The hike begins at the base of a hill with a steady uphill climb with verdant green forest surrounding you on each step. At the pinnacle of the Mount Tamana, you reach an elevation of 750 feet which is the highest point in the southern range.
Here you are treated to pictographic views of the Northern Range and the Central Plain. Then we head back down to the caves where we wait for the slumber of the sun and the amazing wonder of nature to begin. The entrance to the cave is 30 feet wide with three small caves as you progress further inwards.
The caves’ interior is composed of calcium carbonate which makes perfect conditions for the bats. Within the caves, lives twelve different species of bats and is home to about 1.5 million bats which make Trinidad the largest colony in the Caribbean and the second largest in the world next to Mexico. With the last fall of light the bats awaken.
When exiting they fly out of the cave out in a cyclone movement to protect their young. This spectacle which lasts for about an hour is not only amazing but a gift of nature that every hiker should experience.
Rating: Moderate (3)