Scheduled Date: Monday 10th April, 2017
An enchanting place worthy to be on every Trinibagonian bucket list is the village of Matelot. This exciting destination where one can escape from the busy hustle of city life and enjoy the peaceful countryside, along with its fascinating coastal scenery. Matelot is a dreamy Village surrounded by stunning beaches, rivers, and waterfalls. Located at the end of the Toco/Paria Main Road, it is the last village on Trinidad’s North- Eastern Coast and 26.7 km further west from Toco. Matelot is a French word when translated means “sailor, ” and the community started as a landmark for seamen. The population of six hundred residents earns their income from fishing, agriculture, and eco-tourism.
The scenic drive along the winding coastal road from Arima to Matelot can take three hours. Along the route other attractive villages Matura, Salybia, Balandra, Rampanalgas, Cumana, Toco, San Souci and Grand Riviere all known for their unique characteristics, rich heritage, and natural resources.
In Matelot the sky is the limit, enclosed by a high wall of mountains it is a top choice for nature lovers and anyone seeking relaxation and wellness. A quiet corner to unwind, a place no one wants to leave. Wildlife is abundant, and roaming carelessly in the village are the green iguanas, red-rumped agoutis, and common opossums or manicous. Matelot is also a place to see rare birds and sometimes seen in the treetops are the pawi or Trinidad’s piping-guan. This large turkey-like bird once hunted to almost extinction. Most distinct are the various species of butterflies such as the Blue Morpho or Emperor Butterfly, the monarch, and swallow tail. The numerous hiking trails situated along the coast lead to breathtaking waterfalls, rivers, and secluded beaches. At the western end of the neighborhood, there is the river, which provides a constant water supply and a favorite recreational spot for a river lime. Further upstream, the Matelot Falls is a remarkable destination with its clean and untouched basin to refresh.
The trip to the falls will take an hour and starts with a short walk along the ridge. The trail sharply descends to the river and continues upstream to the falls. Beyond the falls there are other fascinating pools, and gorges to explore. The hike is suitable for kids seven years and older. Like jackets supplied and only necessary for those wishing to swim in deep areas of the pool.
On Good-Friday 14th April 2017 Island Hikers visit Matelot Waterfall.
Assembly 1: 6 am at Eric Williams Medical Complex Mt Hope.
Assembly 2: 6.30am at the Corner of O’meara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima.
Optional transportation is available from Mt. Hope to Matelot at the cost of $110.00 (transport only). To reserve a seat, please call on Thursday Mario 749-2956.
Hiking Time: 1 hour
Rating: 3 Fair
Cost of the hike $50.00
Security per vehicle $20.00
Note: A hamper donation will be given out to a villager in need and hikers are asked to contribute a tin.
For details contact Mario: 749-2956, Marcia 490 2421, Jamal 761- 1889 or islandhikers.com
To see a video of matelots falls visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgFvitiazW8
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