Scheduled Date: Tuesday 5th August, 2014
Guanapo `is an Amerindian word used to describe the name of the place. The area is mostly uninhabited but is known for its natural beautiful gorge. The valley is divided by the river and the source originates from the El Cerro Del Aripo/lalaja watershed. There are two routes to access the gorge. The first is from the south up the Heights of Guanapo Road to the Quarry with a one hour walk to the river. The second option and more challenging route is from the North, six miles on the Arima- Blanchisseuse Road to Lalaja Trace with a hike down to the Guanapo Valley. The second option is the preferred route for the journey followed by a steep return hike.
At the mouth of the Guanapo Gorge, there is a small unnoticed tributary flowing parallel to the river. This leads to a splendid forty foot waterfall and is known as the Guanapo or Tombasson Waterfall. Access to this falls is an adventure since it entails climbing over huge boulders and swimming through narrow passage ways and gorges. The distance along the river path is 2 km, and the trek going through the hurdles of the rugged river bed will take at least forty minutes. Along the way, the landscape is beautified by another cascading waterfall flowing into the river’s course. The terrain surrounding the base of the falls is wide, with a plunge pool for bathing. Visiting the falls is a memorable experience but the area is known for flash floods, and proper preparation is needed.
1. Check the daily weather report for flash flooding.
2. Bring along, torch-light, cutlass, rope and life –jackets.
3. Agree to stop at every trail Junction reduces the chance of someone getting lost. Start as a group, finish as a group.
4. Wait for the entire group to assemble before going into the water or crossing the river.
5. Allow the leaders to put safety equipment in place. Be Patient.
6. If uncertain where to go stand your ground.
7. Freshly cut bush across an intersection means no entry on the path that is blocked.
8. In the case of heavy rainfall go to higher ground and patiently wait for the river to subside.
The Guanapo region consists of lower montane forest of mora and old cocoa estate. Extensive quarrying has diminished some of the beauty of the mountains and caused an endangerment to wildlife. On Saturday, 18th January Fitness Walkers explore the Guanapo /Tombasson Waterfall.For details contact Mario at 749-2956 or visit islandhikers.com.
Assembly: 7.00am Corner of O’meara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway Arima.
Rating: 6 challenging
Estimated hiking time: 2 ½ hours one-way
Starting location: Lalaja (463m or 1520 feet)
For details contact Mario749-2956 or Islandhikers.com
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
email :islandhikers @gmail.com
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