Scheduled Date: Sunday 26th June, 2016
The Marianne River located in the dreamy village of Blanchisseuse is a fascinating place to enjoy an exciting river adventure. There is a lot of rich history that surrounds Blanchisseuse with its seascape mesmerized by a high wall of mountains, pristine forest, and sandy beaches. On the eastern end of the community, a familiar landmark is the Spring Bridge relocated from Manzanilla in 1952. Recently it’s authentic significance recognized, and the structure refurbished to accommodate foot traffic. The river has always been significant to the people of Blanchisseuse, and that’s how the name originated when English Surveyor Frederick Mallet saw the women washing their clothes in the river and called the place “Ladies River.” Later the French referred to the place as Blanchisseuse meaning “Washer Woman.” The river’s mouth with its calm and soothing waters is now a favorite spot for a river lime. Further upstream two places with a bucket-load of fun are Avocat Falls and Three Pools.
Up until 1931, the village remained isolated from the rest of Trinidad and the only way to reach there was by the weekly Island Ferry. The construction of the Arima, Blanchisseuse Road allowed the first access to the village and in 1970’s the Maracas North Coast Road extended for a further 18 miles to Blanchisseue. In 1869, the explorer Charles Kingsley was the first Englishman to make his way through the forest to visit Blanchisseuse. Another landmark is the Roman Catholic Church “Our Lady of Mt Carmel built in 1880 and one of its bell donated by the British in 1835 and made in Bristol. The other bell came from Lyon France in 1878. A prominent person who came from Blanchisseuse was Sir Solomon Hochoy, the first local Governor in 1960 and Governor General in 1962.
The expedition to Avocat Waterfall will take an hour and starts at the Spring Bridge. The journey begins with a twenty-minute uphill ascent to the top of the ridge and then gradually descends to the river. The trail located over a short incline on the other side of the bank. Avocat falls fifty feet high, and at its base, there is a lovely pool to refresh. Its water source is a tributary that flows into the mainstream. The base encircled by huge boulders that add brilliance to the already spectacular scenery. A shorter route to access the falls is from Avocat Village located 3km on the Arima Blanchisseuse Road.
On the return journey, there is the option for nonswimmers to hike back the trail or explore the river for a thrilling experience. Lifejackets provided to all who chose to venture down the river. Three Pools situated further downstream is an irresistible area fill with amusement. The river cascades over a series of rock and through hydraulic action form a natural waterslide. Along the path, there are large basins to swim and outstanding rocks to jump.
For details contact Mario: 749-2956, Jamal 761-1889, Marcia 4902421 or www. Islandhikers.com
On Sunday 11th June2017 Island Hikers explore Avocat Waterfall and Three Pools.
Assembly 1: 7.00am at entrance to Central Bank Auditorium
If required call to book maxi-taxi transport from Port of Spain
Assembly 2: 730am at Sam’s Bar Maracas Bay
Rated 2: easy (Three Pools only) kids 5 and up
Rated 4: moderate (Avocat Waterfall) kids 7 & up
Please note life jackets provided but if you have one bring it along.
Hiking time to waterfall: 1 hour
Estimated time of finish 2 pm
Life jackets provided.
Registration is on the morning of the hike 50.00
Secure parking is available at Marianne Beach Resort$15.00
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