Hidden treasure is an overused term, but it’s the best description for this small country secluded on the northeast coast of South America. Vast and seemingly impenetrable jungle and tropical rainforest cover the interior, while Suriname’s capital, Paramaribo, on the shores of the warm Atlantic, is a delightful mix of old Dutch colonial architecture, Indian roti stores, and modern shops, restaurants, and nightclubs. A city where mosques and synagogues are near-neighbours, two other places of interest worth visiting are the 17th century trading post, Fort Zeelandia, and the wooden cathedral of St Peter and Paul Basilica. The old part of the city is a World Heritage Site. Fort Nieuw Amsterdam offers a fascinating insight into the former slave trade. Another popular destination – although by no means crowded – is Central Suriname Nature Reserve, a protected area of some 16,000 sq kms and home to an amazing range of wildlife, including the bright orange Guiana cock-of-the-rock bird.