Scheduled Date: Tuesday 5th August, 2014
Trinidad was once connected to the South American mainland and remains part of the continental shelf. The Northern Range, inherited the same geological structure as the Andes Mountains of Venezuela, and consists of rugged hills that run parallel to the ocean. It is always a pleasant feeling of accomplishment to climb the tallest peaks which are El Cerro Del Aripo 940m (3085ft), El Tucuche 936 m(3072ft), Mt.Naranja (estimated 904m or 2966ft), Mt.Chaguaramal 859m( 2819 ft) and Morne Bleu 848m (2781ft).
Mt. Chaguaramal situated in the remote village of Aripo is the fourth highest peak and a trek to the summit will take 1 ½ hours. Hidden behind Chaguaramal is the tallest peak El Cerro Del Aripo and to the north-west is Morne Bleu. The cool temperatures of the Aripo Mountains produce some of the best cocoa in the world, and popular crops cultivated are cacao, christophene and watercress. A noticeable feature, when climbing Chaguaramal, is the limestone outcrop along the trail’s path, this shows evidence that the area was once under the sea. Another highlight is the buzzing display of the male White-bearded Manakin. This bird is endemic to Trinidad and is larger than the South American species with females having yellower under parts. The summit is flat-topped surrounded by undisturbed montane forest and elfin wood-land. There is a monumental national flag and a concrete block with a trig.
Fitness Walkers climb the 4th highest peak Mt Chagaramal.
Assembly:7.00am at Corner of O’meara Rd & Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima.
Rating : 5 moderately challenging
Hiking time : 1 -1 1/2 hours
For more details contact Mario at 749-2956 or www.islandhikers.com
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
email :islandhikers @gmail.com
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