Scheduled Date: Monday 8th August, 2016
A place worth visiting is the Cedros Peninsula, which starts from Bonasse Village in Cedros and extends all the way to the Villages of Fullarton and Icacos. It takes approximately 3 hours from Port-of-Spain to get there but it is well worth the long drive to know this magnificent unspoiled South Coast Scenery. Cedros is a place busy with daily activity. There are a Custom and Immigration Port where passengers can take a 1-hour boat ride to Pedernales situated at the mouth of the Orinoco River in Venezuela.
Christopher Columbus dropped anchor at Icacos on the 2nd August 1498. He named the point Punta de Arenal or Sandy Point because of the shallow silty waters. The Amerindian referred to the place as Icaco named after the seaside shrub Fat Pork or Zecack. On the night, Columbus landed a giant wave crashed against one of the ships or caravels causing it to lose the anchor. In 1877, the anchor found 200 feet inland. The geographical societies certified the anchor as authentic to be of the 15th-century shape and composed of bronze. Columbus called the passage Boca de la Sierpe or The Serpent’s Mouth.
In the 1800’s the Icacos and the Columbus Bay region comprise of sugar and cotton estates, the largest Constance Estate 712 Acres. Other notable plantations were Columbia, San Quintin, Mont Peru, Prospect, Retreat, Palmiste, and Beaulieu. The area is partially wetland from the Great Icacos Lagoon. The downturn of the sugar industry caused many of the owners to become bankrupt. Francois Agostini in 1871 purchased the land at Constant Estate and cultivated coconuts. Over the years the coconut industry at Icacos suffered severe losses. On the 27th June 1933, a hurricane uprooted most of the trees. In the 1940’s-1950’s the trees attacked by Red Ring Disease. In 1885 and 1954 large swarms of locust damaged some 900 acres of coconuts. In 1935, Agostini along with other land- owners formed the Coconut Growers Association, with their chief source of revenue coming from the copra.
Although there is the deposition of silt from the Orinoco River, sea erosion continues to destroy the porous landscape and many of the coconut trees and estate building reclaimed by the sea. At the top of Columbus Bay, located a few metres from the shore there are three landmark rocks referred to as the Los Gallos or The Cocks. Further inland in the Cedros Peninsula, there is a chain of Mud Volcanoes. The Galfa Mud Volcano situated in the Green Hill Area at Marie Street in Bonasse. The Columbia Mud Volcano Fields consist of a series of volcanoes and found one mile inside a coconut estate between the villages of Fullarton and Icacos.
On Saturday 6th August’16 Fitness Walkers explore the Volcanoes of the Cedros Peninsula. After the hike, there is the option to relax at Columbus Bay.
Rating: 4 moderate. A one -mile walk through coconut estate, however, terrain can be muddy.
Assembly 1: 6.00am at the entrance to Eric Williams Medical Complex, Mount Hope in front of the security booth.
Optional Maxi Taxi Transport is available. Please call or text to book. Cost $120 transport only
Cost of the hike $50.00
Assembly 2: 7.30 am at Pizza Hut opposite Gulf City Mall San Fernando.
For details contact Mario 749-2956
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