Scheduled Date: Tuesday 5th August, 2014
A mind-blowing place worth visiting is the North Oropuche River in Valencia. The district of Valencia situated 12km (7.3 miles) from Arima was once an estate owned by a Spanish Planter named Valentia. The Americans, during World War 11 (1941) built two concrete Pillars at the entrance to the town, which represented an entry point to their base in Cumuto. On the western outskirts of the community, there is a Visitor’s Center constructed by the Ministry of Tourism to develop ecotourism in the area. The Center provides valuable information on Trinidad’s natural attractions, flora and fauna. Valencia best described as the place of many rivers has as many as four rivers flowing on the outskirts of its boundaries. These are the North Oropouche River, the Turure River, the Quare River and the Sieva River. The clean, fresh water that flows from remote tributaries in the Northern Range makes the area a favourite place for river limes.
The North Oropuche, which is one of the largest, provides water to the people of Valencia, Sangre Grande and environments. Its source is from the limestone region of Aripo, and it submerges through the mountains to resurface at the oilbird cave in Cumaca. Along the bed, the deposits of calcium carbonate filter the water to make crystal clear pools. The popular bathing spot known as the Valencia River is really the North Oropouche River in its middle course.
The expedition starts at the Valencia Bridge and a short walk upstream, the river transforms itself into utopia. The scenery along its bank is breath-taking, and the splendour of nature is at its finest. The river widens, and the limestone rocks form magnificently shaped pools and Jacuzzis. Along the path, there are gorges, basins and waterfalls to swim. The rocks moulded with deposits of sandstone sediments are not only picturesque but provide a safe grip to walk. The vegetation is mainly Mora and growing in the forest is thousand of seedlings. The seeds, which resemble a large red bean, fall during the month of November and germinate by February.
The hike is suitable for anyone who has a spirit of adventure. Please note crossing the river requires one to get wet. Life jackets provided, but bring one along if available.
On Sunday 9th September 2018, Island Hikers explore the hidden pools of Lower North Oropouche.
Assembly: 7am Corner of O’Meara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima.
Depart at 8am to Valencia Bridge
Rating: 3 fair
Hike Starting Location: Valencia Bridge
Hiking distance 3km upstream
Hiking time: 45mins
Finish time of hike 1.00pm
Cost: $60 Kids $30
For more details visit www.islandhikers.com or call Mario 749-2956, Marcia 490-2421 or Jamal 761-1889
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