Scheduled Date: Tuesday 10th January, 2017
Mt El Tucuche on Sat 14th January 2017
Mt. El Tucuche with an altitude of 937metres (3072 feet) is the second tallest peak and just 4 metres shorter than the highest mountain El Cerro Del Aripo. Of the two ranges, El Tucuche is the preferred choice among enthusiast mainly because of its fantastic sceneries and strategic location, latitude 10.7333 and longitude 61.4166. It is recognisable by its two altitudinous peaks, which are visible from miles around. Two places to spot its grandeur are from Luengo Village in the Maracas St.Joseph Valley and Rincon Village on the North Coast Road.
Tucuche is an Amerindian word that refers to the hummingbird, and thirteen species of hummingbirds live around the slopes and in the valley. Some common names frequently found are the Copper-rumped, Black -throated mango, Tufted- coquette, White – chested Emerald, White Neck Jacobin, Blue Chinned Saphire, Long-billed star throat, Ruby Topaz, Brown Violetear, little hermit, green hermit and Rufous-breasted Hermit. A familiar place for an educational tour of the hummingbird is at Yerettes in the Maracas St Joseph Valley. Also found on El Tucuche is the Golden Tree Frog (Phyllodytes Auratus) who lives inside the water brackets of the giant bromeliad plant at elevations over 700 metres. This frog is endemic to Trinidad but its survival threatened by forest destruction and man’s intervention.
The trek to the summit of El Tucuche is always a memorable experience, and some do it for the pleasure of adventure, accomplishment, and determination. It is a test of one’s fitness, and the climb can take between 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours. There are several routes to access the summit however the preferred one is from Hobal Trace in the Maracas St.Joseph Valley. On a bright day visible from the first peak fantastic views of the Las Cuevas Valley while from the second a magnificent panorama of Maracas Bay. A colorful flower seen on the second peak is the Psammisia Urichiana with its red trumpet petals and yellow tips. The vegetation at the summit is Elfin Woodland which consists of tree ferns, bromeliads, epiphytes and anare palms. The trees are short, and they grow to a height of about 25metres. The forest is always wet and green moss grow on the roots and bark of the trees.
On the return, one can divert from the main track and visit the Morang Pools for a refreshing dip. This route passes through abandon cocoa and tonka bean estate.
On Saturday 14th January 2017, Fitness Walkers explore the summit of Mt El Tucuche.
Assembly: 7.00am at Eastern Main Rd and Abercromby St. (next to St. Joseph Mosque)
Rating: 6 challenging
The starting location for the hike: Hobal Trace in Maracas St Joseph.
Average hiking time: 2 hours one-way
For more information contact Mario 749-2956 or Marcia 490-2421, Jamal 761-1889 or visit www.islandhikers.com.
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