Scheduled Date: Tuesday 13th November, 2018
Maracas Waterfall….Sunday 18th November 2018
Maracas Waterfall with an altitude of 91.5 metres is Trinidad’s highest waterfall. Located on Waterfall Road, in the Maracas, St.Joseph Valley, its source originates from the southern foothills of Mt. El Tucuche. It is a favorite tourist attraction and a quick destination for cruise ship passengers because of its close proximity to Port-of-Spain. The Ministry of Tourism recognising its worth has erected signs and reconditioned the place to make it more appealing.
The expedition starts at the Wasa Pump Station situated lower down the hill by the red flamboyant trees. The journey to the falls takes thirty-five minutes, and along the way, there are two gentle streams to cross. Midway on the trail, a diversion on the right leads to a small cascade with a Jacuzzi-like basin. The trail ends into a secluded valley where the falls located. The landscape enhanced by giant boulders, towering cliffs and evergreen mountains, which add brilliance to the colorful scenery. The open area, which surrounds the falls, is a traditional place for spiritual worship and lining the route are melted candles, flowers, and fruits. Unlike some falls at its base, there is no plunge pool mainly because of the high altitude, which does not generate enough hydraulic pressure to form a basin. The spurts of water cascading on the rock form a shower-like spray that is cool and exhilarating. Visiting is best in the rainy season when the water source is greater and its true magnificence displayed. The sunrays, which shine on the water droplets, emit a rainbow effect that provides a natural hydrotherapy. It is a refreshing experience to sit on the rocks and enjoy the peaceful ambience.
For the experienced and skilled hikers, there is the option to climb further up the mountain and discover another small waterfall. The exploration to the top can be done as a circuit hike and return via another route. descending directly in front of the main falls. Further up the mountain, the pathway continues to the summit of Mt. El Tucuche.
On Sunday 18th November 2018 Island Hikers explore the summit of Maracas Waterfall
For more information about the hike please contact Michael 290-8183 or Marcia 490-2421 or www.islandhikers.com.
Assembly: 7.00am Corner of Abercromby Street and Eastern Main Road St.Joseph (next to St Joseph, Mosque and Police Station)
Estimated hiking time: 35 minutes.
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