Scheduled Date: Sunday 26th June, 2016
A fascinating place full of river adventures is the Marianne River. Located in the dreamy town of Blanchisseuse the river flows at the eastern end of the village and along its course, two magnificent places for bathing are Avocat Falls and Three Pools. It’s picturesque landscape mesmerized by a high wall of mountains, pristine forest, and sandy beaches. A landmark of the village is the old Spring Bridge, relocated in 1952 from Manzanilla, Mayaro. The bridge has recently been refurbished to accommodate only foot traffic.
A favorite spot for a beach lime is at the River’s Mouth in Blanchisseuse Bay where the waters are calm and soothing. The tranquil waters provide the ideal conditions for kayaking. At night, the leatherback turtles can be seen coming ashore to nest. The various forest trails lead to exciting places and from the Spring Bridge, the coastal walk to Paria Bay will take two hours. The river has always been significant to the people of Blanchisseuse, and that’s how the name originated. The English Surveyor Frederick Mallet noticed 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.” 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.
The trek to Avocat Waterfall starts at the Spring Bridge and takes an hour. The first part of the trip is a steep trek to the top of the ridge. The trail shaded by the canopy of the forest continues with a gradual descend to the river. The falls located over an incline on the other side of the bank. Its water source flows from a tributary into the main stem. Avocat is a fifty- foot waterfall with a lovely pool for bathing. Huge boulders encircle it base and add brilliance to the scenery. A secret thrill is to explore the top of the falls where there is a pool and a cozy Jacuzzi. Another route to access the falls is from Avocat Village located two miles south of the town on the Arima Blanchisseuse Road.
On the return, there is the option to follow the river downstream for an exciting adventure at Three Pools or return via the same route.Three Pools is an area in the river where a series of rapids occur to create several pools. The river plunges over a band of resistant rock known as a sill and through the process of hydraulic action form a natural waterslide, rocks to jump and basins to swim. Non-Swimmers can bathe in the shallow areas, and the adventurous will have fun jumping and swimming in the various pools.Please note life jackets provided but if you have one bring it along.
For details contact Mario: 749-2956, Jamal 761-1889, Marcia 4902421 or www. Islandhikers.com
On Sunday 26th June Island Hikers explore Avocat Waterfall and Three Pools.
Assembly: 7.00am Entrance to Central Bank Auditorium & 7.30am Sam’s Bar Maracas Bay
Rating 4: moderate
Note some uphill walking but there is the option only to visit 3 Pools
Suitable for children: 7 years and olde
Starting Location: Spring Bridge Blanchisseuse
Hiking time to waterfall: 1 hour
Note: On the return to visit 3 Pools, there is the option to explore the river or hike back on the trail.
Estimated time of finish 2 pm
Life jackets provided.
Registration is on the morning of the hike
Secure parking is available at La Guna Mar. $15.00
Cost of the hike: $50.00
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