Sipaliwini is a Tiriyó village on the Sipaliwini River in the Sipaliwini District of Suriname.[4] The village lies next to the Sipaliwini Airstrip. The nearest village in Suriname is Alalapadu which is located 60 kilometres north on a map, but due to the twists and turns of the river, the town of Kwamalasamutu which lies 83 kilometres west is easier to reach. The Brazilian village of Missão can be reached by an unpaved path.[5]

Sipaliwini is located in Suriname
Location in Suriname
Coordinates: 2°1′33″N 56°7′29″W / 2.02583°N 56.12472°W / 2.02583; -56.12472Coordinates: 2°1′33″N 56°7′29″W / 2.02583°N 56.12472°W / 2.02583; -56.12472
DistrictSipaliwini District
 • Total160[1]
Sources: Bing Maps[2] OSM[3]

The electricity facilities were destroyed during the Surinamese Interior War, and only a couple of private diesel generators remained operating. As of November 2019, the village has 24 hours of electricity using solar panels.[6] There is a school, a clinic and a church. The economy depends on small scale agriculture.[5]


  1. ^ "Dorpen en Dorpsbesturen". Vereniging van Inheemse Dorpshoofden in Suriname (in Dutch). Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Sipaliwini". Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Sipaliwini". Open Street Map. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  4. ^ Carlin & Mans 2015, p. 93.
  5. ^ a b "DORPSPLAN SIPALIWINI 2011 –2014" (PDF). Institute for Graduate Studies & Research (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  6. ^ "24 uur elektriciteit voor Curuni en Sipaliwini Savanne". GFC Nieuws (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 June 2020.