and yellow macaws

Blue & yellow Macaw

The Blue-and-yellow macaw is a large South American parrot. Such large and colourful birds never get boring and rarely fly by unnoticed as their flight is usually paired with loud screeches. They mate for life so they’re often seen flying in pairs or multiple pairs. This typical macaw is often seen in swampy savannas where they nest almost exclusively in dead palms and most nests are in Mauritia flexuosa palms. If you’d like to see these colourful birds, join one of our trips not to far from the coast such as the Maratakka trip.

Giant River Otter

Giant river Otter

This species is usually encountered with just their heads above water. In the water they are most definitely the apex predators; preying on fish like piranhas but also feed on snakes and even caiman! Most people think they’re cute, but when observed this close you can see their full size, muscular bodies and scar tissue. Beautiful and impressive animals to witness.

Maratakka Tour




Your choice of 
hammocks or a bed.

The beds are in a house in the village and are an additional €15 per night.



3 days

If you are interested in either 2 or 4 days or would like to combine this tour with other tours, please
contact us.

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Group size

Minimum 2
Maximum 10


Price per person
(3 days)

2 persons  – €450
3 persons  – €350
4+ persons – €275

Included in the price

  • Accommodation in a hammock
  • Transport (car and boat)
  • Professional Unlock Nature wildlife guide and captain
  • Breakfast, lunch and diner
  • Snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic)

Not included in the price

  • The beds are in a house in the village and are an additional €15 per night.
  • Breakfast on the first day of the tour and dinner on the day of departure.
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Medical insurance, travel insurance, and cancellation insurance
  • Medical costs

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