Scheduled Date: Tuesday 2nd January, 2018
Balandra is a small cove situated on the Northeastern Coast between Salybia and Rampanalgas. It sheltered waters makes is a preferred spot for sea-bathers. The rich landscape filled with natural resources and the area capitalizes on agriculture, fishing and beach resorts. The name Balandra is a Spanish word that means Yacht, and in early times, the tranquil waters provided a safe location for Spanish Sailboats.
The Balandra forest situated opposite to the bay at Alcindor’s Trace, its vegetation consists mainly of Mora (Mora Excelsa). These are large, heavily buttressed rainforest trees that grow up to 130 feet (40 meters) in height (to 200 feet (61 meters). It is one of the few rainforest trees to grow in pure stands and its trunk used for timber production. Because of its resistance to wear, strength and durability it is used for heavy construction, industrial flooring, boatbuilding and the manufacture of guitars. In the 1960’s, loggers exploited the land creating a network of forest trails. Many of these footpaths lead to captivating rivers and waterfalls and extend all the way to Rio Seco and surrounding villages. In recent times, with the road resurfaced small development is taking place, and there is a nature resort.
The river used mainly for short agriculture, flows inconspicuous in the valley however concealed along its course are the spectacular Balandra Basins. The trek to the Basins will take 30 minutes and starts at Alcindor Trace. The walk begins with a short descent to the river and continues upstream to the pools. Along the channel, there are two pools to discover. The first is broad and shallow and ideal for non-swimmers while the other located further downstream has a deep hollow basin. Placed alongside the river huge boulders provide a comfortable spot to sit and revel in the beautiful, calm surroundings. Its crystals clear waters appear emerald green in the tree-filtered sunlight, and playing hide and seek between the rocks are the numerous crayfish.
After the hike, there is the option to spend the rest of the day at the nearby beach. For more information, please contact www.Islandhikers.com or Mario: 749-2956, Jamal 761-1889 or Marcia 490-2421.
On Sunday 7th January, Island Hikers visit the Balandra Basins
Assembly: 7.00am Corner of O’Meara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway Arima.
Depart by 7.45am
Rating: 2 easy
Hiking time estimate: 30 mins suitable. Lifejackets provided.
The hike is suitable for children five years and older.
Registration is on the morning of the hike
Bring along an extra change of clothing and shoe.
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