Scheduled Date: Sunday 17th April, 2016
The district of Matura enriched with an abundance of rivers, and natural resources is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Its seven miles of coastline is a favorite seascape to observe the nesting of the leatherback turtles. The name Matura originated from Amerindian and Spanish dialect and referred to as a region of dense unbroken forest. The River, which is timeless and patient, remains uncontaminated from human interference as it meanders through the vast landscape of uninhabited and continuous woodland. To experience its natural treasures, one has to explore the river. A favorite fun spot for a river adventure is the Mermaid Basins where there are fascinating pools to swim as well as relax in the beautiful ambiance of the wilderness. Further, upstream another remarkable destination is the Manulot Falls, which originates from a tributary cascading into the primary source. Along the bank, the tall and majestic mora trees add splendor to the already picturesque landscape. The sun shining on the crystal clear waters reflect vibrant colors of emerald green. It remains a mystery how the name “Mermaid” came about maybe it is the serenity of the landscape and the irresistible temptation to sit on the rocks and sway one’s feet in the soothing waters of the river.
The expedition to the Mermaid Pool starts at Thomas Trace situated just before The Matura Outreach Centre. The trek down to the river will take 35 minutes and to access the basins there are two shallow areas to cross. During the dry season, the landscape is prone to bush-fires and to preserve the environment, the Forestry Division replanted the forest with pine trees (pinus caribae). These trees not only beautify the landscape but also protect the watershed in the prevention of soil erosion. There is a fire observation tower built at a strategic location to oversee its miles of territory.
Over the years, the popularity of the Mermaid Pool’s have increased, and it is the responsibility of citizens to carry out their litter and not light fires for cooking in sensitive areas.
Note: Vehicles watched by residents and a donation collected.
On Indian Arrival Day, Wednesday 30th May 2018 Island Hikers visit the Mermaid Pools.
Rating: 3 fair (35 minutes one-way)
Assembly: 7.00am Corner of O’Meara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima. (Next to Doubles Vendors)
Depart to Matura by 8.00 am
Registration on the morning of the hike
Recommended a change of clothing and footwear.
Life jackets provided but if you have one bring it along.
For more info call hike leaders: Marcia 490 242, Jamal 761- 1889 and Mario 749-2956 or www.islandhikers.com.
The cost of the hike Adults $60, kids$30.00
Recommended: Kids 5 and up
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