Production of coffee and cacao ceased many years ago on the Peperpot Plantation close to Paramaribo, Surinam’s capital city, allowing it to reinvent itself as a nature park, with plans for ecotourism in the future.
We were shown the houses where the colonial bosses lived during the plantation days (“the big boss got the biggest house, and his deputy the next biggest”), and the barns where the coffee was stored. For many in our party the most interesting feature of the barn was the numerous bats circling in the gloom (unfortunately too fast and not enough light for any hope of a photograph).
The bosses lived in big houses…
…while the workers had smaller ones
Part of the plantation has reverted to rain forest and we enjoyed walking around as birds flew between the trees and monkeys (both squirrel and capuchin) rattled the branches above our heads.
It was here that we had our first sight of a three-toed sloth, prompting the memorable question, “What is the difference between a three-toed and a two-toed sloth?”. The answer is not quite as obvious as you might suppose, as they all have three toes on their back paws. However, the two-toed variety only have two toes on their front feet.