Scheduled Date: Tuesday 5th August, 2014
Today, The valley of Caura remains mostly uninhabited but in the late 1800’s Caura had become one of Trinidad’s largest villages. Between 1871 to 1881 the population increased from 989 to 1467 persons, who made their living from working on cocoa and coffee estates. In 1943, the government decided to build a dam at Caura to supply the entire north Trinidad. The residents had to vacate, and the Santa Veronica Church along with other buildings destroyed. The Dam never to be completed, but numerous bench roads used to transport the cocoa still exist.
The exploration from Caura to Las Cuevas can be started at the Caurita Ridge which divides the valleys of Acono, Maracas St. Joseph and Caura. The first leg of the journey is a 4 mile walk along the El Tucuche Bench Road to a popular landmark known as the Rest House. At this spot, there are four trails leading to various sections of the forest El Tucuche, Acono, Rincon, Bancal and Las Cuevas. The preferred route is to the right which leads to another intersection where there are two paths. The one to the left descends to Habio and Rincon Waterfall while the one on the right ascends to the top of the ridge that leads to Las Cuevas. The trek continues along the ridge and passes through decaying cocoa plantation. Over the years, erosion has narrowed various sections of the trail, but this donkey path widely used to deliver cocoa, known as the Brasso Santo Trail.
In 1869, Charles Kingsley with the assistance of Governor Sir Arthur Gordon hiked this route on his expedition to Blanchisseuse. (See Towns and Villages by Michael Anthony )
On Saturday 17th August’13 Fitness Walkers trek from Caura to Las Cuevas (one-way).
Assembly 6.00am Eric Williams Medical Complex Mt.Hope where vehicles parked.
Note : Maxi Taxi transport provided to the top of Caurita Ridge and return from Las Cuevas
Hiking Time 5- 6 hours
Rating : 6 challenging long walk and recommended for experienced hikers.
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
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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