Scheduled Date: Tuesday 16th October, 2018
Rincón Waterfall on Sunday 21st August 2018
Rincón is an agricultural village located on the North Coast approximately 2 km from the Las Cuevas Beach Facility. Its historical authenticity goes back to 1795 when 1,250 acres of land granted to the Spanish Treasurer Jose Ramon Muxica to establish an estate. The Las Cuevas Estate comprised of the Rincon Valley and extended all the way from the Sea to the foothills of El Tucuche. The landscape boarded by two rivers, on the east the Quebrada De Hierro and the west the Curaguate or Rincon River. In 1797, the land sold to Valentin de Basanta, who planted sugarcane but with the Slave Amelioration Act of 1824, the estate became bankrupt and was again put up for sale. Within a few years, cocoa replaced sugar cane as the dominant crop and today, unmanaged cacao trees showed evidence of its vibrant history. Rincón is a Spanish word when translated means “in a corner” and the area was a significant crossroad between the North Coast and the old capital San José de Oruña.
Nestled within the village boundaries there are several fascinating waterfalls, which originate from the slopes of Mount El Tucuche (3072 feet). The most magnificent is the Rincón Falls which has an altitude of 76 metres and is the second highest in the country. The highest is the Maracas Waterfall 91.5 metres placed on the southern side of the Tucuche Mountain in the Maracas St Joseph Valley. Rincón Waterfall can best be described as a cascade where the flow of water descends over a series of rock steps. At its base, there is a large and deep pool to swim and a refreshing sensation is to go under the water-drop for a comforting massage.
The trek from Rincon Village to the falls will take 1-½ hours and can be done as a circuit where the return route is via another path on the other side of the valley. The journey starts with an energizing ascend and along the way the trail passes an enchanting falls known as Black Pool. The trail continues with gentle curves along the ridge and then descends to a junction. The right path goes further up the mountain and leads to another spectacular fall called Habio while the left goes down in the valley to Rincón Falls. Echoing throughout the forest is the call of the black and white male bearded bellbird or locally known as Campanero. His loud sounds are to attract the female and at the same time ward off any rival males.
Island Hikers visit the Rincón Waterfall on Sunday 21st August 2018,
For details call Mario 749-2956, Marcia 490-2421, Jamal 761-1889 or www islandhikers.com.
Rating: 4 moderate
Hiking time to Falls: 1 ½ hour
Assembly 1: 7.00am entrance to Central Bank Auditorium or
Assembly2: 7.30am Sam’s Bar Maracas Bay.
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
email :islandhikers @gmail.com
Marcia 490-2421,Michael 719-3368,
Jamal 761-1889,Robin 681-1389,
Camille 620-314, Michelle 726-5195,
,Petronilla 342-1072, Pooran 764-2041
Dennis 678-2768, Adrian 349-9316,
Bob 685-5355, Pedro 346-3460
Ian 682-6177, Danny 372-7798