Scheduled Date: Wednesday 26th July, 2017
Chatham a remote village located on the south coast is one of the most picturesque places in Trinidad. Along the Columbus Channel, it is an isolated bay and its nearest neighbors to the east 5 miles (8km) away is San Francique /Erin and to the west 14 miles (22.5km) away is Icacos. The land bordering the coastline from Chatham to Icacos is mainly uninhabited since it is marshy and swampy. Islote Point divides this long stretch of coastline, which consists of Erin Bay (E) and Isolate Bay (W). Along the route, 9 miles (14.5km) west from Chatham the first point of interest is the St Marie Mud Volcano situated on the Balka Deva Hindu Site in Bonasse Village Cedros. Further down the coast 4.75 miles from the Mandir is the district of Icacos. The Arawaks referred to the place as Icaco named after the Fat Pork Fruit.
There is a lot of distinguished history along this coastline. On the 31st July 1498, Columbus sailed through this channel and called Icacos Point “Punta Del Arenal.” During the night a wave violently crashed against one of the ships, snapping its anchor. Columbus fearful and surprised named the passage “Boca de la Sierpe” or The Serpent’s Mouth.
One century later on the 22nd March 1595, another prominent explorer to sail through Icacos Point was Sir Walter Raleigh. He cast his anchor at Point Curiapan called by the Spaniards “Punta de Gallo” or “Los Gallos” meaning The Cocks.
On Saturday 29th July 2017 Fitness Walkers explore the Chatham to Icacos Coast.
The 14 miles one-way walk along the beach from Chatham to Icacos will take 3-4 hours depending on one’s pace. There is a chance that high tide can cause delays.
Please note the assembly time at Mt Hope 5.30am to depart by 6.30am.
South pickup time: 7 am at KFC Gulf City San Fernando.
Maxis drop the group to Chatham Bay and later pickup at Icacos Bay. For slow walkers, there is an optional pickup at St Marie Volcano or Balka Deva Hindu Site.
Cost of the Maxi and hike: $160
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