Scheduled Date: Saturday 5th March, 2016
In the Heights of Guanapo, a spectacular place to explore is the Guanapo Gorge. What makes this natural wonder so appealing is apart from its geological features a visit through its channel loaded with adventure. The Gorge 400 metres long narrow and V-shaped enclosed by steep walls of pre-historic rock. It is fascinating to see how the downstream force of the river penetrated the landscape to form this breathtaking canyon. It source originates from Trinidad’s highest peak El Cerro Del Aripo (940m). As it cascades the mountain, it combines with various tributaries from the Lalaja Region to increase in intensity. The gorge located in a secluded valley between Lalaja on the north and Guanapo on the south.
Inside the canyon, the rocks magnificently carved by the river into colourful prehistoric shapes. They appear brilliantly polished with smooth and shiny surfaces. On the inside of each bend are inter-looking spurs, which jut out from the slopes and divide the gorge into sections. There are two routes to access the entrance. The first is a descent from the Hillcrest of Lalaja located six miles to the north of the Arima, Blanchisseuse Road. The second and preferred route starts from the Guanapo Quarry at the end of the dusty Guanapo Road. The path to its mouth is an hour walk alongside the river. The mouth sheltered by towering bamboo has a shallow pool and a good spot to leave the bags for the exploration. Those not wishing to venture further can spend the time relaxing there.
Located higher up the river, is the gorge entrance and to get there, one has to trek through the forest for an additional fifteen minutes. The journey through its channel is full of fun and excitement. It requires one to jump into pools, paddle through water and climb over obstacles of fallen debris. Please note life jackets provided for all. Seen in the river are the giant lobster like crayfish which play hide and seek between the rocks. They breathe through feather-like gills and are members of the superfamilies Astacoidea and Parastocoidea.
Exploration of the gorge is optional, and one can spend the time cooling down at the mouth.
Island Hikers explore Guanapo Gorge on Sunday 5thMarch’2017.
Suitable for adventurous kids 7 and up
Assembly: 7.00am at the Corner of Omeara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway. Arima
Rating 4: moderate
Note: life jackets provided but you can also bring your own.
Hiking time to the river: 1hour
Exploration of the course: 1 1/2 hours
Registration is on the morning of the hike.
For details contact Mario 749-2956, Marcia 490 2421 or Jamal 761-1889 or islandhikers.com
If required transportation provided to hiking starting destination, please call to book. The cost $60.00 additional
Cost of the hike $50.00
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
email :islandhikers @gmail.com
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