Down the Island Hike and Historical Tour. (New)
Chacachacare originally named El Caracol (the Snail) by Christopher Columbus because of its shape. Now the island is known the Trinidad’s weekend getaway for campers, hikers and tourist alike. The island was one used to cultivate ground provision, cotton and sugar apple and also the site of a whaling station and a leper colony. In 1926 the Leper colony was established moving from Cocorite. The colony was run by the Dominican Sisters of Etrépagny the new facilities were centered at Sanders Bay where the women were lodged together with the hospital, dining hall, kitchen and Anglican chapel. The men's lodgings were at Coco Bay. The nun's convent and Catholic chapel were located on the upper slopes of Sander's Bay. A Hindu Mandir was also built for patients of East Indian descent. Later a new convent and chapel were built on Marine Bay, which remain the most obvious relicts of the settlement. Most of the buildings have now been overgrown with vegetation and few are visible from the sea. If one explores the area on foot, there are many interesting ruins to be seen. It is also a favorite place for the iguana lizard, hunted as a delicacy. La Tinta Bay and Marine Bay are again becoming popular with day-trippers and the boating fraternity. A once vibrant pllier of hope, now forgotten over time. Come explore and visit our history.
Rating - Easy.
Duration – 6 hrs. .
Meeting Point – Brian Lara Promenade (Nicholas Towers) Port of Spain
Assembly Time - 7.00 am
Departure Time - 7. 45 am
This bay is located deep in the woods of the Moruga forest on the Southern Coast of Trinidad. The hike begins with a short uphill climb then continue along a virtually flat trail ending with a short descent to the bay. The thick southern forest, filled with Balata, Silk Cotton, wild Chataigne, Roseau, Carat, and Cocorite, provides a canopy that shades you from the direct rays of the sun. Along the way the mating calls of male howler monkeys can be heard. Apart from the joys of being in a natural pristine environment, the other attraction of this hike is Canari Bay. This beach is secluded with miles of inviting sands and warm soothing waters. If the hike did not melt all the stress of daily life, this beach will take the remnants away.
Rating – Moderate to Moderately Challenging
Duration: 2 1/2 hrs. one way
Meeting Point: Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mount Hope
Assembly Time: 6.00 am
Departure Time 6.45 am
Hardcore Fitness Hike and Camp
This hike is done over a two day period, we start at the Blanchisseuse Spring Bridge and hike through the rouged forest coastline trail until we meet the Madamas Beach. We set up camp and enjoy serenity to the river and beach. With the crack of dawn we break camp and continue onwards to the village to Matelot.
Please note that hikers will be required carry their own with all camping gear, clothing, insect repellent, food, medication (if needed) and anyother requried equipment.
Cost details to follow soon.
The return of the hills, this is what this hike is best known for. We start the hike on the concrete Fond Pois Doux Road in Paramin which offers panoramic views of Port of Spain, Maraval and the Caribbean Sea. The road goes downhill steeply before we plunge into the pristine forest until we reach the base of the hill, Paragon Bay; a relatively sheltered, quaint, untouched bay perfect for a soak in the waters. After a quick dip, we begin the hills, a succession of steep hills that steals the breath from most hikers until you reach the top. Paragon Bay is challenging and a great test for a fit hiker.
Duration: 5 hrs. (round trip)
Meeting Point: Brian Lara Promenade (Nicholas Towers) Port of Spain
Assembly Time: 7.00 am
Departure Time 7.45 am