Nature lovers get choice of 2 hikes, 3 falls
There are at least two hikes from which nature lovers can choose to embark upon this coming Sunday. One sets off from Port of Spain while the other leaves from Arima, but both offer beautiful scenery and the reward of cool, refreshing waters at the end.
Island Hikers leads a trek to the Homad and Lacatang Falls of Grand Rivière. This enchanting, brilliant-green, unspoilt community on the north-
eastern coast of
Trinidad is a place
of friendly people,
an area worth discovering.
In 1797, English surveyor Frederick Mullet, while mapping the island, became amazed by the magnificence of the big river and called the place Grand Rivière. Apart from the scenic beach, this fishing community can boast of having several captivating attractions. The calm water at the river’s mouth is a marvellous spot for a family outing.
During the peak nesting season from April to July, it is recorded there are as many as two hundred turtles coming ashore nightly. Because of this spectacle, residents have gained employment in the hotel and tour-guiding industry.
The area is also one of the few places to sight the endangered pawi or piping-guan. This large turkey-like bird was hunted to almost extinction, with the population reduced to only about two hundred.
Secluded in the mountains on the western end of the community, there are two beautiful waterfalls. The first one is called the Homard Falls, and the uphill walk to get there will take 40 minutes. Located further upstream, there is the Lacatang Falls, and the trek alongside the stony river bank will take an hour. This is a 20-foot cascading falls, with a deep plunge pool for swimming. Along the route, the river has formed several magnificent pools ideal for bathing.
On completion of the hike, there is the option to spend the rest of the day at the Grand Riviere Beach.
Assembly is at 6 a.m. on Sunday, at the intersection of O’Meara Road and Churchill-Roosevelt Highway in Arima. Departure is at 6.45 a.m. to Grand Rivière.
For more information, please visit www.islandhikers.com or contact Mario at 749-2956, Marcia at 490-2421 or Jamal at 761-1889. Maxi transport can be provided, so please call to book.
The other hike is being organised by Caribbean Hiking Adventures and takes participants to Avocat Falls.
The hike begins at the hills of a lush, green woodland forest in Blanchisseuse. From there, you will go downhill to the base of the Marianne River (the base of Avocat Falls). The more adventurous will have the chance to try out rappelling up the walls of the Avocat Falls.
In this forest lives the blue-headed parrot, also known as the blue-headed pionus, which is a medium-sized parrot. It is about 27 centimetres long and mainly green, with a blue head and neck, and red undertail feathers. It is resident in tropical and subtropical South America and southern Central America, from Costa Rica, Venezuela and Trinidad, south to Bolivia and Brazil. Participants will hopefully catch sight of a few of these along the trail.
Hikers are asked to assemble at the Brian Lara Promenade (opposite Nicholas Towers) in Port of Spain for 7 a.m. The hike is rated as easy to moderate, with a duration of 30 minutes one way. Rappelling is limited to the first 50 persons to register on the morning of the hike.
For further details, please call Richard at 788-8478, Adrian at 789-0570 or Rhonda at 749-6487, or visit www.caribbeanhikingadventures.com.