Scheduled Date: Tuesday 5th August, 2014
A captivating attraction is Manulot Falls located upstream in the heart of the Matura Forest. What makes this falls remarkably beautiful is that it flows from a tributary over a smooth limestone escarpment into the main river–course. At the base, a plunge pool formed by the kinetic energy of the two rivers. In the rain season when the water flow is greater, the picturesque scenery of the Cascade resembled that of a curtain and situated beneath the overhang an underwater chamber. The river source originated from the sandstone region of Cumaca, and Aripo and deposited on the walls of the falls are layers of sedimentary rock.
The journey to Manulot will take about three hours, and the walk is just as scenic as the falls in itself. The first leg is a two-hour trek through the Matura forest on a flat, winding path that leads down to the river. The trail passes through lush pine and beautiful mountain flora replanted by the Forestry Division to upkeep the landscape. During the dry season, the area exposed too many bush fires, and the pine trees protect as well as beautify the forest. The second leg of the exploration continues upstream along the riverbank, with the option to splash in the countless basins along its path. During the month of February noticeable flowers that blossom in the forest are the Mountain Rose (Brownea Coccinea) and Black Stick (Pachystachys Cccinea) both plants have red petals. The mountain slopes decorated with the brilliant orange flowers of the immortelle trees (Erythrina Poeppigiana) which signify the beginning of the dry season.
On Saturday 28th February’15, Fitness Walkers explore Manulot Falls and some of the secret treasures of the Matura River.
Assembly: 700am Corner of Eastern Main Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima
Rating: 5 moderately challenging
Trail Description: mostly flat with some mild inclines followed by an upstream river walk
Total hiking time: 2 1/2 – 3 hours one-way
Recommended: bring a like jacket if you have one but not essential.
For details contact Mario 749-2956 Marcia 490-2421, Jamal 761-1889 or 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