Scheduled Date: Friday 14th August, 2015
Maracas Waterfall….Sat 22nd August’15 (rated 6 challenging OPTIONAL )
Maracas Waterfall with an altitude of 91.5 metres is Trinidad’s highest waterfall. Located on Waterfall Road, in the Maracas St.Joseph Valley the source comes from the southern foothills of Mt. El Tucuche. Its close proximity to Port-of-Spain makes the waterfall a favorite tourist destination. The Ministry of Tourism recognising its worth has erected signs and reconditioned the place to make it more appealing.
To visit the falls, a secure area to park is at the Wasa Pump Station situated by the red flamboyant tree and walk the extra distance up the hill. The journey on foot will take thirty minutes, and the uphill path crosses two little streams. Midway on the trail there is the option to divert and explore a small pathway on the right where on the river are two Jacuzzi–like pools. Traditionally, the fall’s is a place for spiritual worship and lining the route are melted candles, flowers, and fruits. At the gateway to the falls, the track leads into a secluded valley where towering cliffs and ever- green mountains beautify this natural wonder. The cascade encircled by giant boulders that add brilliance to the colorful scenery. At the base of the falls, there is no plunge pool mainly because the high altitude 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 the true magnificence displayed. The falling droplets against the sun rays emit a rainbow effect that provides a natural hydrotherapy. It is refreshing to sit and enjoy the peaceful ambiance however caution advised when walking on the slippery rocks.
For the experienced and skilled mountain climber, there is the option to explore the top where there is another small waterfall. This exploration can be done as a circuit hike where one ascend on a hidden trail to the right and return via another route which descends directly in front of the falls. Trekking the steep terrain to get there will take at least two hours and further up the mountain the pathway continues to the summit of Mt. El Tucuche.
On Saturday 22nd August, Fitness Walkers 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 the St Joseph, Mosque)
Rating 6: challenging (for experienced hikers)
Estimated hiking time: 6 hours.
Cost of hike $50.00
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